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Implementation Plan Advisory Group Consultation 2017 – My Life, My Lead

Posted on: 13 March, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 1, January 2017 – March 2017
Related to Closing the gap Cultural ways Health Policies Education Social issues

The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) Consultation 2017 provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and leaders, government and the non-government and private sector to help shape the next implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.  It is part of the process to work through issues together towards closing the gap, by identifying ways to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to lead healthier lives.

The IPAG Consultation 2017 will consider more broadly the social and cultural determinants of Indigenous health, by examining the integral and supportive role culture plays, and by addressing how social factors such as education, employment, justice, income and housing impact at each stage of life, on a person’s health and wellbeing.

The Australian Government is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities, and other stakeholders to improve progress against the goals to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, and is welcoming participation in the IPAG Consultation 2017 from a broad range of stakeholders through an online submission to the newly launched IPAG consultation 2017 portal – My Life, My Lead.

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said the launch of the new portal will give more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to lead the discussion about the life they live now, and the life they want in the future for themselves, their families and their communities.

The IPAG was established in September 2016 to provide a forum for government to work in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders to review, assess and guide action under the implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Membership of IPAG includes representatives of the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the Department of Health and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee (NATSIHSC) of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Indigenous experts on early childhood primary and acute care are also represented.

The online submission will be open from Wednesday 8 March 2017 and will close 11.59 pm Sunday 30 April 2017.

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