Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) - Communiqué - 19 September 2107

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The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) held its fifth meeting in Canberra on 19 September 2017 in relation to the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Ms Susan Murphy, a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC), attended the meeting and provided a presentation to IPAG members on the role of the IAC and how its policy priorities align with the work of IPAG, in particular around recognising the importance of social determinants and cultural determinants in achieving the Closing the Gap health targets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Members noted the following recent achievements against 2018 Implementation Plan deliverables:

  • 1C5 – The launch of the Indigenous Eye Health Measures 2016 report on 30 May 2017. This is the first national report on Indigenous eye health measures and looks at the effectiveness of national eye health programs. The report is available at: Indigenous Eye Health Measures 2016 Report
  • 1D5 – At the COAG Health Council meeting on 4 August 2017, Health Ministers endorsed the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2022 and Implementation Plan. Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention is one of the eight priority areas of the plan.
  • 1F3 – Release of the latest annual nKPI and OSR reports were released on 2 June 2017. These reports provide information and analysis showing organisational performance against the nKPI and OSR benchmarks, and are available at:
    National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from June 2016
    nKPI results from June 2016
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online Services Report—key results 2015–16
    OSR report 2015-16
  • 5A3 - The Australian National University has been contracted from 30 June 2017 - 31 August 2020 to increase clinical uptake of absolute risk assessment of cardiovascular disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Members identified a set of priority deliverables from the current Implementation Plan that will have the greatest impact on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Members agreed the deliverables would be the focus of future “deep dive” discussions on how these actions can be progressed, including in the context of the development of the next iteration of the Implementation Plan. Members also discussed alignment of its work with the Closing the Gap refresh agenda and opportunities to input into upcoming public consultations.

Members were shown a prototype of a geographical workforce distribution and service delivery mapping tool that will contribute to a key Implementation Plan deliverable to assess health workforce and service capacity. Members were informed that the tool required further data and production, but a working model could be available by mid-2018.

For the November 2017 meeting, members agreed that the focus of discussion would include consideration of the structure and content of the next iteration of the Implementation Plan, which will include actions to address the social determinants of health, and support the cultural determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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

Background
The IPAG 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 Ageing 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 and Ageing
  • 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
  • Jurisdictional representatives from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee of AHMAC
  • Indigenous health experts with expertise in early childhood health, comprehensive primary health care and acute care.
The IPAG is co-chaired by Mr Richard Weston, Chair, National Health Leadership Forum, and Ms Bobbi Campbell, 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 and 9 June 2017. For further details, please refer to the Department’s website: IPAG 2016 and 2017 meetings

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 of the Implementation Plan (2018-2023) will include:
  • Development of Domain 7 – social and cultural determinants of health.
  • Increase 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.