An Aboriginal medical service in far north Queensland is implementing a health care program with an emphasis on the social factors impacting health.

The Apunipima Cape York Health Council, along with a number of key service providers, will be trailing the Coordinated Case Care program which will address health through social, emotional and cultural factors.

Key service providers will work alongside the health service to eliminate the separation of social determinants from health.

Apunipima’s Senior Project Officer Emma Burchill says the health system has become more separated from the social lives of community members. We’re often in the dark about those determining social factors that affect health and wellbeing.

She says we want to see what happens when we combine that knowledge with our existing health services.

The trial will work with five families. They will be assessed at the start with a case manager working directly with them for the duration of the trial.