Further evidence of the slow change that could be expected in reducing chronic disease rates without the national effort to fill this gap was provided by the publication of the results of the ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS) 2012-13 in November 2013.  Such reductions are of great importance to the campaign steering committee, as these jurisdictions are partners in the National Partnership Agreement to address the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes. This underlines the importance of a coordinated approach at national level as part of the COAG process, which ensures that all jurisdictions contribute and contribute to national efforts to fill this gap. This also applies to the maintenance of these and other relevant national partnership agreements. The $1.57 billion COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes has contributed to the expansion of ACCHS (although the Campaign Steering Committee wants to see much more expansion through a renewed agreement). It has also supported programs that provide additional evidence of creating a foundation for significant improvements in health over the next 16 years. Public spending increased by 847$US per Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander from 2008-09 to 2010-11. This corresponded to an average annual growth rate of 6.1% and contributed to an overall increase in total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands health expenditure of 12% during this period.  This is to be welcomed and reflected in the urgency of the increase in resources resulting from the National Partnership Agreements. The new estimate reminds us once again why national efforts to bridge the gap have been placed above politics as an intergenerational effort and remain a constant during policy cycles. Title: Welcome to Country Protocols (487 KB) | Link: education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/human-resources/media/documents/welcomecountry.pdf; Title: Connected Communities | Link: education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/aec/connected-communities; Title: Aboriginal Human Resources Development Plan 2012-2017 (PDF 3717 KB) | Link: policies.education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/associated-documents/ahrdp2012-17.pdf; Title: OCHRE – NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal Affairs | Link: www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/nsw-government-aboriginal-affairs-strategy; Title: Partnership agreement (PDF 1013 KB) | Link: education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/teaching-and-learning/aec/media/documents/partnershipagreement.pdf; Commonwealth of Australia (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) 2018.
Closing the Gap Prime Minister`s Report 2018. Canberra: PM&C. In view of 26 July 2018, www.pmc.gov.au/resource-centre/indigenous-affairs/closing-gap-prime-ministers-report-2018 Such cuts are not only budgetary, but also a serious setback for national efforts to fill this gap. Evidence that highlights the generational and long-term nature of chronic disease programs clearly demonstrates the need for preventive services. The campaign`s steering committee is calling on the Australian government to examine the impact of such cuts on national efforts to fill this gap. Programs and activities within organizations that contribute to national efforts should be quarantined and maintained. The campaign steering committee believes that the accelerated impact of the Aboriginal Tobacco Control Program strongly supports national efforts to address this gap. It is also proof of the value of true partnerships between Australian governments and Torres Straiter Islander Aboriginals and communities in national efforts. The new estimate shows the existence of a difference in life expectancy, why national efforts are needed to close the gap and the related national partnership agreements. .