Indigenous Austrailans’ Health Program Evaluation

The Department of Health has commissioned two overarching evaluations of the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program (IAHP). These evaluations mark the first in a rolling series of comprehensive evaluations to inform the implementation and refinement of the IAHP to accelerate progress towards Closing the Gap.

Page last updated: 13 December 2017

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Primary Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists (Allen and Clarke) are engaged to design an Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Primary Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This evaluation is taking a whole of system, client oriented approach and aims to support the health system to improve access to quality and effective primary health care services to be more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The evaluation is being undertaken in two phases:
  • Phase One: Evaluation Co-design (late 2017 – mid 2018)
  • Phase Two: Evaluation Implementation (2018 – 2022)
The evaluation is being co-designed with:
  • A Health Sector Evaluation Co-design Group which will bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives from people working across the health system. Its first meeting will be on 20 December 2017.
  • Groups of community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences from using (and not using) primary health care services.

Economic Evaluation

Deakin University has been engaged to undertake an Economic Evaluation of the IAHP to inform investment decisions. The evaluation commenced in late 2017 and will be completed in 2018. It will evaluate:
  • The return on investment that the IAHP delivers through such factors as health benefits and outcomes, social returns and broader economic outcomes.
  • The relative costs of providing comprehensive Primary Health Care to Indigenous people through both non-Indigenous and Indigenous specific health care services.
  • The cost effectiveness of specific activities under the IAHP and emerging policy priorities.