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Links for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The following organisations are committed to the education and care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet  is a 'one-stop info-shop' established to help 'close the gap' by informing practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge accessible.

The following pages on their site are particularly recommended:

See more about Australian Indigenous HealthInfonet  here.

Aboriginal Interpreter Service

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) helps to alleviate the language barriers faced by many Aboriginal people throughout the Northern Territory.

More than 100 Aboriginal languages and dialects are spoken in the NT alone, and many local Indigenous people speak English as their third or fourth language.

We have more than 300 registered interpreters, making AIS one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people in Australia. Together these interpreters cover more than 100 Aboriginal languages and dialects spoken in the Territory.

Guidance and advice can be provided with appropriate language selection, dialects, language level and cultural considerations. The service also offers cross-cultural training and workshops on how to work effectively with an interpreter.

The AIS provides a 24 hour booking service and operates from offices across the Territory: Darwin (main office), Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Wadeye, Nhulunbuy, Groote Eylandt, and Wurrumiyanga.

Contact details for the Aboriginal Interpreter Service
Phone: 08 8999 8353
Address: Ground Floor, Pella House, Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT 0800
Post: GPO Box 4450, Darwin NT 0801
Website: http://www.ais.nt.gov.au/

AIHW Indigenous Observatory

The Indigenous Observatory initiated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a repository of information on the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The homepage features reports, information updates and links to other important websites.

Among the reports produced by the observatory is their overview report titled ‘The health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2015’, which draws extensively on the AIHW and ABS data collections. You can see this report here.

Find out more about the Indigenous Observatory here.

Health Consumers of Rural and Remote Australia

Health Consumers of Rural and Remote Australia is an incorporated organisation working to improve health outcomes for people living in the bush.

The group, from across Australia and with different backgrounds and experience, have come together under one banner because they believe that people living in rural and remote areas have the right to a reasonable level of health care. 

To be an effective representative organisation,  HCRRA must first be an effective consultative and informative organisation. They focus then on not only listening to the views and experiences of health consumers in rural and remote areas, but also on keeping them up to date with current policy initiatives and discussions.

We encourage all individuals and organisations that have an interest in rural health to join this organisation. HCRRA was incorporated in 1994 and is now very highly regarded by policy makers as a trusted, reliable and truly representative voice of rural and remote health consumers.

See more about their work here.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Indigenous Allied Health Professionals is a not-for-profit, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation formed by a network of committed allied health professionals.

It’s a national resource for health professionals to network and share information and ideas.

See more about their work here.

Menzies School of Health Research

The Menzies School of Health Research is Australia’s only medical research institute dedicated to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

Their work addresses critical issues such as mental health, nutrition, substance abuse, child health and development, as well as chronic diseases including kidney disease, cancer and heart disease.

The School leads global research into life-threatening illnesses in the Asia-Pacific and also endeavours to break the cycle of disease and to reduce health inequities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, particularly for disadvantaged populations.

Learn about 'The Indigenous Patient Voices Symposium Report' (2017).

Contact  Menzies School of Health Research
Phone: 08 8922 8196
Fax: 08 8927 5187
Email: info@menzies.edu.au
Website: www.menzies.edu.au/resources



MedicinesTalk is an online resource that provides reliable, accurate information and useful hints to people about managing their medicines.

This is particularly useful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may have difficulty obtaining medicines, and therefore may use them less than necessary.

Find out about Medicines Talk here.

The following pages on their site are particularly recommended:

Yolngu Radio

Yolngu Radio, part of Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS), is a community development radio station providing information, music and entertainment to the Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land. They broadcast in the languages of the Yolngu people.

ARDS produces an extensive range of audio education programs that are broadcast on Yolngu Radio, covering foundational health concepts, specific diseases significant in Yolngu populations, and ‘responsive health messages’ on a range of topics.

See more about Yolngu Radio and ARDS.

Contact details for Yolngu Radio
Phone: 08 8984 4174 or freecall 1800 899 769
Address: 374 Stuart Highway, Winnellie NT 0821
Email: info@ards.com.au

Working Carers Gateway

The Working Carers Gateway is a site dedicated to supporting people who are juggling work roles with caring for a relative or friend who is ill, frail, has a disability or is ageing.

Funded by Family and Community Services NSW, the site is of particular interest to isolated, regional and culturally diverse carer groups. It includes a portal for Aboriginal working carers, developed in conjunction with Aboriginal carer support officers across NSW.

See more about the Indigenous portal on the Working Carers Gateway here.

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