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'Pathways to Community Control' Co-operative Framework
|Binomial Name:||Northern Territory Government|
|Date:||11 November 2009|
|Location:||Northern Territory, Australia|
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|Subject Matter:||Access | Collaboration / Partnership | Consultation | Health and Community Services | Implementation | Leadership | Local Government | Management / Administration|
|This framework, to be implemented in the Northern Territory, allows Aboriginal Australians the right to participate in decision-making related to their health through community controlled governance of health services.|
|On Wednesday 11 November, the 'Pathways to Community Control' Co-operative Framework for the Northern Territory was announced in Darwin by Warren Snowdon AM, Federal Minister for Indigenous Health. |
Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum (the principal partnership mechanism created by the framework) partners have produced a report outlining the objectives and details of the framework.
This framework allows Aboriginal Australians the right to participate in decision-making about their health. It suggests that community controlled governance of health services is the best way indigenous people can be involved in decision making about health.
The Framework is designed with the objective that Aboriginal communities will move a step closer to designing and managing their health care needs. The key principles include:
It is planned as a staged process in which community participation will be encouraged. The stages are anticipated as follows:
Largely, the development stage will not affect health service provision directly, but will include:
This should take place over a period of 12 to 18 months.
The consolidation stage will work on ensuring the capability of communities, the leadership group and service providers to accommodate the reform. This will include:
This stage should take 12 to 24 months. The Forum will monitor the progress.
The implementation stage will begin when the necessary transitional arrangements are in place and the health services committee has assumed management of the delivery of primary health care on an initial basis. The provision of health and family services will commence at this stage. This will include:
This stage should take between 12 to 24 months.
The evaluation stage is seen as important to the ongoing success of the program. This will include:
The evaluation should take place no sooner than two years after the beginning of the implementation stage or no more than 12 to 18 months after the implementation stage has been finalised.
The report states that it is hoped that several outcomes will result from the framework, such as:
The report also acknowledges that management of primary health care services is a function that requires specialised skills and knowledge and that organisational arrangements structured under this framework should reflect specific competence and experience in an organisation primarily dedicated to the purpose of primary health care service delivery.
|What's Working Pathways to Community Control in NT Health|
|Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum (13 November 2009) Pathways to Community Control Report|
|Warren Snowdon MP (12 November 2009) Media Release: Pathways to Community Control|
|Kirstie Parker (18 November 2009) NT Health Win: Framework a prescription for more Community Control|
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