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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health sector plays a unique service delivery and leadership role in Australia’s health system. This three-year Health Sector Strengthening Plan (Health-SSP) acknowledges and responds to the scope of key challenges for the sector, providing 17 transformative sector strengthening actions.

Developed through strong consultation across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health sector and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations, and through parties signing the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, the Health-SSP is ready to be used including consideration of actions as appropriate for inclusion in future Closing the Gap Implementation Plans, acknowledging that jurisdictions need flexibility in their Implementation Plans to ensure alignment to existing strategic initiatives and policy reform using these existing strong foundations.

While not designed to commit any specific party to resources or actions not already announced, this Health-SSP is offered as a resource to be used over the next three years to prioritise, partner and negotiate beneficial sector-strengthening strategies. The long-term objective of the HealthSSP is to build a strong community-controlled sector reflecting the four sector-strengthening elements outlined in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (National Agreement). As exemplified during the COVID-19 pandemic response, an equal partnership between the sector and governments must continue if Australia is to reduce the burden of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, currently 2.3 times that of other Australians.

Related Information

Sector strengthening plan: early childhood care and development https://apo.org.au/node/316025

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