The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is a very active organization in Australia to serve Aboriginal communities. NACCHO is also the national representative of 143 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Australia.
In 1996-97, Government sponsored NACCHO to enhance its capacity to involve Aboriginal people by establishing a secretariat in Canberra and NACCHO played significant role in national health policy development of Australia.
Initially an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service was a basic health care service started and run by the local Aboriginal community to deliver complete, holistic, and socially suitable health care facility and it was controlled by a locally nominated Panel of Management. Now NACCHO is operating 143 ACCHSs in Australia and they are providing a wide range to small range of services without any medical doctors because they rely on Trained Aboriginal health workers to deliver the basic care services to local community, often they focus on prevention and basic health education to local community.
Local Aboriginal community control is very important in and it allows to local Aboriginal community to control own their own and design a set of protocols and procedures to deal local community efficiently.
In Australia, Local Aboriginal communities control are governed by NACCHO to make sure that Aboriginal people are getting greater access to effective health care. NACCHO also provides a synchronised response and needs to local community based approaches to improve the basic health and social wellbeing of communities through ACCHSs.
Some of the points which are mainly focused by NACCHO:
“Promoting, developing and expanding the provision of health and wellbeing services through local ACCHSs;
Liaison with organisations and governments within both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community on health and wellbeing policy and planning issues;
Representation and advocacy relating to health service delivery, health information, research, public health, health financing and health programs; and
Fostering cooperative partnerships and working relationships with agencies that respect Aboriginal community control and holistic concepts of health and well-being.”
NACCHO inaugurated Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workforce Support Unit (WSU) Forum in Melbourne. In which some of the Social and Emotional Regional Centres that have previously provided support to “Bringing Them Home” and “Link Up workers”. These organisations are now in the process of becoming Workforce Support Units. The training aspect of this measure is being implemented through identified Registered Training Organisations.
The workforce support units of NACCHO have the following roles:
1. Co-ordinating a national network to provide professional support to SEWB workers;
2. Ensuring adherence to operational standards: staff supervision, qualifications and mentoring;
3. Supporting best practice service delivery;
4. Co-ordinating delivery of nationally recognised qualifications; and
5. Promoting ongoing training and continuing education.
NACCHO has concerns regarding who will co-ordinate the network nationally and what authority they will have over individuals and or services.