NACCHO Aboriginal #HealthElection16 News alerts for Tiwi Island woman and Danila Dilba Health Services Darwin

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“All community visits are influenced by the direction of local Aboriginal health care workers to ensure appropriate cultural sensitivities are observed,” she said.

“Previously Tiwi women wanting a mammogram would had to have left their homes and families for several days for the long trip to Darwin, so this service will save them a lot of time and effort.”

Breast screening mammograms are strongly recommended for women aged 50 74 for the early detection of breast cancer

 One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is important women are aware of how their breasts look and feel and see a doctor if they notice any changes,”

The Minister for Women’s Policy Bess Price :The names of the BreastScreenNT bus staff pictured are: From left to right: Sarah Webb, Shannon Claire O’Connor Bess Price and Annie Nesbitt :

“A Shorten Labor Government will commit $1.8 million to establish two new Danila Dilba Health Service Clinics in Rapid Creek and Coolalinga.

The service has recently experienced an influx of patients. From 2010 to 2015 the patient clientele increased by 60 per cent and as a consequence Danila Dilba has since been forced to turn away an average of 15 clients a day.”

THE HON CATHERINE KING MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH

 THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS ( See Press Release Below )

The Health Department’s BreastScreenNT bus – which is expected to reach more than 1000 women in rural and remote Territory communities this year is visiting the Tiwi Islands for the first time.

The Minister for Women’s Policy Bess Price watched the big pink 4×4 bus being loaded on to Sea Swift’s ‘Tiwi Islander’ barge in Darwin bound for Bathurst Island for a two week clinic.

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After arriving at Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, the mobile breast screening bus was set up for the clinic starting on Monday, May 16.

The bus recently returned from the community of Nauiyu in the Daly River region where more than 50 women were screened during its two day visit.

More than 200 Tiwi women are expected to take advantage of the free breast screening service while the bus is at Wurrumiyanga.

Women from the Melville Island communities of Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi will also travel to Wurrumiyanga for screening.

Minister Price said the Tiwi women would be among more than 1000 women from some of the Territory’s most far flung regions expected to be screened this year by the BreastScreenNT bus during its six month, 7000km round the Territory trek.

“This first visit to Tiwi shows how this wonderful service is continuing to make life safer for women in rural and remote communities,” she said.

“In fact, last year 5855 women were screened by BreastScreenNT, with the mobile bus service screening 1264 women.”

Minister Price said women in rural and remote communities across the Territory who had used the BreastScreenNT bus service would have otherwise had to travel to town for the lifesaving screening.

She said the visit to Bathurst Island followed a request from Tiwi women for the service to visit them.

Minister Price said the early detection of breast cancer offered women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is important women are aware of how their breasts look and feel and see a doctor if they notice any changes,” she said.

Women 50 to 74 are eligible for a free breast screen every two years with BreastScreenNT. Breast screening is free, takes less than 30 minutes and does not require a doctor’s referral.

To make an appointment at BreastScreenNT clinics in Casuarina, Alice Springs or Palmerston or for more information on the visiting schedule of the BreastScreenNT Mobile 4WD bus service please email

mailto:BreastScreenNT.THS@nt.gov.au or call 13 20 50.

LABOR TO ESTABLISH TWO NEW DANILA DILBA CLINICS IN THE GREATER DARWIN REGION

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A Shorten Labor Government will commit $1.8 million to establish two new Danila Dilba Health Service Clinics in Rapid Creek and Coolalinga. ( Photo AMA President Brian Owler on recent visit )

Danila Dilba is the only Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in the Yilli Rreung (Greater Darwin) region of Northern Territory.

Danila Dilba provides vital primary health care and comprehensive community services to over 15,000 Indigenous Australians every year through their four existing locations.

The service has recently experienced an influx of patients. From 2010 to 2015 the patient clientele increased by 60 per cent and as a consequence Danila Dilba has since been forced to turn away an average of 15 clients a day. It is forecasted the Indigenous population will continue to grow in years to come, adding to the current overwhelming demand for the service.

Labor’s $1.8 million commitment to work in partnership with Danila Dilba to establish two new clinics will greatly assist in alleviating the growing service demand.

The investment will contribute to refitting and refurbishing two new facilities: one in Darwin’s northern suburbs

(Rapid Creek) and the other in Palmerston rural area (Coolalinga). It will also better match resources to the areas where Danila Dilba’s client base is large and growing (less than 6 per cent of its patients live in the Darwin CBD, where its services are currently focused).

Each of the new clinics are expected to service 2,000 clients a year.

This commitment from a Shorten Labor Government will assist in significantly expanding the total capacity of the Danila Dilba Health Service, and ensure the local Indigenous population have access to both culturally appropriate health care and a high level of service delivery.

An independent analysis of Danila Dilba found that every $1 invested in the service delivered over $4 in benefits (in reduced health costs and improved wellness). The analysis concluded:

“Investing additional funding into Danila Dilba would represent a sound investment in improving Indigenous health in the NT, and would assist with further closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.”

Labor is dedicated to driving long-term health improvements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Through partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations such as Danila Dilba, Labor is committed to closing the gap.

NNEWS

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