The 2017 Close The Gap Progress and Priorities Report reiterates the need for all levels of Government to recommit and refocus, Labor stands ready to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their Communities.
Labor is committed to working in a bi-partisan way, striving for the best possible outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples. Labor recognises the importance of relationships that harness the knowledge, creativity and innovation that community controlled originations bring to driving decisions; strong relationships, working in partnership, is the only way forward.
“Genuine partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, are essential to improving the quality of life for our First Peoples. As stated in the Report, the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cannot be considered at the margins”, Senator Dodson said.
We recognise the need for a long-term National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Cultural Determinant of Health Strategy in order to bridge the Gap, social and cultural determinant of health deserve absolute primacy, Labor concurs that there are a countless drivers associated with poor-health that lie outside the direct responsibly of the health sector. We look to the community controlled health originations in steering these solutions and working at a federal level to achieve this.
“I couldn’t agree more with the 2017 Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report, the implementation Plan is undoubtedly the primary mechanism for closing the health inequality gap. However, we cannot do this unless this Government properly funds the Implementation Plan”, Mr Snowdon said.