NACCHO Aboriginal #ACCHO Health News : Minister commits to transitioning up to five health centres to Aboriginal community control

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‘We need appropriately funded, community led and driven health care services and solutions for Cape York.

That’s what will make the difference to our people’s lives.

‘There is clear evidence that community led, community driven, culturally appropriate health care makes a difference to health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

There is also clear evidence that comprehensive primary healthcare is the best way to keep people healthy, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.’

Minister for Health Cameron Dick has committed to transition primary health care services to Apunipima Cape York Health Council – a community led, community driven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comprehensive primary health care service and the Cape York Mayors in at least five remote Cape York communities.

Press Release : Apunipima Cape York Health Council Chair Thomas Hudson ,Wujal Aboriginal Shire Mayor Desmond Tayley ;Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Mayor Wayne Butcher and Member for Cook Billy Gordon

An action plan for transition will be completed by all key stakeholders by early November 2016, providing the green light for the staged roll out of transition to be implemented by 1st July 2017.

Member for Cook Billy Gordon, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Mayor Desmond Tayley Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Mayor Wayne Butcher and representatives of the Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance welcome this commitment and looks forward to working with Minister Dick and his department to bring the plan to fruition.

Chairman Thomas Hudson states: ‘Our children and their families’ life expectancy is 23 years’ lower in the Cape then the rest of Queensland. Our communities need to take control of their own health outcomes – transitioning to community led, community driven, community staffed health service will make a critical difference in helping close the gap.’

Clr Butcher said ‘Cape York people will benefit from the Minister’s commitment to transition primary health care services to one provider.’

The plan would mean an end to fragmented services and service gaps, as he believes the Health Minister knows there is a crisis facing Cape York people’s health. To have a one stop shop, that is community led and community driven, will be a game changer.’

‘Community leaders have been calling for equitable health funding, equitable access to health services and culturally appropriate comprehensive primary health care.

Minister Dick has indicated that he is serious about listening to community and community leaders when it comes to this critically important issue,’ Mr Gordon said.

‘I look forward to working in partnership with the Government, Mayors and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation sector to deliver community led, community driven health services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Cape York. With the intention of reducing the number of funerals and deaths that our people of Cape York face all too often.’

 

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