Closing the Gap: Northern Territory
Closing the Gap—Northern Territory (previously Northern Territory Emergency Response)—July 2009 to June 2012
An overview of the initiatives under the Closing the Gap—Northern Territory—National Partnership Agreement.
Stronger Futures in the NT—Health
What it doesThe Stronger Futures in the NT—Health (SFNT—Health) initiative is a $754.4m investment, over 10 years, that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians in the NT. SFNT—Health will be implemented through a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) between the Commonwealth and the NT government. The NPA on SFNT—Health has replaced the expired NPA on Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory.
What it achievesThe SFNT—Health package includes:
- an integrated hearing health program for Indigenous children across the continuum of care
- an integrated oral health program for Indigenous children across the continuum of care
- child abuse trauma counselling and support services for Indigenous children and their families in remote communities, through the Mobile Outreach Service Plus
- a Territory-wide, integrated and comprehensive, primary health care system
- continuing reform of the Aboriginal primary health care system
- a short-term health professional placement program that supports the primary health care sector
- additional alcohol and other drug workers in primary and other health care services, and
- access to high quality and healthy food in remote communities.
Stronger Indigenous Health Services (SIHS) Primary Health Care (PHC) Service Maintenance Grants ProgramThe SIHS PHC Service Maintenance Program, a component under the SFNT—Health initiative, provides annual grant funding to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the NT to repair, maintain and upgrade primary health care clinics and staff housing facilities.
More information on the annual SIHS PHC Service Maintenance Program and the grants funding process can be found in the Program Guidelines below:
- PDF version: Stronger Indigenous Health Services (SIHS)—Grant Program Guidelines (PDF 837 KB)
- Word version: Stronger Indigenous Health Services (SIHS)—Grant Program Guidelines (Word 191 KB)
In 2009, the Prime Minister and Northern Territory Chief Minister signed the Closing the Gap—Northern Territory—National Partnership Agreement which committed both governments to build on and enhance core NTER measures.
Health MeasuresUnder the Closing the Gap—Northern Territory—National Partnership Agreement and the related Federal Budget measure Closing the Gap—Northern Territory—health and related measures, the following programs were funded:
- The Expanding Health Services Delivery Initiative (EHSDI) which aimed to strengthen and increase the delivery of primary health care services in remote Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory.
- Ear, nose and throat care and management follow-up services identified through the NTER Child Health Checks. (This was completed in December 2010.)
- Dental follow-up services identified through the NTER Child Health Checks.
- Drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation services that commenced in 2007–08.
- Mobile Outreach Service Plus which provides counselling services for children, families and communities affected by the trauma associated with child abuse and neglect.
- Summary Report of the evaluation of the Child Health Check Initiative and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative
- Final Report of the evaluation of the Child Health Check Initiative and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative
For enquiries, or if you have difficulties accessing the above reports, please email OATSIH enquiries or phone 02 6289 5291.Top of page
- Mobile Outreach Service Plus
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships
- Ear and Hearing Training initiative for Aboriginal Health Workers
- Closing the Gap: Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease Package
- National Indigenous Health Workforce Training Package
- Evaluation of the NT MOS projects
- Evaluation of the Bringing them home and Indigenous mental health programs
- Interim Evaluation of the Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Aged Care Workforce Development Projects
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework
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