Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

2014 finalist

Category A – incorporated organisations

 

“It’s made such a difference to my life, to my health and to my mental attitude, to how I function. I feel like there’s a great big new world out there and it’s waiting for me to discover it.” – Aunty April Wilson, Work it Out participant

The Brisbane-based Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) is striving to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in South East Queensland through a regional, evidence-based approach.

Only in its fifth year of operation, the Institute is achieving significant results. Last year, their services attracted 6,000 new patients, preventative health checks increased by an incredible 1,300 per cent and their key programs Work it Out and Deadly Choices enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The Institute’s unique governance model has bought together four independent Aboriginal Health Services to empower communities. The Institute uses data and evidence to target the delivery of health services to the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in South East Queensland. This approach is rapidly showing an improvement to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the area.

 

“IUIH has a clear sense of mission, a high degree of competence and a governance model that provides an effective blend of community and technical expertise.”– Gary Banks. IGA judge

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this video may contain images and voices of people who have since passed away.