THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
31 January 2011
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will have access to best-practice health care, with the Australian Government announcing $5.6 million to help Aboriginal Health Organisations achieve accreditation under Australian quality standards.
“Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health organisations have to overcome additional barriers to achieve accreditation because of their remote locations and smaller sizes compared with health services operating in large towns and cities.
“Now, a total of 85 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health organisations across Australia will be funded to undergo an accreditation process to help them achieve the same quality standards and business improvement practices that are applied in the mainstream health care system.
“The accreditation funding will be used for a variety of activities to help overcome these barriers, including the purchase of medical equipment, minor capital works, IT infrastructure, and staff training.
“For example, the Mpwelara Health Aboriginal Corporation in Santa Theresa in the Northern Territory will receive $26,000 for a generator to provide back-up power. Currently, the organisation experiences regular power outages that impact on its ability to deliver health services.
“After becoming accredited, these organisations will be better equipped to improve the quality and safety of health service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Australians,” Mr Snowdon said.
The funding will benefit organisations that provide health services to people living in rural and remote areas, including primary health care, substance use assistance, social and emotional wellbeing and advocacy.
The funding is part of a $36.9 million investment by the Australian Government to support eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health organisations to meet best practice and quality standards through accreditation processes.
To date, 176 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health organisations have commenced the accreditation process and are accessing support through this measure, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in the number of accredited organisations over the past four years.
See full table of recipients attached.
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