Aboriginal health

Primary Health Tasmania works with local communities, organisations and healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We turn to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations and healthcare providers to find out what’s needed before designing, commissioning and monitoring services to meet those requirements.

Our commissioned activity

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned organisations across the state to deliver Aboriginal health services including:

  • integrated team care services to support chronic condition management
  • social and emotional wellbeing services.

You can find out more about these services by searching Our Services Portal.

Cygnet local Tony Watson, who identifies as Aboriginal, says the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) has changed his life.
As a client of the integrated team care (ITC) program – which is supported by Primary Health Tasmania – the team has helped initiate seemingly small, but important, changes to his everyday life.
“He had some stockings, but they weren’t appropriate. So, through ITC, I could go to a cardiologist appointment with Tony and talk to them about getting him some stockings measured properly,” Tony’s main care coordinator is Margie Kirk says.
Read Tony’s story.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 4.6% of the Tasmanian population: 23,572 people.


Our Passport to Better Health is a booklet aimed at giving consumers a more active role in sharing in their care.

It allows people to track information related to their healthcare journey, including personal details, health conditions, appointments and medication. It also gives them a platform to communicate with care providers about personal preferences, concerns, needs and questions about their health and wellbeing.

A version of the passport has been specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our Snapshot of Priority Populations in Tasmania resource gives an overview of health data and information for priority population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.