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Soc Sci Med. 2001 Feb;52(3):467-80.

Tactics at the interface: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health managers.

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  • 1Centre for Indigenous Health, Education and Research, The University of Queensland, Herston, Australia.


Over the past thirty years in Australia, there has been a recognition of the need for increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the management of their health services as part of the strategy to improve the poor health of Australia's indigenous peoples. The proliferation of Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Services and the vigorous advocacy of groups such as the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation have significantly contributed to this recognition. This, combined with additional management opportunities in government service, has drawn attention to difficulties in recruiting and retaining appropriately experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander managers, particularly in the northern states of Australia.

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