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“Keeping you well not just treating you when you are sick”

Apunipima’s Family and Community Centred Primary Health Care approach is a holistic and culturally appropriate way to deliver primary health care services in Cape York.

The six core elements of the Family and Community Centred Primary Health Care Model include:

Building Local Capacity

Apunipima is committed to building the capacity of the communities it services through:

  • Employment;
  • Career pathways;
  • Health Action Teams;
  • Locally - based Apunipima Board Members;
  • Local health education and skill development;
  • Health literacy; and
  • Health service delivery.

Engagement in Health Care

Apunipima is committed to increasing our engagement with:

  • Individuals;
  • Community;
  • Our partners in health service delivery; and
  • Health Action Teams.

We are also committed to providing robust health information back to community via Community Health Plans and Community Health Reports.

Cultural Roles and Responsibilities

Cultural Roles and Responsibilities revolves around organisational systems, policies and structures and two-way education for staff and community members.

Increasing Access to Health Care

Increasing access to care and encouraging community members to seek healthcare is achieved by ensuring:

  • The clinic is a community owned, welcoming and culturally safe place;
  • The clinic is place where care is flexible and can be provided in non-clinical settings;
  • Dialogue between health promotion programs and clinical services;
  • Health services are responsive to community health priorities.

Local Workforce

The Model supports the development of a local workforce and volunteers.

The local workforce:

  • Lives within the community;
  • Are primarily from the community; and
  • Provide leadership and direction about the delivery of care and community priorities and needs.

Leadership is provided by the local workforce, particularly health workers and volunteers, the broader workforce, Health Action Teams, community groups and Community Health Plans.

Comprehensive Primary Health Care

Comprehensive primary health care is the provision of all aspects of health care including:

  • Prevention;
  • Early detection of health problems;
  • Management of acute health needs; and
  • Cycles of care designed to minimise the impact of chronic conditions.
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Charmaine Harrigan and family receiving sleeper and bath from Maternal and Child Health Worker Elaine McGreen