This Strategic Directions document describes the four key strategies that the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) will focus on over the next five years. Within each strategy, a number of specific elements and deliverables are set out. Strategies and actions recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural diversity across remote, rural, regional and metropolitan Australia.
- NACCHO will maintain and strengthen its position as the National leadership body for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Australia.
- NACCHO intends to build their internal capacity to undertake research and policy. This will be done through leading development of a National Strategy on the Social Determinants of Health that identify key evidence-based policies and programs to address factors such as education, income inequality, employment and public housing.
- NACCHO will enhance and demonstrate the value it offers to members by exhibiting strong leadership, through improving communication and enhancing accountability to and from members.
- The organisation will also continue to strengthen its governance structure and skills base; and assist similar improvements in State and Territory Peaks and Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS).
- NACCHO represents 145 Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs). Their members operate over 300 clinics providing primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. ACCHSs provide about three million episodes of care each year for about 350,000 people (i.e. over half the Aboriginal population). In very remote areas, our services provided about one million episodes of care in 2015–16. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has a growth rate of 3.4 per cent per year (over twice as high as the non-Indigenous population, which was 1.4 per cent). There is a need to successfully advocate for targeted additional resources that support high quality health services to address this growing need and to contribute in closing the health gap.