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Queensland Health is supporting the transition of primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control.
It is planning pilot programs in the Cape York communities of Mapoon and Kowanyama and at Yarrabah, east of Cairns.
The move towards community control is a key part of Queensland Health's Closing the gap strategy. The Queensland Closing the gap statement of intent recognises that it is crucial that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 'involved in the design, delivery and control of (health) services'.
A draft strategic policy framework has been developed by Queensland Health and is currently open for consultation (see links below).