At a state level the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for the 21 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Western Australia. They are an evolving organisation that acts as a forum to lead the development of Aboriginal Health policy, to influence and monitor performance across the health sector, to advocate for and support community development and capacity building in Aboriginal Communities. They advocate for the rights and entitlements of all Aboriginal people throughout Western Australia, at a local, regional, State and National level.
AHCWA’s vision is to see the health status of Aboriginal people in Western Australia at least equal to that of the non-Aboriginal population by 2025. They are able to do this by:
- Supporting and acting as a forum for our Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout Western Australia
- Leading the development of Aboriginal health policies through identifying and prioritising health issues in our communities
- Influencing and monitoring performance across the health sector
- Advocate for Aboriginal Community development by providing support to members, family and community
- Building the capacity of the health workforce to improve the social, emotional, general health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people
- Developing and influencing policy decisions by networks with relevant Federal & State Government bodies, Local government, community organisations and external stakeholders
- Providing research, policy development, strategic planning and advice on relevant Aboriginal health and related issues to the ACCHSs sector.
- Advocating with Government and other health service providers about the health needs of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia
- Implementing programs that promote and improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities