Friday, 8th March 2019
ATSI Health Outcomes to Improve after $2.9 million LNP Grant
The Federal Liberal National Government is injecting $2.9 million into a new purpose-built accommodation facility at Rasmussen in Townsville for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Supported Transitional Health Accommodation project will provide temporary accommodation for ATSI clients who are travelling from remote communities for medical treatment.
Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the funding and said that the Federal Government is really paying attention to the people of Townsville and the North.
“This funding is coming in under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) and will provide almost two-thirds of the total project value of $4.14 million, in partnership with The Yumba-Meta Housing Pty Limited,” Senator Macdonald said.
“BBRF grant funding is not unlimited and it is highly competitive – communities across Australia are bidding for this funding.
Senator Macdonald said that both he, and Herbert LNP Candidate Phillip Thompson, had been advocating aggressively in Canberra for all the BBRF grants that have come through for Townsville in recent days.
“And the Supported Transitional Health Accommodation project is one of the most important because it acknowledges the diversity of our community, takes pressure off other services, and adds a vital link in the Northern Australian healthcare chain.
Mr Thompson said the facility will provide patients and their families with a culturally appropriate place to stay, transport to appointments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff who will support them to engage with the health system and obtain appropriate treatment.
“This facility will fill a significant gap in the Townsville community which frequently sees people from remote communities struggling to access the health system and missing important appointments.”
“Taking better care of accommodation and other needs for these community members will result in better health outcomes,” Mr Thompson said.