Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program
Indigenous Cultural Support (ICS)
The Townsville Hospital and Health Service community health service provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural support program to clients to help them navigate their care under community health.
The purpose of ICS is to:
- Support and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing services through Townsville Community Health Services
- Ensure clients feel culturally safe when accessing the services
- Ensure culturally respectful health care practices
- Identify service barriers, and improve the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients through the continuum of care
- Improve the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples by contributing to the ‘Closing the Gap’ program initiatives by:
- Supporting non-Indigenous staff and clinicians when engaging in clinical care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, and
- Having a partnership that is collaborative and supportive of all three parties: the client, the consultant, and the clinician.
All clients who are identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander when referred to the Townsville Community Health Service are automatically referred to the cultural support team. The support team will contact the clients to offer the support of the team.
National Indigenous Pneumococcal and Influenza Immunisation program (NIPII)
NIPII is a free service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aimed at immunising at-risk people against pneumococcal and influenza. This program aims to deliver culturally respectful immunisation service to ‘vulnerable’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are unlikely to access or have contact with traditional GP/health services.
NIPII is delivered in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, and partnership arrangements are made with services to utilise non-traditional clinic sites so as to extend immunisation coverage.
Healthy Ways is a group education program aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. The program uses a behaviour-change approach to improve health and wellbeing and prevent chronic disease by looking at smoking cessation, physical activity and nutrition. Interested groups/businesses can contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program (ATSIHP) on 4433 9000 for further information/bookings.