Strategic Directions 2018-2023
NACCHO is the national leadership body for Aboriginal health in Australia. It provides informed advice and guidance to the Australian Government on policy and budget matters that will contribute to the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
NACCHO represents 145 Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs). Our members operate over 300 clinics providing primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. ACCHSs provide about three million episodes of care each year for about 350,000 people (i.e. over half the Aboriginal population). In very remote areas, our services provided about one million episodes of care in 2015–16. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has a growth rate of 3.4 per cent per year (over twice as high as the non-Indigenous population, which was 1.4 per cent). There is a need to successfully advocate for targeted additional resources that support high quality health services to address this growing need and to contribute in closing the health gap.
Many of NACCHO members have almost 50 years of experience in the delivery of comprehensive primary health care. Services are delivered through fixed, outreach and mobile clinics operating in urban, rural and remote settings across Australia. Collectively, our 145 ACCHSs employ about 6,000 staff, of which 3,500 are Indigenous. We are the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in Australia.
NACCHO’s vision is:
Aboriginal people enjoy quality of life through whole-of-community self-determination and individual spiritual, cultural, physical, social and emotional well-being. Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands.
NACCHO’s Strategic Directions describes the four key strategies that NACCHO will focus on over the next five years. Within each strategy, a number of specific elements and deliverables are set out. Strategies and actions recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural diversity across remote, rural, regional and metropolitan Australia.