HEALTH NEWS

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH PLAN RELEASED

Health Plan: culture, anti-racism and rights at the centre of wellbeing

Congress and the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) support the priorities and vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan released on Tuesday 23 July.

Jody Broun, Co-Chair of Congress and the NHLF, said placing culture and community at the heart of the plan puts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in control of health and well-being.

“The recognition of culture as central to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities shows a deep understanding of the role culture plays in our health and wellbeing,” she said.

“The plan’s vision of the Australian health system being free of racism sets a new precedent for Australian public policy.

Read the Congress submission to the Health Plan here.

Read the full Congress and NHLF Statement here.

Read the Health Plan on the Dept of Health Website here.

BACKGROUND

Congress partnered with the Government to develop a new national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan which would set goals and priorities for the next five years.

Read the Congress submission here.

As part of assembling our submission, we produced these background papers about the Health Plan: What Success Looks Like and The Right to Health.

We also produced a consultation toolkit to help Congress Members contribute to Congress’s submission. Se the toolkit here.

It contains links to background information on the plan and on our Health Policy work, as well as specific questions about the health care system.

Full details about the government’s health plan: http://www.health.gov.au/natsihp

To read all Congress Health Media Releases click here.

NATIONAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP FORUM

Congress has teamed with eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health groups to form the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF).

Congress is the backbone of this historic group which combines the expertise of existing organisations and will drive the active involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in health policy at a national level.

National Health Leadership Forum Members are:
•Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
•Australian Indigenous Psychologists’ Association
•Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses
•Indigenous Allied Health Australia Inc.
•Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia
•The Lowitja Institute
•National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
•National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers’ Association
•National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
•National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists
•Torres Strait Regional Authority.

Read more about the NHLF here

Read the NHLF Position Paper: The Right to Health here

HEALTH STATEMENTS AND POSITION PAPERS

May 2014 Alcohol harm in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities read the Congress statement to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs Alcohol harm in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities here.
August 2012 Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Statement – read the Congress statement to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder here,