Improving health in WA

WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015–2030

The WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015–2030 (the Framework)(PDF 10MB) identifies key guiding principles, strategic directions and priority areas for the next 15 years, to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

This Framework has a long-term agenda and encourages an approach for WA Health, the health sector and other key stakeholders to adopt and guide future activities for Aboriginal people living in WA.

The Framework has been developed for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people and was informed by an extensive consultation program. It has a strong focus on prevention and acknowledges culture as a key determinant of health.

Guiding principles

  • Cultural security
  • The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people is everybody’s business
  • Partnerships
  • Aboriginal community control and engagement
  • Access and equality
  • Accountability.

Strategic directions

The strategic directions have been developed to support evidence-based best practice, re-empowerment of Aboriginal people, and a service system in which the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people is everybody’s business.

Promote good health across the life course

  • Aboriginal people engage with culturally secure, evidence-based programs and services at transition points across the life course to support ongoing health and wellbeing.

Prevention and early intervention

  • Aboriginal people, families and communities are provided with the opportunities to engage with evidence-based prevention and early intervention initiatives.
  • Aboriginal people are supported to gain the knowledge and skills to choose healthy lifestyles to develop good health and wellbeing.

A culturally respectful and non-discriminatory health system

  • WA Health recognises racism as a key social determinant of health for Aboriginal people. Health care, whether government or community provided, is to be free of racism and discrimination.

Individual, family and community wellbeing

  • Well communities support strong culture, good health and wellbeing through a strong network of healthy relationships between individuals, their families, their kin and community.
  • WA Health structures, policies and processes harness individual, family and community capability and enhance their potential.

A strong, skilled and growing Aboriginal health workforce

  • A strong, skilled and growing Aboriginal health workforce across all levels, including clinical, non-clinical and leadership roles.
  • The non-Aboriginal workforce is able to understand and respond to the needs of Aboriginal people.

Equitable and timely access to the best quality and safe care

  • Aboriginal people receive safe care of the highest quality, in a timely manner, to ensure best possible health care to meet their health needs.

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework Artefact

Priority areas

Addressing risk factors

  • Risk factors that contribute to poor health outcomes for Aboriginal people are reduced.

Managing illness better

  • Aboriginal people are engaged with health care and services.

Building community capacity

  • Aboriginal communities are re-empowered to live long, well and healthy lives.

Better health systems

  • Health services are delivered in a timely and culturally secure manner, responsive to the needs of Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal workforce development

  • The WA Health system has the structural capacity and flexibility to engage and sustain a broad range of Aboriginal workers.

Data, evidence and research

  • Improved data and evidence about what works in Aboriginal health.

Addressing the social determinants of health

  • Coordinated effort across all sectors to address the broader determinants of Aboriginal health.

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework Artefact

Successful implementation of the Framework recognises the importance of culture, strength of community and encourages new ways of working to achieve our vision Aboriginal people living long, well and healthy lives.

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework Artefact

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