Aboriginal health’ means not just the physical wellbeing of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total wellbeing of their Community. It is a whole-of-life view and includes the cyclical concept Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: planning the next decadeof life-death-life”.

- National Aboriginal Health Strategy (1989)


Released in late July 2013, the Australian Government’s national plan to improve Indigenous people’s health was hailed as “a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy for the next 10 years” – by the Government.


Predictably, the Coalition was less enthusiastic, branding it “business as usual”, and accusing Labor of politicising an issue that is “usually bi-partisan” – not that anyone has noticed.