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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

Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (2015)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' drug strategy 2014-2019.

Canberra: National Drug Strategy

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.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This national strategy seeks to address the high rate of suicide within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which is reported to be twice that of non-Indigenous Australians. Using a holistic early intervention approach, this strategy will focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build strong communities in an effort to reduce the cause, prevalence, and impact of suicide on individuals, families, and communities. Guiding the implementation of this strategy are six goals, which will be achieved through six action areas. To achieve its overriding objective, this strategy will see increased investment for suicide prevention activities that are culturally specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National binge drinking strategy.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.alcohol.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/cli

2010

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Third national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 – 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy was released in March 2010. It is one of a set of five national strategies aimed at reducing the transmission of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) and their morbidity, mortality and personal and social impacts.

The strategy highlights ongoing challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities relating to STIs and BBVs. These include:

  • sustained and unacceptably high rates of bacterial STIs in many remote communities
  • the rate of acquisition of HIV and viral hepatitis through injecting drug use
  • ongoing incidence of HIV infections among men who have sex with men
  • lack of access for many communities to culturally appropriate primary health care services.

The new priority action areas identified in the strategy are:

  • annual, routine and systematic testing, treatment and follow-up for bacterial STIs of sexually active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • increased access to treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who test positive to bacterial STIs;
  • increased primary prevention activities that seek to reduce the number of new cases of HIV and viral hepatitis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who inject drugs
  • competent and accredited workforces consistent across all jurisdictions to address the scope of work outlined in the strategy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Urbis (2009)

Evaluation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003-2009 (CAP): final report.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

2006

Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (2006)

National Alcohol Strategy 2006 - 2011.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National drug strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples complementary action plan 2003-2009.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples complementary action plan 2003-2009 (CAP) was a comprehensive policy guideline that accompanied the National Drug Strategy Framework 2004-2009. The CAP has since been updated by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' drug strategy 2014-2019.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2003

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2003)

National Drug Strategy: Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Complementary Action Plan 2003-2006: Torres Strait Islander supplement.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

This companion to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003-2006 addresses drug issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area.

The action plan is structured around six key result areas: enhanced capacity, whole of government effort and commitment; substantially improved access; a range of holistic approaches; workforce initiatives and increased ownership. The action areas for the Torres Strait Islander population identify various groups of people, communities and organisations involved in the plan and provide examples of actions. The document explains how performance measurement for the action plan reflects National Drug Framework requirements in addition to those specifically targeting the Torres Strait Islander population.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

 
Last updated: 17 October 2017
 
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