Support for Aboriginal people
Aboriginal Australians continue to be the most disadvantaged group in Australia with an average life expectancy 17 years shorter than that of the non-Aboriginal population. The demand for disability and aged care services for Aboriginal people is likely to increase substantially over the coming years, reflecting the increase in the Aboriginal population as a whole.
Service access remains an issue for Aboriginal people and communities. We recognise that services need to be accessible, flexible and tailored to meet the needs of Aboriginal families and communities.
We play a lead role in funding, coordinating and delivering services to older Aboriginal people, Aboriginal people with disability, their families and carers to assist them to live independently and participate in community life. We implement practical strategies and tailored services to bring positive impacts to the lives of Aboriginal people and their communities.
We have also established an Aboriginal Advisory Committee that provides strategic advice to ensure culturally inclusive service delivery.
Services our way
Services Our Way is a program specifically designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal people with disability, their carers and families. The program will provide a range of support and services through individualised funding packages. The objective is to ensure flexibility, choice and cultural responsiveness to build family and community resilience.