Opposition ridicules Labor’s $12 billion Indigenous health plan

Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon unveiled the federal government’s blueprint yesterday after what he said was a long consultation process with Indigenous communities and health experts.

The plan included strengthening the Aboriginal controlled health sector and community decision-making as well as focusing on culture and social and emotional wellbeing and ways to remove racism from the health sector.

The plan would contain a renewed focus on maternal health, children, youth, adults and aged care as well as calling for housing, education and employment prospects to be improved to help eliminate causes of health inequality.

But opposition Indigenous health spokesman Andrew Laming said it was telling that state and territory health ministers had not endorsed the plan.

"The plan appears to be yet another exercise in political spin, lacking any substance, and fails to say how we are going to get there," he said.