Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Bell, Kathy, Couzos, Sophia, Daniels, John, Hunter, Puggy, Mayers, Naomi, and Murray, Richard (2000) Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. In: Commonwealth, Department of Health and Aged Care, (ed.) General Practice in Australia: 2000. Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, Canberra Australia, pp. 74-104.

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Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) are culturally appropriate, autonomous primary health services initiated, planned and governed by local Aboriginal communities through their elected Aboriginal board of directors. ACCHSs are the practical expression of Aboriginal self-determination in Aboriginal health. By definition, they are not government run. Aboriginal communities around Australia have been establishing community controlled services since 1971. There are now over 100 ACCHSs operating across Australia in all States and Territories. All Aboriginal communities have unmet primary health care needs and in many ACCHSs primary health care is not available. At the national level all ACCHSs are members of their umbrella body, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. There are similar umbrella structures at the State/ Territory level. This chapter summarises the structure and function of ACCHSs in their delivery of comprehensive primary health care to Aboriginal people. It contextualises many of the current developments in Australian general practice within the preferred model of care to Aboriginal people. The ACCHS model of care pre-dates and exemplifies the application of the Alma Ata Declaration on primary health care endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO 1978).

Item ID: 40455
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-0-642-41607-0
Keywords: Aboriginal community controlled health services, ACCHS, Indigenous, general practice, primary health care, equity, Medicare, Aboriginal Health Worker, access, research, medicine, Divisions of General Practice, Alma Ata
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 04:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 100%
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