Health experts from across the country have gathered in Melbourne to find innovative ways to improve Australia’s healthcare system.
By
Ben Henderson

Source:
NITV News
18 Mar 2014 - 11:57 AM  UPDATED 18 Mar 2014 - 5:24 PM

The Lowitja Institute's National Conference on Continuous Quality Improvement has attracted more than 500 health professionals to take part in three events this week.

 CEO of the Lowitja Institute, Lyn Brody, said the conference will aim to bring participants' ideas together to help find better outcomes for all Australians.

"The conference brings everybody into the one space but also starts that conversation about other ideas, other concepts, other ways that we can look at improving the health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people," she said.

"It is about that constant improvement of services, how we can continually improve the services, access to services... looking at the hard facts and being able to build and improve services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people."

CEO of NACCHO, Lisa Briggs, said Aboriginal health issues were in need of a specialised framework.

"Mainstream providers can't deliver the current standards that they are in this area of health so then that means we need to develop them by us, for us, so that we can get the health gains and improvement on the ground that have been shown today," Ms Briggs said.

Selwyn Button from the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health council said the conference wa a great way to learn from other health organisations from around the country.

"As a practitioner and certainly from a Queensland perspective, what we're hoping to achieve is just to gather knowledge and information from across every other state and territory jurisdiction to work out how we can refine what we do, how do we make sure that we can continue to improve on our current product, working together for outcomes from our people for our communities," Mr Button said.

The Lowitja Institute brings together leading researchers, policy makers and experts in service delivery to work towards equal outcomes in health for all Australians.