Community health services funded by the Department of Health & Human Services are universal and provide a broad range of services.
When managing demand, the Community Health Program prioritises access for groups who:
- experience poorer overall health outcomes
- face barriers to accessing adequate healthcare
- are economically or socially disadvantaged
- have complex care needs.
The program’s priority population groups are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people with an intellectual disability
- refugees and people seeking asylum
- people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- people with a serious mental illness
- children in out-of-home care.