Aboriginal Health Alliance
The Aboriginal Health Alliance commenced in September 2013 and is responsible for providing oversight to the implementation of the Koolin Balit strategy across the catchment. Koolin Balit is the Victorian Government's strategic directions for Aboriginal Health from 2012-2022. It provides an integrated, whole of life framework based around a set of key priorities and enablers.
The strategy’s key objectives are:
- Close the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people living in Victoria
- Reduce the differences in infant mortality rates, morbidity and low birthweights between the general population and Aboriginal people
- Improve access to services and outcomes for Aboriginal people
In line with Koolin Balit, the priorities of the Aboriginal Health Alliance are:
- Promoting cultural strengthening and community connectedness
- Improving culturally appopriate prevention and health promoting activities
- Coordination and integration of aboriginal services
- Empowering sustainable community action
- Supporting an Aboriginal Health Council
The 2011 census data reported that 1,985 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders live in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula catchment. Although this only represents 0.5% of the population, Aboriginal Victorians in general are significantly socioeconomically disadvantaged compared with non-Aboriginal and have lower total annual household incomes, lower levels of educational attainment, higher rates of unemployment, higher rates of divorce, separation or widowhood, lower rates of private health insurance, and higher rates of chronic disease.
All Aboriginal health services providers in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula catchment have agreed to use the Koolin Balit strategy as a framework to improve coordination and integration of the system.
The current membership of the Aboriginal Health Alliance includes representatives from the following organisations working with indigenous communities across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula: