Key messages

  • Findings of the Koolin Balit evaluations were used to inform the development of the new Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan - Korin Korin Balit-Djak.
  • The findings are available to stakeholders working across the health and wellbeing community funded sector to inform culturally intelligent service delivery practice.
  • A range of common themes emerged from the findings - one key theme is that connections to place and culture are crucial for Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety.

Koolin Balit image.In the 2013 budget, the Victorian government allocated $61.7 million over four years to implement Koolin Balit: Strategic Directions for Aboriginal health ('the Koolin Balit investment').

The Evaluation Plan for the Koolin Balit Investment published in March 2015 was intended to strengthen:

  • accountability to government, the Victorian Aboriginal community and the wider public
  • effectiveness of existing programs and future funding decisions.

The evaluation plan took a different approach from previous evaluations. A program of focussed evaluation activities was pursued with a significant role for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) in planning and design rather than appointing a single evaluator.

A significant commitment to building evaluation capacity of the sector was included in the evaluation plan.

Four external evaluations were completed in December 2016. They focused on specific topics chosen for their investment size, opportunities for replication and any emerging information needs:

For an overview of the common themes that emerged across the evaluation findings, see Koolin Balit (2012-2017) and beyond - summary of evaluation findings.

Digital stories

These digital stories have been developed to support shared learnings from local level evaluations, reflective practices and continuous quality improvement processes employed in Aboriginal health and Koolin Balit initiatives across Victoria.

Aboriginal Case Management and Care Coordination Models in Victorian Government

The Fresh Tracks program at Wathaurong was one of seven programs that participated in an evaluation of case management and care coordination models in Victoria. The video highlights some of the key findings of the evaluation, applied in practice at the local community level.

Improving cultural responsiveness in Victorian hospitals

Northern Health was one of seven case studies included in an evaluation of cultural responsiveness in Victorian hospitals. The video provides practice examples of how the hospital works to improve its cultural responsiveness to ensure the cultural safety of its Aboriginal patients and their families.

Grampians Region Eye-Health: An evaluative approach to Aboriginal Health

The Grampians eye-health initiative is an example of how a collaborative approach to addressing local community needs can be achieved without the need to conduct a formal evaluation. Instead, the strategic use of data, program monitoring and community feedback provides a systematic approach to identifying local community needs and providing culturally appropriate responses.

Influencing Policy: Why Self-determined Outcomes Matter

This video highlights the commitment of the Victorian Government to Aboriginal self-determination and the importance of ensuring Aboriginal Victorians lead decisions in policy development and program delivery.