THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
Alice Springs NT
9 August 2010
The Gillard Labor Government is delivering on another important health initiative, providing $592,690 for the Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam) Skin Disease & Community Wellness Program.
The Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam) Skin Disease and Community Wellness preventative health initiative will provide a comprehensive approach to addressing severe skin conditions such as scabies in Lake Nash, which affect general health and wellbeing.
A whole of community approach will be used for scabies prevention through community education and a range of early intervention and prevention strategies including establishing a community laundry.
A number of stakeholders will be involved in this important project. These include:
• the local community council;
• Barkly Shire;
• Community Elders and members;
• the school;
• the Health Centre;
• Child Care Facility;
• the NT Department of Health and Families Communicable Disease Centre; and
• the Environmental Health officer based in Tennant Creek.
The Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam) Skin Disease and Community Wellness project has been developed in response to health and hygiene needs in the community.
Lake Nash community members have expressed a keen interest in starting their own laundry facility to enable better hygiene standards, and address the issue of scabies spread in the community.
The Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam) Skin Disease and Community Wellness project will help local families to improve their health by working with them to address a number of the contributing factors in skin disease such as: personal and household hygiene, nutrition, environment and waste management.
A community laundry will be established to ensure available laundry facilities on an ongoing basis. This will also create employment opportunities for community members who will be trained to operate and supervise the facility during daytime hours.
This project will be run by The General Practice Network NT.
MEDIA CONTACT: ALICE PLATE (0400 045 999)