National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023

Health Plan at a Glance

Page last updated: 27 June 2013


The Australian health system is free of racism and inequality and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to health services that are effective, high quality, appropriate and affordable. Together with strategies to address social inequalities and determinants of health, this provides the necessary platform to realise health equality by 2031.


Four principles of the Health Plan:
  1. Health Equality and a Human Rights Approach
  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Control and Engagement
  3. Partnership
  4. Accountability
4 Principles of the Health plan, health equality, community control engagement, partnership and accountability


The priorities of the Health plan are under pinned by Culture where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right to live a healthy, safe and empowered life with a healthy strong connection to culture and country.
  • continually striving to improve accessibility, appropriateness and impact Top of page
  • a robust, strong, vibrant and effective community controlled health sector
  • based on the best possible evidence
  • free of racism and inequality
  • supported by housing, education, employment and other programs focused on eliminating the causes of health inequality
  • individuals and communities actively engage in decision making and control
  • social and emotional wellbeing as a central platform for prevention and clinical care
  • older people are able to live out their lives as active, healthy, culturally secure and comfortable as possible
  • adults have the health care, support and resources to manage their health and have long productive lives
  • youth get the services and support they need to thrive and grow into healthy young adults
  • growth and development of children lays the basis for long, health lives
  • mother and babies get the best possible care and support for a good start to life
Health plan priorities are under pinned by culture and 12 related priorities which are documented above the image


Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability
Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability
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