Chronic health conditions (Aboriginal people)

What is available? 

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned a range of providers to provide this service, which aims to contribute to improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through access to: 

  • care coordination – qualified health workers help people access the services they need in line with GP care plans
  • supplementary services – a funding pool which can be used to speed up a care coordination client’s access to urgent allied health or specialist services, where they aren’t publicly available in a clinically acceptable timeframe 
  • outreach workers – non-clinical staff with strong links to the community who help people access culturally appropriate services. 

Who is eligible? 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of any age who are living with a chronic health condition. Priority is given to those with complex chronic care needs requiring input from various health professionals. 

Where is it available? 

This service is available to people statewide, with the following providers operating in each region (see below for contact details):

  • South
    • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Aboriginal Health Service - Hobart (across the south)
    • Karadi Aboriginal Corporation (Brighton, Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough (Kingston))
    • South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (Huon Valley and Kingborough local government areas)
  • North 
    • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Aboriginal Health Service - Launceston (across the north)
    • Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Inc (Flinders Island)
  • North west 
    • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Aboriginal Health Service - Burnie (across the north west)
    • Rural Health Tasmania - No. 34 Aboriginal Health Service (across the north west)
    • Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (Circular Head local government area).

Not all services are physically delivered in every local community, but eligible people in the areas indicated have access to some level of service. This could be face to face or through other means such as phone support. Speak to the service providers for more information.

Who can make a referral? 

Care coordination services are provided on referral from a GP. 

If someone doesn't have a regular GP, they may make direct contact with the service provider and a care coordinator can arrange an appointment for referral. 

How much does it cost? 

This service is free to eligible people where service capacity exists. 

Is there a related Tasmanian HealthPathway?

Yes. Health professionals can log in to the Tasmanian HealthPathways portal and search Integrated Team Care, under Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Who provides the service?

  • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Aboriginal Health Service - Burnie
    Contact:
    burnie@tacinc.com.au
    Phone:
    03 6431 3289
    Fax:
    03 6431 8363
  • Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC)
    Contact:
    reception@chac.com.au
    Phone:
    03 6452 1287
    Fax:
    03 6415 4700
  • Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Inc (FIAAI)
    Contact:
    info@fiaai.org.au
    Phone:
    03 6359 3532
    Fax:
    03 6359 3562
  • Rural Health Tasmania - No 34 Aboriginal Health Service - Ulverstone
    Phone:
    6417 6080
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Aboriginal Health Service - Launceston
    Contact:
    launceston@tacinc.com.au
    Phone:
    03 6332 3800
  • South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation
    Phone:
    03 6295 1125
  • Karadi Aboriginal Corporation
    Contact:
    info@karadi.org.au
    Phone:
    03 6272 3511
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Aboriginal Health Service – Hobart
    Contact:
    ahs@tacinc.com.au
    Phone:
    03 6234 0700