Recommendations for a National CQI Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

This report provides advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health about the relevance and potential shape of a national framework for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (PHC).

Page last updated: 18 December 2014

Consultations carried out in this project showed that the timely development of a national CQI framework for improved PHC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was widely supported by all stakeholder groups. They also showed that, based on Australian and international evidence, such a framework could be useful in supporting efficiency and continued development of CQI efforts in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PHC.

The report identifies key principles that could underpin the development of a national CQI framework in this area, components that might be included, and recommendations about timeframes, resourcing and stakeholder engagement likely to lead to improved quality of care and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Key findings

The report concludes that a national CQI framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care would be timely and have the potential to improve health outcomes and significantly contribute to closing the gap in health inequality by:

  • supporting a better national understanding of quality primary health care, and the factors that enhance quality of care; and
  • improving coordination of existing CQI activities, improve efficiencies, and providing guidance about where effort and investment is likely to achieve the best results.

The report identifies guiding principles to consider in the development and implementation of a national framework.

The reports of the evaluation are available in Word and PDF formats:
Word version: Framework Recommendations: Final Report (Word 21533 KB)
PDF version: Framework Recommendations: Final Report (PDF 9455 KB)