South Western Sydney Local Heath District (SWSLHD)
The partnership between South Western Sydney and Tharawal
Aboriginal Corporation aimed to place allied health services
on site to engage the local Indigenous community, develop
sustainable partnerships between health and Tharawal and
access a population who was not accessing mainstream services.
The project aims to close the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes
through culturally appropriate services. The Gudaga Study
(McDonald et al 2003) indicates the emergence of delays
in Indigenous children’s language acquisition, fine motor
development, cognitive skills at three years and prior to school
entry, and declines in personal/ social development. This service
has resulted in a streamlined, person centred, integrated health
care pathway between Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service,
allied health services and mainstream community health services.
Pre and post testing of children has demonstrated individual
improvements with skills that are predictors of learning and literacy.