A large proportion of the Palm Island population (32 percent) is aged 14 years or younger. This is a large contrast to the Queensland average, where those 14 years old and younger make up only 19.4 percent of the population.
Further, just 3.2 percent of people on Palm Island are aged over 65 years old, but 15.2 percent of people are over that age in the whole of Queensland.
In the rest of Australia, the social services system is geared up to meet the needs of an increasingly ageing, non-Indigenous population. On Palm Island, however, the demographics are different, and therefore the community's needs are very different.
PICC is developing and delivering human and social services that are targeted at the largest areas of demand for the Palm Island community. While PICC provides services to a range of the community, the majority of resources are used to target the needs of Palm’s population of children and families.
It is with local knowledge and understanding that PICC develops its programs, ensuring they are relevant to the community it serves.
Not only are PICC programs designed to be relevant, sustainable and affordable, programs are delivered to the local community by local people whenever possible, helping to create jobs.
The PICC model is dynamic, and continues to develop and roll out programs and services aimed at closing the gap for the community of Palm Island.
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