In 2000 representatives from the Cairns area attended meetings and workshops with key Government agencies and State Bodies to determine an effective and non-bias efficient way forward for North Queensland. From this it was a decision led by Wuchopperen Health Service and supported by the Board at the time to establish Northern Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Alliance- a Regional entity.
It was a collective approach by three key services;
Wuchopperen Health Service
Mamu Health Service
Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service
Was the year the official concept of a Regional Peak Body took official existence in Cairns. Nancy Long, Karen Croft, Gordon Gertz worked tirelessly and volunteered over a year to determine the intent, principles and focus of NATSIHA. This was the commitment by those to ensure we had a strong regional entity with regional focuses and true meaning to the people of Far North Queensland. NATSIHA was incorporated with Australian Securities Investment Commission in May of 2003.
We commenced providing the Integrated Team Care (ITC) funding from NQPHN to the ACCHO sector. This was when the organisation grew its operations to service 14 funded services from Mackay to Thursday Island with all operational and reporting contractual obligations being managed by NATSIHA.
Today NATSIHA has 10 strong members spanning across an area from Innisfail to Thursday Island who operate and provide key services to communities within urban, rural and remote parts of FNQ. We also have members who operate in Drug and Alcohol Substance Misuse Rehabilitation and Aged Care sectors within their specified service areas.
NATSIHA is a growing organisation with strong leadership, clear vision and influential alliances. NATSIHA will continue to build sustainability to push regional focuses in true stewardship for its members.
Foster strength-based collaborations.
A commitment to enable regional service.
Seek investment and strategies to support growth.
Technology Innovations and research agenda setting.
To achieve equity in health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Far North Queensland.
The Northern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Alliance (NATSIHA) will be the lead Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health agency by: