Aboriginal Health Promotion and Chronic Care (AHPACC) partnership initiative
The Aboriginal Health Promotion and Chronic Care (AHPACC) partnership initiative supports Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) and community health services to work in partnership to develop and deliver local services and programs that prevent and manage the high prevalence of chronic disease within Aboriginal communities.
There are currently eleven AHPACC partnership sites across Victoria.
In 2010-11 a developmental review of AHPACC was conducted in order to strengthen the program and inform policy directions. For more information about the review process please view the bottom of this page.
Guidelines and Strategic Directions 2011-14
The guidelines include the program logic model and describe the six funded activity types for AHPACC as listed below. Service and program delivery should account for a minimum of 50% of activity and there are five service delivery types.
- Service and program delivery for the Aboriginal community
- New settings for health services and programs
- Community engagement
- Organisational change and development
- Workforce development
- Partnerships and inter-sectoral collaboration
Each AHPACC Partnership should review the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Tool and develop an annual workplan by 30 June each year for submission to the appropriate Department of Health Regional Office.
The AHPACC CQI Tool was developed out of the success factors identified in the 2010-11 AHPACC Review and enables the planning and prioritising of activity. It may also assist other organisations and partnerships implementing Aboriginal health programs. The CQI process aligns with accreditation processes as shown in the document below cross referencing the CQI Tool with QICSA Standards.
Further detail on reporting requirements, and the roles of the Aboriginal Health Branch and Regional Offices in relation to AHPACC, is outlined in the Monitoring and Reporting Framework.
Please note that the manual Data Reporting Tool is no longer being introduced as a requirement.
AHPACC Managers Network
The Department of Health convenes a quarterly meeting of AHPACC Managers. Meetings are held at 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne and videoconferencing facilities are made available in Shepparton, Mildura, Warrnambool, Bairnsdale, Wodonga, Swan Hill and Dandenong.
Meeting dates for 2013 are as follows:
- Tuesday 19 February, 2pm 4pm,
- Thursday 9 May, 1pm 4pm
- Wednesday 17 July, 2pm 4pm
- Thursday 17 October, 2pm 4pm
- AHPACC Strategic Project Grants
Fifteen grants were awarded in May 2011 to successful applicants who are pursuing a range of projects to implement the strategic directions resulting from the 2010-11 AHPACC review in their local partnerships.
Northern AHPACC Consortium Partners - Aboriginal Readiness Checklist
The Northern AHPACC Consortium partners, comprising Darebin Community Health Service, Dianella Community Health Service, North Yarra Community Health Service, Plenty Valley Community Health Service and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHs), received a Strategic Project Grant for Improving Employment Opportunities for Aboriginal workers in mainstream community health settings.
This project resulted in a report and the development of a range of resources including a ‘Readiness Checklist’ to help mainstream agencies identify what they need to do to ensure a culturally safe and appropriate workplace for Aboriginal Staff. The report and resources can be found at the following link.
Findings from the 2010-11 AHPACC Review
A developmental review in 2010-11 found that the AHPACC initiative has made some significant achievements in the areas of service innovation, community engagement, intersectoral collaboration and organisational change for cultural responsiveness. The findings indicate that AHPACC is contributing to improving the length and quality of Aboriginal Victorians' lives. Opportunities to strengthen the initiative include increasing workers' role clarity, clarifying reporting, enhancing integration and connection with other programs, and ensuring access to support and networking opportunities across all sectors.
For more information contact:
Melissa Boag, Senior Project Officer - Aboriginal Health Programs
Phone: (03) 9096 5025