Government’s Indigenous health report shows some goals on track
The annual report card on the implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 to 2023, shows 12 of the 20 goals named are on track to be achieved within four years.
Eight goals are behind predicted figures or are currently unmeasurable.
But the Government says there is good progress being made in Indigenous Health.
The immunisation target for five-year-old children has been exceeded, with 97 per cent of Indigenous five-year-olds fully immunised, compared to 95 per cent of other children.
All three goals in the maternal health and parenting domain, plus the target for immunisation of two-year-olds, are on track to be achieved by 2023, while all goals related to smoking are expected to be accomplished by the Plan’s completion.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has thanked the members of the Implementation Plan Advisory Group, the National Health Leadership Forum and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and stakeholders, for their involvement in the development of the Report Card.
“The IHRF is the first national research program led by Indigenous people at all levels, and conducted with close engagement with Indigenous communities,” Mr Hunt said.
“We have set other clear goals to end avoidable Indigenous blindness by 2025, end avoidable Indigenous deafness, and eliminate rheumatic heart disease over the course of this decade.
“These are top priorities within the Morrison Government’s new $160 million, 10-year Indigenous Health Research Fund (IHRF), funded through the Medical Research Future Fund.”
Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, welcomed the announcement, saying the progress was a result of strong collaboration between the Government and Australia’s Indigenous community.
“Our focus is on practical outcomes and empowering local communities to have their say when it comes to the decision-making of Government,” Mr Wyatt said.
“That’s why we’re working with Indigenous communities and governments throughout Australia to improve health outcomes and help close the gap through co-design.”
Published: 11 Nov 2019