Aboriginal Health

Koolin Balit (meaning healthy people in the Boonwurrung language) is the Victorian Government’s strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next 10 years. It sets out what the Department of Health, together with Aboriginal communities, other parts of government and service providers, will do to achieve the government’s commitment to improve Aboriginal Health.

The Victorian Government will focus its efforts on six key priorities and three enablers over the next decade, as part of the Koolin Balit health plan.

Priorities Areas

Key Stages of Life

  • A healthy start to life
  • A healthy childhood
  • A healthy transition to adulthood
  • Caring for older people
Chronic Disease and Continuum of Care
  • Addressing risk factors
  • Managing illness better with effective health services

Three enablers provide the foundation for these key priorities and support their achievements:

  • Improving data and evidence
  • Strong Aboriginal organisations
  • Cultural responsiveness

https://youtu.be/xb7xixHqgBQ – 10 minute version

https://youtu.be/Cdvl8lG5rZ0 – 4 minute version

The Advance Care Planning Initiative (East Hume and Border) is delighted to release the Taking Care of Dying Time video which has been produced in conjunction with the Central Hume Koolin Balit Project and Central Hume Primary Care Partnership.

Advance Care Planning is having a conversation with family, friends and your doctor about the type of medical care you would want or not want to receive if you became seriously ill or injured. Writing down your advance care planning conversation in a plan, directive or letter helps people to know and remember what you want and makes it easier to communicate your wishes.

In Taking Care of Dying Time Chris Thorne (Central Hume Aboriginal Community Support Worker – Koolin Balit) talks about his recent experience where advance care planning would have been of very real benefit. In the video Chris encourages everyone – young and old – to talk with their family and write down an advance care plan so people will know their wishes if they become seriously ill or injured and cannot speak for themselves.

The Advance Care Planning Initiative would particularly like to thank Central Hume Primary Care Partnership – Chris Thorne, Lisa Guppy and Jenny Ashby; and Jacqui Schulz (film maker) for their contribution and support in making this video.

The Advance Care Planning Initiative is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. We are keen to receive feedback about the use of the videos and hope they will encourage Advance Care Planning awareness and action in communities and health services.

Please feel welcome to contact Tricia Hazeleger, Advance Care Planning Initiative – Project Manager, Central Hume Primary Care Partnership at tricia.hazeleger@centralhumepcp.org