In 2021, North Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survey participants shared their experiences of accessing North Coast primary care services.1

  • When asked what makes them feel culturally safe when accessing services, the most commonly selected options were:
    • being respected
    • a welcoming building/environment, and
    • Aboriginal staff.
  • 1 in 2 felt respected as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person when they access health services.
  • 1 in 2 said it was important to have Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health professionals involved in their care.
  • 9 in 10 had accessed a GP at least once in the past 12 month.

Top three barriers to accessing services:

From 2013-2020, the number of Aboriginal health workers across the region increased by 97% (132) from 2013-2020.2

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent:

  • 0.4% of GPs
  • 2.7% of medical specialists
  • 3.1% of nurses/midwives, and
  • 8.8% of selected allied health professionals in the North Coast.

Aged care services

2.6% of Aboriginal people over 50+ in Healthy North Coast might need aged care services, compared to 1.9% in NSW and 1.7% in Australia.