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AHCWA secures Federal Government funding to ensure CMSAC’s future

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA is pleased to have secured Federal Government funding to ensure the future of the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation. AHCWA is now overseeing the management and finances of CMSAC, after the organisation fell into financial difficulties and the former CEO was removed. An investigation into the former CEO Shane Van Styn’s handling of CMSAC’s finances is still ongoing. AHCWA applied to the Federal Department of Health for funding to keep services running, and the Minister has approved one-off funding of $300,000 for 2015-16, $40,000 in 2016-17 and $40,000 in 2017-18. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the money would ensure that th

Unfair dismissal claim against CMSAC discontinued

The Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CMSAC) has received notification from Fair Work Australia that its former CEO has discontinued his claim for unfair dismissal against the organisation. Shane Van Styn was removed from his position in June last year and the financial position of the organisation is still under review. The Aboriginal Health Council of WA has stepped in to ensure services at CMSAC continue, despite the loss of its CEO. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said an interim audit conducted last year picked up serious financial issues, and a subsequent independent audit recommended urgent cost cutting measures be implemented. “AHCWA and the Directors of C

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