The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing Services Plan 2018-2023 presents a targeted and specific approach to Children’s Health Queensland’s five key health service directions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Central to a culturally safe health journey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and families is a governance structure which takes a collaborative approach to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and key stakeholders.
- Understanding cultural diversity and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture across all services is an important part of delivering health and wellbeing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
- At different points in the lifespan, different broad causes contributed to the burden of disease. The majority of the childhood (0–4 years) burden was due to neonatal causes. The burden of mental disorders is largely experienced during adolescence and young adulthood. In later adult life, chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease were fund to be the leading contributors to the Indigenous disease and injury burden.
- Planning and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents transitioning to adult services needs to include whole family education on accessing adult services.
The development and support of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, including recruitment and retention, is crucial to delivering on this plan and subsequently to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. A stronger and more engaged Children’s Health Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce will increase culturally appropriate engagement of the broader community members and add value to the overall organisational performance. This will in turn, inform policy and strategy decisions to improve the cultural responsiveness and access to efficient and effective health services.