What Is An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service?

What is a community controlled health service?

A Community Controlled Health Services (CCHS) is controlled by community members (through a locally elected board), so it can address the comprehensive health and wellbeing needs of its local community.

CCHS deliver holistic and culturally appropriate health services to the community which controls it..

What is the difference between mainstream health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services?

Community control In mainstream general practice the doctors are in charge clinically and usually they own the practice or they may well own the practice or … so they are in charge and they are in control, whereas in a community controlled service the clinicians are answerable to the board.

What does community mean to Aboriginal?

The concept of community is of critical importance to Aboriginal people, referring to the relationships that we share with each other. Our concept of community engenders a sense of belonging, including cultural, emotional and social ties that bind us to family, kin and Country.

When did Aboriginal medical services evolve?

1971The first Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) established at Redfern in 1971, following hot on the heels of the local service, was in part a reflection of the aspirations of Aboriginal people for self-determination in the intense, melting-pot environment of Redfern intellectual life.

Can a DNA test show Aboriginality?

It seems mapping your DNA is all the rage, from family history research to crime scene forensics. But for Australian Aboriginal people, or those searching their family tree, a DNA test will not necessarily give you confirmation of an indigenous Australian heritage.

Are there any full blooded aboriginal peoples left?

So, today, out of a population of hundreds of thousands at the time of white settlement, there are only 47,000 full-blooded Aborigines left in Australia.

How many Acchs are there in Australia?

We represent our members – 143 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) that operate in over 300 clinics across Australia, delivering holistic, comprehensive and culturally competent primary healthcare services.

How does the Australian federal government currently define an Aboriginal person?

The section offered the following definition: An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he (she) lives.

How do you identify an aboriginal?

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage is voluntary and very personal. You don’t need paperwork to identify as an Aboriginal person. However, you may be asked to provide confirmation when applying for Aboriginal-specific jobs, services or programs (for example grants).

What is the Perth based Acchs called?

About AHCWA The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia. We exist to support and act on behalf of our 23 Member ACCHS throughout WA, actively responding to the individual and collective needs of our Members.

What are the training requirements for a aboriginal health practitioners?

To become an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Worker you will need to complete a Certificate IV course, which will take between 18 months to 2 years. Entry requirements may involve being older than 17 years of age, and passing a numeracy test.

Can I self identify as Aboriginal?

Any client may self‑identify as being an Aboriginal person, regardless of legal status under the Indian Act. No proof of ancestry or belonging to a band is necessary.