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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF), developed in 2005 under the auspices of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council, was designed to ‘support a comprehensive and coordinated effort both across and beyond the health sector to address the complex and interrelated factors' that contribute to the health disadvantages experienced by Indigenous people. The HPF, originally developed ‘to provide the basis for quantitative measurement of the impact of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSFATSIH)', was also seen as 'an opportunity to streamline reporting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and health care delivery'.
In recognition of the complexity of factors contributing to Indigenous health, the HPF, which has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in 'closing the gap' between Indigenous and other Australians, provides for reporting against three tiers:
The Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council agreed to provide reports against the HPF biennially commencing in 2006.
The fourth report against the HPF, released in late 2012, summarises performance against 68 measures. Copies of these performance facts are provided under the three navigation points below.
The 2012 report of the health performance framework includes key messages that emerged through data analysis and consultations with stakeholders. It also provides an overview of other national strategies, particularly the 'Closing the gap' strategy.
The main body of the report analyses each of the 68 performance measures, including attention to (1) why the measure is important; (2) results relating to the measure; and (3) an outline of the implications of the findings for policy development/action.
The material presented on each measure is succinct, but additional data analyses supplementing the report are available on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website at www.aihw.gov.au/indigenous/publications.cfm.