Department of Health and Human Services

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.

  AHPACC Guidelines and Strategic Directions June 2013

Reporting Requirements

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.

  CQI Tool and Workplan Template
  CQI Tool mapping against QICSA Accreditation Standards
  AHPACC Monitoring and Reporting Framework June 2013

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:

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.

  AHPACC Strategic Project Grants Reporting Requirements
  AHPACC Strategic Project Grants - Summary of Funded Projects

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.

 Northern AHPACC Consortium Partners - Aboriginal Readiness Checklist Project Report

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.

  AHPACC Review Findings
  Appendix 1: AHPACC Review Overview, August 2010
  Appendix 2: Notes from the AHPACC Review Outcomes Workshop, April 2011
  Appendix 3: Site Reports

For more information contact:

Melissa Boag, Senior Project Officer - Aboriginal Health Programs
Phone: (03) 9096 5025