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Hunter New England and Central Coast (HNECC) PHN acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands we walk, reside and work upon. We pay our respects to First Nations people and value the continued connection to culture, country, waterways and contributions made to the life of our vast region.
Closing the Gap in Primary Care
We work with our communities and health providers to improve access to services, promote health literacy and support the management of health conditions for First Nations people living and working in our region.
Current First Nations Health initiatives
The aim of the 715 Health Check is to help ensure that First Nations people receive primary health care matched to their needs, by encouraging early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions that cause morbidity and early mortality.
The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive supports general practices and Indigenous health services (practices) to provide better health care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients. This includes best practice management of chronic disease.
The ITC Program improves access to culturally appropriate, mainstream primary care services, including but not limited to, general practice, allied health and specialists.
Our First Nations Health Access Team can provide free cultural awareness support with an email, phone call or a practice visit. View educational resources here.
Our PHN works with clinicians, service providers, people with a lived experience and local communities to commission mental health care that reflects local needs and focuses on safe, effective and quality service.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with undiagnosed hearing loss are disadvantaged at school with delayed auditory, cognitive and psychosocial development.
The CTG PBS Co-Payment program was established in July 2010 to improve access to affordable PBS medicines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with, or at risk of, chronic disease.
The PHN Healing Forums across Taree, Inverell and Cessnock were designed to increase access to First Nations community-identified approaches to improving the healing and wellbeing needs of HNECC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The PHN has developed resources to assist First Nations people to access reliable information about the COVID-19 vaccines, and to identify health services to manage and treat COVID-19 related illness.
To support our vision of Healthy People and Healthy Communities we have developed a Grants program. Our Grants program addresses local health needs and priorities by providing grant funding for innovative programs and projects throughout our region. Grants are one-off funding opportunities and are not guaranteed on-going funding.
The First Nations Health logo and artwork has been produced for the Primary Health Network as a representation of the work, programs and services provided for First Nations communities within the Hunter New England and Central Coast regions of NSW.
First Nations Health & Wellness Framework
Primary health is a fundamental cornerstone of wellness and wellbeing for First Nations people which contributes greatly to achieving the Nations Closing the Gap targets. This is why the PHN is focused on First Nations work and improving health outcomes. This Health and Wellness framework provides an impetus for change and dialogue about achieving improved health outcomes.
The framework builds upon recent work including the Healing Forums conducted in 2020 and the original Aboriginal Health framework published in 2016. This framework sets expected standards for cultural competency for staff and PHN stakeholder and guides on us how incorporate culturally responsive attitudes, values, and behaviours into their everyday work. The framework gives us a basis to reflect on our approaches to First Nations health and engaging the First Nations community.
Latest First Nations Health news
September 25 2023
An evaluation of a key health initiative underpinned by the National Agreement on Closing the Gap has found the program is achieving its desired outcome of improving life outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians.
September 19 2023
The PHN is committed to enhancing health outcomes and acknowledges the importance of physical activity. The Koori Knockout event centres around fitness, fostering community connections, promoting social and emotional well-being, and strengthening cultural ties among participants.
First Nations Health Access Team
To enable us to support our First Nations communities we have established a dedicated First Nations Health team. The team work closely with local First Nations organisations and service providers, forming strong relationships that help identify regional needs and in turn close the service gap.