Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in Victoria, with a membership of 32 community-controlled organisations.
The role of VACCHO is to support its members in the delivery of high-quality, culturally safe health and social services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across the state. It achieves this by advocating on issues related to community health and wellbeing; strengthening support networks; increasing workforce development opportunities; and partnering with the government and mainstream health organisations to embed self-determination and culturally informed approaches across health services and systems.
Self-determination is at the heart of what VACCHO does and wants to achieve. Its vision is for culture, community and country to be embedded and respected in all healthcare settings and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have equitable health access and outcomes.
VACCHO is recognised as the peak representative organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Victoria, while on a national scale, it represents the community-controlled health sector through its affiliation and membership on the Board of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).