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First Nations Health Equity
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First Nations Health Equity

2022-08-22 15:18:15

Health Equity 

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

North West HHS is developing a First Nations Health Equity Strategy in partnership with local Community to:

  • work with First Nations peoples and organisations to close the health gap
  • answer to the communities that we serve
  • build better health services for North West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

Our commitment is to work with the North West First Nations community, delivering real outcomes and lasting change through a genuine partnership approach of co-design, co-ownership and co-implementation.


Have your say: give feedback on the DRAFT North West HHS Health Equity Strategy 

Incorporating input and contributions from Traditional Owners and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and stakeholders, the consultation draft of the North West HHS  Health Equity Strategy for First Peoples  is now available for your feedback and comments.

To assist in finalising the Strategy, North West HHS kindly ask that any feedback or comments are provided by COB 16 September 2022. You can do this directly by email to Synara.RankineJohnson@health.qld.gov.au

Health Equity Executive Committee
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity requires a renewed approach to eliminating unavoidable, unjust, and unfair health inequities.

North West Hospital and Health Service, is leading a co-design process for developing a new Health Equity Strategy. This is a legislative requirement under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011. North West Hospital and Health Service will work closely with all partners including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, staff and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector to co-design, co-own and co-implement the Strategy. 

Why your views matter

North West Hospital and Health Service is seizing this opportunity to come together and embed ways to listen and respond to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff and consumers and empower individuals and communities as partners in healthcare. 

North West Hospital and Health Service will work closely with all partners including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector to co-design, co-own and co-implement the Strategy. 

To be successful the Strategy must be underpinned by representation, leadership, and shared decision-making and shared responsibility with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The North West Health Equity Strategy will develop actions in the following areas:

  • Actively eliminating racial discrimination and institutional racism within the service
  • Increasing access to healthcare services
  • Influencing the social, cultural and economic determinants of health
  • Delivering sustainable, culturally safe and responsive healthcare services
  • Working with First Nations peoples, communities, and organisations to design, deliver, monitor, and review health services
Stakeholder engagement

We will be undertaking a number of stakeholder engagement opportunities and exercises during the development of this strategy and they will be linked to this webpage.