THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
Member for Lingiari
Groote Eylandt NT
6 August 2010
Member for Lingiari and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon today visited Groote Eylandt to officially open new federally funded accommodation for health staff and inspect upgrades to a clinic.
The Gillard Labor Government provided $500,000 for a recently completed three bedroom for medical staff in Alyangula, on the north western side of the Island.
“This will help the community attract staff and keep a more stable workforce, and ultimately that means better healthcare for people in Alyangula,” Warren Snowdon said.
The Gillard Labor Government has also provided $1 million for upgrades for the Angurugu Clinic on the eastern side of the island and Umbakumba clinic, to the west.
Renovations for the Angurugu clinic are completed and include additional office and administration areas, a hearing room and minor repairs. Upgrades for Umbakumba are underway.
“If we are to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, we need to improve the health facilities where people access services, so this is great news for Angurugu and Umbakumba,” Mr Snowdon said.
“This funding is in addition to the Australian Government’s election commitment to provide an additional $21 million to boost health services in the Northern Territory”, Mr Snowdon said.
The Gillard Labor Government is committed to Closing the Gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
More than $1.2 billion has been invested in Indigenous health in the 2010-2011 budget, an 87 per cent increase in funding since the last term of the previous Government.
Funding for these projects was provided in the Budget under the Better Outcomes for Hospitals and Community Health Measure and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program.
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