Evaluation of the Child Health Check Initiative and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative Summary Report

Acknowledgements

The Child Health Check Initiative (CHCI) and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative (EHSDI) were designed to address the health needs of people living in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

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The evaluation of the Child Health Check Initiative and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative was commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), through the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH). This report is a summary version of the full evaluation report. The full evaluation report has been prepared by Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists.

The report’s lead authors were:

Professor Don Matheson, principal investigator and Ned Hardie-Boys, lead evaluator.

The other major contributors to the report were:

Dr Elizabeth McDonald, Northern Territory health research specialist
Marnie Carter and Catherine Barnes, evaluation specialists
David Clarke, project manager
Dr John Marwick, health workforce specialist
Associate Professor Barry Borman, epidemiological specialist
Professor Jackie Cumming, health economics specialist
Nea Harrison, Northern Territory evaluation specialist

The evaluation team are grateful for the peer reviews provided by Professor Ross Bailie (Menzies School of Health Research), Associate Professor Robin Peace (Massey University), Professor John Mathews (University of Melbourne) and Brigid Borlase (Allen and Clarke).

The evaluation team would like to thank the individuals, communities and organisations that participated in this evaluation. Their time, commitment and support, particularly at a time when there were many other initiatives taking place, are greatly appreciated. In particular, we would like to thank all the interview participants from the case study regions and remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, and the evaluation partner organisations (the OATSIH in the DoHA, the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (now the Department of Health) and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory, AMSANT). We also acknowledge the invaluable support and guidance provided by the members of the Indigenous Advisory Group throughout the evaluation.

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