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ACT

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tobacco Control Strategy, 2010-2014

The Strategy aims to improve the health of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through improved tobacco control measures.

Specifically, the Strategy aims to:

  • Prevent people taking up smoking;
  • Reduce rates of smoking and increase quit attempts (assisted and unassisted);
  • Increase access to assist tobacco control initiatives; and
  • Increase levels of understanding and awareness of health issues surrounding smoking.
Download: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tobacco Control Strategy, 2010- 2014 (PDF File - 155k)

A Guide to care for those with a terminal condition: Honouring the choices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT community, 2006

This booklet is for those who are assisting a person living with a terminal condition, and
who is no longer responding to a cure. The booklet outlines what to expect with palliative
care, identifies some roles and responsibilities in the palliative care process and outlines
steps you can take to access palliative care in the ACT.

This booklet is a guide on how to care for those with a terminal condition, by honouring their choices. It is primarily for the information of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT community.

Download: A Guide to care for those with a terminal condition: Honouring the choices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT community, 2006 (PDF File - 751k)

COAG NPA on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Development, 2009-2014

Key priority areas include:
*Element 2: Antenatal care, pre-pregnancy and teenage sexual and reproductive health; and
*Element 3: Increase access to and use of maternal and child health services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

Download: ACT Implementation Plan, 2009-2014 (PDF File - 77k)

COAG NPA on Closing the Gap: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Outcomes, 2009-2013

Key priority areas include:
*Tackling Smoking;
*Primary health care services that can deliver;
*Fixing the gaps and improving the patient journey;
*Healthy transition to adulthood; and
*Making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health everyone's business

Download: ACT Implementation Plan, 2009-2013 (PDF File - 252k)

Identification

ACT Health has committed to four initiatives to improve quality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification in key vitals and administrative data sets. One of these initiatives is to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identifier.

Another is to develop a specific information and awareness program to support and encourage health workers to identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to identify.

Download: AIHW One simple question could help close the gap... (PDF File - 764k)
Asking patients - Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Origin (PDF File - 43k)

National

Closing the Gap: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Campaign

The campaign comes in response to a call from the Social Justice Commissioner to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within 25 years.

Link: Closing the Gap Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Campaign

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (The Plan) emphasises the centrality of culture in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the rights of individuals to a safe, healthy and empowered life. The Plan was released in July 2013. The Plan is Commonwealth only and excludes State and Territory jurisdictions.

Download: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2012-2023 (PDF File - 17196k)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012

This is the fourth report against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) and the first report based on the revisions to the framework endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) in 2011 (see Figure 1). The HPF was designed to measure the impact of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSFATSIH) and will be an important tool for developing the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. The HPF monitors progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, health system performance and the broader determinants of health.

Download: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Report 2012 (PDF File - 6431k)