National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013

Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical Activity (SNAP), Overweight and Obesity and Chronic Disease (longer term)

To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy a healthy life equal to that of the general population that is enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice.

Page last updated: 30 August 2011

Longer Term Priority Actions(current year and beyond):
(Specific Strategies)

Lead Agency
(Contributing agencies)

Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical Activity (SNAP), Overweight and Obesity and Chronic Disease (longer term)

Partnerships


29. In collaboration with other agencies and across all levels of government, investigate opportunities, such as through the ICC network, to support the flexible use of Shared Responsibility Agreements and Regional Partnership Agreements as a means of meeting local needs in regard to SNAP, overweight and obesity, and chronic disease factors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
DoHA (All)
30. Improve communication with other agencies, including state and territory governments, local government, business, nongovernment organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities when planning, developing and implementing initiatives and programs to take advantage of opportunities for joint action and reduce duplication of effort. DoHA (All)
31. Support the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control to increase awareness of Indigenous tobacco control through mechanisms such as health worker training and resource development. DoHA
32. Support the Building Australian Communities through Sport Policy and in particular the Indigenous Sports Program including scholarships, mentoring programs and Indigenous development officers, and identify potential for partnerships on projects funded under the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program and through whole-of-government mechanisms. DCITA/ Australian Sports Commission/ (All)

Prevention across the continuum


33. Encourage assessment and recording by primary health care providers, of SNAP and overweight and obesity risk for each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient.
DoHA
34. Promote lifestyle interventions such as the Lifescripts initiative, to assist in reducing levels of smoking and risky & high risk alcohol consumption (including during pregnancy), to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and to reduce the risk of chronic disease. DoHA
35. Ensure health messages are tailored to effectively reach and achieve behaviour risk factor reduction for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples:
  • Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are included as a priority population group in development of social marketing tools regarding SNAP and overweight and obesity factors.
DoHA (All)
36. Support all health services (Indigenous-specific and non-Indigenous specific) in focussing on prevention. DoHA

Supporting healthy choices


37. Develop and implement programs and projects that promote healthy choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in targeting SNAP and overweight and obesity.
  • Investigate place-based opportunities (such as schools/boarding schools) to implement SNAP and overweight and obesity-related initiatives.
  • Support the dissemination and uptake of guidelines relating to SNAP and overweight and obesity factors, such as the NHMRC Alcohol Guidelines.
  • Provide support to enhance the capacity of community stores to provide nutritious food at reasonable prices and thereby contribute to promoting healthy choices.
DoHA/ IBA
(DEST, FaCSIA)
38. Contribute to implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan (NATSINSAP) (currently funded until October 2008). DoHA
39. Investigate and implement mechanisms/strategies, to improve the availability and accessibility of nutritious food in remote areas and ensure where possible that these strategies involve linkages with the primary health care sector. DoHA/ IBA

Capacity building

- Refer to KRA 1 & 3

Early detection and early treatment


40. In partnership with state and territory governments, improve screening and early detection including for chronic disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
DoHA
41. Promote the use of patient registers and recall systems to enable better management for people with and at high risk of chronic disease. – see also KRA1 DoHA
42. Develop initiatives to raise the rate of organ and tissue donation and transplantation within the Indigenous Australian population in order to reduce the long-term dependence of Indigenous Australians on dialysis. DoHA
43. Develop strategies to improve access for Indigenous Australians in remote areas to renal services.DoHA
44. Continue to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop and implement strategies to maximise their participation in cancer screening programs and to provide culturally sensitive screening advice and services. DoHA

Integration and continuity of prevention and care


45. Include the core competencies for chronic disease prevention and care in the education, training and accreditation of the health workforce. – See also KRA3
DoHA (DEST)

Self-management


46. Tailor chronic disease self-management approaches to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
DoHA