We are committed to growing our partnerships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, striving to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to receive better coordinated health care. We do this by working closely with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and their State and Territory representative bodies, referred to as Affiliates. Additionally the Improvement Foundation is a preferred training provider to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
The Improvement Foundation works closely with NACCHO and the following Affliates; the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC),the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc (AHCSA) and the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) across a number of quality improvement programs.
Additionally, the Improvement Foundation has established customised web portals for each of the above organisations. These sites enables them to support their Aboriginal Medical Services by monitoring their progress within quality improvement programs and establish a good understanding of the effect these programs have on improving health outcomes.
Closing the Gap
In 2010, general practices and health services around Australia participated in Closing the Gap, an Improvement Foundation initiative that aimed to improve the health, wellbeing and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 2014, the Improvement Foundation launched the Closing the Gap: Measure and Act Initiative. The Closing the Gap: Measuring and Act initiative aims to build on the success of the 2010 Close the Gap and Australian Primary Care Collaborative (APCC) Waves by re-engaging the general practices that have previously participated in an APCC program and call to action those services keen to improve clinical outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.