Joint Media Release with Minister For Indigenous Health The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
A highly successful mothers and babies health programme is now available in ten locations across the Northern Territory as part of the national expansion of the service to help build stronger, healthier and more resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price said that they were pleased that the ten NT sites had been chosen for the New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services.
“New Directions is about helping our children have a great start to life and reach their full potential,” said Senator Scullion said.
“The New Directions programme goes to the heart of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to halve the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infant mortality and is contributing to the positive health results we are seeing for women and children.
Ms Price said this included a decrease in smoking rates during pregnancy, a decrease in rates of low birth weight babies and improved childhood immunisation rates.
“We are also seeing woman accessing antenatal care earlier and more frequently throughout their pregnancies,” Ms Price said.
“Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation will receive funding of $316,480 to run the programme in Tennant Creek while the Northern Territory Department of Health has been funded to run the programme in Ali Curung, Alpurrurullam (Lake Nash), Atitjere (Harts Range), Akarnenehe, Engawala (Alcoota), Willowra, Yuendamu and Outstations, Yuelamu, and Anmatjere.”
Expansion sites were identified through consultation with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Partnership Forums.
Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt AM said research showed the value of Better Start to Life.
“An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study in 2014 showed that families participating in the New Directions program registered improvements in seven out of the eight national Key Performance Indicators on maternal and child health,” Minister Wyatt said.
“We know that the time from conception through the early years of a child’s life is absolutely critical for their future health and we want to ensure all of our children are given the best opportunities to flourish and thrive.”
There are now 136 New Directions services across the nation.
New Better Start to Life locations:
|Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation||Tennant Creek Town||Lingiari|
|Northern Territory Department of Health||Ali Curung||Lingiari|
|Northern Territory Department of Health||Alpurrurullam
|Northern Territory Department of Health||Atitjere (Harts Range) – Akarnenehe – Engawala (Alcoota)||Lingiari|
|Northern Territory Department of Health||Willowra, Yuendamu and Outstations, Yuelamu, Anmatjere||Lingiari|
|Bourke Aboriginal Health Service||Bourke||Parkes|
|Pius-X Aboriginal Corporation||Moree Plains||Parkes|
|Dubbo Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (trading as Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service)||Dubbo||Parkes|
|QLD||Carbal Medical Service*||Goondiwindi- Stanthorpe and Southern Downs||Maranoa (org located in Groom)|
|Galangoor Duwalami Primary Health Care Service*||Fraser Coast||Hinkler|
|SA||Nganampa Health Council Incorporated (APY Lands, SA)||Anangu Pitjantjatjara|
|WA||Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CMSAC) * funding novated to Aboriginal Health Council WA (ACHWA)||Shark Bay – Coral Bay – Upper Gascoyne||Durack|