p>The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon has joined in a special celebration in the East Arnhem region, marking Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation’s 20th Anniversary.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Federal Member for Lingiari
26 May 2012
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon has joined in a special celebration in the East Arnhem region, marking Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation’s 20th Anniversary.
From humble beginnings, Miwatj has grown to be the major community-controlled Aboriginal primary health care service in the region, providing care to local Aboriginal communities across the region.
In congratulating Miwatj, Mr Snowdon said reaching the 20 year milestone for providing comprehensive primary health care, clinical services and long-term preventative care at clinics in Galiwin’ku, Gunyangara and Nhulunbuy, and mobile outreach services to nearby communities is a remarkable achievement.
“This extensive experience makes Miwatj the best placed provider to take the management of several more clinics from the Northern Territory Department of Health over the next two to three years,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Miwatj is well known for its holistic and wide-ranging services, including allied health and mental health, and for ensuring the traditional culture of the people is respected.
“Using local community involvement to advocate the importance of eating well, not smoking, exercise and not abusing alcohol, is reaching more people and importantly its in their own language.
“Local ownership of the health service enables care to be delivered within reasonable proximity to people’s homes and also strengthens communication across cultures to promote patient self-management,” he said.
Miwatj has recently been endorsed as the preferred regional board and provider of primary health care services in the East Arnhem region.
Health services need professional corporate support in administration, finance and human resources. In 2010 Miwatj received $2.1m to purchase, refurbish and fit out a property next to the existing clinic at Nhulunbuy.
“This year the Australian Government provided $8.9 million to support Miwatj’s programs and we will provide a further $2.5 million for Miwatj to acquire additional staff housing at Nhulunbuy to accommodate health workers,” Mr Snowdon said.
“This investment recognises the leadership demonstrated by the Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation and the commitment to its growth as an organisation.
“The Australian Government congratulates Miwatj on this significant milestone and its work improving the health of the Aboriginal residents of the East Arnhem region,” Mr Snowdon said.
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