While community control began as a response to a dearth of affordable and culturally safe health care options in the mainstream system, it has now developed in to a first choice provider for many Indigenous people. However, with fast growing urban populations, changes in government policy and funding can these community control organisations remain viable? When ‘competing’ with the mainstream, Community Control Health Services (CCHS) often fall short with higher caseloads, more resources required and managing problems of greater complexity than is often found in mainstream general practice. A sustainable approach for the CCHS sector is needed to address the tensions that are created through policy and funding models to facilitate outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing and health.
Come and listen to our panel of experts from government, community organisations and academia debate the role of community control and discuss what lies ahead.
A cocktail networking function will follow the panel discussion.