The Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Incorporated (FIAAI) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation established in 1971 by a group of local Aboriginal people and their partners.
FIAAI is governed by an Aboriginal Board of Management elected by the community. The Board provides strategic direction to the organisation and delegates the day to day operations to the CEO.
FIAAI provides a range of services on Flinders Island including: Primary Health and Aged Care, Housing, Youth Services, a Statewide Tackling Smoking Project and three business enterprises.
The Primary Health and Aged Care service employs a nurse manager, care coordinator, health assistants/home carers and a range of visiting health professionals including a general practitioner, physiotherapist, and podiatrist. Services include the delivery of Aboriginal Flexible Aged Care packages, seniors exercise classes and craft activities, chronic disease early intervention and prevention activities, pharmacy services, development of care plans and a range of health promotion activities including weekly Mum’s and Bub’s program.
The aged care program is designed to support Aboriginal people to stay healthy living in their own homes and provides in home assistance as well as yard maintenance and Meals on Wheels.
The FIAAI Tackling Smoking project is based in Launceston and outreaches across Tasmania. The program assists in reducing the use of tobacco and raising awareness of the health impacts of smoking. The team implements a range of population health activities with the focus on reducing smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, delivered by increasing both the number of smokers who choose to quit and the number of people who have never smoked. We support activities which are tailored to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
FIAAI supports enterprise development to increase skills, improve employment opportunities and actively participate in the Island’s economic development. FIAAI set up separate proprietary limited companies with local community directors to operate Thule Farm, Bakery/Café in Whitemark and Furneaux Tavern at Lady Barron.
FIAAI uses the Commonwealth and State three part definition of : An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he [or she] lives.