Health Leaders Forum, Brisbane

 

Health Leaders Forum, Brisbane

Improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people

Health leaders from across Queensland have come together to share their ideas and experiences on Indigenous health.

Today, the Health Leaders Forum: ‘Improving Health Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ marks the second day of discussions.

This signature event brings together over one hundred and seventy health executives, innovative thinkers and industry experts to discuss the Close the Gap campaign, launched nationally in 2007.

Dr Dilip Dhupelia, Chair of the health organisation, CheckUP, has welcomed today’s important Health Leaders Forum.

"The focus of today’s forum is to discuss closing the gap on Indigenous health, and to explore future initiatives and outcomes," Dr Dhupelia said.

"In 2007 many organisations nationwide signed a commitment to Close the Gap, resulting in improved access to medical specialists, GP and allied health services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

"Seven years on it’s important to review where we are up to and reaffirm where we need to go." Dr Dhupelia stated.

Selwyn Button, CEO, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, (QAIHC), the peak body representing the community controlled health sector in Queensland and at a national level, is amongst the Indigenous leaders to reaffirm QAIHC’s commitment to Closing the Gap.

"Over these last seven years, two key reports have been issued highlighting the progress towards Closing the Gap," Mr Button said.

"It is now timely to not only reflect on the progress we have made, but have a strong and workable plan for the next seven years and beyond.

"How are we working together to close the gap on Indigenous health? How can our commercial partnerships continue to evolve and thrive? Off the back

of our hard fought success in community controlled health organisations, what is the next significant step towards closing the gap?" Mr Button questioned.

The Leaders Forum is part of the CheckUP forum series and is being held in partnership with QAIHC.

Media Enquiries: Judi Jabour, Campaign Capital, 0412 402 946.

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