Canberra is Ngunnawal country. However, the ACT region is home for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from different first nations communities across Australia, making up about 1.8% of the ACT population.

Support for general practice

The ACT PHN Indigenous Health Program Officer and GP Advisor, through the ACT PHN Program, provide advice and support to general practices across the region on a range of topics including:

  • MBS items specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients;
  • PBS Co-Payment Measure
  • PIP Indigenous Health Incentive
  • Information exchange on available referral options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
  • Identifying barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in accessing health services and working with practices to address these barriers
  • Cultural Competency Training for practices and staff aligning with the RACGP requirements.

For more information please phone the ACT PHN Indigenous Health Program Officer on 6287 8026.

Health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

A range of health services specifically developed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our region are available. The aim of Integrated Team Care (ITC) program is to:

  • contribute to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with chronic health conditions through better access to care coordination, multidisciplinary care and to support self-management
  • improve access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services (e.g. general practice, allied health and specialists) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The two main components of ITC include:

  • Care Coordination: Provided by a qualified healthcare worker for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a chronic disease. Patients will be referred by their GP from a general practice or Aboriginal Medical Service participating in the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive.
  • Supplementary Services: A flexible funding pool is available to the Care Coordinator to assist patients to access urgent or essential health services where the service is not publically available in a clinically acceptable timeframe. The funds can be used to improve access to specialist and allied health services that are in accordance with the patient’s care plan.

ACT PHN engages Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and Grand Pacific Health (for general practices) to provide this program.

General practice referrals

To refer to the program, please contact Grand Pacific Health on 6298 2902.

Contact

Please contact the ACT PHN Indigenous Health Program Officer on 6287 8026 to arrange a time to meet and discuss the ITC Program and how your practice can incorporate its delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

We are committed to making a valued contribution to the wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT Region