The following original objectives for EHSDI were agreed between DoHA, the DHF and AMSANT in April 2008.
- Expand primary health care in remote Indigenous communities in the NT.
- Strengthen regionalised approaches to service delivery and support opportunities for structural reform in partnership with the NT Government and the Aboriginal community controlled health sector.
- Increase services to deliver a core level of integrated and comprehensive primary health care.
- Establish the RAHC agency to attract and support urban-based health professionals to work in remote Indigenous communities in the NT.
- Review the capacity of the workforce model to be extended to other remote Indigenous communities.
- Ensure longer term services and workforce arrangements complement and build on the initial phases of work undertaken through the NTER.
In February 2009, NT AHF agreed to the following program goals for EHSDI.
Goal 1. To increase access by Aboriginal people to core primary health care services.
Goal 2. To establish agreed HSDAs as a basis for more sustainable services.
Goal 3. To improve primary health care service coordination and integration through (a) developing and delivering against a coordinated service delivery plan in each HSDA; and (b) moving towards integrating existing service delivery to a single health service provider in each HSDA.
Goal 4. To increase the uptake of quality improvement activities (clinical, governance, management and workforce) across the PHC sector.
Goal 5. To increase the number of Aboriginal people involved in the delivery, management and control of PHC services at a range of levels.
Goal 6. To increase the involvement of Aboriginal communities in health decision-making following the principles of the Pathways to Community Control framework.
Goal 7. To allocate resources equitably and efficiently to support service expansion in line with agreed priorities.
Goal 8. To include the effectiveness of, and progress towards, the program goals in the evaluation of the EHSDI.
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