Client: Office of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH), Department of Health & Ageing

Identification of issues affecting access to health care services for Aboriginal people in the Dubbo region

Project timeline: August 2008 – December 2008

Brief description:

To identify health service levels, needs and service gaps in Dubbo and those services’ capacity to meet current and future demand, to inform forward planning by the Department


  • Collation and analysis of socio-economic and health profiles of 16 communities in Dubbo and its catchment area

  • Review of existing health planning documents and reports regarding Dubbo

  • Description of existing primary and allied health services and support networks and services in Dubbo

  • Extensive face to face consultation with government and non government organisations and with community members

  • Description and discussion of issues affecting access by Aboriginal people to services that promote health and wellbeing

  • Formulation of recommendations about where expansion and enhancement of health services are required in the context of Dubbo as a regional centre, and about how to address outstanding issues affecting access to health services by Aboriginal people