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Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families



Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families

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Department Health and Families8 While the Territory has a relatively small population we confront a range of complex challenges, some of which are common to all health systems in Australia, like workforce shortages and escalating costs. There are however others that impact quite differently in the Territory than elsewhere, not least of which are Aboriginal health needs and the dispersed pattern of population across the 1.3 million square kilometres of the Northern Territory. Demand for health and family services in the Northern Territory continues to grow so it is not surprising that the Department over the past year has also seen &#! & & '*+;; additional people in Territory emergency departments than we did just a few years ago and we have recorded '<*= at risk over the same time. Recent national reports show that Territory hospitals are among the busiest in the country. This Annual Report demonstrates continuing strong growth in demand whether in the ! > vital support given to the Territorys families and children. The Northern Territory Government invested a record $1.12 billion in the Health and Families portfolio in 2009-10. The Department has been focussing on spending wisely and effectively, with the focus on achieving good outcomes and meeting the expectations of the broader community in Central Australia, the Top End, in town and in the bush. ! areas. Compared to 2005-06 for example there are 30% more nurses, 50% more professional staff and 41% more doctors employed in the agency. Caring for ! budget with an 86% increase in the number of professional staff in NT Families and Children over the last few years. Importantly we are making real efforts to build an inclusive workplace and a diverse workforce. In 200910 about 10% of the Departments staff were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and some 23% of our staff came from a non English speaking background. Within a challenging international, national and local economic environment, gains have been made, as is shown by the indicators and activity across the various Divisions and program areas. Of course, more needs to be done. The health status of the Territorys Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continues to be unacceptably lower than non-Aboriginal Territorians. Unlike other jurisdictions Aboriginal Territorians comprise the majority of our clients in almost every area of the Departments activity. Our Department has Aboriginal health squarely in the core business corner, and we have real improvements on foot to provide a sound contribution in this area. One of the key planks is our partnership with the Aboriginal community controlled health sector and the Australian Government. Together we are embarking on reform that is tackling some of the system and service issues that have bedevilled Aboriginal health for decades, and we are seeing real change. Our Department is working hard to address inequities, but there is much we can all do to improve our individual health and wellbeing. Tobacco and alcohol are two of the biggest contributors to illhealth for Territorians. Studies show consistently that Territorians have Australias highest rates of tobacco consumption. Territorians consume alcohol at levels that lead to unacceptable violence, avoidable accidents and reduced workplace performance. Tobacco and alcohol add illness and disability to the lives of too many Territorians. Chief Executive Foreword Chief Executive Mr Jeff Moffet

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