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Funding helps primary health clinics deliver quality care for Indigenous people

Three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services in Durack are undertaking facility upgrades and repairs, thanks to more than $2.7 million in funding nationwide, from the Federal Government’s Service Maintenance Program.

Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said more than $530,000 has been allocated to improve the safety and accessibility of services in the Kimberley.

This includes vital support for clinics, accommodation and associated facilities, so staff can continue delivering comprehensive primary health care to Indigenous people that is culturally appropriate and best practice.

“Our Government has given priority to services seeking urgent repairs and maintenance, especially facilities based in remote and very remote areas,” Minister Price said.

The projects include:

  • Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service - $178,356.20 (GST inc) To undertake structural repairs to the building, refurbish the interior and improve security for the clinic
  • Derby Aboriginal Health Service Council Aboriginal Corporation - $106,017.91 (GST inc) To upgrade their three-unit staff accommodation
  • Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) - $247,928.75 (GST inc) Upgrades to address major occupational health and safety and security issues

“The Service Maintenance Program is an important part of the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program (IAHP), supporting improved health outcomes through better access to services,” Minister Price said.

“Under the IAHP, we are committed to providing Indigenous people with access to quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care.

“In the recent Budget, our Government announced $3.9 billion over four years to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, an increase of approximately four per cent per year,” she said.

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