“ The acknowledgement of racism as a critical component for health in the National Health Plan was a huge step forward and I’m delighted the Implementation Plan had sown seeds to tackle social and cultural determinants of health , which contributed to 31 per cent of the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt see his comments about 18C below
At the #LowitjaConf2016 Assistant Minister Wyatt announced the makeup of a new advisory group established to assist with the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP)
Download PDF copy of NATSIHP implementation plan here
Download PDF copy of NATSIHP here
He said it would include representatives of the Department of Health and Prime Minister and Cabinet and of the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare.
Indigenous health sector representatives would include:
1.Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston (as co-chair)
2.National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) CEO Pat Turner
3.Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s Dr Mark Wenitong,
See NACCHO TV interview here with Dr Mark
4.Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Alice Springs Ms Donna Ah Chee, CEO
See NACCHO TV Interview here with Donna
5.Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service Canberra Julie Tongs OAM, CEO
See NACCHO TV Interview here with Julie
Jurisdictional members of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee would also join, he said.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan is an evidence-based policy framework designed to guide policies and programmes to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the next decade until 2023.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 was developed to provide an overarching framework which builds links with other major Commonwealth health activities and identifies areas of focus to guide future investment and effort in relation to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
On 30 May 2014 Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, announced that an Implementation plan would be developed outlining the Commonwealth’s coordinated efforts to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt comments about 18C
Speaking to Croakey, he indicated he may support a move, heralded by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to replace the words “insult” and “offend” with “vilify” in Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, as a move to meet demands from ultra Coalition conservatives while not scrapping the provision.
His comments came as the Federal Government set up a parliamentary inquiry into the Act to determine whether it imposes unreasonable limits on free speech and to recommend whether the law should be changed.
Wyatt said he would always fight to ensure people are not “racially vilified” but he said he did not want to see Parliament persuaded to “repeal” Section 18C.
“I would rather see a reconstruction that has strong words that stood the test against vilification and racism.”