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Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA)

(formerly WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations)

AHCWA was incorporated under the Commonwealth Corporations Law in February to March 2005. It replaced the Western Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation as the peak body for 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in WA. ACCHSs are also known as Aboriginal Medical Services.

The Western Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Incorporated (WAACCHO) had been operating since 1997. It was incorporated under the (WA) Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and was, therefore, subject to State Government legislation and regulations in respect of compliance and financial management. AHCWA must now comply with much stronger governance and financial accountabilities under Commonwealth legislation.

WAACCHO operates under its own constitution that defines its objectives, and which refer to "a holistic care network" that AHCWA operates under its own constitution that defines its objectives. These are:

(a) The amelioration of poverty within the Aboriginal community;
(b) The advancement of Aboriginal religion;
(c) The development and maintenance of educational institutions to provide constructive educational health courses and programs for members of the Aboriginal community and to undertake medical research to redress ill-health within the Aboriginal community; and
(d) To deliver holistic and culturally appropriate health and health related services to the Aboriginal community.

The scope of the term ‘holistic’ is clarified in the constitution to include the development, promotion and maintenance of the "…physical, spiritual, social, economic and cultural well being…” of Aboriginal peoples. The constitution goes on to identify three distinct areas of network operations.

  • Individuals - The network exists to promote health and relieve poverty, sickness and suffering of individual members of the Aboriginal community.
  • Services - The network exists to deliver holistic and culturally appropriate health care and health related services to the Aboriginal community.
  • Member Organisations - The network exists to provide support to, to promote and to advocate on behalf of its member organisations; and to act as a forum for these member organisations.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm


Contact Information:

Location:  450 Beaufort Street, Highgate WA 6003
Postal Address:  PO Box 8493, Stirling Street, Perth WA 6849
Phone:  08 9227 1631
Fax:  08 9228 1099
Web:  http://www.ahcwa.org.au/

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This unit last updated: 26 Jun 2013, 10:54am


Units reporting to Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA):


 ·  Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service (AADS)
 ·  Bega Garnbirringu Health Service
 ·  Broome Regional Medical Service (BRAMS)
 ·  Carnarvon Aboriginal Medical Service
 ·  Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service Indicates there are units responsible to Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service
 ·  Derby Aboriginal Health Service
 ·  Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service
 ·  Healthy Homes Healthy Families Indicates there are units responsible to Healthy Homes Healthy Families
 ·  Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council
 ·  Marra Worra Worra
 ·  Mawarnkarra Health Service Aboriginal Corporation
 ·  Mowanjum Community Health Service
 ·  Ngaanyatjarra Health Service
 ·  Ngangganawili Aboriginal Community Health Centre
 ·  Ngnowar Aerwah
 ·  Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service
 ·  Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service
 ·  South West Aboriginal Medical Service
 ·  Southern Aboriginal Corporation
 ·  Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation
 ·  Wirraka Maya Aboriginal Health Service
 ·  Yandeyarra Community Health Service
 ·  Yura Yungi Aboriginal Medical Service