The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane started as an initiative of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people searching for a means to play a more direct role in their own health outcomes.
Formed by a group of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders, non-Indigenous doctors and supporters, ATSICHS Brisbane formally commenced operations on 14 May 1973 at a converted shop front in Red Hill.
We have now grown to be one of the largest Indigenous organisations in Queensland and proudly remain community-controlled and managed.
Read more about our story below.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane formally commenced operations at a converted shop front in Red Hill.
We moved to South Brisbane where our service continued to expand.
The then Council of Management sought new premises to accommodate the many programs that the service was now providing.
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.
We moved to temporary premises in West End as a result of plans for the construction of a major tunnel in Brisbane.
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.
We completed major capital works and commenced expanded operations at Woolloongabba, Woodridge, Northgate and Acacia Ridge.
We continued to expand our services, opening a medical and dental clinic at Logan Central and transforming our Woodridge clinic into a mums and bubs clinic.
We opened another clinic in Browns Plains and took over the management of Joyce Wilding Hostel at Eight Mile Plains.
We branched into early childhood by opening our first Deadly Kindy and the Child and Family Centre. We also opened Loganlea medical clinic and added to our child and family services by introducing a family wellbeing service and refreshed youth, child protection and social services.
We purchased a dental van based at the Murri School, welcomed Deadly Kindy Gundoo Mirra and Deadly Choices to our programs and expanded our human service locations in Logan.
We opened Jajumbora Midwifery Hub at Waterford West and the Brisbane North Community Hub at Chermside, supporting children, young people and families. Our Housing Service Ngumpi Uruue became a registered housing provider.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we opened a respiratory clinic and vaccination hub at Logan Central. We also increased our support services, opening our Logan Social Health Hub.
Our Jajumbora Midwifery Hub moved to Logan Central and shifted to the Birthing in Our Community model of care. We launched our Dental Truck Yalburru Dirun.
We have now grown to be one of the largest Indigenous community organisations in Queensland and proudly remain community-owned and managed.