Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Health – Koolin Balit

Overview

The Inner East Primary Care Partnership works in collaboration with Aboriginal organisations and tertiary institutions to strengthen pathways to care for Aboriginal students in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. Our work is funded under the Victorian Government’s Koolin Balit strategy.

In 2015-16 the Inner East PCP developed an initial understanding of the health and wellbeing services available to Aboriginal tertiary students in the Inner East region of Melbourne, including both Aboriginal and mainstream tertiary student support services and local community services. The Health and Wellbeing Services Supporting Aboriginal Tertiary Students in the Inner East – Understanding the picture (Inner East PCP Koolin Balit Phase 1) project found that while all tertiary institutions have Aboriginal workers, not all have a dedicated Aboriginal space and some campuses do not have an Aboriginal worker on site, leading to a gap in services for students attending those campuses. It was found that Aboriginal workers on campus provide a flexible and wide-ranging service to Aboriginal students which is very valuable to them.

Inner East PCP Koolin Balit Phase 1 found that there is a relatively low usage rate of mainstream tertiary and community services by Aboriginal students. Our research identified opportunities to build relationships between tertiary institutions in the inner east, Aboriginal and mainstream health and community services, and to strengthen the support available to Aboriginal students. Aboriginal and mainstream tertiary services are keen to enhance and develop partnerships with local community services and a number of partnership opportunities were identified, which can be supported by the Inner East PCP.

Inner East PCP Koolin Balit Phase 1 achieved some important outcomes, including:

  • Identifying the support services available to Aboriginal tertiary students studying in institutions in the Inner East, and identifying the gaps in service
  • Incorporating input from Aboriginal former university students into a project that aims to improve services for Aboriginal tertiary students
  • Encouraging local community services to think about how they might improve referral rates of Aboriginal people to their service, and
  • Providing an opportunity for the Inner East PCP to support the creation and sustainability of partnerships between tertiary institutions and community organisations in the Inner East.

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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.