The Aboriginal Medical Service was established in 1971 and was the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Australia. It is the longest running community controlled generalist primary health care service in the world. The AMS provides evidence based, cutting edge health services to many Aboriginal communities in metropolitan Sydney and further afield. It has an international reputation as a leader in culturally appropriate health service provision. Consistent with the principal recommendations of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy, the AMS believes that the health of Aboriginal Peoples can only be improved if Aboriginal Peoples control their health care systems and if the political, social and economic consequences of colonisation are addressed definitively.
36 Turner St, Redfern 2016
Ph: 02 9319 5823
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Airds
Tharawal Medical Service provides a generalist medical practice for Indigenous families and individuals living in the Macarthur region of South West Sydney.
The practice provides diagnosis and treatment, preventative health care and health education. Services available at the service include:
- Medical Clinic
- Specialist Clinics
- Dental Clinic
- Antenatal and baby clinics
- Counselling services
- Community programs: For mums and bubs, men, women and children.
187 Riverside Drive, Airds 2560
Ph: 02 4628 4837
Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group
This group first met in March 2006, and has grown to over 140 members.
Babana members are motivated by the need in the community for a broad-based non-aligned community group which can be a focal point for community support and development activities and provide positive networking opportunities for local Aboriginal men.
The Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group Inc. are involved in running and supporting key events and activities focussed on education, employment, health, youth and culture.
72 Renwick St, Redfern 2016
South Western Sydney &
Sydney Local Health Districts
Aboriginal Health Units
The Aboriginal Health Units provide leadership, advocacy and strategic direction to SWSLHD and SLHD on all aspects of Aboriginal health programs, research, funding opportunities, workforce and cultural competence. The unit works collaboratively with senior service directors, community and external partners. The units are also cultural brokers for Aboriginal staff and the Aboriginal community, and are key signatories to the partnership with ACCHS.
Health Promotion Service
The Health Promotion Service develops, implements and evaluates community-based programs that improve and maintain population health and reduce inequalities in health outcomes. Priority areas include physical activity and nutrition, tobacco control and fall injury prevention. The Service consists of about 60 staff at five sites across the two local health districts including Bankstown, Camperdown, Liverpool, Narellan and Rosemeadow.
Ph: 9515 9055 (Camperdown)
Ph: 9828 5911(Liverpool)
We would like to thank all of the community members and workers who have taken the time to assist us in guiding the direction and development of the Aboriginal Tobacco Control Project.
We look forward to continuing to work closely with the community throughout the project.
The project group has persmission to use Smokecheck resources. The Smokecheck project was originally developed by Queensland Health.
About the project
The Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group and Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts Health Promotion Service and Aboriginal Health Unit have been working in partnership to develop the Aboriginal Tobacco Control Project.
The Aboriginal Tobacco Control Project aims to contribute to a reduction in smoking prevalence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in the south west and inner west of Sydney.
The campaign has been developed following extensive research including:
- 690 surveys of Aboriginal community members in the Sydney’s south west region which found that 71% of smokers are thinking of quitting within the next 6 months.
- Consultations with Aboriginal Health Workers and members of the community across the area to assist in developing a social marketing campaign. This included in-depth interviews, focus testing groups and recordings of personal stories.
The Aboriginal Tobacco Project resources have been extensively focus tested with groups of community members across the area (Redfern, Miller, Airds and Rosemeadow). Campaign resources have featured on a range of billboards and bus shelter locations as well as newspaper and magazine advertisements.
The project is also successfully implementing community grants for Aboriginal quit smoking promotion, promoting smoke-free environments and the provision of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The team also regularly attend community events so be on the lookout for us for a chance to have your say.