The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s third such national report, Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, shows that while some improvements have been made, significant disparities continue to exist, as per the details below.

The findings prompted a call by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association for the Lighthouse Hospital Project to be expanded, and they follow the launch in Melbourne yesterday of a new push to embed cultural safety across the health system.

Thirty-seven health organisations have signed a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Statement of Intent, committing to work together to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to health services that are culturally safe and free from racism, with a culturally safe health workforce supported by nationally consistent standards, codes and guidelines across all professions.

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