National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework

DoHA - Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2008 and 2010

Health Policy Analysis was engaged by the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) to draft the first report against the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework in 2006. Health Policy Analysis was re-engaged to complete the 2008 and 2010 reports.

The preparation of the 2006 report was undertaken within a tight timeframe with extensive consultation. Health Policy Analysis was engaged to review relevant literature, develop appropriate methods to present relevant data in charts and tables (underlying analysis was undertaken by the AIHW), draft the textual content of the report including discussion of why particular indicators are important, interpreting the key issues identified in the data and discussing the policy implications. Undertaking these tasks requires an extensive knowledge of the issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and needs for services.

For the 2006 and 2010 reports Health Policy Analysis managed a series of three on day national workshops (in Alice Springs, Melbourne and Canberra) through which the material was discussed and refined. The management of the workshops required identification of potential participants (OATSIH managed invitations), preparation of material for workshop participants, development of an agenda including on decisions on structuring of the day to balance presentation of material with opportunities for participants to provide input (in plenary and breakout sessions), facilitation of the day (by Jim Pearse), ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had appropriate opportunities to provide input to the day, and achieving a concise summary of outcomes. The workshops involved a broad range of views and stakeholders with sometime divergent views. However, they were received well by participants and contributed to improving the quality of the final report and acceptance of its outcomes.

This series of reports has become an important reference report for tracking progress on health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The 2010 report is available here.