Maari Ma Health
As an Aboriginal organisation Maari Ma has a Board of Directors (aka
Peak Health Council) that is comprised of one community representative
from each of the major towns or shires in Maari Ma’s catchment region
(Refer to the map of our region). Board members
from Menindee, Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Wilcannia, Wentworth Shire,
Ivanhoe and Balranald currently drive the operation and development of
The Regional Director (CEO) of Maari Ma Health manages the
organisation on a day-to-day basis and has a number of operational
arms that reflect the activity and development of the organisation.
This is the strategic headquarters for Maari Ma
Health based in Broken Hill. The office is the base for the Regional
Director and his strategic development staff; the Lower Western Sector
Management Team; the Performance Arts Project and Corporate Services.
Corporate Services comprises a Finance Manager and a Finance Clerk.
The Regional Directors Executive Assistant shares an office with the
Corporate Services team.
Primary Health Care
In Broken Hill a Primary Health Care Service has
been established as per the communities expressed wish during the
Morey-Best consultations. This service is developing beyond the
traditional AMS model in that it has fully trained Aboriginal Health
Workers who work closely with non-Aboriginal nursing and medical
staff. In addition to clinical activities the service is also
developing a number of preventative and early intervention programs.
This agreement has been struck between Maari Ma
and the Far West Area Health Service (the main provider of public
health services in Far West NSW). Under the terms of the agreement
Maari Ma Health provides management services to the FWAHS in relation
to the ‘Lower Western Sector’ of the Area Health Service.
This entails financial management, staff recruitment and provision of
day-to-day direction to each of the health services in the sector.
These services range from hospital and community health facilities to
small health posts providing outpatient clinics only. The health
services of the Lower Sector are located in Tibooburra, Menindee,
Wilcannia, Ivanhoe, Balranald, Wentworth and Dareton.
Maari Ma will provide a number of key documents to the successful
tenderer containing further detail about its work, structure,
practices, policies and direction, as well as access to all relevant
files (refer CEO) and personnel. Documents to be provided will include
the results of a previous review undertaken for a similar purpose.
Personnel from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care
will also be available as a reference point.
Maari Ma employs three staff to manage the Lower Sector – General
Manager, Operations Manager and Aboriginal Health Coordinator. The
FWAHS pays Maari Ma a fee for the service provided. The detail of
arrangement is contained in a Memorandum of Agreement, which has
recently been endorsed by the Boards of both organisations for 5
Coordinated Care Trial
Maari Ma manages a former Round One Aboriginal
Coordinated Care Trial that involves a pooled funding arrangement
between the Royal Flying Doctor Service, FWAHS, Commonwealth Health
and Homecare Services. Maari Ma is the fund holder.
The project is aimed at developing a comprehensive and coordinated
primary health care approach between service providers in Wilcannia, a
town with a predominantly Aboriginal population.
Youth Performance Art
Maari Ma is the auspice body for a unique Arts
based program that revolves around physical theatre. This program is
targeting young Aboriginal people in a number of communities and has
developed links with international organisations such as Oxfam
Community Aid Abroad and Cirque De Soleil.