Success Stories in Indigenous Health (ANTaR)

ANTaR published in 2010 the book Success Stories in Indigenous Health -  A showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects was released in 2007, in the early days of the Close the Gap campaign, to demonstrate that positive change was possible in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

So many reports have highlighted the health problems being faced in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the health inequality that persists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Not so many reports highlight the good news - the success stories that demonstrate that change for the better is possible and highlighting the active role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples themselves are seizing in identifying and implementing solutions.

I commend this publication to you on several counts.

It gathers together useful information on successful programs currently in place in Indigenous communities which provide pathways for other communities. It shows that Indigenous health problems, and related factors, such as the poor standard of housing in many Indigenous communities, can be changed for the better.

It highlights the value of Indigenous community control of health services and related programs, and demonstrates the choices that Indigenous people are making about their own health and their own communities.

And it contains the voices of Indigenous Australians telling their experiences as receivers and providers of health care and related programs - voices so often not heard in the ongoing debates about Indigenous health. It highlights the human dimension to the problems being faced in many communities.

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation have been an active partner working with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to campaign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within a generation. This publication is a substantial contribution to advancing understanding among the general community and government, and in contributing to evidence based policy.

It is time to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality a thing of the past.

To that end, it is with great pleasure that I commend this publication to you.

Tom Calma: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Contact ANTaR

  • PO Box 77 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
  • 401/410 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 9280 0060
  • Fax: +61 2 9280 0061
  • Email: antar@antar.org.au

(Sourced from Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR)