Bundaberg's IWC medical centre takes out top national award
THE IWC has been crowned the Aboriginal Medical Service of the Year in the prestigious national Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd awards.
An IWC delegation accepted the award at a Gala Dinner in Brisbane held as part of the AGPAL and Quality Innovation Performance 2016 Conference.
"This is recognition at a national level - a high-level endorsement of the IWC unique whole-of-person care model which is working to improve health and wellbeing right across our communities," IWC general manager Wayne Mulvany said.
"IWC is Aboriginal community-run, non-government and charitable, with a focus on empowering Indigenous peoples, the vulnerable, disadvantaged and at-risk.
"This award recognises IWC is leading the way in delivering a new paradigm of community and private partnership not just in this town or state, but nationally.
"It is a real feather in the cap of the Bundaberg / Burnett region because it is driven and led by community need."
AGPAL is a leading provider of accreditation and related quality improvement services to general practices. QIP is a national certification and accreditation organisation dedicated to supporting health and community services in managing risk and quality.
IWC has already been held up as a model of excellence in patient care by AGPAL after last month being awarded a National Award of General Practice Accreditation for the next three years.
IWC, as a non-government, Aboriginal community-controlled and charitable organisation, has a focus on Indigenous, vulnerable, disadvantaged and at-risk peoples in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay / Burnett communities.
It delivers a "whole-of-person, unique holistic" model, and provides services to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
IWC has more than 12,500 clients, and is the region's largest employer of indigneous people, who make up nearly 50% of its workforce.