Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) - Communiqué - 28 - 29 November 2017

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The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) held its sixth meeting in Canberra on
28 and 29 November 2017 in relation to the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (the Implementation Plan).

A highlight of the meeting was a presentation to members by Worimi man, Associate Professor Kelvin Kong, an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, on the importance of improving ear health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Members also received an update on the Closing the Gap refresh agenda from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, noting that community consultation had commenced.

Members noted the following recent achievements against 2018 Implementation Plan deliverables:

  • 2A5: The Department of Health has provided funds to the National Health and Medical Research Council to conduct Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Partnership Projects in 2018. The first grant opportunities through this program are expected to be advertised in January 2018.
  • 2B4: The Birthing on Country Service Delivery Model and Evaluation Framework was finalised by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council on 30 September 2016. The Birthing on Country project is a non-Commonwealth project, with joint partnership between lead partners the Australian College of Midwives, the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Three possible sites have been identified (Brisbane, Shoalhaven and a third site to be determined). The National Health and Medical Research Council has provided $1.1 million grant funding for this project. In October 2017, the National Birthing on Country Strategic Committee met to discuss the Birthing on Country Project. More information can be found at: weblink to Birthing on Country project.

Members undertook an in-depth discussion on the development of the next iteration of the Implementation Plan, to be released in 2018. Members considered the findings from the My Life My Lead consultations on the social determinants and cultural determinants of health. Members agreed that the impact of social determinants would be acknowledged across the existing domains of the Implementation Plan, with further work to be undertaken by experts within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector on how to support and reflect cultural determinants.

Members discussed shared policy priority areas between the Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictions, and agreed to work to reflect this alignment in the next Implementation Plan. Members also agreed that the next Implementation Plan would continue to prioritise the use of an evidence base and existing data in developing strategies and performance measures.

Members agreed to progress work on developing the next Implementation Plan out-of-session, ahead of the next meeting scheduled for March 2018.

For further information, please contact the IPAG.Secretariat@health.gov.au