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Indigenous: States and Territories

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

2013

Apunipima Cape York Health Council (2013)

Cape York food and nutrition strategy 2012-2017.

Cape York, Qld: Apunipima Cape York Health Council

The Cape York food and nutrition strategy sets the strategic direction and operational framework for the Cape York nutrition workforce in Cape York, Queensland, and key stakeholders for the period 2012 - 2017. The workforce considered includes public health nutritionists, community nutritionists, nutrition promotion health workers and community dietitians.

The report defines four priority areas for nutrition in Cape York:

  • healthy and strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • adequate food supply, food availability and food access
  • keeping track of nutrition indicators
  • building nutrition capacity.

The report also outlines the governance and reporting lines of the strategy.

Adapted from Apunipima Cape York Health Council

2012

Smarter serve: good food for our community (2012)

Glen K, Baratta M

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), in collaboration with the Heart Foundation, have developed and disseminated across all Queensland councils, the Smarter serve healthy catering policy and guidelines to encourage the consumption of nutritious food and drink at council workplace meetings, functions and sponsored events.

This set of resources, Smarter serve: good food for our community is a set of guidelines and resources specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils. It delivers culturally specific information to accompany the Smarter serve policy document. Smarter serve: good food for our community aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils and councils with a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to have access to resources that will enable them to provide culturally relevant bush tucker and healthy eating guidelines.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Department of Health (2012)

Koolin balit: Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012–2022.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

2010

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) redesign.

Retrieved 2012 from http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/indigenous-australians/programs-services/closing-the-gap-in-the-northern-territory/northern-territory-emergency-response-nter-redesign

2009

Office of Aboriginal Health (2009)

Indigenous youth health action plan for Western Australia.

Perth: Office of Aboriginal Health, Western Australia

Thorpe S, Browne J (2009)

Closing the nutrition & physical activity gap in Victoria: Victorian Aboriginal nutrition & physical activity strategy.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience significantly poorer health outcomes compared with other Australians. Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are responsible for the majority of the 'gap' in Indigenous life expectancy. Promoting good nutrition and physical activity is an essential component needed in order to 'Close the Gap' in life expectancy for Aboriginal people in Victoria. The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is committed to improving nutrition and physical activity, and has developed a nutrition and physical activity strategy, subtitled 'Policy proposals for promoting healthy eating and physical activity among Indigenous Victorians 2009-2014'.

The strategy was developed after a comprehensive review of the Indigenous health promotion literature and a state-wide consultation process. It recommends strategies and actions that will build on current activities of VACCHO and its members. It also recommends strategies for consideration by the State Government in a coordinated approach to preventing chronic disease in Victorian Aboriginal communities.

The Aboriginal view of health is holistic, that is it incorporates a whole-of life approach to the physical, social and cultural wellbeing of the community. Therefore this strategy recognises that action by the health sector alone will not be sufficient to close the gap. It is intended that this Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategy is just one part of a coordinated, intersectoral response to overcoming Indigenous disadvantage which includes action across other key dimensions such as housing, employment and education.

This strategy identifies priorities within eight key action areas. These include:

  • workforce development;
  • improving food security;
  • developing healthy public policy;
  • delivering community based interventions;
  • ensuring equitable access to sport and recreation;
  • enhancing maternal and child nutrition;
  • health information and social marketing; and
  • improving the evidence base.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2002

Bierbaum N[Editor] (2002)

Mai Wiru : process and policy Regional Stores Policy and associated regulations for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands (Part III).

Alice Springs: Nganampa Health Council

2001

Office of Aboriginal Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, Department of Health (WA) (2001)

Aboriginal food and nutrition policy for Western Australia.

Perth: Office of Aboriginal Health and Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, Department of Health (WA)

1998

Kimberley Public Health Bulletin (1998)

Draft Aboriginal food and nutrition policy for Western Australia - executive summary.

Kimberley Public Health Bulletin; (14): 9

No date

Office of Aboriginal Health (nd)

Draft Aboriginal food and nutrition policy for Western Australia.

Perth: Office of Aboriginal Health, Health Department of Western Australia

 
Last updated: 7 February 2017
 
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