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Welcome
to the NHLF

Leading Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander healthcare.

About the NHLF

The National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) is a collective partnership of national organisations who represent a united voice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing with expertise across service delivery, workforce, research, healing and mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

The NHLF was instrumental in the formation of the Close the Gap Campaign and continues to lead the Campaign as the senior collective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leadership. Committed to achieving health equality, the NHLF draws strength from cultural integrity, the evidence base and community.

The NHLF provides advice and direction to the Australian Government on the development and implementation of informed policy and program objectives that contribute to improved and equitable health and life outcomes, and the cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The NHLF shares a collective responsibility for the future generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and we pay our respect to our Elders and Warriors who came before us.

Our Vision

Our vision is for the Australian health system to be free of racism and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people leading and determining their own solutions that are culturally informed and governed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. This Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander way of working can improve access to culturally safe and responsive health care services that are effective, high quality, appropriate and affordable.

Our Purpose

Collectively represent a united voice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing with expertise across service delivery, workforce, research, healing and mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Provide the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leadership on the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee (CtG SC).

Operate as a partnership mechanism at the national level to work with the Australian governments in identifying, developing, implementing and monitoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy.

Operate as a partnership mechanism at the national level to hold governments to account in the implementation and monitoring of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy and programs.

Seek genuine engagement with the Australian governments, and relevant non-government stakeholders as this adds significant value to decision-making and to shaping policy and program design in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing outcomes.

Foster multi-party commitments on culturally informed and safe approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services and programs.

Our Guiding Principles

The NHLF, in all its work and deliberations as senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders, is guided by the following principles:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts of health and concepts of wellbeing and mental health;
  • Informed, connected and representative;
  • Empowerment and self-determination (nation building);
  • Provide strategic advice, leadership and Indigenous knowledge from a strength-based position;
  • Unity whilst recognising autonomy;
  • Mutual regard and respect for each other’s unique contributions by valuing diversity;
  • Cultural safety;
  • Continuous quality improvement, best practice and evidence-based; and
  • Transparent, open and willing to share information.




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Contact us:

Address:
ALIA House
Ground Floor, 9-11 Napier Close,
Deakin West, ACT 2600

PO Box 323, Deakin ACT 2600.

 

Email: 
admin@nhlf.org.au

Phone: 
+61 2 6285 1010

Disclaimer:
This website was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The views expressed on the website do not necessarily represent the position of the Australian Government.