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Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Western Australia)

Category: Agreement
Date: 6 November 1996
Sub Category:Framework Agreement
Location:Western Australia, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health between the State of Western Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia and the Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC)
  • Subject Matter:Health and Community Services
    Summary Information:
    The Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health between the State of Western Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia and the Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) was signed by the Western Australian Minister of Health, the Commonwealth Minister for Health and Family Services and the Chairperson of ATSIC on 6 November 1996.
    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 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 resigned or replaced under this national framework.

    This agreement has since been resigned as/replaced by the Western Australian Framework Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2002).

  • Related Entries

    Agreement
  • Western Australian Framework Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Organisation
  • State of Western Australia - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) - 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 (2002)

  • References

    Media Release
    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

    Glossary

    Framework Agreement

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