The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has published a 10-Point Plan: Investing in Health Futures for generational change, 2013-2030. At the launch in Parliament House, NACCHO also released Healthy for Life - Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Report Card, commissioned by NACCHO from the AIHW.
The Report Card provides data from the 2011 Census and other sources against a range of Essential Indicators in the Healthy for Life Program. The Report Card therefore provides clear and up-to-date measures of the importance and success of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, showing areas such as MBS Health Checks, GP Management Plans and diabetes work where they have performed particularly well.
The launch of these documents was officially undertaken for NACCHO by Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Health, with Andrew Laming, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Health providing critical (and refreshing) bipartisan support for the occasion. The launch also included an inspirational address by Megan Davis, Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW. Megan is an expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and in 2011 she was appointed by the Federal Government to the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan's address gave powerful voice to the critical need and justification for community controlled health (and other) services that are based on international covenants and understandings of self-determination and human rights.