Draft National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families

Closed 13 Feb 2015

Opened 8 Dec 2014

Overview

The Department of Health is working with all states and territories through the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to develop a National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families ('the Framework').

The Draft Framework builds on the National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services ('Universal Framework') -- see link below.

The Draft Framework is intended to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of maternal, child and family health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

The key outcomes of the Framework are that:

  • service delivery is culturally appropriate and reflects a genuine partnership between service providers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families;
  • the best available evidence is used effectively in designing and implementing services; and
  • the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are better addressed through structured place-based approaches that are embedded in primary health care.

The Draft Framework:

  • adopts a holistic view of health and wellbeing;
  • seeks to draw on the inherent strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture;
  • recognises the importance of starting early in the life cycle to support health and wellbeing;
  • promotes building the evidence base and more effectively using available evidence about what works in maternal, child and family health practice.

 

Why We Are Consulting

Initial face-to-face consultations were held across Australia from November 2013 to March 2014 to inform the development of the draft Framework.  Stakeholders' views are now sought on the draft Framework's scope, underpinning components, and approaches to care. 

 We value your feedback on the draft Framework. 

  1. You can provide feedback through the Online Survey below. 
  2. You can also provide feedback on the draft National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families and the Background Paper -- see Related Documents below -- by email to mothersandbabies@health.gov.au.
  3. You can also send organisational responses, other feedback and questions by email to mothersandbabies@health.gov.au.

The consultation is open until 13 February 2015.

What Happens Next

Your views will help ensure that the Final Framework is relevant, comprehensive and useful for funding organisations, service providers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Feedback from this consultation will be taken into consideration prior to finalisation of the National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families.

Audiences

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Men
  • Women
  • Carers and guardians
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young people
  • Non-government organisations
  • State government agencies
  • Commonwealth agencies
  • Local governments
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce

Interests

  • Women's health
  • Children's health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health