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Indigenous Health

CRRH is headquartered in Mount Isa on Kalkadoon land. We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where we operate our business.

We honour the unique cultural and spiritual relationship to the land, waters and seas of First Australian peoples and their continuing and rich contribution to James Cook University (JCU) and Australian society. We also pay respect to ancestors and Elders past, present and future.

The Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the CRRH region are Gidgee Healing which covers Mount Isa, North West Queensland and Lower Gulf; Apunipima Cape York Health Council and Nukal Murra Alliance.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health is central to what we do. We recognise the special role existing Indigenous health professionals play, our students and their mentors in this endeavour. CRRH works in partnership in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Organisations, the communities they represent and their health professionals  in discovery of sustainable and enduring solutions to remote, rural Indigenous health challenges and health workforce maldistribution. We also work closely with the Hospital and Health Services across the region, in particular their Indigenous staff and advocates.

Growing new and current allied health professions has been greatly enhanced by our partnership with the Indigenous Allied Health Australia IAHA manages a select number of Indigenous student placement scholarships and work with us to prepare and support the student for and on Placement.

A signature event of CRRH is the annual Indigenous health professionals seminar and dinner. Past speakers includes Kylie Stothers, Dr Louis Peachey and Professor Tom Calma AO. We also have a lot of fun and celebrate NAIDOC week to the full participating in the organisation of the full week’s program and events.

We have joined forces with the Australian Rural Leadership program to further develop Indigenous health leaders across the sector. Mount Isa boasts six graduates all holding key positions in the CRRH or Gidgee Healing. This has formed part of our Indigenous leadership and career development strategy. Staff positions include Associate Professor Catrina Felton Busch - Indigenous Health and Workforce; Associate Professor Sandy Campbell – Senior Research Fellow; Shaun Solomon - Head of Indigenous Health;  Stephanie King – Research project officer; Tahnee Elliot – Allied Health Clinical: OT; Christine Mann – Allied Health Clinical: Lead Social Work; Linda Ford Allied Health Clinical: Lead Social Work; Leanne Shaw – Allied health Assistant; and Kimberley Walton Admin Officer.

A Commonwealth funded Department of Rural Health
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