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Accommodation upgrade for health service staff

More than $530,000 has been allocated to improve the safety and accessibility of three clinical services in the Kimberley under the Federal Government's Indigenous Australian's Health Program.

The funding included $247,928.75 to upgrade the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service's three-unit staff accommodation.

OVAHS chief executive Graeme Cooper said the organisation started the upgrades in April and used the funds for new air-conditioning and lighting in the clinic and firemonitoring systems, security cameras and security screens around OVAHS and for all OVAHS houses.

"The fire-detection system is going in as we speak and the installation of security screens to staff housing has been completed," he said.

"Lighting in the clinic has also been completed and asbestos fencing was removed and replaced at two of our units."

Federal Member for Durack and Environment Minister Melissa Price said this vital support for clinics, accommodation and associated facilities would help staff continue to deliver comprehensive primary health care to indigenous people that was 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," she said.

"Under the IAHP, we are committed to providing indigenous people with access to quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary healthcare.

"In the recent Budget, our Government announced $3.9 billion over four years to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health."

Source - Kimberley Echo

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