The Australian Government has released the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, an evidence-based policy framework to guide policies and programs to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the next decade.
Over the next 10 years, projected funding for health programs specifically designed and targeted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is estimated to be around $12 billion from 2013-14 to 2023-24. This $12 billion is in addition to health services provided and funded for the whole population through the Commonwealth's commitment to hospital funding, Medicare and the PBS, and other multi-billion dollar investments being made by the Commonwealth to improve the social determinants of health, including for education, employment and housing.
The four principles of the Health Plan are:
* Health Equality and a Human Rights Approach
* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Control and Engagement
The Health Plan is accompanied by a supporting Companion Document, which outlines the substantial current Commonwealth activity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the social determinants of health. The Companion Document will be updated annually.