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This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:
The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
This reconciliation action plan (RAP) is the first for Cancer Council, NSW in which they aim to establish a solid foundation of respect, and begin to develop relationships across NSW. In twelve months time, they will develop a second RAP, which will cover a three-year period. Through this process, they aim to display ongoing commitment to respect, and promote Aboriginal culture, rights and perspectives.
Following the nationally recommended model developed by Reconciliation Australia, Cancer Council NSW established a strategic working group in 2010, comprised of key staff members from all divisions. They also identified a larger number of individuals across the organisation with a commitment to Aboriginal health and engagement issues. These people led the 'Yarn up' consultation process, resulting in the first RAP.
Cancer Council NSW abstract