Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Programmes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programmes and initiatives are managed by the Department of Health and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to effective health care services essential to improving health, life expectancy, and reducing child mortality.

Page last updated: 13 January 2013

These programmes aim to contribute to closing the gap within a decade by addressing the following areas of health:

  1. Primary Health Care
  2. Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  3. Substance Use
  4. Child and Maternal Health
  5. Chronic Disease
  6. Remote Services (including Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory)
  7. Workforce
Programmes and initiatives provided by the Department of Health under these areas include: Programmes and initiatives managed by the Department of Health and now under the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet include:

Primary Health Care

The Primary Health Care base funding programme provides ongoing funding to support Indigenous Health organisations to provide primary health care services; undertake testing and treatment for communicable diseases; undertake capital projects that support delivery for Indigenous health organisations; and improve the quality of and access to services.

The Indigenous and Rural Health Division is undertaking a review to examine a number of models that could be used to determine how much funding organisations receive to deliver primary health care services. For more information, read about the IRHD Primary Health Care Funding Review (the Review)

Substance Use

The delivery of indigenous specific drug and alcohol services is now the responsibility of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
This work includes drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples previously funded through the priority areas 2 and 3 of the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund

The fund's primary objective is to better promote and support drug and alcohol treatment services across Australia to build capacity and to effectively identify and treat coinciding mental illness and substance misuse. The fund will aim to improve the health and social outcomes of those Australians with substance use issues
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