Working to close the gap | Australian Greens

Working to close the gap

Equitable and culturally safe health care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous Australians. In order to make progress where it is needed the Greens will invest in key health programs, and work to make sure the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan succeeds.

Despite some modest gains in health indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, much more must be done to close the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

There is a life expectancy gap of around ten years between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and tragically the death rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is almost twice the rate for non-Indigenous children.

There are major social and economic disadvantages that contribute to these poorer health outcomes and the Greens have announced policies to address these issues. But there is also more that can be done in direct health service provision. The Greens have a sensible, long term plan to support community controlled health services and fund effective programs to improve eye, ear and kidney health amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Effective implementation

The Greens will support the success of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP) and associated Implementation Plan, with a targeted resourcing strategy.

The goals of the NATSIHP and Implementation Plan provide a sound blueprint for progress towards closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. But the government has failed to demonstrate how the NATSIHP will be realised. To make sure we turn the plan into a reality, the Greens will advocate for the development of a Resource Plan, to establish the specific needs across workforce, infrastructure and information management as well identify and commit the funding required.

 

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