Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) - Communiqué - 26 June 2018 (PDF 34 KB)
The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) held its seventh meeting in Canberra on 26 June 2018 in relation to the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (the Implementation Plan). Members noted that this meeting had two new Co-Chairs: Ms Janine Mohamed (the new Chair of the National Health Leadership Forum, and Chief Executive Officer of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives) and Mr Mark Roddam, (the new First Assistant Secretary of the Indigenous Health Division in the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Health).
A highlight of the meeting was the attendance by the Hon. Ken Wyatt, the Minister for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care who discussed progress against the Implementation Plan and priority issues to consider for its next iteration.
Members also received an update on the Closing the Gap refresh agenda from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, noting that community consultation was ongoing, and that early work on identifying targets had commenced.
Members noted that nearly half of the 106 Implementation Plan deliverables had been achieved for 2018, and that a report card outlining the progress and challenges in progressing the Implementation Plan will be provided at the next scheduled IPAG meeting in September 2018.
Members were advised that the Department of Health will seek to work with the National Health Leadership Forum to progress the development of cultural determinant measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for inclusion in the next iteration of the Implementation Plan.
Members received a presentation on the Health Data Portal, which will improve the quality and reliability of data collected from health services funded under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme and the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. In addition, the Portal will allow funded services to track their progress in real time and to compare their results to national, state, territory and other similar services and support them in their Continuous Quality Improvement objectives.
Members shared their ideas on what a core services framework could like look like for primary health care funded activities under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme.
Members will consider progress against the Implementation Plan goals and deliverables in September, with a view to finalising a report card for public release.
For further information, please contact the IPAG.Secretariat@health.gov.au
The IPAG first met in September 2016, and has been established to review progress, assess action and identify emerging policy and strategic issues for the Implementation Plan, and provide advice to the Departments of Health and Prime Minister and Cabinet. IPAG will play a key role in engaging across the sector for the development of the next iteration of the Implementation Plan.
Membership of IPAG includes representatives from:
- The Department of Health
- The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- The National Health Leadership Forum
- The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
- The Torres Strait Regional Authority
- AHMAC’s Health Services Principle Committee’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Standing Committee, and
- Indigenous health experts with expertise in early childhood health, comprehensive primary health care and acute care.
The IPAG is co-chaired by Ms Janine Mohamed, Chair, National Health Leadership Forum, and
Mr Mark Roddam, First Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health.
IPAG’s previous meetings were held on 16 September 2016, 2 December 2016, 28 February 2017,
9 June 2017, 19 September 2017 and 28-29 November 2017. For further details, please refer to the Department’s website
The Implementation Plan, launched in October 2015, outlines the actions to be taken by the Australian Government, the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, and other key stakeholders to give effect to the vision, principles, priorities and strategies of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (2013-2023).
The Implementation Plan is being progressed in two stages. The second stage (or next iteration) of the Implementation Plan (2018-2023) will include:
- A greater focus on the social determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Reference to the impact of culture on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Increased engagement and involvement with other Australian Government agencies, state, territory and local governments, the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, the non-government sector and the corporate/private sector.
- New challenges and priorities.
- Emerging evidence and opportunities.
- Strategic response on mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug use.