THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
11 July 2011
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon said the new Red Lily Health Board in the West Arnhem Region of the Northern Territory and will give local Aboriginal people a greater say in health planning activities and priorities for their communities.
Working in conjunction with the Northern Territory and Australian governments, Mr Snowdon said the new Board will engage with Indigenous health stakeholders to increase and improve the delivery of primary health care services in Aboriginal communities across the region.
“The establishment of the Board represents a significant step towards regionalisation and increased community control of the provision of health services to Aboriginal people.
“This will result in greater community control, better coordination and integration of health services and a reduction in high service delivery costs,” Mr Snowdon said.
Evidence suggests that when people have a say in their own health—both at a personal and organisational level—better health outcomes can be achieved.
“Regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled health organisations such as the RLHB are essential in making sustainable improvements to the delivery of health services to communities with the greatest need,” Mr Snowdon said.
Red Lilly Health Board will underpin the effectiveness and responsiveness, of Indigenous community controlled primary health care services through strong governance based on strategic leadership, sound financial accountability and informed decision making.
“Only in partnership with local organisations—such as the Red Lily Health Board—and with Indigenous communities themselves, can we create a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people,” he said.
For more information please contact Mr Snowdon’s office (02) 6277 7820