Koolin Balit Phase 2

Health and Wellbeing Services Supporting Aboriginal Tertiary and Secondary Students in the Inner East

Inner East PCP Koolin Balit Phase 2 is now strongly focused on strengthening care pathways for Aboriginal students. The Inner East PCP aims to improve the retention of Aboriginal tertiary students in the inner east by linking them with local health and community support services.

The aims of the Inner East PCP Koolin Balit Phase 2 project are: to ensure that local services are culturally appropriate; that GPs have access to information to support Aboriginal tertiary students; and to increase the knowledge of Aboriginal and mainstream tertiary institutions of:

  1. health and wellbeing services in the local community that support Aboriginal students
  2. low-cost, community counselling services
  3. the supports that make a difference to Aboriginal students in tertiary institutions.

We work closely with the local Koori Liason officers (KLOs) to adapt strategies to better engage students as well as to improve their health by identifying and enhancing service pathways.

We consult with Aboriginal organisations in the east, and with tertiary institutions so that we can:

  • develop partnerships between between tertiary and community services,
  • facilitate cultural audits and cultural awareness training for community services,
  • implement culturally appropriate policies and processes in regional health and community services, and
  • integrate work into the HealthPathways Melbourne website for GPs.

Why is Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander health a priority?

The Inner East PCP work in Aboriginal health is funded under Koolin Balit. Koolin Balit is the Victorian Government’s strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next 10 years. The strategy sets out what the Department of Health and Human Services, together with Aboriginal communities, other parts of government and service providers, will do to achieve the government’s commitment to improve Aboriginal health.

The government’s objectives are to:

  • close the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people living in Victoria
  • reduce the differences in infant mortality rates, morbidity and low birthweights between the general population and Aboriginal people
  • improve access to services and outcomes for Aboriginal people.

There is a positive correlation between level of education and social wellbeing for Aboriginal people, but there are a number of barriers which are faced by Aboriginal students impacting on their ability to enter and succeed at tertiary study. Having Aboriginal specific support on campus is very important and has positive impacts on student access, retention and success.


Title Date Type Author Files
Koolin Balit Project Final Report 2015
24/08/2016 Report Inner East Primary Care Partnership
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.

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