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Successful partnerships are the key to improving Aboriginal health

Sandra Bailey, Jennifer Hunt

NSW Public Health Bulletin 23(4) 48-51 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB11057 Published: 13 June 2012

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About the author/s

Sandra Bailey | Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

Jennifer Hunt | Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

Corresponding author

Jennifer Hunt | jhunt@ahmrc.org.au

Abstract

Partnership is a process that must be recognised as a fundamental part of any strategy for improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people. Addressing the inequities in health outcomes between Aboriginal people and other Australians will require a sustained, coordinated and well-informed approach that works to a set of goals and targets developed with input from the Aboriginal community. Partnerships provide the most effective mechanism for obtaining this essential input from Aboriginal communities and their representative organisations, enabling Aboriginal people to have an influence at all stages of the health-care process. Within the health sector, effective partnerships harness the efforts of governments and the expertise of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, which offer the most effective means of delivering comprehensive primary health care to Aboriginal people.