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

Key Result Area Nine (actions 164-166): Accountability

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

The Health Performance Framework is the key accountability tool in relation to achievements under the National Strategic Framework and this implementation plan.

Objectives:

  • Increased communication and transparency in resource and other decision making.
  • More streamlined, effective and consistent reporting framework.
  • Increased reciprocity of information between governments, providers and consumers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.

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.


Immediate Priority Actions:

All of the actions contained in this KRA are for immediate and ongoing action.

Immediate Priority Actions (current year):
(Specific Strategies)

Lead Agency
(Contributing agencies)

164. Improve accountability requirements of funded organisations by:
  • Implementing a Multi-Year Funding Agreement for OATSIH funded health services to streamline program delivery for selected funded organisations in line with the COAG National Framework of Principles for the Delivery of Services to Indigenous Australians and the Morgan Disney evaluation to help reduce red tape;
  • Implementing a Standard Funding Agreement for OATSIH funded health services that will integrate and replace existing multiple funding streams where possible;
  • Continuing to implement a Service Development and Reporting Framework that involves OATSIH funded services developing and reporting against an annual action plan for all OATSIH-funded activities rather than responding to a range of separate non-financial reporting requirements;
  • Focussing on accountability for health service outputs, rather than only accounting for expenditure of funds.
DoHA and other agencies as appropriate
165. Demonstrate accountability of government agencies by: .
  • Reporting annually on health portfolio performance and biennially on whole of government performance against this National Strategic Framework implementation plan;
  • Reporting biennially against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework;
  • Reporting against Reconciliation Action Plans;
  • Utilising reports against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework to inform policy, planning and program development;
  • Contributing to biennial reporting against key indicators of Indigenous Disadvantage
DoHA (AIHW, ABS, FaCSIA, All)
Appropriateness of Mainstream Health Services and Programs
166. Improve accountability of mainstream services by:
  • Investigating and introducing mechanisms to assess the availability, accessibility, affordability, appropriateness and acceptability of mainstream health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across all Australian government programs;
  • Including in funding agreements for mainstream services (where applicable) an accountability requirement for improving outcomes for Indigenous Australians through mainstream and specific programs.


DoHA and other agencies as appropriate
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