Aboriginal Health

For an overview of the services we fund for Aboriginal Health, Chronic Disease, After Hours and other services, please download the Summary of Commissioned Services.

Our commitment to Aboriginal Health 

Building capacity and improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people is central to the work of the Western NSW PHN. We are committed to Closing the Gap between the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal People.

10.5% of people that live in our region identify as Aboriginal People (compared with 2.8% nationally). This is the third highest proportion behind the Northern Territory and Western Queensland PHNs.

We work in collaboration with our region’s Aboriginal communities and peoples to improve their health, emotional and social wellbeing. WNSW PHN’s Aboriginal Health Council plays an important role advising the Board on locally relevant Aboriginal Community perspectives and needs.

WNSW PHN funds a range of services for people living in Western NSW, and in addition there are services focused on the needs of Aboriginal People for:

 Find out more about how Primary Health Networks and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations work together: PHN and ACCHO Guiding Principles.  

Cultural Safety 

Cultural safety in healthcare means designing and providing services that meet the needs of patients through a process of self-reflection, awareness of cultural biases and processes to actively respond to benefit patient’s health and wellbeing.

The WNSW PHN Cultural Safety Framework provides information and a comprehensive self-assessment evaluation tool to help health care providers progress towards achieving cultural safety. The principles of cultural safety are integrated in the work we do and our procurement of health services.

In our region 

Aboriginal nations within our region include:

  • Barindji
  • Barkandji/Paakantji
  • Barranbinya       
  • Barundji
  • Gunu
  • Kamilaroi
  • Muruwari
  • Muthi Muthi
  • Ngemba
  • Nyampa
  • Wailwan
  • Wilyakali
  • Wiradjuri
  • Wongaibon

On this website the term ‘Aboriginal’ is used to describe the nations, clan and language groups across NSW including all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within this region.