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AHCWA hopeful new federal assistant health minister will make Aboriginal health a priority

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA is hopeful the new Assistant Health Minister will make Aboriginal health and closing the gap a priority. Ken Wyatt was the first Indigenous Australian elected to the Lower House and has now made history by being the first Indigenous frontbencher in federal parliament. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the appointment of Mr Wyatt was a good sign that the government was prepared to take Aboriginal health seriously. “Successive governments have made very slow progress in closing the gap, and the life expectancy for Aboriginal people is still 10 years lower than the general population,” she said. “We are very confident that Mr Wyatt, as an Aborig

Services continue at Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA has stepped in to ensure services at the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation continue, despite the loss of its CEO. The CEO was removed in June and the financial position of the organisation is still under review. An independent audit has recommended urgent cost cutting measures be implemented, and five staff members have been made redundant in order for CMSAC to remain solvent and continue to provide services. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said half of CMSAC’s board had retained their positions, which would provide stability to the organisation. “The remaining directors and staff are working very hard to minimise any impact on patien

More funding needed to improve eye health for Aboriginal people

​ The Aboriginal Health Council of WA has called on the Federal Government to act on the recommendations of a recent report and increase funding for eye health among Aboriginal people. The PwC report found that more than 32,000 Indigenous Australians would go blind over the next decade unless the Federal Government increased funding. AHCWA said it was deplorable that a third of Aboriginal adults had never had even a basic eye exam. AHCWA said hundreds of Aboriginal people in WA were missing out on important treatment because there was not enough funding for services. The CEO of the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service in Perth said the service currently had an eye health program, which was

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