Joint Media Release with Member for Gilmore, Mrs Ann Sudmalis MP
The Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service will be able to provide additional case management services in Batemans Bay, Bega and Narooma, with a focus on social and health support needs, thanks to a $749,092 grant from the Coalition Government.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service would receive funding to provide case management services through until 30 June 2019.
“The Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service program will deliver an early detection and intervention health and wellbeing initiative to around 200 preschool and primary school aged children,” Minister Scullion said.
“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable the Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service to provide additional support to people who need it the most.”
Minister Scullion said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.
“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Batemans Bay, Bega and Narooma,” Minister Scullion said.
Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said: “Thousands of Indigenous Australians call Gilmore home and I thank Minister Scullion for this recognition and investment.”
“Supporting the needs of Indigenous Australians in our region by further resourcing Katungal Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service for another two years, provides certainty and continuity,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service CEO, Robert Skeen, said the injection of funds would go a long way to strengthen their frontline services to help the most vulnerable in their communities.
“’Koori Health in Koori Hands’, is Katungul’s moto and we take the approach of ensuring that not only our clients physical health is being address but also their spiritual and social wellbeing, as without recognising that these go hand in hand we cannot offer true holistic care. We are truly ecstatic that we have been recognised for our efforts to date and look forward to striving to meet the Governments priority of making a difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians,” Mr Skeen said.
The Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service project is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS. Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.
Existing service providers will share $18,019,301 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.
The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.
Providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.