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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Healthy for life



Healthy for life was an Australian Government program, announced in the 2005-06 budget, which provided funding to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, mothers, babies and children.

The project aimed to:

The program objectives were to:
  • improve the availability of child and maternal health care
  • improve the prevention, early detection and management of chronic disease
  • improve men's health
  • improve long term health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • increase the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce through the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme.

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Related publications

Angie T, Walker J, Newchurch A, Franks C, Misan G, Champion S, Taylor J, Watkinson J, Wanganeen R, Edwards S, Carlin B (2007)

Healthy for Life.

Paper presented at the 9th National Rural Health Conference: standing up for rural health: learning from the past, action in the future. 7-10 March 2007, Albury, NSW

Jauncey J (2008)

Healthy for life hits Oenpelli.

The Chronicle; 11(1): 27-28

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Healthy for life: results for July 2007-June 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data from services receiving Healthy for life (HfL) funding, including the number of clients and health outcomes measured by 10 essential indicators (EIs) covering maternal and child health and chronic disease care:

It is the first publicly released report published since data collection and reporting for the Healthy for life program began in 2007. Healthy for life (HfL) program was established with a set of key objectives to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report provides comparisons over time, making it easy to see how the program has developed and its major achievements.

About 100 health services were funded as part of the program, but not all were required to provide data. Those providing data for the report represent 85% of all services funded in the 2010-11 reporting period. The services are widely distributed in every state and territory, from major cities to very remote areas.

The HfL aligns with the principles and priorities of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSF), 2003- 2013 and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the gap initiative, and is the first Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) funded program with a strong focus on continuous quality improvement (CQI) to collect and report on health outcome data that goes beyond service activity reporting.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Sunrise Health Service healthy for life program (2009)

Sunrise Health Service

The Healthy for life program brochure describes the Healthy for life program being implemented by the Sunrise health service.

The Healthy for life program is an Australian Government initiative aimed at improving the health of Indigenous Australians, based around a design of delivering population health approaches in a primary health care context using quality improvement principles, processes and tools.

The objectives of the program are to improve the:

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Last updated: 22 May 2015
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