This submission to the Close the Gap Refresh is made on behalf of the Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement. In this submission we respond to the following questions posed by Closing the Gap Refresh in its discussion paper and on its website. The CRE–IQI is a national research collaboration that builds on decades of experience and commitment to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through strengthening comprehensive primary health care (PHC) delivery. This submission provides input to the Taskforce established in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to refresh the Closing the Gap agenda. Led by the University Centre for Rural Health, and funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the CRE–IQI (2014–2019) is a national, open collaboration between researchers, policy and service delivery partners who have a long-standing commitment to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. As a national collaboration, we aim to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes by strengthening health systems through supporting the use of continuous quality improvement (CQI), a systematic way of using data to guide changes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational systems.
Our submission is made on behalf almost 30 signatories from more than 10 academic institutions and health authorities.