Close the Gap: National Indigenous Health Equality Council

Ian Anderson
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (10): 546. || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02558.x
Published online: 18 May 2009

Guiding policy to end Indigenous health disadvantage

The National Indigenous Health Equality Council (NIHEC; was established in July 2008 to advise the Australian Government Minister for Health and Ageing. Most of its members are Indigenous Australians, with expertise drawn from across the Aboriginal and mainstream health sectors and Australian Government. The Council’s terms of reference focus on:

As a first priority, NIHEC was asked to make recommendations on workforce development and sustainability, including advice on pathways to increase Indigenous workforce representation.

Recent NIHEC initiatives include projects to:

NIHEC has also agreed to provide strategic advice supporting the implementation of COAG’s 2008 $1.5 billion investment in Indigenous health.

  • Ian Anderson

  • National Indigenous Health Equality Council, Canberra, ACT



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