Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders Community Health

Our medical centre is built on the traditional country of the Noongar people and We wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.

We would also like to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

The traditional culture of Indigenous people is resilient and is characterised by strong recognition and valuing of the roles of elders and traditional customs, such as reciprocity and a shared vision of community. The strength and resilience of the Indigenous culture provides a sound basis for developing a sustainable community in the long-term.

What is Closing the Gap?

Closing the Gap is a government strategy that aims to reduce disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement, and employment outcomes [1][2]. It is a formal commitment made by all Australian governments to achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within 25 years.

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BVMC is actively involved in providing health services to the ATSIC. We encourage our patients to register for ctg.

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Services at our clinic include:

  • preventive health checks – the 715 offered to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander each year
  • chronic disease screening, management, and ongoing care
  • care coordination for clients with complex care needs
  • mums and bubs services including antenatal care for pregnant women and their families, post-natal care in the clinic or home, and early childhood screening and development services
  • Referral to social health services including community-based mental health, alcohol and other drug services
  • clinipath
  • University of Western Australia
  • best practice