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Torres Strait Health Partnership Framework Agreement

Category: Agreement
Date: 25 July 2006
Sub Category:Framework Agreement
Location:Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
Subject Matter:Health and Community Services | Collaboration / Partnership
Summary Information:
The Torres Strait Health Partnership Framework Agreement was signed by the Minister for Health and Ageing (Commonwealth), the Minister for Health (Queensland), the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), the Island Coordinating Council (ICC) and the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area District Health Council on 25 July 2006.

This Agreement follows the Torres Strait Health Framework Agreement signed in February 1999 (TSRA 2002).
Detailed Information:


Under the Agreement, the parties agree to:
- enhance access to health programs and improve the reporting and sharing of these programs;
- increase health services resources; and
- improve service delivery through joint planning and Indigenous participation on decision making.

The government intends for the Agreement to lead to 'better coordination and more effective use of funds' regarding the health needs of the region (Abbott 2006).

The Chairperson of both the TSRA and the Torres Strait Health Partnership, Toshie Kris, states that the Partnership will 'be focusing on key areas like improving the sharing and delivery of health information to assist in the promotion of good health and illness prevention, including Dengue and AIDS awareness' (TSRA 2006). It is envisaged that the Partnership will also focus on Specialist Care (for example, in establishing a renal dialysis care centre) and in improving environmental health infrastructure (TSRA 2006).

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Health Framework Agreement (Torres Strait Islands)
  • Organisation
  • Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area District Health Council - Signatory
  • Queensland Health - Signatory
  • Department of Health and Ageing (Cth) - Signatory
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority - Signatory
  • Island Coordinating Council - 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

  • References

    Media Release
    Tony Abbott, Minister for Health and Ageing (2006) New steps to improve Indigenous health in far north
    Minister for Health, Stephen Robertson (25 July 2006) Agreement Backs Better Health for Torres Strait
    Newspaper Article
    Mark Metherell (2006) Fears of an HIV disaster in Torres Strait
    Torres News (2006) Indigenous health 'chronically under-funded'
    Resource
    Torres Strait Regional Authority (2002) Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Inquiry into Capacity Building in Aboriginal Communities
    CBOnline (1999) Historic health agreement for Torres Strait
    Senator McLucas (Queensland) (2006) Community Development Employment Program (Parliamentary Debate in the Senate)

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    Framework Agreement

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