Friday, 30 March 2012

Closing the Gap: A 10 year plan to improve Aboriginal Health

NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, has released Towards an Aboriginal Health Plan for NSW, a discussion and consultation paper to support the development of a new 10-year plan to improve Aboriginal health.

"The NSW Government is committed to closing the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people," Minister Skinner said. "The discussion paper is the result of extensive consultation, which included individual stakeholder interviews, regional workshops, a Health and Wellbeing Forum and written submissions. Staff from the NSW Health system, the Aboriginal community controlled health sector and other partners, stakeholders and community members were all involved in the initial consultation process."

The Aboriginal Health Report Card, also released, provides a summary of the Aboriginal Health Report, highlighting the gap which exists between the health of indigenous and non-indigenous people including lower life expectancy, higher mortality rates for infants, higher rates of hospitalisation and chronic disease.

You can make a submission regarding "Towards an Aboriginal Health Plan for NSW" online at:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/aboriginal/plan/index.asp
or make a submission by email to:
aboriginalconsultation@doh.health.nsw.gov.au
or by post to:
Aboriginal Health Plan Consultation, Centre for Aboriginal Health, NSW Ministry of Health, Locked Mail Bag 961, North Sydney, 2059
Submissions close 22 June 2012

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