THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
11 August 2011
Professor Ian Anderson had been reappointed as Chair and Ms Tanya Hosch as Deputy Chair of the council, formerly called the National Indigenous Health Equality Council.
Seven new members have been appointed for three years, including four Indigenous members, and six members have been reappointed to the council for two years. [Details of the council’s membership are attached.]
“The council will continue to advise the Australian Government on the development and monitoring of health-related goals and targets to support our commitments to closing the life expectancy gap and reducing the unacceptably high rates of child mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The council will advise me on the development of a National Indigenous Health Plan, and the development and monitoring of health related goals and targets. This will support the Council of Australian Governments’ commitment to closing the gap in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
The National Indigenous Health Equality Council was established in March 2008 to advise the Government on ways to achieve equitable and sustainable health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The council has development and conducted a number of forums, including two workforce forums, an Indigenous adolescent roundtable and an Indigenous youth social and emotional wellbeing forum.
The council has also published a number of important reports supporting scientific and evidence-based methods of collecting and analysing data to assist in developing policy and programs to improve Indigenous health.
Council updates are available at natsihec.gov.au.
For more information, contact Mr Snowdon’s office (02) 6277 7820