Aboriginal health

What is Aboriginal health?

"'Aboriginal health' refers to the physical well-being of an individual and the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total well-being of their Community. It is a whole-of-life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life. Health care services should strive to achieve the state where every individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being and thus bring about the total well-being of their community.”

National Aboriginal Health Strategy, 1989

See the Network's Aboriginal Health Strategy

How do we help improve the health of Aboriginal children?

Our Network ensures the cultural appropriateness of our programs and services and that we positively impact on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children. We utilise Aboriginal people's skills, knowledge and experience to provide the best possible services. 

Our Network is achieving excellence in many areas of clinical care, research and education in Aboriginal health. Establishing changes in health outcomes in the paediatric environment is the best opportunity to influence lifelong health outcomes for individuals and communities.

The Aboriginal Health Unit

The Aboriginal Health Unit promotes equality of outcomes using equitable processes, The Aboriginal Health Management Advisor works across both Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick and The Children's Hospital at Westmead, with an office based at Westmead.

The role of the Aboriginal Health Management Advisor is to work across the executive structure to develop the organisation's strategic responses to State and National Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal Workforce needs. 

 The goal is that of connecting the Network's local strategies to enhance the care outcomes for Aboriginal clients, effectively seeking to Close the Gap across the broadest spectrum possible within the Network.

The Aboriginal Health Management Advisor is linked to NSW Health's policy activities and core networks through:

Plans, policies and resources

Aboriginal Health


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework (2011–2015) www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/work-pubs-natsihwsf-toc~work-pubs-natsihwsf-nat 

Good Health - Great Jobs PD2011_048 www.health.nsw.gov.au/workforce/aboriginal/Pages/good-health-great-jobs.aspx

Respecting the Difference PD2011_069 www.health.nsw.gov.au/workforce/aboriginal/Pages/respecting-the-difference.aspx

Stepping Up (NSW Health online resource for Hiring Managers and Aboriginal applicants) www.steppingup.health.nsw.gov.au/

Definition of an Aboriginal Health Worker IB2014_001 www0.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/ib/2014/IB2014_001.html

Decision Making Framework for Aboriginal Health Workers http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/workforce/aboriginal/Pages/decision-making-framework.aspx

Aboriginal Health Worker Guidelines www.health.nsw.gov.au/workforce/aboriginal/Pages/aboriginal-health-worker-guidelines.aspx

Work with us http://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/health-professionals/work-and-learn/work-with-us/aboriginal-employment-strategies-at-the-childrens

External Resources

Australian Indigenous HealthInfonet: www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/ 

The Australian Government Department of Health - Indigenous: www.health.gov.au/Indigenous 

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - Indigenous Australians: www.aihw.gov.au/indigenous-australians/ 

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Closing the Gap – The Prime Minister’s Report 2015:


Medicare - Indigenous Health: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/provider/patients/indigenous.jsp 

Australian Human Rights Commission - Close the Gap: www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-social-justice/projects/close-gap-indigenous-health 

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO): www.naccho.org.au/ 

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC): www.ahmrc.org.au/

Aboriginal Medical Services

Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Ltd in Redfern, NSW

36 Turner St

Redfern NSW 2016

Phone (02) 9319 5823

Fax (02) 9319 3345

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Medical Service

187 Riverside Drive

Airds NSW 2560

Phone: (02) 4628 4837

Web: http://tacams.com.au/

Western Sydney

2 Palmerston Road

Mt Druitt NSW 2770

Phone: 1800 225 363 or (02) 9832 1356

Web: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal/Pages/aboriginal-medical-service.aspx


Sydney Metro Local Aboriginal Health Partnerships Agreement  Aboriginal Health Priorities 2015-6

Significant calendar dates

Significant calendar events for Aboriginal people

National Apology Day, 13 February www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples and  http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/our-country/our-people/apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples 

 National Close the Gap Day, 19 March www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/

 Harmony Day, 21 March www.harmony.gov.au/ 

National Sorry Day, 26 May www.nsdc.org.au/ 

National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June www.reconciliation.org.au/  and www.maboday.com.au/ 

 National NAIDOC Week, Sunday to Sunday (first full week in July) www.naidoc.org.au/celebrating-naidoc-week/ 

 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, 4 August www.snaicc.org.au 

 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, 9 August www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/ 

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