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Purro Birik - (Healthy Spirit)



6.2 Coordination and Planning


The need for coordination of service planning at the State, regional and local levels was another common topic throughout the consultations.


Many Koori health services will continue to be limited in effectively meeting the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing needs of their communities unless funding bodies can provide resources in a way that: is flexible and takes into account local community needs; is more equitable across the State; and that recognises the status of the 26 community controlled Koori health organisations in Victoria.


While consultations in some areas recognised the value of the Koori Services Improvement Strategy (KSIS) which is being driven by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (AAV), it was noted that the benefits of this strategy would be limited without Commonwealth involvement in the planning.


Specific recommendations for improving coordination included the folowing:

  • VACCHO, the State, and the Commonwealth should work together to ensure resources are effectively and             equitably targeted; that the status of all community controlled health services is recognised; and that the intent of existing high-level agreements on the planning and development of Koori-specific services (for example, Achieving Improved Aboriginal Health Outcomes [DHS and VACCHO 1996] and the Commonwealth, State, VACCHO, ATSIC agreement on Health [1996]) is upheld.

  • Koori health services should be able to negotiate with funding bodies on the regional level how their service will use funding, particularly in relation to workforce planning. The holistic philosophy of Koori health services should be a fundamental principle for all Koori-specific health planning.

  • Koori-specific health funding must be community controlled, and workers employed through this type of funding should be employed by Koori community controlled health services.


Metropolitan Context


The metropolitan consultations also clearly recognised the benefits of establishing partnerships between mental health services and Koori health services. 

  • Koori health services need a mechanism to join together on a regional level to examine common issues and in some instances shared initiatives (for example, supported accommodation, training centres, and healing      places).

  • There needs to be active local partnerships between Koori health services and mainstream services (other than mental health) which can provide specialist complementary input on social, emotional and cultural wellbeing issues (for example, alcohol and drug services, domestic violence services, homelessness services, community justice panels, and protective services).

  • There needs to be more active accountability for existing agreements between funding bodies and VACCHO. Some funding bodies are developing models for the provision of Koori-specific services without consulting VACCHO, and without accounting for existing agreements (particularly in relation to community control).


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