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The PHN launches First Nations health podcast

The Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network’s (HNECC PHN) First Nations Health Access Team today launched Coffee on Country, a podcast aimed at raising health literacy among our indigenous community.

Coffee on Country has been launched with an initial six episodes, many featuring notable indigenous and non-indigenous health professionals and community members discussing topical health concerns and general health awareness.

The PHN’s First Nations Health Community Engagement Officer and Coffee on Country co-host, Josh Fuller, said “The gap is only getting wider, so it's time we start to increase health literacy. The podcast gives us a platform to reach our communities across the Hunter, New England and Central Coast especially our mob from rural or remote areas who we wouldn’t cross paths with every day.”

“The podcast provides us with a platform to yarn about the health programs available, interview guests, have a laugh and to educate people on our health care system. We want our communities to understand who the PHN is, what we do, and how they can access services to be proactive about their health care.”

"Voice is a powerful tool that can reach far and wide. My co-host, Robbie and I are feeling very grateful to have this platform to be able share these conversations and people’s stories. The podcast will provide a better understanding of First Nations health in a holistic approach which incorporates telling of peoples stories and health journeys in our communities."

The podcast was launched at a morning tea held across two PHN locations, Newcastle and Tamworth, where co-hosts, Josh Fuller and Robbie Watson shared their inspiration behind the development of the podcast, technical tips and what lies ahead.

The Hunter New England Central Coast PHN Chief Executive Officer, Richard Nankervis, said “The podcast is a great example of how the PHN’s dedicated First Nations Health Access team are working closely with local First Nations organisations and service providers, forming strong relationships that help identify regional needs and in turn close the service gap.”

The PHN would like to thank all involved in the development of Coffee on Country and encourage the community to tune in. Listen to the podcast on Spotify.

Find out more about our First Nations Health Access Team at: First Nations Health - Primary Health Network (

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