Healthy for Life Program Framework
The Program Framework provides an overview of the purpose, objectives and expected outcomes of the program and the supporting resources and infrastructure for participating organisations.
Healthy for Life is an Australian Government program that aims to:
- improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, babies and children;
- improve the quality of life for people with a chronic condition;
- over time, reduce the incidence of adult chronic disease; and
- help improve men's health
PurposeHealthy for Life provides funds to enhance the capacity of over 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services to improve the quality of child and maternal health services, chronic disease care and to improve the capacity of the Indigenous health workforce. Following a decision by Minister Roxon in July 2008, men’s health can now be included in new Healthy For Life services.
Healthy for Life is a program designed to allow health services to step back and review their current service delivery in child and maternal health and chronic disease, to identify priority action areas for improvement and to develop further the child and maternal health and chronic disease care provided in their community.
Healthy for Life also provides opportunities for services to come together to share information and learn from each other’s experience.
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Program ObjectivesThe objectives of Healthy for Life are 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; and
- increase the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce through the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme.
Expected OutcomesParticipating organisations are asked to demonstrate improvement, or movement towards improvement, in each of the key outcomes relating to the first three objectives of Healthy for Life.
Short to medium term outcomes (1-4 years)
- increase in first attendance for antenatal care in first trimester;
- 10% increase per year of adult and child health checks with associated plans for follow-up; and
- 30% improvement in best practice service delivery for people with chronic conditions.
Longer term outcomes (5-10 years)
- increase in mean birth-weight to within 200g of the non-Indigenous population;
- decrease in incidence of low birth-weight by 10%;
- reduction in selected behavioural risk factors (eg smoking, harmful alcohol intake among others) in pregnancy by 10%;
- 30% reduction in hospital admissions for chronic disease complications; and
- 30% improvement in numbers of patients with intermediate health outcomes within acceptable range.Top of page
Program DescriptionHealthy for Life's program design is based on delivering population health approaches in a primary health care context using quality improvement principles, processes and tools.
Quality improvement and health service development is a dynamic process. At the beginning of a new project it can be difficult to assess strengths and gaps in current service delivery and identify priorities for action. Priorities may also change over time as an organisation responds to identified needs, implements changes and monitors and evaluates progress towards achieving their desired objectives.
Program InfrastructureA range of resources and support is available to assist organisations participating in Healthy for Life.
- Resource Package: Contextual program and policy information and the evidence base underpinning the Australian Government’s approach to improving child and maternal health and chronic disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is available to support this initiative and guide organisations in their own service planning. This package includes reports from other primary health care services on how they have approached improving child and maternal health and chronic disease outcomes for the communities they service.
- Service Toolkit: A Service Toolkit is available to support organisations service planning and implementation. This Toolkit includes how-to guides, tools for clinical audits, systems and process mapping activities (process mapping can be used to describe the client journey through the health clinic, including clinical care processes or information management), as well as templates for data collection, evaluation and reporting.
- A Multi Use List, including trained quality improvement facilitators, is available to assist organisations undertaking Phase 1 and Phase 2 activities. The types of services that facilitators provide include:
- The provision of education, training and support:
- on population health approaches to maternal and child health and chronic diseases in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care context;
- on quality improvement activities across the primary health care service and broader quality improvement strategies within the health care sector;
- on data collection and analysis to inform health service system development, and specifically in maternal and child health and chronic diseases;
- on the development and implementation of service level action planning;
- on the development and implementation of an integrated service program design and overall program planning;
- to support evaluation and monitoring requirements for services participating in the Healthy for Life program; and
- to enhance the delivery of, and access to, effective services for maternal and child health and the early detection and management of chronic disease.
- The facilitation of workshops related to quality improvement initiatives/programs and the development of action plans to address identified priorities in enhancing health service delivery.
- Assisting in the preparation of reports for evaluation purposes.
- Assisting in the provision of feedback to Boards, local community members and the Department.
Organisations are able to engage their preferred facilitator directly.
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