Community Controlled Health Sector

Welcome to the HealthInfoNet section about the Community Controlled Health Sector. This section includes a collection of publications, resources, programs and organisations relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services.

An interactive map of  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and medical services can be found here.

What is the Community Controlled Health Sector?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector is a vital part of the primary health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A Community Controlled Health Services (CCHS) is controlled by community members (through a locally elected board), so it can address the comprehensive health and wellbeing needs of its local community. CCHS are independent and not controlled by the government.

The size and services of CCHS vary from small services staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners and/or nurses that provide limited primary health care services, to large services that are staffed by specialists who provide a wide variety of health services. CCHS deliver holistic and culturally appropriate health services to the community which controls it. Evidence suggests that CCHS are an important part of improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

What is the difference between Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS)?

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Service (AMS) is a health service funded principally to provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. AMSs are not necessarily community controlled, it may be a government health service run by a state or territory government.

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) is a primary health care service that is initiated and operated by the local community to deliver holistic, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate health care to the community which controls it (through a locally elected Board of Management).

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