Government Support for Indigenous Health

The Member for Forrest Nola Marino today welcomed the announcement that the South West Aboriginal Medical Service or SWAMS would have their funding extended for another three years to ensure they could deliver important health care and treatment in local South West communities.

“I am pleased to see that SWAMS has been granted $6.3 million to continue their work in providing health care to Aboriginal people in the South West and advancing their overall health status” Mrs Marino said.

“This funding reaffirms the Abbott Government’s commitment to closing the gap and to meeting the Government’s priorities of getting Indigenous Australians into work, ensuring children go to school and making communities safer.

“Although there has been improvement, we all know there is much work to be done with Indigenous health outcomes,” Mrs Marino said. “We are committed to making long-term improvements in Indigenous health through continuing to support families and communities to improve their health and wellbeing.”

The target to halve the gap in mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children may be achievable by 2018. However the target to close the gap in life expectancy within a generation is not on track to be met.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations enable the delivery of culturally appropriate services including support from multi-disciplinary teams involving nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers and allied health providers as well as General Practitioners.

The funding will be delivered over three years – from 2015-16 to 2017-18 – to the South-West Aboriginal Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation to continue delivering essential primary health care to the South West Aboriginal community.