National Framework for health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families

CLIENT: Commonwealth Department of Health

DATE: 2013 - 2014

Commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health.  

KBC Australia was contracted 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.

Key Deliverables were:

  • Establishment of a Cultural Advisory Group
  • Review of existing policy and programs
  • Development of a background paper incorporating a literature review
  • National consultation process (all jurisdictions, State/Territory government, NGOs, ACCHOs, academics etc)
  • Information synthesis
  • Draft framework

The final framework was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments and launched by Minister Wyatt in December 2016. A copy of the framework can be found at:

National Framework Health Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families