The Queensland Government is committed to closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Queenslanders within a generation. To achieve this we need to ensure that our organisation is well positioned to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, staff and their communities.
This relies on the provision of culturally capable clinical and non clinical services and programs. It also requires Queensland Health to understand and respect the cultural diversity and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, staff and their communities, and for this understanding to be applied respectfully in the organisation’s leadership, governance, policy, planning, funding, standards, information systems, human resource management, quality improvement, education and training, and every aspect of health service delivery.
Queensland Health has an overarching Cultural Capability Framework, identified in the Queensland Health Strategic Plan for Multicultural Health 2007 - 2012, providing a sound context for organisational cultural capability and meeting existing national and international cultural competency guides and standards.
As the main provider of health services in Queensland, Queensland Health subsequently developed the Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Framework 2010 - 2033 to guide how we provide services and programs.
Please also see Reconciliation.