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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

More progress required for Remote service delivery program

The Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services, Brian Gleeson, is currently reviewing the extensive number of actions that have been proposed as part of local plans to improve government service delivery in 29 Indigenous communities.

Gleeson said that more than 3000 actions have been set as part of local implementation plans for the National partnership agreement (NPA) on remote service delivery. He intends to rationalise them and enhance their focus.

The NPA is a Federal and State Government partnership which intends to improve government services and facilities in priority Indigenous communities across Australia. It is a key part of the Governments' commitment to ‘closing the gap' in outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Gleeson said that, half-way through its five-year running life, the Remote service delivery program had achieved plenty, but still had much to progress on.

He claimed that lack of accountability among government agencies was one of his biggest challenges.

‘It's an issue around cooperation between all the levels of government and the community to get a result.'

According to Gleeson, when local implementation plans involved 15 different agencies, it was difficult to get agreement on service standards.

Source: In Daily

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Last updated: 13 September 2012
 
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