THE Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) in Queensland has been
named the Aboriginal Medical Service of the Year in the prestigious national
Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd (AGPAL) awards.
An IWC delegation accepted the award at a Gala Dinner in
Brisbane on 27 May held as part of the AGPAL and QIP (Quality Innovation
Performance) 2016 Conference.
AGPAL is a leading provider of accreditation and related quality
improvement services to general practices. QIP is a national certification and
accreditation organisation dedicated to supporting
health and community services in managing risk and quality.
IWC has already been held up as a model of excellence in patient
care by AGPAL after last month being awarded a National Award of General
Practice Accreditation for the next three years.
IWC, as a non-government, Aboriginal community-controlled and
charitable organisation, has a focus on Indigenous, vulnerable, disadvantaged
and at-risk peoples in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay / Burnett communities.
It delivers a whole-of-person, unique holistic model, and
provides services to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
IWC has more than 12,500 clients, and growing. It also is the
largest employer of First Nation peoples in the region, with around 50 per cent
of its staff of more than 90 being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
IWC Director Cheri
Yavu-Kama-Harathunian said: "This is recognition at a national level - a high-level
endorsement of the IWC unique whole-of-person care model which is working to
improve health and wellbeing right across our communities. IWC is Aboriginal
community-run, non-government and charitable, with a focus on empowering
Indigenous peoples, the vulnerable, disadvantaged and at-risk.
"This award recognises IWC is
leading the way in delivering a new paradigm of community and private
partnership not just in this town or state, but nationally. It is a real
feather in the cap of the Bundaberg / Burnett region because it is driven and
led by community need.
"This award acknowledges at the
highest level that IWC is achieving the highest standards of service delivery,
underpinned by strong governance and a robust business model.
"At the heart of IWC's success is
the fact that it is always staying in touch with the real needs of the
community and forming strong, realistic relationships with
stakeholders that partner in the continuum of care for clients.”
The accolade is precious to those
who have been a key part of the drive behind IWC over the past decade and more.
Local Elder Averill Eggmolesse
said, as IWC was formed: "I have waited for a health service to my people for
64 years. I never thought I would be alive to see it happen.”
Today, Aunty Averill is a member
of the IWC Board, providing invaluable contributions to the IWC and its vital
work, and the organisation holds the title of Aboriginal Medical Service of the