The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) held their annual State Member Conference in Brisbane today.
The theme for the conference, ‘Delivering quality health services to our communities,’ aligns with QAIHC’s aim of ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right access to equitable, culturally competent, and high-quality care.
With twenty-eight QAIHC Members servicing communities across Queensland, QAIHC is committed to supporting their Members to deliver optimal and culturally responsive primary healthcare services.
Mr Neil Willmett, Chief Executive Officer, QAIHC said the conference provided members with the opportunity to come together to discuss a range of policy, research, and legislative requirements relevant to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector.
"The conference covered a range of topics pertinent to the Sector including the Australian Government National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 and the proposed Commonwealth Funding Model," he said.
"We were fortunate to have guest speakers from the Commonwealth and State health departments who were able to provide an update on the national agenda for Indigenous health and reinforce the commitment towards closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders.
"As an integral part of the Queensland Health Care system, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector plays a critical role in the delivery of quality comprehensive primary health care to our communities," Mr Willmett said.
QAIHC is the peak organisation representing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector in Queensland at both a state and national level. Membership is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services in Queensland.