The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population faces considerable disadvantage in health and wellbeing compared to the non-Indigenous population. The Productivity Commission estimates $1.67 billion was spent on indigenous health services in Queensland in 2015–16.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) committed to closing the gap in indigenous life expectancy by 2033 and halving the gap in mortality rates for indigenous children under five by 2018.
To improve indigenous health care, Queensland Health is implementing the Making Tracks Investment Strategy 2015–2018. The strategy outlines the various initiatives intended to reduce the health gap and focuses on:
- a healthy and safe start to life
- reducing risk factors
- improving living environments
- earlier diagnosis and treatment
- cultural competence
- the community-controlled health sector
- research, accountability and evaluation.