Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Members

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Gateway Health adopts a holistic approach to supporting Aboriginal clients, taking into consideration their cultural, economic, personal and social circumstances, responding to safety and wellbeing problems including domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse, family breakdown, cultural dislocation, racism and discrimination, substance misuse and social disadvantage. The provider will ensure that that Aboriginal clients in Albury-Wodonga and Wangaratta are connected to services including welfare and social support, employment, family violence, health (including drug and alcohol services), legal, child care and housing. The project will work to support mainstream services to be more accessible to Aboriginal clients. The project will also provide intensive case management for Aboriginal clients, supporting them beyond immediate referrals and working to improve their outcomes in areas. including health, education, housing and contact with the justice system, until identified issues are resolved.

The objectives of the Safety and Wellbeing Programme are to:
• ensure the ordinary rule of law applies in Indigenous communities
• ensure Indigenous people enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing enjoyed by other Australians by fostering the ability of Indigenous Australians to engage in education, employment and other opportunities.

All our programs across Gateway Health provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people. Just ring reception and ask for intake.

Indigenous Community Support

Have you got health, legal, housing or other issues you need some support with? If you are a part of the Aboriginal community then Indigenous Community Support. We do transport, support, referrals and links into local services and programs. The project will work to support mainstream services to be more accessible to Aboriginal clients. The project will also provide intensive case management for Aboriginal clients, supporting them beyond immediate referrals and working to improve their outcomes in areas including health, education, housing and contact with the justice system, until identified issues are resolved. Funded from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy - Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Speak to reception staff and ask for any of our Aboriginal workers; Coby Brock or Yvonne Hunter for more info or support in Albury/Wodonga / Wangaratta.

Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

hippy logoHIPPY is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood program for families with young children. The focus of the program is Aboriginal and refugee community. Families start HIPPY when their child is in the year before school (usually around 4 years old) and continue into the second year of HIPPY during their first year of formal schooling. Join HIPPY and a tutor will visit you at home or in the community and show you the HIPPY activities and storybooks that you can do with your children. You can contact Donna Mlejnek to talk about this program and enrolling your children in HIPPY.

Doctors

We have two Medical Practice locations - Wodonga and Wangaratta

Wodonga also has a Chronic Health Nurse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

Our Nurse Penny Wilson (Wodonga) is available to work with you around your health concerns that may need referrals to allied health specialists such as Diabetes, podiatry and many more. Penny is also a qualified Midwife and can do an Aboriginal health check, create care plans and monitor health.

Aboriginal Job Seeker Program

Information to be provided soon. Please come back later.

Blue Heelers

Blue Heelers is an art group for Aboriginal community members. The Blue Heelers program aims to promote healing, build resilience and support recovery. 

Ways Blue Heelers can help:
- Healing through creative activity
- Help with ways to build resilience
- Improve self confidence
- Add to life skills
- Increase self worth
- Clarifying ideas and impact of experience
- Empowering and building ownership to achieve aims
- Sharpen observation
- Increase skills for self expression
- Give you the opportunity to sharg experiences and ideas
- To acknowledge past experiences (individually or in groups)
- Exploration of future choices expressed creatively