Our Health Equity Strategy
The Health Equity strategy outlines how we will achieve health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This means putting the voices of First Nations peoples at the centre of how we design and deliver healthcare services across the Darling Downs.
Equity is different to equality. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognises that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
This reform agenda, underpinned by legislative changes to the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011, means that Hospital and Health Services are now required to co-develop and co-implement strategies to:
- eliminate racial discrimination and institutional racism,
- increase access to healthcare services,
- influence the social, cultural and economic determinants of health,
- deliver sustainable, culturally safe and responsive healthcare services, and
- work with Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islander people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to design, deliver, monitor and review health services