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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 204

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 16 November 2004:

(1)   Can a copy be provided of the performance information framework for the draft 2004-2009 Public Health Outcomes Funding Agreements (PHOFAs) between the Government and the states and territories; if not, why not.

(2)   Can a copy be provided of the performance indicators applicable to family and reproductive health within the draft 2004-2009 PHOFAs; if not, why not.

(3)   What action is the Government taking to ensure that current programs and services funded under the existing PHOFAs applicable to family and reproductive health will continue to be recognised under the new PHOFAs.

(4)   Will the performance indicators for the 2004-2009 PHOFAs recognise family and reproductive health.

Senator Patterson (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   An initial set of performance indicators, agreed with states and territories, is incorporated in the Agreements signed by jurisdictions earlier this year. A copy of the initial, agreed set is attached.

(2)   The initial set of performance indicators (referred to in (1) above) will be expanded into a final set. These additional indicators have been the subject of preliminary discussions with jurisdictions, and have been amended and re-circulated to jurisdictions for finalisation. This includes indicators for sexual and reproductive health. They will be available for public release once they are finalised.

(3)   The full forward estimates for family planning funding provided by the Australian Government to state-based family planning organisations (ie apart from national organisations) has been incorporated into the pool of funding covered by the PHOFAs with states and territories. In addition, part 1.1.2 of the renewed agreements explicitly acknowledges the importance of women’s health services and provides for jurisdictions to use Australian Government funds to implement the whole range of women’s health services. The final set of performance indicators, currently under negotiation, will cover the priority national outcomes for sexual and reproductive health, and will be reported annually by states and territories.

(4)   Yes. Please refer to (2) and (3) above.