The Public Health Advisory group (PHAG) was established by the AMSANT Board to advise it and our membership on Public Health issues that may affect the Aboriginal Community Controlled Comprehensive Primary Health Care sector. It is made up of the AMSANT CEO and clinical and non-clinical staff from the sector. Among other things, it monitors government policy, prepares submissions to government, and provides support to the Board through the preparation of briefing papers.

PHAG discusses a wide variety of clinical and public health issues that affect the sector as a whole with the purpose of

  1. advising the CEO if action is required at an operational level, or
  2. advising the Board on high level strategic issues.

PHAG also addresses issues raised by Members when the issue has sector or regional implications. PHAG members have also worked on submissions and policy positions jointly prepared with members of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT).

In particular, PHAG assesses research proposals that affect our sector. Assessments are based on the AMSANT Research Policy which was established in 2009, and amended in October 2010. AMSANT Members are encouraged to use this policy tool to assess research proposals that they may receive—and in turn the PHAG will advise Members on these issues.