THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Lingiari
14 December 2010
Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said patients can expect to see improvements at Galiwinku’s Aboriginal Medical Service on Elcho Island, thanks to an Australian Government primary care infrastructure grant worth $500,000.
More than 240 organisations around the country have been shortlisted as successful applicants for primary care infrastructure grants of up to $500,000 to help expand health services offered in communities.
Mr Snowdon said the funding will enable the Ngalkanbuy Health Centre on Elcho Island to develop a community driven health project.
“This funding will support the first stage of a child and family precinct. It will provide an additional two clinical consulting rooms in the community childcare building and new waiting and client education areas.”
He said the funding will help patients on Elcho Island access a wider range of services.
“The project will see the expansion of existing services by increasing the GP, allied health and specialists in the clinic with an aim of introducing new services such as pro-active and preventative health care focused on specifically addressing the needs of children in the area,” Mr Snowdon said.
“I congratulate the Ngalkanbuy Health Centre for receiving this grant. I visited the clinic recently and I was impressed by the high level of local involvement in the delivery of health services.
“I look forward to the expansion of community driven services, and I’m sure this will help improve the health of people on Elcho Island,” Mr Snowdon said.
The funding will be provided to Miwatj Aboriginal Health Corporation, which manages the clinic.
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