Gidgee Healing (‘Gidgee’) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, with our strategic direction determined by a Board of Directors comprising Aboriginal people from across the region, as well as two skills-based Directors. Gidgee’s organisational mission and vision statements demonstrate a commitment to providing holistic and culturally appropriate health services, underpinned by a philosophy of community participation, and a strong focus on care coordination.
Gidgee is the only Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service representing the health needs of the Aboriginal people residing in the Mount Isa, North West and Lower Gulf regions of Queensland, with the primary aim of supporting Aboriginal communities’ own solutions to living long healthy lives; strengthening our culture; and regaining our spirit. Gidgee’s service footprint is now the largest single Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service provider land area in Queensland, spanning approximately 640,000 km2 and including some 11,000 Indigenous persons. Our service area comprises 20 Native Title group land areas; 12 Local Government Area; the two Queensland State seats of Mount Isa and Gregory; and two House of Representative Divisions, Kennedy and Maranoa. It also includes two Hospital and Health Service regions (Central West and North West) and shares its boundary with the Western Queensland Primary Health Network (WQPHN).
Gidgee provides a broad range of primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the region; including GPs, Nursing; Aboriginal Health Workers / Aboriginal Health Practitioners; Allied Health professionals; Maternal and Child Health; Family wellbeing service and visiting Medical Specialists. Gidgee also provides a range of family-focused Mental Health and Wellbeing services, as the lead agent for both headspace Mount Isa and the Normanton Recovery and Community Wellbeing Service. Gidgee is currently experiencing a period of very strong organisational growth; expanding the scope and frequency of the services it provides across the Mount Isa and Lower Gulf regions. A significant proportion of the Primary Health Care and Maternal and Child Health Services historically provided by mainstream providers across the region are now transitioning to a community-controlled model of care to be delivered by Gidgee Healing.