Indigenous Chronic Disease Package in 2010-11 - Annual Progress Report
Summary of Achievements
The following is a summary of achievements under the ICDP.
- Continued growth in the Indigenous health workforce, with a total of 363* positions funded over the last two years:
- - 128 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Workers
- - 20 Practice Managers
- - 95 Project Officers
- - 13 Additional health staff
- - 21 Regional Tobacco Coordinators
- - 22 Tobacco Action Workers
- - 43 Healthy Lifestyle Workers
- - 22 Care Coordinators
- The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessments provided for those aged 15 years and over in 2010-11 continued to increase with a total of 48,954 provided over the year. This is an increase of 64% over 2009-10.
- An additional 46 General Practice (GP) registrar Indigenous Health Training Posts were established. This is eight more than the targeted 38.
- Exceeded the target of 100 for the number of health professionals participating in chronic disease self management support training with 130 participants.
- The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific follow-up services provided by Aboriginal Health Workers and Practice Nurses in 2010-11 increased to 13,413, an increase of 10,246 from 2009-10.
- The new Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Co-payment measure began on 1 July 2010 and provided more affordable access to PBS medicines for 79,076 eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in its first year of operation.
- As at 30 April 2011, 2,100 practices and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services had signed on to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive. Of these, around 1,150 received payments for registering patients. Around 26,000 patients were registered for the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive in 2010.
- The national campaign branded ‘Get Active, Eat Good Tucker, Live Longer!’ commenced in April 2011, and provided 25 ‘Live Longer’ Healthy Community Days across Australia
- 38 projects were funded under the targeted grants round of the Local Community Campaigns to Promote Better Health measure.
- Multidisciplinary health professional outreach teams provided 541 services nationally in rural and remote Indigenous communities under the expanded Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program - Indigenous Chronic Disease (MSOAP-ICD), compared to 148 services delivered across NSW, QLD and WA in 2009-10.
- Services under the Urban Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (USOAP) commenced in NSW in 2009-10 and was expanded to QLD and VIC in 2010-11.