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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released their fifth national report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2012-13 is an overview of the 260 Australian government funded organisations that aim to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It presents findings from 2012-13 data collection on health services and activities provided, clients seen, staffing levels and challenges faced by these organisations.
In 2012-13, 205 (79%) organisations provided primary health-care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 98 (38%) organisations provided social and emotional wellbeing or Link Up counselling services and 63 (24%) organisations provided substance-use services. Services were provided through 384 delivery sites, with most (91%) operating 5 days or more per week and 1 in 5 (21%) offering 24-hour emergency care. Two-thirds of organisations (67%) were Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, 15% were other non-government organisations and 18% were government-run.
Organisations reported service delivery gaps in their communities, with 62% reporting gaps for mental health and social and emotional health and wellbeing. Recruitment, training and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff (70%) and staffing levels (58%) were reported as key challenges to providing quality services.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare