Key messages

  • Koolin Balit means healthy people in Boonwurrung language. It is a Victorian Government strategy, which commits the health system to improve the length and quality of life of Aboriginal people in Victoria by 2022.
  • Koolin Balit provides a clear path forward to achieving significant and measurable outcomes in Aboriginal health.

Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012-2022

Koolin Balit is the Victorian Government's strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next 10 years.

It was launched by the Minister for Health at the Aboriginal health conference in May 2012.

Koolin Balit sets out what the Department of Health & Human Services, together with Aboriginal communities, other parts of government and service providers, will do to achieve the government's commitment to improve Aboriginal health.

It brings together Victoria's total effort in Aboriginal health in an integrated, whole of life framework based around a set of key priorities and enablers.

We aim to make a significant and measurable impact on improving the length and quality of the lives of Aboriginal Victorians in this decade.

The government's objectives are to:

  • close the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people living in Victoria
  • reduce the differences in infant mortality rates, morbidity and low birthweights between the general population and Aboriginal people
  • improve access to services and outcomes for Aboriginal people.

We will focus our efforts on six key priorities:

  1. a healthy start to life
  2. a healthy childhood
  3. a healthy transition to adulthood
  4. caring for older people
  5. addressing risk factors
  6. managing illness better with effective health services.
Three enablers provide a foundation for the key priorities, and support their achievement:
  1. improving data and evidence
  2. strong Aboriginal organisations
  3. cultural responsiveness.

Koolin Balit builds on the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022. Broader, whole-of-government strategies are outlined in the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2013-2018.

Digital Stories

A series of inspiring, first-hand testimonies about how Aboriginal health workers are striving to close the Indigenous life expectancy gap, produced in partnership between Oxfam Australia, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the Department of Health & Human Services, and a number of health organisations across Victoria.

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