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ATSIC Commissioner welcomes funding to improve indigenous health.



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ATSIC Commissioner welcomes funding to improve Indigenous Health

20/6/2003

ATSIC NT Central Zone Commissioner Alison Anderson has welcomed Federal funding of more than $6 million to improve health care services for Indigenous people in Central Australia.

The Federal Health Minister, Senator Kay Patterson announced the new funding today, under the Primary Health Care Access Program (PHCAP).

The PHCAP initiative involves working in partnership with the State and Territory Governments, ATSIC, the community controlled health sector and the local community to improve access to primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The $6 million, will go towards upgrading remote area health clinics including facilities at Ti Tree, Alpurrurulum and Haasts Bluff.

The funds will also be used to build additional health staff accommodation at remote communities at Elliott, Ti Tree, Mt Leibig, Papunya, Haasts Bluff and Kintore.

Commissioner Alison Anderson said “improving health conditions in Central Australian remote communities is a critical issue.”

She said “it’s only through these kinds of partnerships that we will see improved outcomes.”

Commissioner Anderson congratulated Senator Patterson for her initiatives in Indigenous Health.

“ATSIC will be working to strengthen its relations with the Minister’s Department,”said Commissioner Anderson.

“ATSIC and the Department agree that a partnership approach is the best way to improve outcomes.”

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