On Tuesday (July 23), the government launched the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.
This promises to help close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Australia's wider population in terms of health issues.
The plan has been welcomed by a range of health organisations, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).
Dr Steve Hambleton, president of the AMA, said that the plan should be "a catalyst for a new era of unprecedented coordination between all Australian governments to deliver better health services and better health outcomes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".
To this, AHHA's chief executive officer Alison Verhoeven added that the plan highlights "the importance of culturally appropriate health services".
Having a health system that is culturally respectful and non-discriminatory is one of the major proposals this plan puts forward. It also looks to improve the social and emotional well being of this group, as well as their resilience, and to encourage positive health behaviour.
This plan is the result of 17 nation-wide consultations between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Australian health organisations.
More than 140 submissions were also made and a series of 'roundtables' were also held to gather expertise and identify the factors that would help this group improve its health.
Health policy and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be dictated by this plan for the next ten years. About $12 billion is predicted to be spent on both from 2013-14 until 2023-24.
There is currently a gap in child mortality rates and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the rest of Australia.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan should ensure this gap is closed, making sure this group is able to enjoy the same standard of health all other Australians.
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