National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families

Page last updated: 22 December 2016

The National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families (the Framework) articulates a vision and principles for the delivery of child and family health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families across Australia. It aims to provide guidance for policy and program design and the development and implementation of services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Key features of the Framework include:

  • ensuring that service delivery is culturally appropriate and reflects a genuine partnership of service providers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families;
  • emphasises the importance of policies and programs which reflect best available evidence and the need for improved evaluation and research to assess the effectiveness of programs and service models;
  • emphasises the importance of maternal and very early childhood (0-3) due to critical brain development and impacts on metabolic functioning in later life and the potential for primary prevention strategies to support families to have stable, secure and healthy home environments;
  • recognises the importance of a life course approach to service delivery, which supports embedding the delivery of child and family health services in primary health care; and
  • developing service models that focus on responding to child and family health and wellbeing needs rather than organisational structures and priorities.

The Framework has been informed by a literature review, a cultural advisory group, an expert reference group, national face-to-face consultations and an online consultation process.

The National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families is located on the COAG Health Council (CHC) website.

Please note: The COAG publications web page contains several reports which may be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the title link corresponding to each report. To view the National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families report please scroll down the page..