From transition to action: Integrating primary health and social care
Picture above: Jody Broun recently meeting with Minister Snowdon and NACCHO chair Justin Mohamed
Keynote address to the National Primary Health Care Conference
Jody Broun – Co-Chair National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
8 November 2012
It’s a real pleasure to be invited as a keynote speaker at your conference. Integration in service delivery has been identified continuously as a barrier to improving outcomes, and as such a very valid topic for your discussions.
The 2010 Department of Finance review of Indigenous Expenditure concluded that “whole of government coordination remains a major challenge – Program management and service delivery remains fragmented rather than coordinated, with weak linkages even within agencies, let alone across them…Communication between agencies is too often poor, even where their responsibilities and interests are closely related.”
I would hope that you can resolve some of those issues through your work at this conference and in practice when you get back to your roles in the communities and organisations, and that the current health reforms provide the platform for making change.
Health was identified as the highest priority by members of Congress and I have taken it on as my portfolio – this means I am also co-chair of the National Health Leadership Forum, co-chair of the Close the Gap Steering Committee, and co-chair of the Stakeholder Advisory group driving the development of the new National ATSI health plan