Wellness through prevention and management of chronic disease

Integrated Team Care – Marrabinya

In Western NSW many Aboriginal People present with complex and multiple chronic conditions, which need coordinated care. Maari Ma Health is funded by WNSW PHN to implement the Commonwealth’s Integrated Team Care (ITC) program. This program is called Marrabinya and aims to improve outcomes for Aboriginal People through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care and improve access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services. ‘Marrabinya’ comes from the Wiradjuri language and means ‘hand outstretch thee’

To find out more about the Marrabinya program and eligibility please visit the Maari Ma Health Website

Marrabinya referral form for general practice

Chronic Disease Management and Prevention Program

The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) has recently announced the appointment of a new service provider for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease in Western NSW. Following evaluation through a competitive tender process, the successful service provider is NSW Outback Division of General Practice (ODGP), who will operate in a consortium with Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation and Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services Incorporated. Service provision under the new program will occur from 1st September 2017.

For more information, download a copy of the Fact Sheet.

Further information on the program will be available in the coming weeks.

Outback Eye Service

The Outback Eye Service (OES) is an outreach eye service for patients located in regional NSW. The service is provided in Bourke, Lightening Ridge, Walgett, Brewarrina and Cobar.

The OES provides comprehensive ophthalmic services (ie. primary, secondary and tertiary eye care services) to patients, including:

  • Optometry;
  • Ophthalmology;
  • Eye surgery; and
  • Patient referrals to the Prince of Wales Hospital for complex clinical cases.

Patient clinical services and case management is co-ordinated by the staff of the OES.

The OES is delivered by the Department of Ophthalmology at the Prince of Wales Hospital (as part of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District) and has a longstanding history in regional NSW, which commenced with the pioneering work of Professor Fred Hollows in Bourke in the 1970s.

For more information please visit their website