The launch of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (the Health Plan) was launched on 23 July 2013, in Brisbane by the previous Government.
As part of the the Australian Government's efforts to close the gap, the Australian Government has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to produce the Health Plan, providing an opportunity to collaboratively set out a ten year plan for the direction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy. It sets a strong foundation for funding future investment and activity towards the factors that will contribute the most to closing the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the broader population.
A printable version of the Health Plan and the Companion Document which outlines the Australian Government's existing activity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and social determinants of health can be accessed at the Department of Health's website.
The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package Annual Progress Report 2011-12 is now available
This is the third Annual Progress report and highlights the significant progress being made to improve the health care system to provide better prevention, detection and management of chronic disease through the Commonwealth’s contribution to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes.
2011—12 Annual Progress Report
Copies can be ordered by emailing: ICDP mailbox
GP Resource Kit
Copies can be ordered by emailing: ICDP mailbox
Closing the Gap—Indigenous Chronic Disease
Welcome to the website for the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package – an important part of the Australian Government’s response to closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a burden of disease two-and-a-half times that of other Australians. A large part of the burden of disease is due to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and chronic kidney disease. This can be reduced by earlier identification, and management of risk factors and the disease itself.
The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package aims to achieve this reduction by providing support to the health sector and better access to health care by Indigenous Australians.
While great work is being done by many dedicated people around Australia, more is needed to reduce the burden of chronic disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package—What is it?
The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package aims to reduce key risk factors for chronic disease in the Indigenous community such as smoking, improve chronic disease management and follow up, and increase the capacity of the primary care workforce to deliver effective care to Indigenous Australians with chronic diseases. The package provides:
- significant new funding for preventative health focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities;
- support and funding for more coordinated and patient-focused primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in both Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and mainstream general practice; and
- an expanded Indigenous health workforce.
The package will:
- promote and support good health initiatives through the involvement of local communities and delivery of healthy lifestyle programs;
- support accredited Indigenous health services and general practices by providing new funding for the delivery of better health care for Indigenous Australians;
- remove barriers so that patients can better access essential follow-up services such as allied health, specialist care and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines; and
- build the capacity of the primary health care system to care for patients by growing the number and skills of the Indigenous health workforce.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has pledged to develop and implement coordinated strategies to address the key causes and determinants of Indigenous disadvantage, and has agreed to six high level targets for closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. These targets are:
- to close the gap in life expectancy within a generation;
- to halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade;
- to ensure all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years;
- to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous children within a decade;
- to halve the gap for Indigenous students in year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020; and
- to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade.
In support of this work, COAG has agreed to the $1.6 billion National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes (NPA).
The Commonwealth's contribution to the NPA is the $805.5 million Indigenous Chronic Disease Package. This package will improve the way the Australian health care system prevents, treats and manages the chronic diseases that shorten so many Indigenous Australians' lives.
The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package aims to reduce key risk factors for chronic disease in the Indigenous community such as smoking, improve chronic disease management and follow up, and increase the capacity of the primary care workforce to deliver effective care to Indigenous Australians with chronic diseases.
The Commonwealth's Implementation Plan was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Conference on 4 September 2009.
The COAG Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations (the Council) provides more information on the Commonwealth, State and Territory Implementation Plans.
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Closing the Gap: Indigenous Chronic Disease Package
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a burden of disease two-and-half times that of other Australians.
Reducing the burden of chronic disease requires a much greater effort in delivering prevention programs and comprehensive and well-coordinated primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This booklet provides information on how the Australian Government’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Package will contribute to closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
Case study—Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage
A series of case studies have been prepared, with input from a number of jurisdictional health departments, with the aim of sharing some of the experiences of Australian jurisdictions seeking to improve health outcomes related to the social determinants of health.
The Department of Health case study entitled Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage is available here.
Sentinel Sites Evaluation Project
The Sentinel Sites Evaluation Project, a formative place-based evaluation of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package, has been finalised.
View the Summary Report here.More information, including reports, on the ICDP evaluations is available on the Monitoring and Evaluation page.
Developmental market research to inform Indigenous social marketing campaigns
To guide the development of several Indigenous social marketing campaigns, extensive market research has been undertaken with local community members around Australia.
Learn more about these new ICDP initiatives and view the reports of the market research findings.
Smoking is the leading risk factor for chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, accounting for 12% of the total burden of disease and one-fifth of deaths among Indigenous people.
Tobacco consumption is also the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia.
Quitting smoking can be difficult, yet it is one of the best things a person can do to improve their health and wellbeing, and to reduce the risk of developing such conditions as heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, and macular degeneration and blindness.
For more information on quitting smoking, visit the QuitNow Website or contact Quitline on 131 848.
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