Client: Australian Government, Department of Health & Ageing, Office for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health

Expansion and Enhancement of Primary Health Care Services in Cobar

Project timeline: March 2007 - May 2007

Brief description:

The purpose of the study was to develop an Indigenous specific primary health care model of service delivery in Cobar and its surrounding region. Requirements of the project were:

  • Identification and mapping of primary health care services and providers available in Cobar and surrounding regions

  • Analysis of health needs and priorities emerging from the Murdi Paaki Community Working Party Action Plans, validated by community consultation with all stakeholders

  • Location of linkages for OATSIH to develop health services with mainstream and other relevant service providers

  • Identification of key areas of health need and gaps in service availability, and of issues impacting on availability of services, access and utilisation of services by local Aboriginal people and the wider population

  • Development of model/s of accessible primary health care service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Cobar and a subsequent implementation strategy, including preliminary budget costings

Outcome:

  • Identification of key gaps in services in Cobar related to social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB), domestic violence and allied health services to support child development

  • Funding was obtained to extend the Bila Muuji SEWB service into Cobar resulting in the appointment of two Aboriginal mental health workers, supported by weekly visiting psychological and counselling services to Cobar