Koolin Balit: strategic directions
Strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012-2022
Koolin Balit is the Victorian Government's strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next 10 years.
It was launched by the Minister for Health at the Aboriginal health conference in May 2012.
Koolin Balit sets out what the Department of Health, together with Aboriginal communities, other parts of government and service providers, will do to achieve the government's commitment to improve Aboriginal health.
It brings together Victoria's total effort in Aboriginal health in an integrated, whole of life framework based around a set of key priorities and enablers.
We aim to make a significant and measurable impact on improving the length and quality of the lives of Aboriginal Victorians in this decade.
The government's objectives are to:
- close the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people living in Victoria
- reduce the differences in infant mortality rates, morbidity and low birthweights between the general population and Aboriginal people
- improve access to services and outcomes for Aboriginal people.
We will focus our efforts on six key priorities:
- a healthy start to life
- a healthy childhood
- a healthy transition to adulthood
- caring for older people
- addressing risk factors
- managing illness better with effective health services.
- improving data and evidence
- strong Aboriginal organisations
- cultural responsiveness.
Koolin Balit builds on a number of national partnership agreements to work with Aboriginal communities to reduce disadvantage and close the gap in health and other outcomes. It also builds on the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012–2022. Broader, whole-of-government strategies are outlined in the Victorian Indigenous Affairs Framework.
Copies of Koolin Balit can be obtained from the Department of Health by contacting the Aboriginal Health Branch.
Phone: (61 3) 9096 8212