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Supporting corporate services

The corporate support needs of Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs) was the prime focus of a project begun under the CRCAH and which has now finished its work with the publication of a detailed report, case studies, summary report and the upcoming launch of a web tool.

The aim of the Corporate Services for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services project, carried out by La Trobe University’s Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing and the University of Melbourne’s Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, was to gain knowledge about how to support the corporate functions of ACCHSs. Key questions guiding the research included: What are the corporate support needs of ACCHSs, and what factors influence the support required? How do ACCHSs get the corporate support they need? What organised support structures have been developed to address these needs?

Four different approaches to sharing corporate services were documented as case studies, including from Bila Muuji Health Services Incorporated, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Katherine West Health Board and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council. The project findings are reported by authors Kate Silburn, Alister Thorpe and Ian Anderson in Taking Care of Business:  Corporate Services for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services

As a result of the knowledge gained from this project a web tool has also been developed to help ACCHSs work through decision-making about obtaining corporate support. This tool will be uploaded onto the Lowitja Institute website in September 2011.

Download the three reports. If you would like printed copies, please email and include your postal address. For further information, contact Kate Silburn (+61 3 9479 3514 or or Alister Thorpe (+61 3 8344 0640 or


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Created: 14 June 2012 - Updated: 01 October 2018