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The Aboriginal chronic care program (ACCP): Murr-roo-ma dhun-barn (Worimi language for 'to make strong') aims to close the gap in chronic conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who come into contact with the criminal justice system in New South Wales (NSW).
The program is operational in 16 correctional facilities (including 15 adult facilities and one 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
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network
PO Box 150
Matraville NSW 2036
Ph: (02) 9700 3000
Fax: (02) 9700 3744
Aboriginal Chronic Care Coordinator
Mobile: 0409 828 542