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Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Victoria)

Category: Agreement
Date: 1 November 1996
Sub Category:Framework Agreement
Location:Victoria, Australia
Subject Matter:Health and Community Services
Summary Information:
The Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Victoria) was signed on 1 November 1996 by the Federal Minister for Health and Family Services, Dr Michael Wooldridge, the Victorian Minister for Health, Mr Rob Knowles, the Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), Ms Lois O'Donoghue, and the Chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), Mr Paul Briggs.
Detailed Information:
This agreement was among a set of Framework Agreements on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health entered into by all state and territory governments between July 1996 and February 1999. These were set to expire in June 2000, though the parties agreed to recommit to them and the resigning process began in 2001 (NATSIHC 2003, 23). They were created following an agreement made by state and federal Health Ministers in 1995 to create multilateral framework agreements.

The Framework Agreements were designed to improve coordination between federal and statement governments and to improve relationships between governments and indigenous organisations (NACCHO 1999). Specifically, they aimed 'to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through:

1. improving access to both mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific health and health related programs which [would] reflect the level of need;
2. increasing the level of resources allocated to reflect the higher level of need of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including within mainstream services, and transparent and regular reporting for all services and programs; and
3. joint planning processes which [would] inform the allocation of resources and allow for:
  • full and formal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in decision making and determination of priorities;
  • improved co-operation and co-ordination of current service delivery; and
  • increased clarity with respect to the roles and responsibilities of the key stakeholders.' (NACCHO 1999).

    Following the creation of the first set of Framework Agreements, a national level agreement was created (the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health). The first state and territory Framework Agreements have since been re-signed or replaced under this national framework.

  • Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) - Signatory
  • State of Victoria - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - Signatory
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Primary Health Care Access Program (PHCAP)
  • A National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being: 2004 - 2009
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce National Strategic Framework

  • References

    Media Release
    Federal Minister for Health and Family Services (1 November 1996) Agreement to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
    Federal Minister for Health and Family Services (4 July 1996) Agreements to redress health imbalance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
    Federal Minister for Health and Family Services (27 May 1996) Four part strategy to improve indigenous health
    Report
    National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (August 1999) Report on the implementation of the framework agreements on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
    Resource
    Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet (2004) Major developments in national Indigenous health policy since 1967
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (NATSIHC) (2003) National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: Context

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    Framework Agreement

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