As part of the Hume Region's 'Koolin Balit Action Plan', the health services and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community are working together to design a new model for health services to address the needs of this community.
Chris Thorne is the Central Hume PCP's Aboriginal Community Support Worker and is employed to gather information about the community's needs and to report back to the Central Hume Working Group. This information will guide discussions and decision-making to make some changes to the way health services provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Benalla, Bright, Mansfield, Myrtleford and Wangaratta.
Koolin Balit is the Victorian Government's strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next 10 years. It was launched by the Minister for Health at the Aboriginal health conference in May 2012.
Koolin Balit sets out what the Department of Health, together with Aboriginal communities, other parts of government and service providers, will do to achieve the government's commitment to improve Aboriginal health. It brings together Victoria's total effort in Aboriginal health in an integrated, whole of life framework based around a set of key priorities and enablers.