The Northern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Alliance (NATSIHA) is the regional peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO) in Far North Queensland. NATSIHA membership comprises of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health & Wellbeing Services (ATSICCH&WS) located throughout Far North Queensland and works with these services and the communities they serve to ensure we have regional representation and advocacy at the state and federal level.
NATSIHA is driven to provide regional support to the members and work with services to ensure a collective approach is given to regional focuses and topics. We have strong cohesion and collectiveness within our service that allows for a seamless and efficient responses to be generated to Far North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. NATSIHA also works with members to obtain sustainability and continuation of works to the various communities and groups each service areas.
ATSICCH&WS are the leading provider of effective primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities. NATSIHA is unique that of the 80 000 plus Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Far North Queensland, our Members provide culturally appropriate health services to over 70% of this population.
Our aim is to provide quality holistic health services in a culturally appropriate manner to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in the region, with the aim of raising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status to a level equivalent to the wider Australian community through regional representation at the Local, State, National level.
NATSIHA believes that community control is fundamental in achieving equitable and high-quality health care for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Far North Queensland. It is the basis on which all our member organisations deliver services to their individual communities and is a primary principle in the operations of NATSIHA.
NATSIHA's strategic direction is guided by consultation between our Board of Directors, member organisations, NATSIHA CEO, and various stakeholders. Achieving the goals will only be possible through the ongoing support from our members and communities, through continuous and transparent consultation and advocacy on a regional platform.