Aboriginal Health Unit

Aboriginal Health is part of the organisational structure of the Chief of Staff Stream of the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) and has a responsibility to work within the strategic plans and directions, policy and guidelines of the organisation, inclusive of the strategic directions of the Ministry of Health – Aboriginal Health Branch.

Aboriginal Health is responsible for ensuring the delivery of culturally appropriate medical services and health education/ promotion programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the Northern NSW Local Health District area. Aboriginal Health facilitates and where appropriate co-ordinates the activities of Aboriginal Health staff in each of the two Health Service Groups (HSG); the Richmond Clarence HSG and Tweed Byron HSG.

Aboriginal Health provides Aboriginal Health staff in those HSG with professional development and cultural support. Non-Aboriginal Health staff are supported by Aboriginal Health through the delivery of Cultural Awareness – Respecting the Difference Training.

Aboriginal Health delivers of a variety of health promotion activities and health education as well as supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with identification and management of chronic diseases. Included within Aboriginal Health is the Aboriginal Family Health Program that has strategies that focus on responding to family violence in Aboriginal Communities throughout NNSW LHD. Aboriginal Health also partners with Government and Non-Government organisations to support the delivery of culturally effective health, social and emotional well-being programs.