TAIHS.. More than
a health service.
The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services (Trading as TAIHS – Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services) was established in 1974. At that time, it was the fourth Aboriginal community controlled health service (ACCHS) established in Australia, and was part of the wider move for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take control of the delivery of health care services in their communities. In December 1979, TAIHS was incorporated under the Companies Act.
At an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on 13 December 2011, the members of TAIHS endorsed (with an overwhelming majority vote) to transfer the registration of TAIHS from the Corporations Act 2001 to the Corporations (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).
The purpose of the move was to improve governance and accountability. In April 2012, the company officially became a corporation registered under ORIC, and it adopted TATSICHS as its legal name.