ATSICHS Brisbane Jimbelunga IYHS

Our history

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane formally commenced operations in 1973 at a converted shop front in Red Hill.

ATSICHS Brisbane was formed by community members and concerned general practitioners as a small volunteer group in the early 1970s. Opening its doors in a shopfront at Red Hill we provided primary health care to the Indigenous community around Spring Hill.

In 1976 we moved to South Brisbane where our service continued to expand. In 1981 the then Council of Management sought new premises to accommodate the many programs that the service was now providing. In 1985 we moved to 10 Hubert Street in Woolloongabba,  a location that was historically close to where large numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples lived in Brisbane. In 2006 we moved to temporary premises in West End as a result of plans for the construction of a major tunnel in Brisbane.

In 2008 we formally changed our name to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS), in recognition of the two distinct cultural sub-groups that make up the Indigenous population of Brisbane.

In 2009 we completed major capital works and commenced expanded operations at Woolloongabba, Woodridge, Northgate and Acacia Ridge.

We have now grown to be one of the largest Indigenous community organisations in Queensland, and proudly remain community-owned and managed.  We provide a diverse range of health and ancillary services for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people living in Brisbane and Logan, with the main service located at Woolloongabba and with satellite services at differing times over its history in the suburbs of Inala, Woodridge, Acacia Ridge and Sandgate.

The current range of services include: general clinic, dietician and diabetic educators; family and child health; antenatal clinic; paediatric clinic; youth clinic and services; women’s health; men’s health; eye clinic; podiatry clinic; social health and wellbeing; hearing clinic; and dental.

As a primary health care service we play a key role in ameliorating the impact of social, political and environmental factors on the health status of our community by enhancing access to culturally appropriate and high-quality services that target priority conditions at key stages across the life course.