Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, have congratulated the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) on a decade of service to Northern Territory communities, saying it is going into its eleventh year with $6 million funding from the Coalition Government.
“RAHC has made more than 5,600 placements – including doctors, nurses, dentists and audiologists – since 2008, combating critical health workforce shortages and delivering life-changing care and support,” Senator Scullion said.
“Thousands of local residents in over 50 communities have benefited and without the health corps, many local people would have to wait for services, risk going without or have to travel great distances off country to receive appropriate care.”
Since RAHC began, it has expanded from 100 annual placements, to nearly 700 this year, with almost 80 per cent of the participating, urban-based health professionals returning to undertake additional placements across the Territory.
Ms Price said collectively, the placements equate to more than 494 person years of service delivery.
“Aside from the satisfaction of giving much-need treatment and care, the overwhelming message from health professionals involved has been the about value of enduring friendships and the privilege of sharing in First Nations cultures,” Ms Price said.
“I look forward to the Health Corps continuing to play a significant role in helping to close the gap in health equality for remote First Nations people.”