Aboriginal Health

The Mid North Coast Local Health District wishes to advise that this website may contain names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. It may also contain links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, now deceased.

Of the 200,405 residents living within the boundaries of the Mid North Coast Local Health District, five per cent or 10,083 identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District is striving to achieve Aboriginal Health equity in a number of ways including implementation of the following strategies:(2)

  • Improve Aboriginal Health by embedding Closing the Gap, cultural respect and other initiatives across the District
  • Improve collaboration and partnerships with Aboriginal organisations and services across the Local Health District
  • Develop a targeted communication strategy with Aboriginal communities
  • Implement the Aboriginal Family Health Program
  • Increase Aboriginal employment to five per cent to match the District population
  • Develop targeted prevention programs for Aboriginal people e.g. smoking, physical activity
  • Implement key Public Health initiatives in partnership with Aboriginal communities
  • Develop and implement integrated models of chronic care for Aboriginal people
  • Improve the identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Improve Aboriginal Health data, and data management and reporting.

Aboriginal Health is Everyone’s Business!

It is important to note that Aboriginal Health services are embedded and delivered in each of the two Clinical Networks: The Coffs Clinical Network and the Hastings Macleay Clinical Network. Services are delivered by all directorates including Acute Care, Community Nursing, Public Health, Dental, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol and Allied Health services such as Physiotherapy, Social Work and Dietetics.

Dedicated Aboriginal Health services include but are not limited to the Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Strategy (AMIHS), Aboriginal Family Health Strategy, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers, the Aboriginal Identification Project (Kempsey), Building Strong Foundations for Aboriginal Communities (Kempsey), the Aboriginal Mental Health Program, Chronic Care for Aboriginal People, National Partnership Agreement, Aboriginal Early Intervention, and the Aboriginal Environmental Health Program.

MNCLHD uses a number of Plans, Frameworks and Agreements to support the provision of culturally appropriate and timely services to Aboriginal people on the Mid North Coast, including:

Further information on the Ministry of Health’s Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal Health is available here, and the NSW Health Aboriginal Health Fact Sheet 2013 is available here.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which our health facilities and services operate: The Birpai, Dunghutti, Gumbaynggirr and Nganyaywana Nations.