THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
18 August 2011
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said the claim by the Greens that the Australian Government intends to stop providing funding for Western Dessert Dialysis (Purple House) is wrong.
The Australian Government takes its responsibilities for treatment of chronic disease very seriously.
"We have provided $1.6 million annually to support the work the Purple House does in Alice Springs, Ntaria, Kintore and Yuendemu.
"We have assured the Purple House that this funding will be secure into the future. The Australian Greens position is based on false premises and is groundless."
More recently, the Government approved funding of $2.3 million to support the delivery of nurse assisted dialysis to Lajamanu and Kalkarindji.
In addition, $147,000 has been allocated to the end of May 2013 to Western Desert Dialysis for chronic disease management and health promotion.
Furthermore, the Australian Government recently announced $13 million for accommodation in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek to house renal dialysis patients and their families.
The Government remains committed to working on these issues although treatment for renal patients is primarily a state/territory responsibility.
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Mr Snowdon’s schedule follows:
Mt Isa – meetings with:
* Mrs Betty Kiernan MP – State member for Mt Isa to discuss the progress of the Gulf residential rehabilitation service;
* Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (MIACCHS) – an informal meeting to discuss the delivery of primary health care services to people in the Mt Isa region; and
* Kalkadoon Aboriginal Sobriety House Aboriginal Corporation (KASH) – Opening of the Training Centre at KASH and informal discussion regarding the delivery of drug and alcohol treatment services to people in the Mt Isa and Gulf region
Mornington Island Visit:
* Meeting with the Mornington Island Aboriginal Corporation for Health (Health Council) – to discuss the implementation and development of health services on the Island; and
* To view the location of the Wellbeing Centre which is being established to provide social and emotional wellbeing services to people living on the island.
Normanton – meetings with:
* Carpentaria Shire Council –
* Yippippi Gulf Indigenous Health Council
* North and West Queensland Primary Health Care
Torres Strait Islands meetings with:
* Queensland Health, Thursday Island Health Service
* Round table meeting with the key regional and health stakeholders, Thursday Island
* Torres Strait Island Regional Council, Badu Island
* Queensland Health Clinic, Badu Island
* Community meeting, Badu Island
Media contact: Alice Plate 0400 045 999