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A reciprocal relationship: accountability for public value in the Aboriginal community sector

Posted on: 5 October, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 4, October 2015 – December 2015
Related to Continuous quality improvement (CQI) Health measurement Health services Policies

Sullivan P (2015)
A reciprocal relationship: accountability for public value in the Aboriginal community sector
Melbourne: Lowitja Institute

This paper investigates the role of ‘good management’ within the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. This sector is a major provider of primary and preventative health care services to Aboriginal people outside Australia’s major cities and towns. It is important that it functions well. The paper considers ‘good management’ both in the community health services themselves and in the public sector agencies that fund them.

The paper begins by outlining the changes within public administration over the past century or so among English-speaking countries. This background provides an understanding of how the processes of management have evolved over time. This background knowledge is important for implementing improvements in Aboriginal health.

The paper then discusses the specifics of Aboriginal service delivery and how this has evolved through the early years of post-colonial self-determination policy, being taken up by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), and then the current post-ATSIC environment of contestable service functions.

Abstract adapted from author

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