Why is this important?Targeted action can prevent serious illness and deaths among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
The measure continues the focus on improved clinical care, best practice secondary prevention treatment (prophylaxis antibiotics), and education and training for health care providers, patients, their families and communities to raise awareness and improve prevention and treatment. The measure also includes additional funding for focused prevention activities in high-risk communities.
The measure also strengthens RFS data collection and reporting systems through increased engagement with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to streamline the provision of data from states and territories to the data collection system.
The measure complements existing Government initiatives such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–23, and other activities to enhance coordination, diagnosis, treatment and prevention measures for communicable diseases in Indigenous communities, such as the remote housing strategy, and the trachoma elimination program.