National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013

Regional Planning (longer term)

To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy a healthy life equal to that of the general population that is enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice.

Page last updated: 30 August 2011

Longer Term Priority Actions (current year and beyond):
(Specific Strategies)

Lead Agency
(Contributing agencies)

Regional Planning (longer term)

157. Apply a nationally consistent evidence-based approach to planning which ensures the equitable and needs-based distribution of funds for Indigenous health services through the application of:
  • the national Indigenous Primary Health Care (PHC) benchmark as the major component of a National OATSIH Resource Allocation Model (RAM)
  • common national health priorities informing regional planning activities
  • a national OATSIH planning geography
158. Provide optimal resources and sustain provision of overall specific and mainstream resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health commensurate with the higher levels of identified health needs. DoHA
159. Identify other sources of current funding and the potential availability of additional sustainable sources of funding. DoHA
160. Commission and publish regular reports on health expenditure for Indigenous Australians. DoHA
161. Utilize a Geographic Information System (GIS) for analysis of trends, patterns and relationships; model future scenarios; and determine gaps in business delivery; maps produced by the GIS allow clear presentation of the results of analysis. DoHA
162. Develop Regional Priority Plans that support the funding allocation process by determining:
  • key health priorities in areas of demonstrated high need
  • relative health funding levels and gaps in service provision
  • and service capacity within and across OATSIH planning regions to inform funding allocations.
163. Develop information on the cost of delivering a range of primary health care services to all Indigenous Australians and the drivers that influence those costs (eg. population size and location). DoHA