Closing the Health Gap In Kennedy

Health services in indigenous communities across the Kennedy electorate have received a $35million boost for locally-managed health organisations as part of the federal government’s commitment to closing the gap.

Northern Senator Ian Macdonald said the announcement of the funding for five Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) would ensure that local communities can continue to deliver primary health care tailored to their local needs.

“Local community leaders and service providers are best placed to measure and deliver the healthcare needs of their communities.

“This investment will ensure that culturally appropriate healthcare is being delivered by providers who have the knowledge and experience that comes from being a part of those local communities,” Senator Macdonald said.

The funding, which is is part of a $1.4billion investment in primary and preventable health care in Indigenous communities across Australia, has been allocated to:

  • Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation (Yarrabah) - $7,235,184.78;

  • Mamu Health Service Ltd (Innisfail) - $14,102,817.95;

  • Mookai Rosie-Bi-Bayan(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corp)(Edmonton) - $3,737,007.62;

  • Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd (Mount Isa) - $3,104,103.19; and,

  • Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Primary Health Care Service (Mareeba) - $7,669,041.27.

Senator Macdonald said the program demonstrated the Coalition government’s commitment to empowering indigenous communities in regional areas.

“This investment is further evidence of our commitment to improving outcomes for indigenous communities by encouraging self-management of core services,” he said.

The funding will be delivered over three years – from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

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