Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage – Key Indicators 2020

CPD Hours: 1.5
Current as at 15 June 2021
This material measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and provides comprehensive data across a range of key performance indicators. In addition, the document provides supporting material on the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and more importantly, it addresses the structural and systemic barriers that stand in the way of further improvement.

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Course Content

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage – Key Indicators 2020 measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as provides comprehensive data across a range of key performance indicators.

The document provides supporting material on the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and more importantly, it addresses the structural and systemic barriers that stand in the way of further improvement. For example, education strengthens communities both economically and socially; but despite growth in educational attainment among Torres Strait Islander people, in particular, it does not appear that this has translated into better employment outcomes for them.

In fact, the engagement of Torres Strait Islander people in the workforce is rapidly declining.

This document suggests that so far, these approaches have shown to be successful in improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

  • Addressing racism and discrimination in the Australian community
  • Building knowledge and education
  • Including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share in decision-making on things that affect them
  • Addressing laws, policies, and practices that operate to the detriment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Ensuring ongoing government investment, collaboration and coordination
  • Ensuring access to effective culturally safe services, at the right time and suited to the local context
  • Most interestingly, the approach taken was to examine the change over time in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, NOT measuring the gap to non-Indigenous people, as is often the case.

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision considered that it is important to acknowledge improvements in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, even if improvements for non-Indigenous people mean that the gap has not narrowed and/or the outcomes for non-Indigenous people are significantly better.

The logic behind this framework is that, over time, improvements in the strategic change indicators will lead to changes in the COAG targets and headline indicators, demonstrating progress toward the priority outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Understand what initiatives need to be taking place in Australia to improve outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Explore what matters in terms of improving the quality of lives for this cohort of the Australian population
  • Determine what health outcomes directly affect the quality and length of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ lives
  • Learn how a single, well-targeted action can lead to improvements across many strategic areas for improvement
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