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Support systems for Indigenous PHC services

The Support Systems for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services Project aimed to develop knowledge about how to support the corporate functions of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations and therefore to contribute to improving the viability and sustainability of ACCHOs across Australia.

This project was identified as a priority project by the Board of the CRC in Aboriginal Health after consultation with ACCHOs and the sector. One of three such projects in the CRCAH’s Comprehensive Primary Health Care, Health Systems and Workforce Program, the project was led by Professor Ian Anderson from the University of Melbourne and conducted by Ms Kate Silburn (La Trobe University) and Mr Alister Thorpe (The University of Melbourne).

For an update on this project go to the Taking Care of Business webpage.

The project aimed to improve the viability and sustainability of ACCHOs as corporate entities through:

Phase 1

Phase 2 – Case Studies

In the second phase of the project the Steering Group identified several Aboriginal Health Services or groups of services with corporate support systems in place. These services were invited to be included as one of the case studies as part of our project.

A second national workshop was held in June 2010 to discuss the findings and begin developing recommendations.

The final report was completed in July 2011. A summary report, case studies and a web tool is now available.

Related resources:
Project leader

Ian Anderson



Administering institution:

La Trobe University