The Wathaurung, Woi wurrung (Wurundjeri), Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Boonwurrung are the traditional owners of the various parts of the region.

The 2011 Australian census found that 7608 people identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent in the region. Darebin, Wyndham and Hume had the highest populations, and Yarra, Macedon Ranges and Moorabool the lowest. In terms of age distribution, Aboriginal residents tend to be younger than non-Aboriginal residents across all Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The largest populations reside in the LGAs of Darebin (1156), Wyndham (1148) and Hume (1045). The median age of Aboriginal people in the LGAs is younger than other residents.

Community consultation and engagement is essential in understanding the divergent needs of Aboriginal communities across our catchment. To better meet these needs NWMPHN aims to strengthen the voice of Aboriginal people, communities and organisations in our needs analysis and planning of services.

To ensure that we have a collaborative and culturally respectful approach to our work we have recently completed our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). A key aim of our RAP is to continue to build meaningful relationships with Aboriginal communities based on respect and trust.

NWMPHN commissions several programs to support Aboriginal people better manage complex and chronic health needs across mental health, alcohol and drug use.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Pack

These resources will help general practices and health care providers to deliver optimal and culturally safe care to people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

  Download the entire pack (.zip, 15.7MB)

Download individual resources:

Fact sheets and guides

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific MBS items (fact sheet)
General Practice Readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (checklist)
MBS item 715 – Medicare health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (fact sheet)
MBS item 10987 – Follow-up health services (fact sheet)
MBS items 81300-81360 – Follow-up allied health services (fact sheet)
Medicare Initiatives for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (fact sheet)
Practice Incentives Program – Indigenous Health Incentives and PBS Co-payment Measure (fact sheet)
RACGP Five steps towards excellent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare (guide)
RACGP Five steps towards excellent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare (summary sheet)

Forms

Follow-up allied health services under Medicare for People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (referral form)
Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Measure (practice application form)
Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Measure (patient registration and consent form)

Posters and flyers

Aboriginal Health Support (consumer flyer)
Aboriginal Health Support (provider flyer)
Are you Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? (A3 poster)
Are you Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? (A4 poster)
Closing the Gap Program (A4 poster)
Closing the Gap Program (postcard)
Don't be shy, identify! (A4 poster)
Healthcare Pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients (A4 poster)