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National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Second edition

Foreword

It is my pleasure to release the second edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for use throughout Australia. This valuable resource is the product of intense research by authors with experience within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, and by the continued collaboration between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

The prevention of disease is a core element of primary healthcare. For over four decades, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services have provided comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They know what works and how services must be delivered to reach those who are most vulnerable.

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will assist health providers in unlocking the health system – the socioeconomic, geographical and health literacy barriers that prevent many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from accessing the services and the opportunities to be healthy to the same extent as other Australians. Supported by the latest national and international evidence and good practice points, the guide will assist health providers to maximise the opportunity for the prevention of disease at each clinic visit, and inform the set-up of information management systems for prevention of disease throughout a patient’s lifespan.

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was conceived and started by NACCHO in 2001 and went on to be supported by the RACGP from 2002. The first edition was published in 2005 and has proven to be widely used by health services and health policy makers to inform best practice in preventing disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. This second edition has been significantly updated and improved, with appraisal and endorsement from peak bodies across Australia.

On behalf of the NACCHO Board of Directors, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of the RACGP, who worked with NACCHO to update this resource and commend the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I encourage health providers to implement its recommendations to bring about significant improvements in health service access and health status for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. 

Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
May 2012

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