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Aboriginal Health Impact Statement Policy Directive

Photo by Ben Searcy of a billabong in front of Baxter Hill near Port Augusta

The Aboriginal Health Impact Statement is a policy directive that aims to ensure that Aboriginal stakeholders have been engaged in the decisions that affect their health and wellbeing. Culturally respectful engagement will go a long way to ensure that proposals optimally address Aboriginal health disparities. The policy contains three questions to be completed and attached to briefing templates for the following executive groups:

  • Portfolio Executive
  • Department for Health and Ageing Executive Group
  • Country Health Executive
  • Central Adelaide Local Health Network Strategic Executive
  • Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Executive Committee
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Senior Executive Team Governance/ Strategy and Planning
  • Women’s and Children’s Health Network Executive
  • SA Ambulance Service Executive Management Team

Completed Aboriginal Health Impact Statements are required to be lodged at health.aboriginalhealthenquiries@health.sa.gov.au Once lodged someone will contact you as soon as possible. Your Aboriginal Health Impact Statement will be assessed to ensure it meets quality standards and feedback will be provided. It is important to factor in this assessment process in the timelines for your proposal.

Checklist for Best Practice Program Development in Aboriginal Health

This Checklist is a policy guideline designed to ensure that programs which have an Aboriginal impact are developed in the best possible way and actively engage Aboriginal stakeholders. The Checklist aims to ensure that Aboriginal stakeholders and community members (where appropriate) have been engaged in the decisions that affect their health and wellbeing. Culturally respectful engagement will ensure that new or reviewed SA Health programs are developed in such a way that they optimally address Aboriginal health disadvantage. It is important to begin thinking about how to answer the questions in the Checklist as early as possible. The Checklist is designed to be completed throughout the conception, development and implementation of programs.

Contact

Telephone: (08) 8226 6344

Email: health.aboriginalhealthenquiries@health.sa.gov.au

 

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