Aboriginal Health Strategy to guide strategic commissioning and better health outcomes

WA Primary Health Alliance is pleased to launch its Aboriginal Health Strategy 2021-2023, which serves as a blueprint for strategic commissioning.

The Strategy will guide staff in making transparent, consistent purchasing decisions, within the scope determined by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

Importantly, the Strategy is underpinned by a set of guiding principles, a commitment to partnerships, and six priority areas, informed by our needs assessments and Australian Government guidelines.

WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington said the Aboriginal Health Strategy, supported by our Needs Assessment, will help direct finite resources to where they will deliver the most impact, including where the necessary critical dependencies are in place.

“This discernment is particularly important as we know the needs of communities and the availability of health care services can vary enormously depending on where you live,” Ms Durrington said.

“Collaboration with stakeholders across the Aboriginal health sector has contributed to the depth of our understanding and ensured the Strategy reflects the needs of Aboriginal people as a priority.

“It also strengthens our alignment with principles of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, such as partnerships and shared decision making.”

This is the fourth Health Priority Strategy in a series referenced in our Strategic Plan 2020-23, Better Health, Together, WA. The other Strategies are: Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs and Population Health