Indigenous communities across Lingiari will benefit from a $239 million investment in primary and preventable health care as part of the Abbott Government’s ongoing commitment to closing the gap.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion announced today Aboriginal health organisations in Lingari would have their funding extended for another three years to ensure they could deliver important health care and treatment in local communities.
“Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation will receive $69.2 million and Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation $26.8 million.
“$26.4 million will go to the Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation, Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation $26.2 million and Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation will receive funding of $24.4 million.”
“Others include Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation ($17.6m), Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation ($10.5m), Malabam Health Board Aboriginal Corporation ($8.7m) and Urapuntja Health Service Aboriginal Corporation ($7.9m).”
“Although there has been improvement, we all know there is much work to be done with Indigenous health outcomes,” Senator Scullion said.
“This funding reaffirms the Abbott Government’s commitment to closing the gap and to meeting the Government’s priorities of getting Indigenous Australians into work, ensuring children go to school and making communities safer.
“Overall this Government is investing $3.1 billion over the next four financial years on Indigenous health, an increase of over $500 million when compared with the previous four years.”
The target to halve the gap in mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children does look achievable by 2018. However the target to close the gap in life expectancy within a generation is not on track to be met.
Senator Scullion said the Lingiari organisations are part of 112 Organisations across Australia that will share in $1.4 billion.
“We are committed to making long-term improvements in Indigenous health through continuing to support families and communities to improve their health and wellbeing.”
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations enable the delivery of culturally appropriate services including support from multi-disciplinary teams involving nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers and allied health providers as well as General Practitioners.
The funding will be delivered over three years – from 2015-16 to 2017-18 – to ACCHOs to continue delivering essential primary health care to Indigenous communities.
A full list of funding to Aboriginal health organisations in Lingiari is attached.
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2015-03-16 Lingiairi Indigenous health funding table.pdf