Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023

The Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 outlines the actions to be taken by the Australian Government, the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector (ACCHS), 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.

Page last updated: 21 November 2019

Implementation plan

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as at 12/11/2015

The Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (the Implementation Plan) was released in 2015 and takes forward the overarching vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 by progressing strategies and actions that improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Work has commenced to develop the next iteration of the Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) has established the Implementation Plan Working Group (IPWG) to progress this work. The IPWG is comprised of Indigenous Health experts, including representatives from the ACCHS. The IPWG is working closely with the Department of Health to steer the policy direction of the IP and ensure that it is centred on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. Further information on the next iteration of the Implementation Plan can be found on the Revision of the Implementation Plan page.

Report Card for the Implementation Plan

The Report Card for the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (the Report Card) outlines the progress made towards achieving the goals within the Implementation Plan with improvements across a range of health and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Some key achievements include:

  • all three goals in the maternal health and parenting domain are on track to be achieved by 2023;
  • the 88 percent immunisation target for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 1-year-olds is on track to be met by 2023;
  • as at 31 December 2018 nationally, 97 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 years were fully immunised, compared with 95 per cent of other children; and
  • all goals relating to smoking are on track to be achieved by 2023, and this is expected to have an impact on the burden of disease over time.

The Report Card acknowledges that while many health outcomes are improving for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, there is more work needed to close the gap in health inequality.

The Department of Health would like to thank members of the Implementation Plan Advisory Group for their ongoing expertise and contributions to finalising the Report Card, as well as guiding progress towards the next Implementation Plan.

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My Life My Lead Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) consultations and report 2017

Between March to May 2017 the Department and the Implementation Plan Advisory Group led a consultation process to inform the development of the 2018 iteration of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023. Further information on the consultations is available in the report My Life My Lead - Opportunities for strengthening approaches to the social determinants and cultural determinants of Indigenous health: Report on the national consultations December 2017.

IP Goal Tracking Tool

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has developed an interactive tool that presents data for each of the 20 goals and assesses progress against the goals at a national level. This data tool is available on the AIHW webpage: Tracking progress against the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Technical companion document

The companion document for the Implementation Plan is available on the AIHW website at Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023: technical companion document. This document provides information about the selection of the 20 new Implementation Plan goals, and technical details about each goal.

More information

For further information please email health.implementation.plan@health.gov.au