Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) - Communique - 12 December 2018

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The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) held its ninth meeting in Canberra on 12 December 2018 in relation to the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Members noted that Ms Pat Turner, Chair of the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) and Chief Executive Officer of National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), will be co-chairing future IPAG meetings with Mr Mark Roddam (First Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health).

IPAG members also noted that Dr Maureen Davey will attend future IPAG meetings as the NACCHO representative and that Dr Lucas De Toca, currently with the Sexually Transmitted Infections Enhanced Response Unit and formerly the Chief Health Officer of Miwatj Aboriginal Health Corporation, will be attending IPAG as the additional Department of Health representative.

Members noted that as at 20 November 2018, 66 of the Implementation Plan deliverables were complete, 37 were ongoing and three were on track to be completed by the end of 2018.

Members provided feedback on the Department of Health’s Data Strategy for the Indigenous Health Division 2018-23, which will be updated and provided back to IPAG in 2019 for further review and comment.

Members received presentations from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on a cultural safety reporting tool and from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on the Remote Housing Review.

Members discussed the Implementation Plan Report Card, which will outline the progress and challenges in progressing the Implementation Plan goals and deliverables to date.

Members discussed the next iteration of the Implementation Plan and provided the Department of Health with initial feedback on the draft structure. Members agreed to establish an IPAG working group to help progress the development of the next iteration of the Implementation Plan.

For further information, please contact the IPAG.Secretariat@health.gov.au

Background

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 Principal Committee’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Standing Committee, and
    • Indigenous health experts with expertise in early childhood health, comprehensive primary health care, health research and acute care.
The IPAG is co-chaired by Ms Pat Turner, Chair - National Health Leadership Forum and CEO National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation 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, 28-29 November 2017, 26 June 2018 and 12 December 2018. For further details, please refer to the Department’s website: weblink to Implementation Plan Advisory Group information

Implementation Plan


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.
    • The next iteration of the IP is expected to be completed in 2019.