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The Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced the development of a new health plan for Indigenous Australians.
Ms Roxon said that the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan will map the way for government, health care and service providers as well as Indigenous communities.
'By working together, we can further reduce barriers, waste and duplication...' she said.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council, chaired by Professor Ian Anderson, will provide strategic policy advice on the plan.
In a separate media release, the Close the gap campaign today welcomed a new national voice for the health interests of Indigenous people.
Campaign Co-Chair and Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said today's announcement that the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) would be the national representative voice to governments on Indigenous health was a turning point for Indigenous peoples.
The NHLF is part of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (Congress).
Media contact for Mick Gooda:
Mobile: 0419 258 597
Media contact for Nicola Roxon:
Ph: (02) 6277 7720
Media contact for Warren Snowdon:
Ph: (02) 6277 7820