The National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory gives effect to the Australian and Northern Territory Government’s commitment to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. It aims to support Aboriginal people, particularly in remote communities, to live strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy.
Signed by the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the National Partnership Agreement outlines nine supporting Implementation Plans to set out funding and commitments for each of the nine specific schedules.
This Health Implementation Plan (Schedule A of the National Partnership Agreement) sets out detailed policy and financial undertakings that ensure health measures in remote Northern Territory communities continue to be provided under Stronger Futures. This Plan commits the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, through the Commonwealth’s investment of $754.2 million, to provide:
- integrated oral and hearing health programs for Aboriginal children in remote communities;
- counselling and support to Aboriginal children and their families and communities dealing with trauma from child abuse in remote parts of the NT;
- continuation of expanded integrated and comprehensive primary health care system;
- continuing reform of the Aboriginal primary health care system;
- short-term health professional placement program; and
- access to high quality and healthy food in remote communities.
The signed Health Implementation Plan is posted on the Federal Financial Relations website at as a commitment to accountability on the part of both governments.