National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Category: Policy/Strategy
Date: 31 July 2003
Sub Category:Policy/Strategy
Location:Australia
Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Health and Community Services
URL: http://www.healthconnect.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/health-oatsih-pubs-healthstrategy.htm/$FILE/nsfatsihfinal.pdf
Summary Information:
The National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health was endorsed at the Australian Health Ministers Conference on 31 July 2003 ('the Strategic Framework').

The Strategic Framework followed a consultation process around the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy: Draft for Discussion, released in February 2001.

The Strategic Framework builds upon the 1989 National Aboriginal Health Strategy. It is also consistent with, and builds upon, the Framework Agreements on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Detailed Information:
The goal of the Strategic Framework is '[t]o ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy a healthy life equal to that of the general population that is enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice' (NATSIHC 2003, 7).

The Strategic Framework 'commits governments to monitoring and implementation within their own jurisdictions, working together at the national level and working across government on joint initiatives between health departments and other portfolios' (NATSIHC 2003, 4).

Its key result areas are:
1. Community controlled primary health care services
2. Health system delivery framework
3. A component health workforce
4. Emotional and social well-being
5. Environmental health
6. Wider strategies that impact on health
7. Data, research and evidence
8. Resources and finance
9. Accountability

The Strategic Framework is based upon the following principles:
- cultural respect;
- a holistic approach;
- health sector responsibility;
- community control of primary health care services;
- working together;
- localised decision making;
- promoting good health;
- building the capacity of health services and communities; and
- accountability.

Implementation of the Strategic Framework is to be carried out by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council.

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Agreement on the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (New South Wales)
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Northern Territory)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Framework Agreement (South Australia)
  • Western Australian Framework Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Agreement on South Australian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Delivery between The Commonwealth of Australia and The Government of Queensland
  • Health Framework Agreement (Torres Strait Islands)
  • Organisation
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council
  • Office of Aboriginal Health (WA)
  • Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH)
  • Policy/Strategy
  • National Aboriginal Health Strategy
  • Framework to Advance Reconciliation
  • 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
  • Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2006 - 2010 (Tas)
  • Cultural Respect Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2004-2009

  • References

    Article
    Ian PS Anderson (2004) Recent developments in national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health strategy
    Media Release
    Australian Health Ministers' Conference (31 July 2003) AHMC Communique on Signing Indigenous Framework
    Report
    Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs (2000) Health is life: Report on the inquiry into indigenous health
    Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1997) Bringing Them Home: Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families
    Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1991) Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: Overview and Recommendations
    Resource
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (NATSIHC) (2003) National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: Context
    Health InfoNet (2003) Framework Agreements on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Website
    Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet (2004) Major developments in national Indigenous health policy since 1967
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (2003) National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: Framework for action by Governments

    Glossary

    Policy/Strategy