AIHW reports, ABS statistics and OATSIH sponsored reports, amongst others, clearly demonstrate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to experience extensive health, social, and environmental disadvantage, compared to non-Aboriginal peoples. Some of the major issues pertain to life expectancy, including that of children under five years, and the onset and consequences of chronic diseases.
AHA has a commitment to working on projects that advance the interests and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. AHA’s expertise in this sector is founded on:
- Many relevent consulting projects that AHA has conducted across Australia - see examples below
- Team members of Aboriginal descent and several of our team have hands-on experience of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Our strong partnership with Yaran Business Services, a unique consulting firm.
The majority of Yaran consultants are of Aboriginal descent and are committed to working on projects that provide opportunities for Australian Aboriginal communities. This partnership, and our understanding of the social and environmental determinants of health in Aboriginal communities, knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service systems and services, as well as expertise in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, has allowed us to work effectively with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHSs) across all states and territories.
Examples of recent AHA’s consulting projects which relate to the health of Aboriginal Australians include:
The map below identifies the locations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services or communities that we have visited and consulted with in the course of our work.