” The $27 million would be invested over the next 18 months in Primary Health Care services and New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program.
These services include: comprehensive primary health care; antenatal and postnatal care; information about baby care; assistance with breastfeeding, nutrition and parenting; monitoring developmental milestones, immunisation status and infections; and health checks and referrals for treatment for Indigenous children before starting school.”
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP
See list below that includes many of our ACCHO member
NACCHO welcomes $27 million for early childhood health
The peak body for Aboriginal controlled community health organisations today welcomed an extra $27 million over the next 18 months for programs to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Strait Islander children and mothers.
The funding announced by Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt, will be provided to 18 medical services in NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chair, Matthew Cooke, welcomed the Minister’s announcement that Aboriginal medical services would receive most of the additional funding.
Mr Cooke said funding indigenous led solutions was critical to making significant gains in closing the indigenous health gap, including reversing the slide in infant mortality rates highlighted in last week’s Closing the Gap report.
“Maternal and early childhood health programs that are culturally appropriate, co-ordinated and delivered by Aboriginal health professionals working on the ground in local communities are essential to giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the best possible start in life,” Mr Cooke said.
“This announcement will fund services such as antenatal and postnatal care, information about baby care, support for breastfeeding, nutrition and parenting, monitoring milestones, immunisation and health checks to make sure children are healthy and ready to learn when they start school.
“This funding is an encouraging and welcome sign that the government has listened to Aboriginal people over the last week and recognises that we must be equal partners in addressing issues that affect our communities.”
The new funding will be invested under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program.
Aboriginal controlled community health organisations that will receive the new funding include:
- Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Coprporation (NSW
- Armajun Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (NSW)
- Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Ltd (NSW)
- Mt Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd (QLD)
- Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Service (QLD)
- Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre (QLD)
- South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (TAS)
- Tasmania Aboriginal Centre (TAS)
- Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation (WA)
- GP Down South Ltd (WA)
Minister’s Press Release
New funding of $27m for child and maternal health programs and primary health care will help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children healthy and ready to learn when they start school and ensure they are properly immunized.
“These targeted grants will help improve the health and life expectancy, as well as early childhood health and development, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through better access to effective and high-quality health services,” Mr Wyatt said.
“The health providers will be delivering services in culturally-appropriate ways.
“This is in addition to our 2014-15 Budget announcement of $54 million over three years to 2018 for an additional 51 New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services sites to improve child and maternal health.
“Together, this represents a significant investment in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.”
The providers who will be delivering the Primary Health Care and New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services are:
|NSW||North Coast||Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation – Primary Health Care and New Directions: Mothers and Babies Service|
|Hunter New England and Central Coast||Armajun Health Service Aboriginal Corporation – Primary Health Care
New England North West Health Ltd (HealthWISE New England North West) – Primary Health Care
Hunter New England Local Health District (Tamworth Nundle Community Health Service) – New Directions: Mothers and Babies Service
|Western NSW||Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Limited (Brewarrina AHS) – Primary Health Care|
|South Eastern NSW||Grand Pacific Health Limited (Grand Pacific Health NSW) – Primary Health Care|
|Qld||Western Queensland||Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Limited (Gidgee Healing) – Primary Health Care and New Directions: Mothers and Babies Service|
|Northern Queensland||Queensland Health Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (Community Health Mossman) – Primary Health Care
Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Service – New Directions: Mothers and Babies Service
Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre – Primary Health Care
|Tas||North Western Tasmania||Rural Health Tasmania Inc. – Primary Health Care and New Directions: Mothers and Babies Service|
|Southern Tasmania||South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation – New Directions: Mothers and Babies Service
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre – Primary Health Care
|WA||Perth South||Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation – Primary Health Care
GP Down South Ltd (Down South and Nidjalla Waangan Mia) – Primary Health Care
Arche Health Limited (Perth South WA) –
|Country WA||WA Country Health Service (Great Southern Aboriginal Health Service and
Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service) – Primary Health CareBoab Health Services Pty Ltd – Primary Health Care