National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) submission to the Senate Inquiry-Community Affairs References Committee: Inquiry into the effectiveness of the special arrangements for the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services (RAAHSs)

Couzos, Sophie (2011) National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) submission to the Senate Inquiry-Community Affairs References Committee: Inquiry into the effectiveness of the special arrangements for the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services (RAAHSs). Report. National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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[Extract]1.0 Introduction Special arrangements exist for the supply of pharmaceutical benefits to clients of eligible Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services (RAAHS), primarily due to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders having by far the worst health outcomes and the clearest inequity in health care provision of any identifiable group in the Australian population. These special arrangements for access to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines ג€“ based on Section 100 of the National Health Act (1953) ג€“ aim to alleviate these disadvantages, and assist in 'Closing the Gap' (CTG) between Aboriginal and other Australians.

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Submission prepared by NACCHO, 30 June 2011.

Acknowledgements: The NACCHO Secretariat developed this submission (Dr Sophie Couzos) with kind advice from a small number of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services(ACCHSs). NACCHO did not have the resources to undertake a full survey of the views of its member services. NACCHO acknowledges the kind assistance of Mr Scott Gilbert (3rd Year student for the Public Affairs & Communication' course at the University of Newcastle) in the conduct of interviews with a few ACCHSs, and assistance with preparing a draft of this submission.

Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 06:41
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 100%
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