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)
Implementation plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–23: technical companion document.
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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).
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
Council of Australian Governments Reform Council (2010)
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: baseline performance report for 2008-09.
Canberra: Council of Australian Governments
Department of Health and Ageing (2010)
Closing the Gap: the Indigenous chronic disease package in 2009-10: annual progress report on the Australian Government's contribution to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2003)
What's needed to improve child health in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
This submission by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation highlights priority health issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up to 15 years of age. Such issues include child growth, hearing loss, immunisation coverage, and social and emotional well-being. This submission refers to lessons from Australia, and international studies involving disadvantaged populations. It summarises a number of health disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, key current policy processes linked with these disparities, and a number of recommendations for urgent action. There are sections relating to the issues of faltered growth, malnutrition and anaemia. There is also information on the effectiveness of current nutritional programs and policies, and suggestions for the implementation of nutritional supplement programs and to enhance preventative child health assessments.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract