The Outback Division of General Practice is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in the rural and remote communities of Western NSW. We work to achieve this aim through meaningful collaborations with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in the development and delivery of innovative program and service activities. Our collaborations include the NSWODGP, Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation and Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services consortia’s management of the WNSWPHN commissioned Chronic Disease Management and Prevention Program, and North West Suicide Prevention Services program with consortia partners, Bourke Aboriginal Health service Walgett Aboriginal Health Service, Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation and Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation.
The ODGP has an approved Reconciliation Action Plan that provides a functional, dynamic and constructive blueprint that is embedded into the ODGP core culture and ensures the inclusivity of Australia’s First People in our core business. ODGP is keen to be seen as one of the leaders in the primary health care industry paving the way toward a just and united community where all Australians have equitable access to essential primary health care services.
By establishing and maintaining strong relationships between our employees and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, ODGP will be provided with opportunities to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the planning and delivery of essential primary health care services required to maintain a strong and healthy lifestyle. Current initiatives in this area include the employment of Aboriginal Health workers; service delivery support at each Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation in the region, and ongoing cultural awareness training.
These opportunities will also provide ODGP with opportunities to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to appropriately manage their health conditions and chronic illnesses. ODGP are striving to make a significant contribution to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and understand that this goal can only be accomplished by genuinely engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and being open to ongoing communication and consultation with key stakeholders and other health care providers.