The CQ RAICCHO service area is home to approximately 21,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people dispersed across both the Fitzroy and Wide Bay/Burnett regions as shown in the map. For the purposes of the RAICCHO, the discrete community of Cherbourg has also been included in the geographic coverage.
The founding members of the CQ RAICCHO are:
- Bidgerdii Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation Community Health Services Central Queensland Region (Bidgerdii) based in Rockhampton
- Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation (Nhulundu Worribah) based in Gladstone;
- Galangoor Duwulami Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (Primary Health Care Service) based in Hervey Bay; and
- Barambah Regional Medical Services (Aboriginal Corporation) based in Cherbourg.
Our Core Objectives
CQ RAICCHO seeks to improve the health outcomes for the Indigenous population in Central Queensland/Wide Bay by:
- Improving access to services through broadening the reach of the current ACCHS’s in the region
- Identifying opportunities to partner with mainstream and other service providers to facilitate improved service access
- Implementation of the IUIH model of care, which includes setting targets for improved clinical care as well as for increasing MBS income, with the overall objective of improving the prevention and management of chronic disease
- Implementation of a monitoring framework to track progress against set targets and objectives
Over the past four years, the Member Services of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) have been working towards a service model which recognises that Closing the Gap requires different and better ways of doing business and delivering services.
This strategy has also been influenced by the incorporation and successful operations of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Ltd (IUIH) for South East Queensland. IUIH was established in July 2009 by the Aboriginal community-controlled health sector as a strategic response to the growth and geographic dispersion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the South East Queensland Region.
The four Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services (AICCHS) in Central Queensland were the first QAIHC Member organisations outside SEQ to complete the negotiations and implementation steps to set up their own regional organisation, CQ RAICCHO. Following the strategy mapped out in an October 2011 Concept Paper, they met the timeline to incorporate by July 2012.