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Indigenous: National

2013

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This national strategy seeks to address the high rate of suicide within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which is reported to be twice that of non-Indigenous Australians. Using a holistic early intervention approach, this strategy will focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build strong communities in an effort to reduce the cause, prevalence, and impact of suicide on individuals, families, and communities. Guiding the implementation of this strategy are six goals, which will be achieved through six action areas. To achieve its overriding objective, this strategy will see increased investment for suicide prevention activities that are culturally specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2011)

National drug strategy 2010-2015.

Canberra: Australian Government

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is a framework for action on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The aim of the National drug strategy 2010-2015 is to build safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities.

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 provides background and explains the conceptual framework of the strategy
  • Part 2 details specific objectives and suggested actions under each pillar
  • Part 3 discusses the supporting approaches of workforce, evidence, performance monitoring and governance.

Abstract adapted from the National drug strategy

2010

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Third national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 – 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy was released in March 2010. It is one of a set of five national strategies aimed at reducing the transmission of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) and their morbidity, mortality and personal and social impacts.

The strategy highlights ongoing challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities relating to STIs and BBVs. These include:

  • sustained and unacceptably high rates of bacterial STIs in many remote communities
  • the rate of acquisition of HIV and viral hepatitis through injecting drug use
  • ongoing incidence of HIV infections among men who have sex with men
  • lack of access for many communities to culturally appropriate primary health care services.

The new priority action areas identified in the strategy are:

  • annual, routine and systematic testing, treatment and follow-up for bacterial STIs of sexually active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • increased access to treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who test positive to bacterial STIs;
  • increased primary prevention activities that seek to reduce the number of new cases of HIV and viral hepatitis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who inject drugs
  • competent and accredited workforces consistent across all jurisdictions to address the scope of work outlined in the strategy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2006

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National drug strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples complementary action plan 2003-2009.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National Drug Strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples complementary action plan 2003-2009: background paper.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National Drug Strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples complementary action plan 2003-2009: summary.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National Drug Strategy: Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area complementary action plan 2003–2009: supplement to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples complementary action plan 2003–2009.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

 
Last updated: 14 July 2014
 
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