The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia. We exist to support and act on behalf of our 23 Member ACCHS throughout WA, actively responding to the individual and collective needs of our Members.
Governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who represent all regions in Western Australia, AHCWA aims to promote and strengthen the ACCHS model of care. A model that is built around the delivery of comprehensive, holistic, and culturally secure primary health care services.
We come together as one to; respect, welcome and understand the social and cultural needs; to network; provide support; advocate; to influence policy; monitor performance; build work capacity; improve and strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing; of Aboriginal people and their communities.
Representing the needs of our Members, we act as a forum to lead and influence the development of Aboriginal health policies across WA. We advocate for the rights and entitlements of all Aboriginal people and ACCHS throughout Western Australia at local, regional, State and national levels.
Incorporated under the Commonwealth Corporations Act in May 2005, AHCWA continues to evolve and build capacity as the leading authority for Aboriginal primary health care in Western Australia
Aboriginal people in Western Australia enjoy the same level of health and wellbeing as all Western Australians.
As the leading authority for Aboriginal health in Western Australia, we strive to strengthen and promote the ACCHS model of care, empowering Aboriginal people to achieve health equality in their communities.
Our Unique Service Model - and Why it Works
More Aboriginal people are able to access health care now, where they could not do so prior to the establishment of ACCHS. Accessibility is the cornerstone of our success and we have a legitimate and fairly exclusive claim to the extent to which the traditional barriers to health care access have been successfully broken down.
Barriers to access are factors of availability; affordability; acceptability; and appropriateness. Inherent in the ACCHS service model is an exquisitely rich mixture of:
• Local ownership and autonomy;
• Cultural competence;
• A non-judgemental environment;
• Bulk billing and salaried doctors;
• Availability for remote people; Local knowledge of families and cultural dynamics;
• Conducive attitudes and action from the board room to the operating stations;
• Communication and language skills;
• Proactive primary health technologies;
• Screening and health checks initiating comprehensive health management plans and
• Socially supportive monitoring through sophisticated recall systems;
• Innovation – partnering models with other providers;
• Aboriginal employment and advancement, education and training;
• A broad definition of health – we expect to have to deal with client health problem/s in context with the
broader determinants of health and the social and cultural dimensions at play in their lives in the majority
of cases every day.