The Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme

The Australian Government Department of Health is committed to the delivery of high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate essential health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Page last updated: 14 March 2018

On 1 July 2014, the Australian Government established the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP), consolidating four existing funding streams: primary health care; child and maternal health programs; Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (Health); and programs covered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund.

The objective of the IAHP is to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with access to effective high quality, comprehensive, culturally appropriate, primary health care services in urban, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia. This includes through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, wherever possible and appropriate, as well as services across the entire health system that deliver comprehensive, culturally appropriate primary health care.

The IAHP Guidelines discuss the themes and activities that may be funded, the funding available, eligibility, the application and assessment process and other administrative information relevant to the Department of Health grant funding. Funding may be provided through the following five themes:

  • Primary Health Care Services;
  • Improving Access to Primary Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People;
  • Targeted Health Activities;
  • Capital Works; and
  • Governance and System Effectiveness.

Funding that becomes available under the IAHP Guidelines will be advertised as a Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.

Note: The IAHP Guidelines may be varied from time-to-time by the Australian Government as the needs of the IAHP dictate. Amended Guidelines will be published on the GrantConnect website.