Closing the Gap
Closing the Gap Integrated Team Care program
In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a $1.6 billion National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes to fund a broad package of initiatives addressing the target of closing the life expectancy gap within a generation.
From 2016- 17, the Care Coordination Services and the Improving Indigenous Access to Mainstream Primary Care activities have been combined to form the Integrated Team Care activity.
The program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need assistance to access health services, and support in self-management of their health care needs.
Key components of the Closing the Gap program include:
- Care Coordination to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the management of their chronic health conditions.
- Support chronic condition management and coordination with supplementary service funds to assist clients to access medical specialist and allied health services.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outreach workers assist with care coordination and linking clients to health care and community supports.
- Mainstream health service support to improve cultural responsiveness when providing health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The management of the Closing the Gap Programs has transferred to a single organisation Northern Health Network (NHN). The NHN was contracted by Adelaide PHN to provide the Closing the Gap service in the north during 2015-16, and is now commissioned to continue in the North and expand to the West and Southern area across Adelaide metropolitan region. NHN as the commissioned agency has committed to providing a smooth delivery of services during the transition phase with minimal disruption or impact to client management and care.
The regional and local Closing the Gap services operating across metropolitan Adelaide PHN, located within areas of highest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander need, are continued.
Eligibility criteria remain unchanged and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who have one of five chronic diseases that have a significant impact on life expectancy (respiratory, cancer, renal, cardio-vascular and diabetes), are the recipient group for the program.
Closing The Gap referrals should be accompanied by a chronic disease treatment plan that identifies health care services that care coordination should focus on with the client.
Across metropolitan Adelaide, there are three CTG service teams – northern, western and southern.
Metropolitan Adelaide CTG Contact Details
For all regions: phone 8209 0700; fax 82529433; email email@example.com
Adelaide PHN and NHN will work collaboratively with Country SA PHN to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people moving between rural and metro areas are supported.
Strategic planning for the Closing the Gap Integrated Team Care program will continue as part of Adelaide PHN’s comprehensive stakeholder engagement structure involving Clinical Councils, Community Advisory Councils and Health Priority Groups, in particular the Aboriginal Health Priority Group.
For more information please contact Michele Robinson, Aboriginal Health Capacity Building Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org