$833 M program to improve the prevention, detection, and management of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund is an Australian Government initiative, administered by the Department of Health and Ageing (the department), designed to improve the prevention, detection, and management of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to contribute to the Government’s target of closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation.
The current gap in life expectancy is estimated at 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females. Chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer) are the major causes of mortality, and 70% of the gap in health outcomes is due to chronic disease.
Reducing the burden of chronic disease requires effective delivery of prevention programs and a comprehensive, well-coordinated primary health care system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund is helping to build a health system that meets the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, providing support to both Indigenous-specific health services and general practices.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund was established in the 2011 Budget and came into operation on 1 July 2011. Following a consultation period from September to October 2011, the Department of Health and Ageing has developed these guidelines to set out the arrangements for the administration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund.
The objective and priorities for the Fund are consistent with those of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package.
The primary objective is to improve the prevention, detection and management of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to increase life expectancy. The three priority areas targeted are:
The Total Value of funds available under the Fund is $833.27 million over the four years ending 30 June 2015.
This amount includes funding that has been committed to the existing activities that were consolidated into the Fund as well as additional funding of 2.5% per annum to reflect the growth in the Indigenous population. The Australian Government will continue to provide additional funding of 2.5% per annum to reflect the growth in the Indigenous population thereafter. This will maintain the real per capita funding level for health care provision.
The aim of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund is to improve the prevention, detection, and management of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to increase life expectancy and contribute to the Government’s target of closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation.
The majority of the funding for this Fund relates to programs from the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package. Implementation of the initiatives from the package will continue in line with the Commonwealth’s Implementation Plan and the Government’s commitments under the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes. Consolidation of the funding will provide additional flexibility to respond to changing needs and priorities.
The Government has allocated some $834 million over the next four years to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund.
Activities to be supported under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund include those currently supported under:
To date, the majority of funding has been directly allocated to service delivery organisations and this approach will continue up to and beyond 30 June 2013 (subject to demonstrated evidence of its effectiveness and the availability of funding) i.e. in most cases, currently funded organisations will be approached by the department to negotiate grant funding arrangements.
On occasions when funding is made available through application-based processes, applicants from a wide range of non-government and government entities are encouraged to apply. Applicants may be able to apply for funding from more than one Flexible Fund. Applicants are not required to have had a prior funding relationship established with the department, but must be a legal entity to be eligible for funding, for example:
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Applications for the Rural Health Outreach Fund close 25 January 2013.