My Life, My Lead is a new online public consultation portal to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said that the launch of the new portal will give more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people an opportunity to lead the discussion about the life they live now, and the life they want in the future for themselves, their families and their communities.
The portal will support shaping the next iteration of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (2013 – 2023), the Government’s key blueprint to help Close the Gap. A number of face-to-face forums will also be held across Australia.
“While governments have a critical role in setting policies and implementing programs, true and lasting gains are made when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the resources to work with government to set the agendas that impact on their wellbeing,” Minister Wyatt said.
“We will use feedback from the consultation portal to consider factors that impact on the social determinants of health like education, employment, justice, income and housing, as well as the important role cultural determinants play in supporting better health outcomes.
“We know that these factors in particular have a significant bearing on a person’s future health and wellbeing, and I want to understand how we can work in partnership across government and communities to deliver effective integrated services that support our people to lead happy, healthy lives.”
The Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan is built on a partnership between the Australian Government and the Aboriginal health sector.
The plan outlines the concrete actions to be taken by the Australian Government, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health sector and other key stakeholders to improve the health and living standards of Indigenous Australians.
For further information about the Implementation Plan or to leave a comment on the My Life, My Lead consultation portal, visit the Department of Health’s website.
Source: Department of Health, 8 March