National Aboriginal Health Strategy
|Date: ||1 January 1989|
|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.|