We're working to improve the health outcomes for people in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, who experience significant health inequalities across a number of indicators, resulting in poorer life expectancy than the population as a whole.
The Integrated Team Care (ITC) program works to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in South East Queensland have the best possible access to appropriate health services.
It also provides care coordination services to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic disease who require coordinated, multidisciplinary care.
Delivered by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), the program is provided by a team of Indigenous Health Project Officers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Workers and Care Coordinators.
During 2018/19, IUIH’s ITC activity delivered services to 687 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In the past 12 months, the ITC team facilitated a number of cultural awareness training sessions resulting in 93 participants completing the training across the region.
Funded by the PHN, social health services are provided via the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health, through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services (ATSICHSs) at Caboolture, Deception Bay, Margate, Morayfield, Northgate and Strathpine.
ATSICHSs are like a one-stop shop for whole-of-life healthcare, with GPs, dentists, child health clinics, optometrists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, dieticians, aged care facilities, psychologists, counsellors, and more.
But for people who are reluctant to seek health services or are unable to get to the clinic, an ATSICH isn’t enough. That’s the gap that IUIH’s Social Health Team seeks to fill. The team includes care coordinators, outreach workers, mentors, counsellors and psychologists who provide a bridge between ATSICHs and people’s care needs.
During 2018/19 the PHN supported IUIH’s Social Health Team to provide outreach to 509 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Each year, we bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service providers to learn more about the ITC Activity, share information and network.
The 2019 forum was attended by over 60 people from across South East Queensland.
From January 2019, we commissioned outreach health services into Zillmere’s Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten and Preschool and C&K Caboolture Community Kindergarten and Preschool.
The program supported 75 children via group or individual sessions, with 124 referrals made to other services, including local GPs, audiologists and paediatricians.