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The Aboriginal liaison program was implemented as a response to one of five priority areas identified under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the gap in Indigenous health National partnership agreement. Priority area 5 - fixing the gaps and improving the patient journey - was allocated $20.58 million in funding by the Western Australian (WA) Government. Consultation with WA communities through Aboriginal health planning forums identified liaison, coordination, continuity of care, and transport as a priority in supporting Aboriginal clients through the health care system. The Aboriginal liaison program was introduced following proposals submitted by all WA regions involved.
The aim of the program is to fix the gaps and improve the patient journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing health care services in metropolitan and regional areas of WA. The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) and the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Aboriginal liaison coordinators work collaboratively to support the introduction, implementation and evaluation of the statewide Aboriginal liaison program, by providing leadership and support for staff involved in the program throughout the state.
Abstract adapted from Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
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