Acknowledgement to Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Local Demographics

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Gippsland is high compared to Victoria with East Gippsland, Latrobe, Wellington and Baw Baw having the highest population.
  • Approximately 10% of Victoria’s Indigenous population live in Gippsland.
  • Hospital admissions and emergency department presentations are almost twice as common for Aboriginal people compared to non-Aboriginal people.

Integrated Team Care Program

The aim of Integrated Team Care (ITC) is to contribute to improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care.

Care Coordination and Outreach Support will be provided by qualified health workers (for example specialist nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers) to ensure that patients are accessing services consistent with the care plan prepared by their GP. Activities will include provision of appropriate clinical care, arranging the services required, assisting the patient to attend appointments, ensuring medical records are complete and current, and ensuring regular reviews are undertaken by the patient’s primary care providers.

Supplementary Services is also included in the ITC program. Supplementary Services will include a flexible funding pool available for use by the Care Coordinators when they need to expedite a patient’s access to an urgent and essential allied health or specialist service (including certain approved medical aids), where the services are not otherwise available in a clinically acceptable timeframe.

Referral into this program is direct to provider. The providers for Gippsland PHN are:

East Gippsland

Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association
18 – 28 Jemmeson Street, Lakes Entrance Vic 3909 (03) 5155 8465

Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative
37-53 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale VIC 3875 (03) 5150 0700

Latrobe

Central Gippsland Aboriginal Health Services
7-9 Buckley St, Morwell, VIC 3840 (03) 5136 5100

Wellington

Ramahyuck & District Aboriginal Corporation
117 Foster St, Sale VIC 3850 (03) 5143 1644

Baw Baw (with outreach to South Gippsland and Bass Coast)

Ramahyuck & District Aboriginal Corporation
25 Young St, Drouin VIC 3818 (03) 5625 650

PBS Co-payment Measure

The Closing the Gap (CTG) Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Co-payment Measure improves access to PBS medicines for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are living with, or at risk of, chronic disease. Closing the Gap prescriptions attract a lower or nil patient co-payment for PBS medicines. To access these medicines at low or no cost, patients need to register with a medical practice that is registered for the Practice Incentive Payment (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive.

Eligible patients can be registered at either general practices participating in the Indigenous Health Incentive under the Practice Incentives Programme or Indigenous Health Services in urban and rural settings.

For more information visit the Department of Health & Human Services website.

Call PBS Co-payment Measure Hotline (02) 6289 2409 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday (call charges apply).

Practice Incentive Payment (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive

The PIP Indigenous Health Incentive aims to support general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease. This incentive is a key part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap: Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease. There are incentive payments for practices that register for the PIP IHI. To be eligible, general practices must be accredited, or registered for accreditation, and participating in the Practice Incentive Program.

PIP IHI Hotline: 1800 222 032 (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can phone this hotline to identify general practices or health services that are registered for the PIP IHI).

Indigenous Ear and Eye Surgical Program

The Ear and Eye Surgical Programme, provided by RWAV, is designed to increase access to surgery for Indigenous Australians with diagnosed ear and eye conditions living in rural and remote locations- including Gippsland.

Funding support is provided for patients, carers and service providers to help cover travel, meals, accommodation, associated out-of-pocket surgery costs and hosting and staffing for service providers.

Download the flyer.

Relevant Links

For more information on the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program in Gippsland please contact the Project Officer for Indigenous Health, Beth Dunne beth.dunne@gphn.org.au or 0400 192 781.