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National Aboriginal Health Strategy

Category: Policy/Strategy
Date: 1 January 1989
Sub Category:Policy/Strategy
Location:Australia
Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Health and Community Services
Summary Information:
The National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) was developed by the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Group in 1989 following extensive national consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organizations and communities and with governments. It was a landmark document providing agreed direction for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy in Australia.

In July 2003, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council stated that the NAHS was 'never fully implemented [but] remains the key document in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It is extensively used by health services and service providers and continues to guide policy makers and planners.'
Detailed Information:
Key priorities identified in the 1989 National Health Strategy included building community control of Aboriginal health services, increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the health workforce, reforming health system and increasing funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services. The strategy also supported increased community education, health promotion and prevention, improvement of the effectiveness and adequacy of essential services such as sewerage, water supply and communication, and building effective intersectoral collaboration. It noted that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities must participate in research to ensure it is ethical and research findings must be monitored and reviewed to ensure implementation.

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Framework Agreement (South Australia)
  • Western Australian Framework Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Agreement on the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (New South Wales)
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Community Housing and Infrastructure Program
  • Yarrabah Housing Project
  • Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP)
  • New South Wales Aboriginal Health Strategic Plan
  • National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • A National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being: 2004 - 2009
  • New South Wales Aboriginal Health Information Guidelines

  • References

    Resource
    Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy: Draft for discussion
    CBOnline (2001) Imanpa gains important infrastructure

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