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

Key Result Area One (actions 1-6): Community controlled primary health care services

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

Objectives:

  • Strong community controlled primary health care services that can draw on mainstream services where appropriate to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have access to the full range of services expected within a comprehensive primary health care context.
  • Improved community decision-making, influence and control over the management and delivery of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Improved capacity of individuals and communities to manage and control their own health and well being.

Reporting against these action items will largely occur through qualitative reporting against this Implementation Plan and quantitative reporting through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework, with the exception of actions 1 and 2 which will also be drawn from Annual Reports.

Immediate priority actions(current year):


(Specific Strategies)

Lead agency (Contributing agencies)

Strong and effective community controlled health services (immediate)
1. Enhancing service provision by continuing to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled primary health and health related services through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program:
  • Expand services in areas of highest need and where there is organisational capacity to deliver services;
  • Improve the quality and responsiveness of existing services; - see also KRA 8
  • Continue to improve capital infrastructure through the Capital Works Program;
  • Improve organisational capacity;
  • Strengthen information management systems and continue to support patient information and recall systems in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) including maintenance, training and more effective use of systems; - see also KRA2
  • Take steps to ensure that ACCHSs are well informed about Australian Government programs and are supported in making use of these to improve services available to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
DoHA

Longer term priority actions (current year and beyond):
(Specific Strategies)

Lead agency (Contributing agencies)

Strong and effective community controlled health services (longer term)
2. Improving the quality of services by:
  • Supporting continuous quality improvement practices within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health and health related services;
  • Developing performance management strategies to enhance the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and stability of funded ACCHS;
  • Developing business intelligence mechanisms and risk management strategies to enable the provision of timely intervention and support where necessary;
  • Supporting all Australian Government-funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services to meet best practice and quality standards through accreditation processes;
  • Developing performance information to improve the quality and effectiveness of health service delivery and health outcomes.
DoHA
Improved linkages and planning
3. Establish linkages and partnerships with existing healthcare infrastructure for efficient and cost effective delivery of health services.DoHA
4. Support partnership forums to undertake planning and priority setting at the state/territory and regional levels, including using whole-of-government processes and mechanisms such as Indigenous Coordination Centres where appropriate.
see also actions 28, 57, 68, 76, 81, 93, 105, 117, 125 and 156.
DoHA/FaCSIA
Community capacity building
5. Support and assist communities to improve their capacity to manage local primary health care services. DoHA (FaCSIA) DoHA (FaCSIA)
6. Develop procedures and mechanisms to support the provision of capacity building to local people as a component of tenders for services to Aboriginal communities and for local knowledge to be a condition of the awarding of the tender. DoHA