Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Members

aboriginal flagtorres strait islanders flagAcknowledgement to Country

“I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land on which we are gathered/meeting and pay respects to their Elders past, present and future, for they hold the memories, the tradition and the culture of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People”.

“I would also like to acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people here today”

Gateway Health adopts a holistic approach to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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. Gateway Health will ensure that that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in the Ovens Murray catchment are connected to services including welfare and social support, employment, family violence, health (including drug and alcohol services), legal, childcare and housing. Gateway Health programs will work to support mainstream services to be more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. Programs may also provide intensive case management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, supporting them beyond immediate referrals and working to improve 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 Program are to:

  • ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing enjoyed by other Australians by fostering the ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to engage in education, employment and other opportunities.

All Gateway Health programs provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples. Please ring reception and ask for intake.

First Nations Senior Consultative Circle

The seniors group was formed in 2018. The group under the principle of self-determination has developed their terms of reference, their name for the group, their logo and have shirts with their logo. The group started with 10 members and has grown to 27 members 20 who regularly attend, all members must live in Wodonga/Ovens Murray catchment.. The first year was forming the group with care and support, taking the group at their pace. The group is facilitated by Gateway Health and meets monthly at Gateway.


  • The seniors voice is captured, and members engage in meetings, forums and activities
  • Strong leadership and wisdom are documented
  • Connections with cultural places and other senior people across Ovens Murray area and Victoria
  • Support and share stories with other seniors and youth
  • Sharing knowledge with agencies and ACCO’s
  • Healing through sharing, caring, programs and yarns

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 and or Torres Strait Islander 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 and Torres Strait clients.

Funded from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy - Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Speak to reception staff and ask for any of our Aboriginal workers; for more info or support in the Ovens Murray catchment.

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, Torres Strait Islander 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 Reception to talk about this program and enrolling your children in HIPPY


We have two Medical Practice locations - Wodonga and Wangaratta.

Select here to find out more about the Medical Practices.

GP Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

The Indigenous Health Program Officer provides support to mainstream and Aboriginal medical practices in the Ovens Murray catchment with matters relating to the Integrated Care Program (ITC), facilitation of cultural training and provision of information relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

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