Media Release: Community input, resources needed for healthy future of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan

introThe National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today that an implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan will be developed by the end of the year.

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NACCHO chairperson Justin Mohamed said the 10-year health plan had been developed with extensive consultation with NACCHO and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health stakeholders in urban, regional and remote community settings.

“The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan is a great example of a blueprint harnessing the expertise and deep knowledge of Aboriginal people for better health outcomes in their communities,” Mr Mohamed said today.

“I welcome in particular the long-sought acknowledgement that racism continues to have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Factors such as person’s social and economic position in life, exclusion from participation in society and employment and exposure to stress can all influence their health throughout life.

“The Plan addresses many issues for the delivery of health services and outcomes, but there remains serious concerns about the cuts to Aboriginal health funding and the Medicare co-payment announced in the Federal Budget.

“NACCHO and its member services look forward to working with the Federal Government on the exciting next phase of the Plan – a comprehensive implementation strategy with meaningful targets and adequate resources.

“Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations have a proven track record in providing a range of quality employment and education opportunities for Aboriginal people and boosting local economies.

“We would embrace continued consultation and involvement with on-ground Aboriginal services and communities to increase access to culturally appropriate, community-driven health care,” Mr Mohamed said.
Media contact: Jane Garcia 0434 489 533

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