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.

Life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at birth is 15-20 years lower when compared to the rest of the Australian population.

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
  • alcohol and other drug treatment services
  • 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.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Primary Health Tasmania is committed to increasing our capacity and confidence to build effective relationships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues, stakeholders, and organisations as the foundation to promote two-way culturally safe and respectful practice.

To this end, we are exploring pathways to reconciliation that will help develop our reconciliation action plan. Our Reconciliation Action Plan will outline practical actions we will take, and set out our aspirational plans to build strong relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

Put simply, it will be about working together to turn our good intentions into real actions.