Aboriginal Health Services
Murray Mallee GP Network’s Closing the Gap (CTG/ITC) team is funded by the SA Country PHN to work with general practices and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Murray Mallee region to improve access to culturally sensitive and appropriate primary healthcare services. Closing the Gap focuses on the better management of chronic conditions – particularly diabetes, renal disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and/or respiratory disease – to close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Closing the Gap helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have better access to primary health care. It better integrates primary care with allied health and specialist care, and enables other ancillary and follow-up activities which are necessary for effective chronic disease management.
Who is it for?
Closing the Gap is for any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who has a chronic disease, with priority given to those who find it most difficult to access health care. A GP referral and GP Management Plan is required.
The program can co-ordinate complex care and assist with items such as:
- Dose Administration Aid (Webster packs), but not medications
- Blood Sugar/ Glucose Monitoring Equipment
- Medical Footwear that is prescribed & fitted by a podiatrist
- Assistive Breathing Equipment including asthma masks, spacers or nebulisers; CPAP machines or accessories for CPAP machines
- Transport to medical or allied specialists
- Fees for services by medical specialists or allied health providers
- Mobility Aids
- Access health care for chronic conditions;
- Coordinate advice, medical appointments and community support;
- Build community understanding of their illness;
- Access financial assistance for supplementary services; and
- Secure financial and other assistance to overcome barriers to health care.
- A dedicated Closing the Gap team work with health services to support Aboriginal people in a culturally safe way, ensuring patients receive coordinated care and follow-up services. These teams are working with the largest Aboriginal communities across their regions while providing outreach to smaller and more remote groups. The teams also work to foster collaboration between Aboriginal community-controlled health services and mainstream primary care providers to establish partnerships with key stakeholders, agencies, health professionals, workforce networks and the community.