Terms of Reference (ToR) - Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG)

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Membership

The Implementation Plan Advisory Group will comprise up to 13 members, including:

  • Three representatives of the National Health Leadership Forum;
  • One Torres Strait Islander representative;
  • One Indigenous early childhood expert;
  • One Indigenous acute health care expert;
  • Two representatives of the Department of Health;
  • Two representatives of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • One representative of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; and
  • Two state and territory representatives from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee.

The Implementation Plan Advisory Group may also co-opt other individuals or representatives of organisations from time to time with the agreement of both Co-Chairs where special expertise or experience is required to assist the Implementation Plan Advisory Group in its work.

Chair

The Implementation Plan Advisory Group will be Co-Chaired by the Chair, National Health Leadership Forum, and the First Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health. Meeting will be Co-Chaired collaboratively. 

Roles and responsibilities

The role of the Implementation Plan Advisory Group is to provide advice to the Departments of Health and the Prime Minister and Cabinet as they monitor and review the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

The Implementation Plan Advisory Group will:

  • Review progress of the Implementation Plan annually with a particular focus on assessment of actions and progress against goals; 
  • Assess the whole health system biennially and progress against social and cultural determinants of health, primarily through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework; and
  •  Guide action under the Implementation Plan, including addressing issues of policy and strategy that impact on the delivery of the Implementation Plan.

Meetings

The Implementation Plan Advisory Group will meet face-to-face at least twice a year in Canberra.  Additional meetings may be held by teleconference. Meeting papers will be circulated in advance of meetings and will be considered in-confidence by all members. The Department of Health will provide secretariat support.

The Department of Health may also seek the Implementation Plan Advisory Group’s advice on an ‘out-of-session basis’.  The Secretariat will circulate comments to members and provide a summary at the subsequent meeting. 

At least one of the National Health Leadership Forum, the Department of Health, and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet members must be present for a quorum, including at least one Co-Chair. Members may deputise a representative to attend a meeting on their behalf by notifying the Co-Chairs prior to the meeting.

Members will be asked to declare any actual or potential, real or perceived conflicts of interest, at each meeting.

There will be no sitting fees provided for meetings; however travel costs (limited to flights/car/accommodation and taxi expenses) will be paid for by the Department of Health for subject matter experts whom are requested to attend at the agreement of the Co-Chairs.