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Aboriginal chronic care program (ACCP): Murr-roo-ma dhun-barn



The Aboriginal chronic care program (ACCP): Murr-roo-ma dhun-barn (Worimi language for 'to make strong') is run by the Aboriginal health team from Justice Health, New South Wales (NSW). The program is operational in 16 correctional facilities (including 14 adult facilities and two juvenile facilities) throughout NSW which were strategically chosen in having significant numbers of incarcerated Aboriginal people. ACCP began in 2001 as a pilot project for the NSW Aboriginal vascular health program, and was initially trialled in three adult sites before expanding its services to the current level. The Aboriginal primary healthcare team behind ACCP consist of Justice Health nursing professionals and Aboriginal Health Workers from partnering Aboriginal community controlled health services.

ACCP aims to address chronic conditions and their risk factors among Aboriginal prisoners, including:

The main aim of the ACCP is the early detection and intervention of chronic conditions among Aboriginal people, through a holistic approach with a focus on the 'whole person's' health. Services provided as part of this approach include:

Abstract adapted from Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network


Elizabeth (Libby) Johns
Aboriginal Chronic Care Program, Primary Health
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network
Cessnock Correctional Centre
Lindsay Street
Cessnock NSW 2325
Ph: (02) 4993 2374


Last updated: 14 August 2014
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