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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Community controlled health sector in Queensland demonstrates real influence

A new blueprint for Indigenous health reform in Queensland has just been launched by Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Partnerships Minister, Curtis Pitt.

The blueprint was written by the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC). It is the first time the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services sector has had so much input into this type of policy in Queensland.

The blueprint outlines seven changes that need to be made to improve Indigenous health, including:

  • the implementation of the QAIHC comprehensive primary health care model
  • the establishment of a function within the National Health Performance Authority that specifically monitors the health of Indigenous people
  • the establishment of three regional institutes for Indigenous health in Queensland
  • the establishment of a Queensland Indigenous health reform council
  • transfer to community control in remote and regional Queensland under the proposed institutes and proposed reform council
  • funding reform and enhanced community controlled sector self-regulation.

The blueprint's goals reach as far as 2030. The service delivery proposed in the blueprint is family focused and includes the initiation of relationships between family members and health centres, along with 'appropriately spaced' home visits by Aboriginal Health Workers.

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Last updated: 19 October 2011
 
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