What does the Aboriginal Healthy for Life Program do?
The Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life Program is an Australian Government Program that is aimed at helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to get better health.
The Aboriginal Healthy for Life Program aims to:
- enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic and complex illness
- improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, babies and children
- improve the long term health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians,
- reduce the incidence of adult chronic illness over time
- improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and boys
How can the Healthy for Life Team help you?
The Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life Team is made up of two Registered Nurses, a male and female Aboriginal Outreach Worker and a Program Manager.
Tilly, Registered Nurse
Rebekka, Registered Nurse
Tracey, Aboriginal Outreach Worker
Michael, Aboriginal Outreach Worker
Chris Haslam, Program Manager
The Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life team can help by:
- Meeting up with you at your home or another place to have a chat about you and your family’s health issues
- Linking you to a Doctor or Specialist
- Link you to health professionals based in a Blue Mountains Community Health Centre
- Arranging for you to have a regular Health Check. If your Doctor is signed up with Closing the Gap, this can also help with free or lower cost prescription medications that are in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
- Supporting you to get to your health appointments by arranging transport through the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre or Greater Community Transport (if eligible).
- Connecting you to other services in the Blue Mountains that can help with issues like housing, early childhood services, income support, social welfare, linking with the Aboriginal community to name a few.
We’re big on keeping things private and confidential, and our service is free.
Men’s and Boy’s Health
Men and boys have different health and wellbeing needs to women and girls, which is something we recognise at Healthy for Life.
Getting men and boys to look after their health is very important. The Aboriginal Healthy for Life team can help through our male Aboriginal Outreach Worker and other staff.
Our Program is about listening to your health concerns, then helping you get to see a Doctor and have a Health Check, even if you’re feeling fine at this point in time.
Download our Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life | Men’s and Boy’s Health brochure >
Contact: 02 4708 8300 or 0432 082 079
Mums, Bubs and Kids Health & Wellbeing
The Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life Team includes a female and male Aboriginal Outreach Worker, and a Child and Family Health Nurse.
We work together with you, helping you and your family through pregnancy, birth, and the first growing years of your little ones’ lives.
The Team can support you to make healthy choices for you and your family:
- give you information about pregnancy, child growth and development
- link you to services that can meet your needs
- deal with stress and worries as things come up
- let you know what’s happening here in the Blue Mountains for Aboriginal families
Download our Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life | Mums, Bubs and Kids Health & Wellbeing brochure >
Contact: 02 4708 8300 or 0403 498 633
Chronic, Complex and Aged Care
Are you having troubles with:
The Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life Team can help. We have:
- a male Aboriginal Outreach Worker
- a female Aboriginal Outreach Worker
- a Registered Nurse
We can help you and your family to:
- See a Doctor, go with you to appointments and support you to explain and understand your health issues
- Link in with a Community Health Nurse or other Health Professionals based within a Community Health Centre
- Get transport to health appointments
- Gain a better understanding of your health problems and how to manage them
- Get an Aboriginal Health Check, and access free or low cost medications on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
- See a Specialist, and understand the types of financial help that may be available
- Link with the Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
- Have your health well monitored so you can feel as well as possible
Download our Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life |
Chronic, Complex and Aged Care brochure >
Contact: 02 4708 8300 or 0413 152 011
Background of the Aboriginal Healthy for Life Program
The Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life Program is an initiative of the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Health Coalition, with the Nepean-Blue Mountains Medical Local acting as the Lead agency.
This community-based health program operates as a Consortium of eight Blue Mountains organisations:
- Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation – Darug Mountains Group
- Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation
- Gundungarra Aboriginal Heritage Association
- Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre
- Link-Up New South Wales
- Blue Mountains City Council
- Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District – Primary Care and Community Health
- Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local
Blue Mountains Aboriginal Healthy for Life works in partnership with five Primary Health Sites who support and work closely with the Program, they are:
- Blue Mountains Community Health Centres
- Hazelbrook General Practice
- Katoomba Medical Practice
- Upper Mountains Medical Centre