About Mappa
Mapping Health Services Closer to Home.
Mappa is an online mapping platform developed by the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) that puts remote, regional and metropolitan health care services on the map in ways that no other platform has done before.
As one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries on earth, remote and regional people and communities are forgotten.
Today, there are more health care services than ever, attempting to close gaps between mainstream health, and regional and remote health care services.
Mappa is the new bridge, so let’s get people crossing.
For the patient Simply enter your home town or location, tell Mappa what health service you need, and we’ll show you the closest, or the next visiting service.
For the practitioner You’ll be culturally aware and see where your patients are coming from, learn things about their home, language, and their country.
For the practice Mappa can act as a visual platform for you to broadcast everything from your locations, to your outreach efforts and everything in between.

Mappa's Functions
Community A unique function of Mappa will be the ability to look up any community in Western Australia, no matter how remote, and no matter how many different names that community has. Regular search engines and mainstream maps often won’t detect a community if it is too remote or by alternate names.
Health Enter your location, select a health service and we’ll show you the closest one (if there isn’t already one in town). Mappa will also show outreach services, schedules and locations, and we’ll help you connect with them by providing all the contact details you need.
Travel Mappa will help you organise travel. Simply enter a start location and desired destination and we will provide options via plane, train, bus, taxi and car to take you there.

Data Sources
Health Data Sourced from Health custodians including; WA Department of Health (WA Country Health Services, Royal Perth Hospital), Rural Health West and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
Cultural Information Built from a range of sources including Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Remote Communities, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
Travel Routes Provided via multimodal travel Rome2Rio.
Restricted Roads The Commissioner of Main Roads is the creator and owner of the data and Licenced Material, which is accessed pursuant to a Creative Commons (Attribution) Licence, which has a disclaimer of warranties and limitation of liability.

Travel Notes
  • All aboriginal communities may be different. They vary in cultural practice, language, population and services.

  • Introduce yourself on arrival to the community. Don't arrive in a community and drive within the area without the community knowledge and permission.

  • Refrain from attending ceremonies or meetings without being invited.

  • Respect any community decision to guide your movements. Do not take photos or film video without permission.

  • Learn about the community from the local Land Council or the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) prior to your visit.

  • Enquire about the conditions for the consumption of alcohol before your visit (many communities do not permit alcohol).

  • Be courteous in your dealings with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members.

  • Carry adequate personal provisions, including medication for your journey.

  • Disclaimer
    Users are solely responsible for the use of Mappa and all information and material presented. The user accepts all risks and responsibility that might arise from the use of Mappa.
    It is the responsibility of the user to confirm the information and material presented prior to use.
    Mappa is developed by the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA). AHCWA, its member services and partners take no responsibility for the timeliness, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.
    AHCWA and partners and are in no event liable for damages of any kind incurred or suffered as a result of the use or non-use of the information presented through Mappa or the use of defective or incomplete information.
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