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Indigenous Health Equality Council established

Posted on: 11 July, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 3, July 2008 - September 2008
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The Commonwealth Health Minister, Nicola Roxon announced the composition of the Indigenous Health Equality Council in Adelaide on 10 July 2008.The Council will be chaired by Professor Ian Anderson, who has worked in Aboriginal health for more than twenty years. Professor Anderson is currently the Director of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit and the Centre for Health and Society, as well as the Deputy Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Research Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, and one of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet‘s honorary Consultants.

Dr Mick Adams, Chair of NACCHO (the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation), was appointed Deputy Chair.

Other Indigenous members are:

  • Paula Arnol, Chair of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory and CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin
  • Sally Goold, current Chair and founder of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses
  • Dr Tamara Mackean, President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
  • Dr Alex Brown, Head of the Centre for Indigenous Vascular Research at the Baker Heart Institute
  • Gregory Phillips, a medical anthropologist with extensive expertise in Indigenous health workforce and medical curriculum issues
  • Romlie Mokak, experienced Indigenous policy maker and current CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Non-Indigenous experts on the Council are:

  • Associate Professor Paul Torzillo, a respiratory physician with particular expertise in child health, and Medical Director of Nganampa Health Council in the APY Lands
  • Professor Kerin O’Dea, a leading expert on nutrition and diabetes
  • Dr Ian Cameron, currently the CEO of the NSW Rural Doctors Network, who has extensive experience in rural and remote health

The Council will advise on the development and monitoring of health-related goals and targets to support the Government’s commitments to closing the 17 year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and other Australians, and to address the high rates of child mortality in the Indigenous population.

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