Close the Gap Day: 20 March

Close the Gap Day: 20 March

19 March 2014

Poor awareness of Aboriginal health needs, gaps in health and burden of disease are just some of the local challenges that Northern Sydney Medicare Local is shedding light on, during Close the Gap Day.

It is unacceptable that there is still a gap in life expectancy and inequities in health and burden of disease between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, said Mr Paul Hussein, Director of Community and Strategy at Northern Sydney Medicare Local.

To make a difference in the Hornsby, Ryde, Hunters Hill and Ku-ring-gai Council areas, Northern Sydney Medicare Local is helping to close the gap through its dedicated Aboriginal Health program. The program provides nurse support and coordination services to people with chronic disease.

Ensuring our Aboriginal Health program as well as local services are culturally sensitive and safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, is one of our key goals, said Mr Hussein,

Forging partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the local health district, primary healthcare providers and community based services, is also vital in tackling and resolving the inequities in health faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our local partnerships means that we are identifying gaps in care, supporting and enhancing services and training healthcare providers so that we can keep people well and out of hospital, said Mr Hussein.

The NSML Aboriginal Health program also employs an Aboriginal Outreach Worker who works with community organisations, including Hornsby and Ryde Councils to provide information and support through local community events to enhance the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NSML community.

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