Partnering for Good Health and Wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges today signed a partnership agreement with the Australian Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and service providers to reduce the current gap in health outcomes and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

Professor Nicholas Talley, Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges said today that all Australia’s specialist Medical Colleges welcomed this important collaboration as a key measure to delivering on the Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

“We will work together with our respective partners to develop measurable improvements at all three tiers of the Plan, each taking a lead in areas ranging from enhanced cultural awareness training for staff through to reducing any form of institutionalised racism.”

Professor Talley noted that collaborative partnerships are the key to helping to reduce barriers to accessing health care, either due to cost, remoteness or cultural safety reasons.

This Collaboration Agreement is signed on Wednesday 31st May, 2017 by the Australian Government through the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, The Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Health, The Hon. Gregory Hunt, Minister for Health, and The Hon. Dr David Gillespie, Minister for Rural Health, with CPMC, and the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association, and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

CPMC’s vision for Australia’s health is one which is integrated, adequately funded and seamless for patients to transition throughout their care pathways from primary, acute, community or aged care.

Media Contacts:

Professor Nick Talley (02) 49215855
Angela Magarry 0437227422