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Position paper

Working together to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities

Publisher
Aboriginal community controlled organisations Health services accessibility First Peoples health Australia
Description

Key Findings/Recommendations:

  • Significant changes have occurred in health policy and planning in the past decade, aimed at improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Despite these commitments, the life expectancy gap with non-Indigenous people is widening.
  • The cultural and practical knowledge within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, especially the concepts of self-determination and community control, as essential to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to achieve health equity.
  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) supports the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart as a pathway to implement principles of self-determination and community control in practice, and to encourage critical assessment of a wide range of policies affecting communities.
  • Historically, government engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been inconsistent and often disrespectful. All governments have a critical role to play as primary funders, and in maintaining a supportive policy environment. It is the particular responsibility of the Australian Government to ensure this commitment is sustained with effective, collaborative leadership and coordination with state and territory governments.
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