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What is an ACCHO?

A holisitic health framework

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO) are incorporated Aboriginal organisations, operated by, and based in local Aboriginal communities. These services are funded and supported to provide comprehensive primary health care.

Some are large multi-functional services which employ several medical practitioners and provide a wide range of Allied Health Services. Others are small services which employ visiting medical practitioners and rely on Aboriginal Health Workers and nurses.


Local solutions to National problems

Culturally safe environments for the Aboriginal community

  • Providing culturally safe environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access health services.
  • Having service delivery models that address the social determinants of inequitable health outcomes.
  • Addressing some of the social determinants that act as barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing health services.
  • Having significant evidence bases in which service delivery is built upon.
  • Providing key links between mainstream health services and their community.
  • Working in remote and difficult situations providing services where there is a distinct lack of health equity.



Guiding Principles

ACCHOs delivering local solutions to National problems

Comprehensive health care

The guiding principles recognise the commitment by Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to work together to improve access to health services and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Providing guidance for actions to be taken by each party to contribute to Closing the Gap across six key domains:

  • Cultural competency
  • Commissioning
  • Engagement and representation
  • Accountability
  • Data and Reporting
  • Service delivery and research.

This document has been developed in consultation with ACCHO Peak Bodies and PHNs

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