Evaluation of the Healthy for Life Program: Final report

Evaluation of the Healthy for Life Program: Final report Report

  • Author(s): Alison Wallace, Duncan Rintoul, Ian Anderson, Sue Henderson, Benita Power, Tomas Lopata, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Karen Milward, Kurt Towers
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

Abstract: The Healthy for Life Program (HFL) was announced in 2005-06 as a new approach to improving the capacity of Indigenous primary health care services to deliver high quality maternal and child health services and chronic disease care. HFL takes a population health approach and is based on the principles of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). The Program involves two Phases: – Phase 1 – knowing your starting point: an initial process of review that provides baseline data, identifies areas for attention and informs a proposal for improving the quality of care – Phase 2 – service delivery and periodic review: annual funding for service delivery and ongoing CQI activities, including reporting and analysis of 11 HFL Essential Indicators. Introduction and methodology (Chapters 1 and 2) Healthy for Life participation and implementation (Chapter 3) Service improvements under Healthy for Life (Chapter 4) Progress towards the Program outcomes (Chapter 5) Implementation of the Evaluation and Outcomes Framework (Chapter 6) Support mechanisms for funded services (Chapter 7) Governance and management of Healthy for Life (Chapter 8) Recommendations (Chapter 9) A total of 42 recommendations have been made, including: – nine ways that the Program design, governance and management could be strengthened – five approaches for strengthening data collection and reporting activities – nine suggestions relating to other Program support structures and related resources – three factors to consider if the Program should ever be expanded beyond its current scope – eight strategies that services and sites can implement to strengthen HFL at the local level – eight learnings from HFL that apply to the broader Indigenous health system or other elements of government Program design and service delivery.

Notes: prepared by Urbis

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Alison Wallace, Duncan Rintoul, Ian Anderson, Sue Henderson, Benita Power, Tomas Lopata, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Karen Milward, Kurt Towers, 2009, Evaluation of the Healthy for Life Program: Final report, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3021.

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