Policy and Advocacy advocates for policy, program and systems change to achieve health equity for all Aboriginal people in Victoria.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Project Team aims to increase awareness and capacity of harm reduction among VACCHO’s member services and the local community. VACCHO received funding from the Victorian Government Department of Health for this six month project ending September 2014. The AOD project has team is required to complete three main activities:
Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program
This state-wide program works simultaneously to increase the uptake of GP Registrar training opportunities in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across Victoria through promotion to prevocational doctors and GP Registrars; and also works closely with VACCHO's 27 member organisations, the four Victorian Registered Training Providers (RTP's listed below), and national GP stakeholders to build workforce capacity and GP Training Accreditation within the sector.
Specifically the VACCHO AGPT Officer works to support:
Chronic disease significantly impacts on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and is one of the main factors contributing to the life expectancy and health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Chronic Disease Team aims to reduce chronic disease morbidity and mortality by supporting the capacity of the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector and key partner organisations to deliver effective services to manage chronic disease in Victorian Aboriginal Communities.
Aboriginal Health Promotion and Chronic Care (AHPACC) Program
The Aboriginal Health Promotion & Chronic Care (AHPACC) Program at the VACCHO supports eleven funded partnerships between Aboriginal community controlled health organisations and community health services across Victoria. The AHPACC program has successfully supported Integrated Chronic Disease Management, Service Co-ordination, General Practice in Community Health Services & Primary Care Partnerships.
VACCHO has been engaged to continue the promotion of the importance of eye health within the Victorian Aboriginal communities, in collaboration with our Member organisations. In addition it is endeavoring to develop and strengthen existing and new partnership arrangements between Members, primary eye care providers and other stakeholders, in line with the objectives of the Koolin Balit Victorian Aboriginal Eye Health Workplan 2014 – 2015.
Nutrition and Physical Activity
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Team delivers a range of capacity development activities in order to support VACCHO members and partner organisations to promote healthy eating and physical activity for the Victorian Aboriginal Community. These include: workforce training, professional development and mentoring; partnerships with other peak Non-Government Organisations; evidence-based health information resources; health-promoting organisational policies; and nutrition and physical activity research and program evaluation.
VACCHO’s Sexual Health Team has been funded through the Federal Government since 1996. The main aim is to support VACCHO member organisations to provide up-to-date Blood Bourne Virus, sexual and reproductive health care through the provision of advocacy, training, support and health promotion services.
The Sexual Health Team has been instrumental in maintaining a voice for Aboriginal sexual health in Victoria and our work is guided nationally by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2014–2017.
The Tobacco Team supports VACCHO member services to develop and implement policies and programs to reduce the burden of smoking-related disease in the Victorian Aboriginal population. We do this by: