Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 3 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 917 ..
Mr Stanhopeasked the Minister for Health and Community Care, upon notice, on 11 March 1999:
In relation to ACT Indigenous Health
(1) Does the Commonwealth have a uniform set of health indicators used to assess funding priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services,
(a) if so, can you (i) list them and (ii) advise whether the ACT uses them to assess its funding priorities.
(b) if not, what indicators do the ACT Government use to assess funding priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health.
(2) What is the current status of the ACT Indigenous populous.
(3) Is it the case that only $659 of the ACT's gross expenditure on health services is spent on Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people compared to $869 for non-indigenous peoples if so, (a) why and (b) on what basis did the ACT Government make the decision to expend less funding.
Mr Moore: The answers to Mr Stanhope's questions are as follows:
(l) (a) The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care has advised that, while they do not have a uniform set of health indicators used to assess funding priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) has, in March 1998, endorsed a set of performance indicators for Indigenous health. These indicators are to be reported on annually. Reports based on these indicators have now been received by the Commonwealth from all States and Territories and will form the basis of a report which is expected to be available for the July 1999 Health Ministers' Conference and will be publicly available in the second half of 1999. The reports against these performance indicators will assist in assessing national funding priorities for 19992000 and beyond. The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care is also currently in the process of a project to refine the national Performance Indicators and Targets.