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Building a strategic approach to improve Aboriginal health research and evaluation in NSW

Jessica Stewart, Carmen Parter, Louise Maher

NSW Public Health Bulletin 23(4) 87-91 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB11055 Published: 13 June 2012

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About the author/s

Jessica Stewart | Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health

Carmen Parter | Centre for Aboriginal Health, NSW Ministry of Health

Louise Maher | NSW Public Health Officer Training Program, NSW Ministry of Health

Corresponding author

Jessica Stewart | jstew@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

A 5-year strategic plan for Aboriginal health research and evaluation has been developed to support the NSW Ministry of Health in its efforts to create the evidence for what works in addressing the health disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The plan has the following objectives: that all Aboriginal health policies and programs are evidence informed; that programs and strategies are rigorously evaluated and contribute to building the evidence for improving Aboriginal health outcomes; that new research evidence is generated for improving Aboriginal health outcomes; and that robust monitoring and accountability mechanisms in Aboriginal health are in place, with improved data quality. This paper describes the development of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Aboriginal Health Research and Evaluation Strategic Plan 2011–15, including a review of the evidence and policy documents, facilitated planning sessions, and consultation with staff within the Population and Public Health Division of the Ministry.