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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health report card 2010-11: best practice in primary health care for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders

Posted on: 25 May, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 2, April 2011 - June 2011
Related to Closing the gap Cultural ways Services

Australian Medical Association (2011)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health report card 2010-11: best practice in primary health care for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders
Canberra: Australian Medical Association

This publication by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) calls for further sustained efforts, in addition to current measures such as those included in the National partnership agreement on closing the gap, to reduce the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. In particular, the AMA directs the focus of this report card on both the reforms needed to tackle the social and economic determinants of health as well as reforms proposed for the primary health care sector.

The AMA’s recommendations presented in the report card are based on the latest data and evidence on the status of Indigenous health. The report card identifies factors that encourage appropriate access to primary health care by Indigenous people and factors that limit successful delivery of primary health care in Indigenous communities. The AMA proposes that the challenge for primary health reform is to build on collaboration and service integration to ensure continuity of care and develop models that are suited to the needs of individual Indigenous communities. Importantly, the AMA asserts that such reforms can only be implemented where there is full involvement of Indigenous people in the development of programs that meet the specific demands of their communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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