Health Policy Committee
The ECCV Health Policy Subcommittee provides a vehicle for our member organisations and those with a specific interest in issues concerning the health of people from ethnic communities to meet and discuss matters affecting them.
|The Health Policy Subcommittee:||• identifies emerging health issues related to people from ethnic backgrounds|
|• aims to address those issues through the development of partnerships, research, policies and practices|
|• acts as an advocacy body for people from culturally diverse backgrounds and from new and emerging communities|
|• provides a formal channel for views of people from ethnic communities to be presented to government and non-government sectors|
The 2011-2012 financial year brought many opportunities for the sub-committee to lobby for improved policy and practice in healthcare. The issue of service accessibility and responsiveness has remained a central focus, as has mental health and heath literacy. In August 2011, we launched a research paper entitled Refugees in Regional Victoria: Implications for Regional Healthcare Services.
In 2012 the health policy subcommittee is focused on three key issues: health literacy, mental health and misuse of drug and alcohol. These are likely to continue as the principal focus in 2013.
In August 2012, Victorian Health Minister Hon David Davis launched the ECCV policy paper at Parliament House, to address the alarmingly low rates of health literacy in diverse communities.
An Investment Not an Expense: Enhancing Health Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities showed the financial cost of low health literacy far outweighed the needed investment.
ECCV Deputy Chairperson, Convenor of the Health Policy Subcommittee