This section synthesises the points raised in the report about the three overarching evaluation
objectives: effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness. It also discusses the concept of sustainability,
which emerged as a fourth overarching evaluation issue and is a fundamental element of the ongoing
reform of the NT PHC system.
In considering the three overarching evaluation objectives, we used the definitions provided by DoHA (see Section 1.3):
- effectiveness—to improve the health of the remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NT
- efficiency—to deliver the services in a cost-effective manner
- appropriateness—to make sure the right services are delivered in the right way to the target population in a timely manner and in accordance with Australian Government priorities and policy.