A new climate for Indigenous health
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The Apology to the Stolen Generation set the tone for a new and vigorous approach to achieving health equity for Indigenous people. The symbolic impact of the Apology was reinforced and given practical direction by the Australia 2020 Summit and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Budget Statements. The key primary health care messages arising from these are: improving health services for Indigenous people is essential to reducing health inequities between Australians; making health services accessible to Indigenous communities is a primary component of health service provision; and, Indigenous community engagement in health research, health services and health education is critical to meeting equity policy outcomes.