Closing the Gap

Brisbane North PHN has a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of around 14,000 people.

The aim of our Closing the Gap strategy is to improve 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.

Our partner, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), delivers our Closing the Gap program, which includes the following activities:

Integrated Team Care

In 2016-17, the Care Coordination and Supplementary Services (CCSS) and the Improving Indigenous Access to Mainstream Primary Care (IIAMPC) programs were combined to form the Integrated Team Care (ITC) Activity.

Find out more about our Integrated Team Care (ITC) Activity.

Community aged care

The IUIH provides community-based care services through our healthy@home consortium to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over to enhance their independence and avoid or delay entry into residential aged care.

Available services include domestic assistance, personal care, social support, , nursing, allied health, advocacy and transport. To access services, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit www.myagedcare.gov.au.

Mental health services

The IUIH works as a member of our North Brisbane Partners in Recovery consortium to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience severe and persistent mental illness, and also have complex needs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues and who have difficulty accessing other services can access short-term mental health care through our Brisbane MIND program,

Brisbane North PHN has also partnered with Wellness Specialist Centres, based in Morayfield, to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental illness and improve their access to primary healthcare services.

Patient satisfaction monitoring

The PHN supports healthcare providers to implement the Patient Opinion feedback tool to build their capacity to understand the challenges of providing culturally appropriate healthcare and to better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Turrbal and Jagera people of Brisbane, the Gubbi Gubbi people of Caboolture and Bribie Island, the Waka Waka people of Kilcoy and the Ningy Ningy people of Redcliffe. We pay respects to elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and the hopes of Aboriginal Australia.