Apunipima Cape York Health Council is the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) Cape York. This means the communities of Cape York’s right to self-determination is strengthened, allowing community members to control their health service and be independent and autonomous.
Community control is enabled through Apunipima’s Board of Directors, elected by members, held to account by co-members, the community and Health Action Teams (HATs). HATs are made up of local people and health professionals who look at the health needs of the local population and work together to design a health service specifically tailored for community local health.
Community Controlled Health Organisations:
- Are for the community and by the community
- Give local people a say about their health services
- Are controlled by the local community
- Provide culturally appropriate health care
- Meet the health needs of the community they serve
NACCHO is the national peak body representing 144 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Australia on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues, including Apunipima Cape York Health Council.