In 2017, the Northern Territory Department of Health, Office of Aboriginal Health Policy and Engagement (the Department), appointed HOI to develop a business case template for the transition of clinics to Aboriginal community control. The business case template was designed for regions or Aboriginal-Controlled Community Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to use when presenting the case for transitioning to Aboriginal community control to the Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum (NTAHF) and Commonwealth Minister for Health. HOI then worked with the Malabam Health Board Aboriginal Corporation (Malabam) to use the template to develop its Business Case for transition of health services in Maningrida to Aboriginal community control.
Key consultancy activities included: document review; endorsement of stakeholder engagement strategy; development of business case template; community and stakeholder engagement through telephone and face-to-face interviews; facilitation of a workshop in Maningrida with the board and other stakeholders; documents reviewed for cultural sensitivity and safety; production of a final report containing the business case template and guidance materials.
Malabam’s Business Case was supported by NTAHF, and the Business Case Template was progressed to draft final stage for further refinement by NT Health.