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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous: National

2015

Australian Government Department of Health (2015)

Implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

This publication reports on the implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2013-2023. The implementation plan focuses on the Australian Government's role in ensuring the health system is flexible to respond to identified needs, is able to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices, and provides culturally safe access to quality early intervention and treatment services and integrated clinical services, and is free of racism.

It includes strategies such as:

  • investing in increased capability of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations to be able to meet identified needs
  • reducing racism and discrimination and improving the cultural safety of the mainstream health system, including primary health care
  • identifying, mapping and responding to need, recognising that geographical factors can play an important role in assessing the need of individual communities, and ensuring good quality care is delivered
  • ensuring evidence-based care is provided
  • ensuring accountability and leadership for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health
  • defining the core services that are required to flexibly respond to identified needs
  • increasing workforce capability
  • partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all levels of planning, service delivery and evaluation.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: first national report 2015.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents benchmark data for the Better cardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people project. The Better cardiac care project is a joint state and federal effort to reduce illness and deaths from cardiac conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by improving access to services, better managing risk factors and treatment, and improving the quality and coordination of care throughout the patient journey.

A set of 21 measures (indicators) for the project was developed at a forum in 2014. The measures relate to areas such as the timely diagnosis of cardiac conditions, whether appropriate treatment is received, and if follow-up treatment is delivered to patients at a high risk of developing cardiac conditions. The report also outlines the indicators for which national data is not currently available and for which future data development work is required.

The Better cardiac care project is supported by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Implementation plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–23: technical companion document.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

ESSENCE: Essential Service Standards for Equitable National Cardiovascular CarE for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2015)

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

2014

Ilton MK, Walsh WF, Brown ADH, Tideman PA, Zeitz CJ, Wilson J (2014)

A framework for overcoming disparities in management of acute coronary syndromes in the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population: a consensus statement from the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(11): 639-643

KPMG (2014)

National monitoring and evaluation of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package: final report.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

2013

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This plan provides a long-term, evidence-based policy framework as part of the Council of Australian Governments' approach to Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. The Australian Government worked in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, and peak bodies to produce the plan.

The plan builds on the United nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples, with a focus on:

  • policies and programs to improve Indigenous health
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • resilience
  • promoting healthy behaviours
  • the centrality of culture for health and wellbeing
  • the right of people to be safe and empowered.

The plan at a glance includes:

  • the vision
  • principles
  • priorities
  • implementation.

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Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan: companion document on Commonwealth Government strategies and reforms - July 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

2010

Closing the gap: tackling chronic disease: the Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (2010)

Closing the Gap - Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease

This pamphlet outlines the Australian Government's commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by preventing and treating chronic disease. The package will tackle chronic disease through:

  • health promotion and prevention of ill health, in particular healthy lifestyle programs improved financial support for the Aboriginal community-controlled
  • health sector in the delivery of primary health care addressing barriers to access to follow-up services, such as allied health and the Pharmaceutical
  • Benefits Scheme growing the numbers and skills of Indigenous health workers

The pamphlet also presents the breakdown of funding totalling $805.5m over four years (starting in 2009-10 and ending in 2012-13).

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National Heart Foundation of Australia, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (2010)

Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack.

Canberra: National Heart Foundation of Australia

2007

Department of Health and Ageing (2007)

National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013: Australian Government implementation plan 2007-2013.

Canberra: Australian Government

The Australian Government Implementation Plan was developed by the Department of Health and Ageing in consultation with all relevant Australian Government agencies and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council. It has a strong emphasis on a whole of government approach to addressing the key priorities identified.

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Last updated: 11 January 2016
 
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