Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Several Aboriginal Health Services are sharing in over half a million dollars to undertake vital upgrades and help its dedicated staff continue delivering quality care to local First Nations people in remote Northern Territory communities.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the funding was part of the Coalition Government’s $2.7 million Service Maintenance Programme.
‘This includes support for clinics, accommodation and associated facilities, to help provide care that is culturally appropriate and best practice,” Senator Scullion said.
“Our Government has given priority to services seeking urgent repairs and maintenance, especially facilities based in regional and remote areas.”
Senator Scullion said Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation would receive funding of $132,925 to undertake maintenance and a security upgrade of the Miwatj Health Staff Accommodation on Elcho Island.
“Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, based in Nhulunbuy, will use $67,540 to install ramps at various clinics in North East Arnhem Land homelands to give patients safer and easier access.
“Ramps will be installed at clinics in Gurrumurru, Garrthgalala, GanGan, Yilpara and Wandawuy,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said the Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in Katherine is receiving $102,660 to extend the phlebotomy “clean room” used for blood tests and provide safer testing conditions.
“Pintupi Homelands Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in Kintore is receiving $168,930 to undertake vital upgrades including to the temporary staff accommodation and security at the clinic as well as the construction of a storage facility/garage for excess items,” Ms Price said.
“Tennant Creek’s Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation is receiving $43,143 to upgrade the Men’s health clinic.
“The Service Maintenance Programme is an important part of the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP), supporting improved health outcomes through better access to services,” Ms Price said.
“Under the IAHP, we are committed to providing First Nations people with access to quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care.”
In this year’s Budget, the Coalition Government announced $3.9 billion over four years to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, an increase of approximately four per cent per year.