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

More Effective and Responsive Mainstream Health Services (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)

More Effective and Responsive Mainstream Health Services (longer term)

14. Improve the quality of services by encouraging accreditation providers to include criteria for assessing cultural responsiveness of health services, e.g. appointment of liaison staff, defined processes for Indigenous identification, and developing a strong awareness of cultural appropriateness. DoHA

Cultural Safety


15. Implement the Cultural Respect Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2004-2009 to ensure that cultural protocols and bi-cultural competencies are implemented for mainstream health professionals.
DoHA

Medicine


16. Work with the Divisions of General Practice to:
  • Support general practice and other primary care providers to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
  • Develop mechanisms to improve timely and appropriate access to primary care services.



DoHA
17. Work with medical colleges including the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) on continuing education requirements for and recognition of medical service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care. – see also KRA3 DoHA (DEST)
18. Encourage Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) to participate in the Practice Incentives program (PIP).– see also KRA1 DoHA
19. Investigate mechanisms to increase practice capacity and ability to operate multi-disciplinary teams in ACCHSs and private GP practices. – see also KRA1 DoHA

Nursing


20. Support practice nurses (including development of nurse practitioners) with appropriate recognition, training and accreditation to enable them to perform a complex clinical role including medication and immunisation programs. – see also KRA3
DoHA/ Medicare

Allied health & other health professionals


21. Enhance and promote the Medicare measures for allied health workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.
DoHA
22. Provide support mechanisms for health professionals working in rural and remote locations similar to those provided to general practitioners. DoHA