New Era of Integrated Team Care for Western NSW Aboriginal Residents Begins January 1
Greater capacity and capabilities for Western NSW Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs) to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents living with a chronic health condition will be delivered by the revised Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program from January 1.
Funded by the Australian Government, the ITC Program contributes to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through access to care coordination, multidisciplinary care, and support for self-management, as well as improving access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services.
Commissioned by Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN), the revised ITC Program replaces the existing version of the Program, which is funded to December 31, 2022, delivered by Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation under the Marrabinya name.
From January 1, Western NSW Indigenous residents attending their local AMS to access care for their chronic health condition will be provided with care through the ITC Program on-site. These providers are:
- Orange Aboriginal Medical Service
- Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation
- Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service
- Peak Hill Aboriginal Medical Service
- Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Health Service
- Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service
- Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service
- Brewarrina Aboriginal Health Service
- Bourke Aboriginal Health Service
- Maari Ma Primary Care Health Service (Broken Hill and Balranald)
- Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation
Meanwhile, Indigenous residents attending their local GP or other primary healthcare provider to access care for their chronic health condition will be referred to their local regional ITC provider.
For the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Balranald, Broken Hill, Central Darling, the Unincorporated Far West and Wentworth, referrals will go to Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation.
For the LGAs of Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, and Walgett, referrals will go to Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service.
For the LGAs of Bogan, Lachlan, Narromine, Warren, Coonamble, Dubbo Regional, Gilgandra, Mid-Western Regional, and Warrumbungle, referrals will go to Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service, which also comprises Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Medical Service and Gilgandra Local Aboriginal Medical Service.
For the LGAs of Cowra, Forbes, Parkes, and Weddin, referrals will go to Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation.
And for the LGAs of Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Cabonne, Oberon, and Orange, referrals will go to Orange Aboriginal Medical Service.
Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is currently working with and supporting the region’s AMSs to ensure the revised ITC program is set for full implementation by the beginning of the new calendar year.
WNSW PHN CEO Andrew Coe, says this new era of ITC delivery in the region presents a powerful opportunity to enhance program delivery and improve patient care outcomes.
“We are very excited that the revised ITC Program is giving us the opportunity to support the enhancement of capacity and capability in our region’s AMSs and deliver even better health outcomes for Indigenous people living with chronic disease in Western NSW.”
“Living with a chronic health condition is a huge challenge in itself. The ITC Program removes the challenge of navigating an on often tricky health system to help local Indigenous people get the appropriate care they need, when and where they need it,” Mr Coe added.
All information and regular updates regarding the ITC Program are available on the WNSW PHN website, at https://wnswphn.org.au/itc.
(Pictured L-R: Cherie Forgione, Gilgandra Local Aboriginal Medical Service, Jaime Keed, Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, Jamie Newman, Orange Aboriginal Medical Service CEO, Ruth Luppino, Coonamble Aboriginal Health Services, Angela Firth, WNSW PHN Executive Manager Planning and Engagement)