THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
Member for Lingiari
Senator for Northern Territory
6 August 2010
Senator Trish Crossin today visited the remote community of Lajamanu and announced a new health care clinic will be constructed and staff accommodation upgraded at two sites.
The Gillard Labor Government is committed to Closing the Gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“This is terrific news for Lajamanu, who are in dire need of a new primary healthcare clinic to improve the health of families in Lajamanu and surrounds,” said Trish Crossin said.
“This will provide the community with a high quality health care clinic that is double the size of the old facility.”
“We are also supporting extra staff accommodation in Lajamanu and Yarralin, and that will help ensure Lajamanu can attract and retain a health workforce to staff the clinic."
“The new health clinic will offer more space for health programs currently running in the community as well as the services which visit throughout the year,” Trish Crossin said.
The plans for the new building are currently being drawn up by the Katherine West Health Board which manages the clinic. The facility will be built next to the old clinic site, which is owned by the Northern Territory Government.
The clinic offer services in the areas of child health, chronic disease management, clinical and acute care, and also conducts health promotion.
The Labor Gillard Government has invested more than $1.2 billion in Indigenous Health, which represents an 87 per cent increase in funding when compared to the previous Government,” Warren Snowdon said.
“This commitment clearly demonstrates the Gillard Labor Government’s commitment to closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes through projects that will make a real impact.”
Funding of $7.7 million 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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