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Parliamentary Inquiry into Indigenous Health public meeting



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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

STANDING CO M M ITTEE ON FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL: (02) 6277 4566 FAX: (02) 6277 4844 EMAIL: fca.reps@aph.gov.au

MEDIA RELEASE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO INDIGENOUS HEALTH PUBLIC MEETING

SYDNEY - WEDNESDAY 1 DECEMBER 1999.

The Chairman o f the House o f Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs, M r Barry Wakelin, MP, has announced the Inquiry into Indigenous Health w ill continue with a further public meeting in Sydney.

The meeting w ill be held in the Commonwealth Parliament Offices, Level 11. 70 Phillip Street, Sydney, commencing at 9 am.

M r Wakelin, the Federal Member for the seat o f Grey in South Australia, advised that “ This meeting is one o f a series the Committee is holding around the country, to allow interested people to respond to a discussion paper the Committee recently distributed” .

The Inquiry, which was referred by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge, is looking at improved coordination, planning and delivery o f Indigenous health services.

M r Wakelin said that “ The Committee is considering ways to improve Commonwealth Policy in the area o f Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to contribute to improved health outcomes for Australia's Indigenous populations.”

He went on to say that “ The Discussion paper was sent out in September to a large number o f interested people to encourage further debate about the issues. It does not try and address all the possible issues, but instead concentrates on a some o f the key- areas where the Committee believes there may be significant opportunities for improvement.”

“ It also discusses some possible responses, particularly in relation to: Commonwealth, State and Territory planning and delivery o f health and related services, including environmental health services; professional education; and barriers to achieving good health."

The Discussion Paper can be viewed on the Committee's Web site at www.aph.eov.au/house eommittee/tca or copies can be obtained from the Secretariat.

M r Wakelin pointed out, however, that “ It is very important to note that, while the comments in the discussion paper represent the Committee's current consideration o f the issues, it may not reflect the Committee’s ultimate position as contained in the final report.”

“ These public meetings w ill help the Committee to refine its views in light o f comment and feedback” .

For further information, please contact the Secretary to the Inquiry, M r Jim Kennedy on (02) 6277 4561 or 0413 021 384 on the day. For comments from the Chairman, M r Wakelin, MP please telephone (08) 8645 4255.