Ensuring Aboriginal people have greater access to effective health care across Australia
The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national peak body representing over 144 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues. It has a history stretching back to 1974.
NACCHO’s work comprises of:
- promoting, developing and expanding the provision of health and wellbeing services through local ACCHSs
- liaison with organisations and governments within both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community on health and wellbeing policy and planning issues
- representation and advocacy relating to health service delivery, health information, research, public health, health financing and health programs
- fostering cooperative partnerships and working relationships with agencies that respect Aboriginal community control and holistic concepts of health and wellbeing.
NACCHO is a living embodiment of the aspirations of Aboriginal communities and their struggle for self-determination.
NACCHO provides a coordinated holistic response from the community sector, advocating for culturally respectful and needs-based approaches to improving health and wellbeing outcomes through ACCHSs.
NACCHO and the RACGP working together
The partnership between the RACGP and NACCHO was formalised by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2014. The MoU was signed by RACGP President Dr Frank R Jones and NACCHO Chairperson Mr Matthew Cooke at the launch of the RACGP’s Reconciliation Action Plan at the RACGP National Office in Melbourne. The organisations have a proud history of partnership and have long advocated for increased awareness of barriers to quality healthcare faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The signing of the document signified both organisations’ unwavering commitment to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ensuring these populations enjoy optimal physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing
The RACGP has worked alongside NACCHO for many years, lobbying for increased investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and collaborating on key resources for GPs to ensure they are equipped to provide clinically and culturally appropriate care.
The MoU confirms the collaborative and respectful relationship between the two organisations, who will continue to work together advocating for appropriate resourcing of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector and equality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.