Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund

This page contains information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disease Fund

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

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The aim of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund is to improve the prevention, detection, and management of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to increase life expectancy and contribute to the Government’s target of closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation.

The majority of the funding for this Fund relates to programs from the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package. Implementation of the initiatives from the package will continue in line with the Commonwealth’s Implementation Plan and the Government’s commitments under the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes. Consolidation of the funding will provide additional flexibility to respond to changing needs and priorities.

The Government has allocated some $834 million over the next four years to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund.

Activities to be supported under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund include those currently supported under:

  • Indigenous Chronic Disease Package:
  • National Action to Reduce Indigenous Smoking Rates
  • Helping Indigenous Australians Reduce Their Risk of Chronic Disease
  • Local Indigenous Community Campaigns to Promote Better Health
  • Subsidising PBS Medicine Co-payments
  • Supporting Primary Care Providers to Coordinate Chronic Disease Management - Care Coordination and Supplementary Services Measure
  • Improving Indigenous Participation in Health Care Through Chronic Disease Self Management
  • Increasing Specialist and Allied Health Follow-up Care
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Workforce Education and Training
  • Expanding the Outreach and Service Capacity of Indigenous Health Organisations
  • Engaging Divisions of General Practice to Improve Indigenous Access to Mainstream Primary Care
  • Attracting More People to Work in Indigenous Health
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines – Primary Health Care Resource
  • Rheumatic Fever Strategy - National Coordination Unit
  • Closing the Gap: Improving Eye and Ear Health Services for Indigenous Australians for Better Education and Employment Outcomes – training of Aboriginal Health Workers in ear health and monitoring and screening.

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