Politicians discuss key indigenous issues

Government officials met with the South West’s key indigenous health and aged care leaders to gain an insight into the needs of the sectors at a regional level.

Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt and Forrest MHR Nola Marino were in Bunbury this week visiting the South West Aboriginal Medical Service.

They toured the main clinic at Forrest Avenue and its Clinic On Wheels, before meeting with the Board of Directors and staff to discuss achievements, challenges and future plans.

The visit was part of a series of meetings being held across the South West focusing on aged care and indigenous health needs around the region.

The pair also attended round table discussions with key aged care stakeholders in Bunbury and Busselton as well as a community forum.

Mr Wyatt, who was born in Bunbury, said it was important to visit regional areas to ensure he knew what was happening in the sectors locally and to uncover any concerns leaders in the community had, which he could take back to government.

“It’s important to see what’s happening on the ground locally,” Mr Wyatt said.

Chief executive officer Lesley Nelson said having the opportunity to highlight the needs of the Aboriginal community with key politicians was encouraging for the future of targeted health care in the South West.

Source: South Western Times.