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Purro Birik - (Healthy Spirit)



5.9 Coordination and Planning


The coordination and planning of Koori health services' in relation to the provision of social, emotional and cultural wellbeing programs, was a major focus of all consultations. The main issues were that:

• there is little knowledge of the total funding arrangements of individual Koori health services for programs that make up the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing services. This makes it difficult to identify where existing resources are and where the greatest need may be;

• data quality is poor (particularly Australian Bureau of Statistics data); • resources are perceived to be spread unevenly across the State;

• services are sometimes made to compete for resources resulting in some communities continually missing out and their health service failing to develop;

• there is a lack of quality business management and planning in some areas;

• and that funding often comes to services in small 'one-off' amounts with strings attached, hindering the ability of organisations to effectively meet their communities' needs.


Despite a strong commitment among Koori health services to recognise the need for all 26 community controlled health services to each meet their own communities needs, there is also some support for delivering programs such as the Regional Training Centre, Supported Accommodation and Healing Places on a regional level.


Local planning and coordination of the relationship between Koori health services and mental health services was one of the most discussed issues throughout the consultation process. This issue was identified as a significant factor in improving outcomes for Koori people experiencing mental illness. The effectiveness of this local relationship is thought to have a direct bearing on mental health outcomes for the corresponding Koori community.



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