The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has welcomed Minister Nash's release of the Implementation Plan relating to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.
Gordon Gregory, NRHA CEO, said that anticipation of this plan of action had been one of the priorities discussed with Parliamentarians at the Council meeting in Canberra as long ago as September 2014.
"In the NRHA we look to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member organisations to guide us and lead us on our approach to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people," Mr Gregory said. "It is a priority matter for the NRHA to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities."
"We note the support for the Implementation Plan from the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF), the national partnership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations committed to achieving health equality. We are pleased to know that the NHLF has been genuinely involved in a partnership with the Government for the Plan's development."
The Implementation Plan will establish an evidence-based, coherent and coordinated approach to the delivery of health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It aims to eradicate systemic racism within the health system and improve the quality and efficiency of health services for those peoples.
The Implementation Plan will undertake mapping of regional service capacity and health outcomes to more accurately assess health service funding and identify gaps in critical services.
The NRHA believes it is essential that there is continuation of cross-party support for the implementation of the Plan and for the goal of health equality by 2031.
"We will continue to provide any support we possibly can," Mr Gregory said.
Gordon Gregory (Chief Executive) 02 6285 4660
Geri Malone (Chairperson) 0409 899 050