The health of Aboriginal Australians is well known to be much poorer than that of non-Aboriginal Australians. Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are the major causes of morbidity and mortality among Aboriginal people. The social, economic and environmental disadvantage which many Aboriginal people experience (poverty, poor housing and inadequate food supply) place Aboriginal people at greater risk for chronic conditions.
What we are doing We are working in partnership with Bangala Aboriginal Health Service, SSWAHS to set strategic directions and allocate resources for Aboriginal health promotion programs in SSWAHS. To formalise the partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding between Bangala Aboriginal Health Service and the Health Promotion Service was signed in September 2007.
Partners and funding NSW Health and SSWAHS are jointly funding implementation of the Plan. Our project partners include a range of organisations e.g. local councils, Aboriginal Medical Services, out-of-school-hours service, Aboriginal community agencies and non-government agencies.