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We are ambitious for real change.
Poverty, inequitable funding, and ineffective service delivery models are all modifiable factors that contribute to poor health in rural, remote, Aboriginal and other disadvantaged communities.
For more than 20 years governments, universities and civil society organisations have talked about the importance of meaningfully engaging communities in designing and transforming the quality and efficiency of our health care system.
The Productivity Commission has argued that to transform health policy and outcomes in Australia we embrace “accountability to the people actually impacted by policy and service delivery, with some ‘letting go’ of power and service specifications”.
Transforming rural and remote health care, and the provision of care to disadvantaged communities more generally, is less about fixing ‘problems’ with communities, and more about fixing the way we engage with those people with lived experience of challenges to enable us to work together to develop and implement policies and programs that reflect community needs.
This requires new approaches and models for addressing complex local challenges because the “traditional siloed approach of government service delivery has largely failed to make a dent”.
According to the Productivity Commission we have to “countenance radical options, including devolving responsibility; parting with top-down power; allowing localised entrepreneurship and giving front-line workers a wide remit for practical problem solving”.
Our ambition is to help people with lived experience of disadvantage to get a seat at the policy making table. Our job is not to “represent” disadvantaged people, or act as an “expert” voice on their behalf, but to facilitate, enable and support people with lived experience to have their voices heard so that public policy can deliver better, more efficient and high quality health outcomes.
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How you can help
The Healthy Communities Foundation Australia is the only major mainstream health organisation that is headquartered in a remote (MMM6) community. We don’t just believe in improving outcomes for rural, remote and Aboriginal people - we put our money (and people) where they can do the most good!