Photo from left to right (Back): Allen Stanley – Indigenous Liaison Officer St George. RJ Landers – Indigenous Liaison Officer Roma. Rodney Landers – Indigenous Health Co-Ordinator. Tina Jackson – Nurse Navigator Cunnamulla. Donna Hooper – Senior Health Worker Dirranbandi.

Left to right (front): Dana Lawton – Indigenous Liaison Officer Charleville. Louisa Dufty – Service Director St George. Amy McNamara – A/Executive Support Officer Community and Allied Health.

Acknowledgement of Country

The South West Hospital and Health Service acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as
the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and recognise their connection to land, wind, water
and community.
We pay our respect to them, their culture, and to the Elders both past and present.


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Leadership Advisory Council (ATSIHLAC) was established to strategically support the South West Hospital and Health Service to become an innovation leader of cultural capability and cultural safety. The Queensland Government, in 2008, committed to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and non-Indigenous Queenslanders on a range of health, education and employment measures. The health system is starting to respond to the challenge of closing the gap, however, the ten year Closing the Gap Review Report 2017 identified that more effort is needed to close the gap. The disproportionately high burden of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart, kidney and lung disease, significantly contribute to the greater morbidity and premature mortality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. There are a range of factors which contribute to chronic health conditions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These factors, although well documented, are complex and often result in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to health services late in the course of their disease, which in turn leads to significantly higher rates of complications and death. The statistics for every chronic condition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people populations requires a rethink in the way we identify and respond to barriers to institutional racism that include organisation’s cultural safety and delivery of culturally safe health care models of care. Chronic disease in Aboriginal people brings with it cultural and complex issues that challenge our current health care models.

In response to these challenges, SWHHS established the framework for ATSIHLAC in late 2017 and has expanded in 2018 to be a collaborative partnership advisory model. ATSIHLAC is a peak advisory group reporting directly to the Health Service Chief Executive. Members of ATSIHLAC work in roles that include Indigenous Health Coordinator; Indigenous Liaison Officer; Indigenous Health Worker; Nurse Navigator; Administration and Operational Services, SWHHS Executives, Services Director Community and Allied Health and Executives from the three Community Controlled Aboriginal Services, Goondir Health Services, Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health; Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health. Members work together to ensure that extensive community consultation and collaboration supports SWHHS strategic decision making in relation to what we do and how we do it to ensure that all interactions with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feels culturally safe; that the patient journey is patient centred where all communication and follow up care follows the patient amongst multiple service providers and that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people trust us and want to engage with us to improve their health and well being that will over time close the gap in health inequities.

List of Traditional Owners

Location / Facility Traditional Owners
Augathella Bidjara (Bid-jara)
Bollon OPC Kooma (coo-ma)
Charleville Bidjara (Bid-jara)
Cunnamulla Kunya (Koun – Yah) with other interests
Dirranbandi Kooma (coo-ma)
Eromanga Boonthamurra (Boon-tha-murra)
Injune Kongabula (Kong-ga-bull-a)
Mitchell Gungguri (gon-gari)
Morven OPC  Bidjara (Bid-jara)
Mungindi Kamilaroi (car-milla-roy)
Quilpie Mardigan (Mar-d-gan)
Roma Mandandanji (mand-an-dand-gee)
St George Kooma (Kamilaroi, Mandandanji, Bigambul, Gungarri interests)
Surat Mandandanji (mand-an-dand-gee)
Thargomindah Kullila (cool-lee-lar)
Wallumbilla OPC Mandandanji (mand-an-dand-gee)
Waroona Bidjara (Bid-jara)
Westhaven Mandandanji (mand-an-dand-gee)

Partner Organisations

Goondir Health Services

Goondir Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporations for Health Services (Goondir Health Services) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) providing primary health care and related health services to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities from Oakey in the South East of Queensland, Australia to St George in the South West of Queensland, Australia.

Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health (CWAATSICH)

Our goal is to achieve sustainable improvements in the health status and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in Charleville and Western Areas by delivering high quality health care.

Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health (CACH)

Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health- CACH, is one of an increasing number across Australia of self-governing, independent, community-controlled Indigenous organizations providing primary health care services to Indigenous people. CACH has grown up out of the desire of local Indigenous people to take control of their own health and of how primary health care services are delivered to and within Indigenous communities in South West area of Queensland.