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Revitalising Health for All: Learning from comprehensive primary health care experiences (Melbourne)

This small research project is part of a larger international project, the Revitalising Health For All project funded by the Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership Program. The CRC for Aboriginal Health coordinatined and co-funded the Australian arm of this study, which aimed to document and highlight the role of comprehensive primary health care (CPHC) in the 21st century.

The CRC for Aboriginal Health helped establish a regional steering committee to oversee the Australian research, which looked at the significant role that Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services play both in improving health outcomes and in addressing the social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The regional committee invited three Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to participate in the research.

This project (the Melbourne Site) specifically involves the participation of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). The other two projects were the Utopia site and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress site

This project is a collaboration between the CRC for Aboriginal health, the VAHS and VACCHO and aimed to:

The project used a mix of approaches, including an evidence gathering process that will encompass articles, reports, books, speeches, policy responses and other mediums such as artwork (e.g. the mural in the VAHS boardroom). Key informant interviews and focus groups were also conducted. This project ensured that Aboriginal people are the subject of their own experiences and information interpretation and translation, and therefore privileged Aboriginal knowledge and voice.

This project aimed to determine:

It also aimed to deliver a context-specific contribution to the international research project 'Revitalising Health for All: Learning from Comprehensive Primary Health Care Experiences'. The project started in March 2009 and was due for completion in March 2010.

Project leader

Ray Mahoney



Administering institution:

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)