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Improving Aboriginal Health

Our commitment to improving Aboriginal health

We are committed to improving Aboriginal health. Please read our Statement of Commitment.

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is committed to improving the health of Aboriginal people: we identify this as a strategic priori​ty​ for the organisation. In line with this, an Aboriginal Health Plan and implementation roadmap has been developed to provide direction and track our progress against key Aboriginal health priority areas.
Artwork; Two people

Some of the key areas of Aboriginal health are:

  • Ensuring programs and services are accessible, affordable, relevant and appropriate for Aboriginal communities;
  • Continuing to develop and strengthen effective partnerships and working relationships with the Aboriginal community controlled sector, Primary Health Networks, Aboriginal communities and other key stakeholders;
  • Development and support of a skilled Aboriginal workforce;
  • Ensuring governance, planning and advisory structures within the organisation are supportive of culturally relevant decision-making.

Looking for a service in your area? To find a health service use our facility listing map.


Our Aboriginal nations

Our Local Health District includes the lands of many A​boriginal nations.

Map of Aboriginal nations in the Health District

Publications and reports

We have a variety of publications and reports including our Aboriginal Health Plan 2014-2016 which focuses specifically on closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health outcomes. 

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was launched on 14th September 2017 by Professor Tom Calma, Co-Chair Reconciliation Australia and our Chief Executive, Scott Mclachlan. The launch took place during the 2017 Aboriginal Health Forum, which was attended by more than 100 members of our workforce.

The RAP is about what our organisation can do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. It will help us develop a more culturally safe and tolerant workplace that will contribute to improving service delivery to Aboriginal peoples, their families and communities.​


We invite you to explore more of our publications and reports.


Our Aboriginal workforce

We are committed to developing a skilled Aboriginal workforce reflective of our local Aboriginal population.

Meet our mob! We are proud of our Aboriginal workforce. We have Aboriginal people in various roles at varying levels within our organisation.


Partnerships

We have a variety of partnerships with other organisations who are also committed to improving Aboriginal health in our area including:

  • Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services
    Bila Muuji works to address health inequality in their local communities: Brewarrina, Bourke, Coomealla, Dubbo, Forbes, Orange, Wellington and Walgett.
  • TAFE Western
    TAFE Western is committed to fostering social and economic development by providing innovative and relevant training aligned to job opportunities and community needs.

Programs and services

Integrated Care

Integrated Care is about better connecting and resourcing our highly skilled and dedicated health network (GPs, nurses, specialists, allied health providers) to provide care that responds to all of a person’s health needs – physical and mental – in partnership with patients, carers and family. Find out more about Integrated Care.


Marang Dhali – Eating Well

Marang Dhali - Eating Well is a practical cooking and nutrition program consisting of 4-6 weekly sessions, usually 2 hours long, delivered by trained Aboriginal facilitators.

‘Marang Dhali’ is the Wiradjuri language phrase for ‘eating well’. We acknowledge and thank Stanley Vernard 'Stan' Grant Snr, AM, an Elder of the Wiradjuri Nation and Language Specialist of the Elders Council, for his advice and permission to use this phrase in the title of our Program.

Photo; Book cover Marang Dhali Eating Well

Aboriginal participants cook healthy recipes, discuss ideas for good nutrition and share the prepared meal together, or take some home for the family to try. Target groups have included Elders and men’s groups, young mothers and teenagers.

To run a program, money is needed for food ingredients, venue hire and cook books The Program is coordinated by Health Promotion Officers from Population Health, Western NSW Local Health District and Aboriginal Health Workers, who have been part of the decision making since the start in 2011.

Western NSW Local Health District facilitators are supported by Health Promotion, receiving $600 per program (placed in local supermarkets), bulk Participant Packs (for participants to keep for home use) and annual Facilitator Sharing Days.

Marang Dhali was developed in response to the growing issue of food security in western New South Wales.


Mental health, drug & alcohol

The mental health of our Aboriginal people is very important to us. Read more about mental health, drug and alcohol services across Western NSW Local Health District.


Information to help keep you healthy

We have gathered a list of resources and information to help you keep healthy. This information can help you  improve your health, quit smoking, prevent falls and keep your kids healthy.​

Chronic Care for Aboriginal People: 48 Hour Follow-Up Program

The 48 Hour Follow-Up Program aims to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal patients with chronic disease, by providing follow-up within 48 hours of discharge from an acute facility.​