Strong Communities

Elders, family, friends and workmates are often the first people to respond to those who may be stressed or in crisis in the community. They are part of a network of care, connecting people and resources together to provide support to those in need [40401]. These community members provide the vital relationships which build a bridge between people and services. They may also provide opportunities to learn about culture and country, opening a pathway for people to connect with a sense of belonging and knowledge.



There are many examples where people have got together to address issues of concern in their communities [22969][32750]. Culturally secure alcohol and drug services were established by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wanted to make sure people would have a place to go where they could receive care and support based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values. Other programs started by community members support the wellbeing of people by mentoring young people, providing recreation and cultural activities and assisting people with housing and mental health.

The Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern in New South Wales was the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHs) in Australia. It was established in 1971. Since then over 140 ACCHs have been established [40045]. The benefits of the model of care they have brought to health is one that provides a holistic approach to healthcare. It is now a model that mainstream services seek to implement.

See Key resources on this page for examples of community-based resources, organisations and programs.



Key resources



Families coming together by Melanie Robinson

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