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The Metro South Health Equity Strategy (PDF, 598.31 KB), approved by the Board in April 2022, addresses one of our key strategies which is to improve equity in health outcomes by closing the health gap experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This work is part of a broader strategy across all of the Queensland public health systems. The Queensland health equity framework is designed to eliminate racial discrimination and institutional racism, and influence the social, cultural and economic determinants of health by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, consumers and staff in how we design and deliver health services.
Metro South Health will implement actions in our Health Equity Strategy (PDF, 598.31 KB) in collaboration with stakeholders to identify opportunities for reform, to connect services and overcome access barriers. We are well positioned to achieve this thanks to the outstanding leadership and governance arrangements, including representation of First Nations people on the Metro South Hospital and Health Board, the establishment of a Metro South Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Directorate and through the establishment of an Elders Council.
Through co-design, we will elevate First Nations peoples voice through leadership and engagement with First Nations staff, health consumers, community members, Elders and Traditional Custodians, as well as local service delivery stakeholders.
We will leverage service delivery partnerships that are working and identify novel ways of providing care that will make the health system more accessible, more connected, and more responsive.
It is through genuine engagement and partnering that we will make real progress in closing the gap in health outcomes.
Metro South Health recognises and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the land and waters—the Yugambeh, Quandamooka, Jaggera, Ugarapul and Turrbal peoples—and to Elders, past, present and emerging.
For more information, email: MSH_ATSIHD@health.qld.gov.au.