NACCHO #HealthElection16 : We pay tribute to outgoing AMA President Brian Owler

Bathurst

Professor Owler has showed great leadership at the helm of the AMA over the last two years. I have been especially impressed with his collaborative approach – working with us and others in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector to really understand the challenges in Aboriginal health and how we can work together to close the gap “

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chairperson Matthew Cooke  : Pictured above Brian Visiting Health Clinic on Bathurst Island : Below with NACCHO Chair Parliament House

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The peak Aboriginal health organisation today thanked outgoing Australian Medical Association President Professor Brian Owler for his support for Indigenous health and particularly the Aboriginal Community Controlled health sector. The appointment of Dr Michael Gannon as the new President was also welcomed.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chairperson Matthew Cooke said Professor Owler was a great advocate for improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and in particular, for Aboriginal-led health solutions.

Attending Garma Festival NT with the NACCHO chair Justin Mohamed and now Senator Pat Dodson

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He has actively supported the work of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, advocated for further developing their capacity and endorsed them as a model that improves the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

“He has personally visited a number of remote Aboriginal communities and overseen and promoted the AMA’s 2015 Indigenous Health Report Card – helping to raise the profile of the poor health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how they are interwoven with our history of dispossession, racism and cultural identity.

Pictures below visiting Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin and Congress ACCHO Alice Springs

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“He has actively supported the work of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, advocated for further developing their capacity and endorsed them as a model that improves the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

“He has personally visited a number of remote Aboriginal communities and overseen and promoted the AMA’s 2015 Indigenous Health Report Card – helping to raise the profile of the poor health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how they are interwoven with our history of dispossession, racism and cultural identity.

“It had been a pleasure to work with Professor Owler and I wish him well in his next endeavours.”

Mr Cooke said he looked forward to working with the new AMA President Dr Michael Gannon.

“Dr Gannon, a Western Australian obstetrician and gynaecologist, has been involved with the AMA since he was a medical student and was the president of the AMA’s West Australian branch.

“He brings great experience as a practitioner and advocate and I look forward to a strong working relationship with him over the next two years of his term,” Mr Cooke said.

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