Client: Australian Government, Department of Health & Ageing, Office for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health

Regional health services planning study for East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory – in collaboration with Centre for Remote Health (CRH)

Project timeline: June 2008 – December 2008

Brief description:

The purpose of the project was to consider future resource allocation, service delivery and governance models for the region through identifying ways in which Indigenous people’s access to primary health care services can be improved

This was done by establishing a comprehensive data profile and needs assessment for the region that will:

  • Inform future resource allocation

  • Inform service delivery models

  • Inform regional governance models


  • Desktop analysis of federal and state policy documents and planning papers

  • Development of a regional health status profile

  • Comprehensive regional health service mapping and gap analysis

  • Extensive consultation with communities and interviews with individual community members, health and community service providers to ground truth information and gather additional data

  • Analysis and synthesis of data with identification of opportunities and barriers

  • Formulation of recommendations to strengthen and enhance service delivery to improve access by Indigenous people to primary health care services

  • Identification of, and strategies to address issues impacting on workforce recruitment and retention