Koolin Balit means healthy people in the Boonwurrung language. Koolin Balit is the Victorian Government’s strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next 10 years.
Within a decade, the length and quality of life of Aboriginal people in Victoria will have improved significantly and measurably.
Objectives of this initiative include…
- Close the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people living in Victoria.
- Reduce differences in health outcomes between the general population and target groups for infant mortality rates, morbidity and low birth-weights.
- Improve access to services and outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Three enablers provide a foundation for the key priorities, and support their achievement:
- Improving data and evidence
- Strong Aboriginal organisations
- Cultural responsiveness.
The following resources provide data and evidence in support of this strategy
- Koolin Balit Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal Health 2012-22 –overviews the Victorian Government’s strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next 10 years
- Closing the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes evaluation: Final Report (January 2014)
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Health Atlases The Public Health Information Development Unit at Torrens University publishes the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Health Atlases which includes data on Demography, Socioeconomic status, Smoking during pregnancy and Premature mortality. An interactive map is also available
- The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is the leading advocate for the health of Aboriginal people in Victoria and publishes research on Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Victoria and tools and resources covering aspects of health.