IROC (Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care) Program

The Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program is a statewide program and an initiative of the Queensland Department of Health’s Statewide Respiratory Clinical Network. The Progam is funded under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Investment Strategy in Queensland through the Queensland Department of Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit. The program is hosted by The Prince Charles Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

The IROC Program aims to:

  • Provide a multidisciplinary specialist respiratory outreach service for, and improve respiratory health outcomes of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (adult and paediatric) in rural, remote and urban location in Queensland.
  • Enhance local capacity for managing lung disease in identified sites in Queensland.
  • Provide a service that incorporates a combined medical and community development approach that embraces community engagement, cultural and holistic health care practices.


ICOP (Indigenous Cardiac Outreach Program)

The Cardiac Outreach Program is a specialist cardiac outreach service delivering vital medical intervention and diagnostic treatment, plus point of care screening to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians living in rural and remote areas of Queensland.

The primary objective of the cardiac outreach program is to reduce the occurrences of cardiovascular disease among Indigenous Australian.

The Indigenous Cardiac Outreach team consists of professional staff members including an Indigenous Clinic Co-ordinator, a Cardiologist, a Sonographer and a Cardiac Nurse.


Cultural Practice Program

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice Program is conducted in all Hospital and Health Services, Department of Health and Queensland Health offices, and is mandatory for all staff.

This is a full day program, and aims to provide staff with increased understanding of the links between health and cultures.

It aims to develop the cultural skills of all staff, recognising that every person across Queensland Health play a role in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2016 @ 9:17 am