Expanding services puts health first

PUTTING HEALTH FIRST: Awabakal is helping to close the gap and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal people by expanding its services.

PUTTING HEALTH FIRST: Awabakal is helping to close the gap and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal people by expanding its services.

Local Aboriginal community organisation Awabakal has announced that over the coming weeks they will be expanding their health services to include more locations and outreach sites.

Additionally, they will now offer disability services as a recently registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Currently, the Awabakal Medical Service in Hamilton is used as their main medical hub, giving Aboriginal families in the area access to primary health care, advocacy, social and emotional support.

This centre will continue to operate as the primary location for more specialised health care and dental services and will exist in conjunction with the new sites.

Two additional full-time, dedicated sites will be based in Cardiff and Raymond Terrace, along with four outreach sites, operating as mobile/day clinics at Toronto, Windale, Karuah and Maitland.

These new locations are helping to deliver a broad range of health services and community programs to their growing Awabakal community.

“Awabakal is dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of more Aboriginal people in our community and we believe that is important for our people to have access to culturally appropriate health care,” Raylene Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Awabakal, said.

“By expanding our services and our reach, we hope to allow more individuals to have more choices and wider access to the types of services they need.”  

For over 40years, Awabakal have been providing culturally appropriate health care, aged care and family services to Aboriginal people living throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley regions, as a not-for-profit organisation, managed by professional Aboriginal staff who are experienced and sensitive to the needs of the Aboriginal community.

With plans for two more Awabakal Community Health centres expected sometime around 2019 - 2020, which will provide outreach to another four possible sites, Awabakal continues to put health first, helping to close the gap and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal people.