The Road Is Made by Walking: Towards a better primary health care system for Australia’s First Peoples – Summary reportJ. Dwyer, A. Martini, C. Brown, E. Tilton, J. Devitt, P. Myott & B. Pekarsky 2015
This publication is one of five that report on the work of the Funding, Accountability and Results (FAR) project, all published by the Lowitja Institute in 2015.
The research reported here, in summary form, is a study of reforms in primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory (between 2009 and 2014) and Cape York, Queensland (between 2006 and 2014). In both places, the intention of the reforms was twofold: to establish a regional system of PHC provision with reliable access to care for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the regions, and to increase community control of health care by transferring some or most of the responsibility for providing PHC from government health authorities to regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs). These were bold plans with long histories of development in both jurisdictions.