Client: Australian Government: Department of Health and Ageing 

Development of a National Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Health Services

Project timeline: June 2013 – June 2014

Brief description:

The Department of Health and Ageing contracted KBC Australia to develop a National Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Health Services to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of maternal and child health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. 

The Framework built upon the broader National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services prepared by the Child Health and Wellbeing Standing Committee (CHWSC) of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC). 

The Framework provides guidance to child and family health services on:-

-        Key principles to inform the development of effective services;

-        Key characteristics and core elements of effective services/service delivery;

-        Strategies for enhancing service delivery and access to all child and family health services;

-        Contributing to national performance monitoring and evaluation of indigenous health outcomes; and

-        Available evidence and examples of promising practice

Outcome:

A draft National Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander has been developed and submitted to Department of Health and Ageing.  The Department is currently undertaking a consultation on the draft framework.