Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Woonona and Northern Illawarra.
Woonona Medical Practice staff advocate for equality in life outcomes and we aim to provide culturally safe and accessible health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community.
Close the Gap
We welcome existing patients of the practice and new patients who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to register for the Close the Gap program at Woonona Medical Practice to access better health care.
Individuals registered in the program can receive:
- a free health assessment (annually)
- have bulk billed appointments with our team of doctors and nurses (no out of pocket expenses)
- save money on PBS medications
- prevention and regular review of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, lung conditions
- access mental health care and visits to psychologists with Medicare assistance
- access allied health visits with Medicare assistance like podiatrists, dieticians, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists
- keeping track of immunisations and staying up to date with the recommended immunisations
The Close the Gap program is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people only and it is not compulsory.
If you would like to find out more about Close the Gap at Woonona Medical Practice, please call the practice.
Enhancing Preventative Healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Collaborative
Woonona Medical Practice has recently been involved in a project delivered by the Improvement Foundation in collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). The project aims to implement the National guide to a preventative health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and support culturally responsive health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. By taking part in the project, we are have reviewed our systems and services and made important changes to help identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our practice, improve the quality of care and follow up care using a whole team approach.