On behalf of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) I welcome you to the Our Health Our Way Conference website.
The Our Health Our Way Conference 2014 was held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on 5-6th November 2014.
The Conference coincided with AMSANT’s 20th Anniversary and reflected on our proud 40 years of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the Northern Territory.
It brought together our Aboriginal health leaders, health service managers, clinicians and other health service staff with clinicians, researchers, policy makers and government staff from the NT and across the nation.
The Conference discussed the achievements and successes of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector in the Northern Territory and the future development of Aboriginal comprehensive primary health care here and beyond.
It provided opportunities to showcase the very real difference being made in Aboriginal health by our members.
Our Health, Our Way
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) have a long and successful history as leaders in providing best practice primary health care to our communities, starting in the NT in 1973 with the establishment of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress). This was only two years after the first Aboriginal Medical Service was established at Redfern in Sydney.
At a meeting in Alice Springs in 1994, ACCHSs in the NT formed our own peak body, the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT). Our sector has not looked back. AMSANT now has 26 member services across the Territory and is continuing to expand and strengthen its membership.
The last 40 years has seen our sector grow significantly, supported for the past 20 years through AMSANT’s leadership and advocacy. The innovation and leadership of the ACCHSs sector has influenced system-wide improvements in primary health care.
AMSANT also has a seat and voice at the table with the NT and Commonwealth governments through the NT Aboriginal Health Forum, established in 1998. The Forum recognises Aboriginal community control as the preferred model of delivery for primary heath care services to Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.