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Eye Health Van Brings Sight to Regional Communities

Preventable blindness and other eye conditions are being tackled head on in regional and remote WA, with a mobile eye health van seeing more than 1200 patients in its first six months. The Aboriginal Health Council of WA has partnered with the Lions Eye Institute to run a pilot project to test the procedures and protocols for delivering mobile health services across WA. The Community Compact project seeks to detail how services are currently being delivered, the extent to which mobile services are meeting need and identify any barriers to delivering services efficiently. Since its launch in March, the Lions Outback Vision Van has visited 15 regional communities, including Kalgoorlie, Leonora

AHCWA welcomes decision to review new salary policy for rural doctors

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) has welcomed a Federal Government decision to abandon immediate plans to further limit salary support for rural doctors. The decision comes after Aboriginal Medical Services in WA and the NT publicly opposed the restrictions and called for a moratorium on implementing any changes until the department conducted a full review of the program. Currently, GP Registrars who are completing their training in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) have their full salary paid by the Federal Government for up to three years. However, the government had proposed removing support for the most experienced GP registrars (Advanced R

Joint submission highlights lack of consultation over Aboriginal youth suicides

The Aboriginal Health Council and Youth Affairs Council of WA have given a joint submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Aboriginal Youth Suicides, telling the inquiry there is a disturbing lack of consultation, funding and coordination of services. The Education and Health Standing Committee is conducting the inquiry following the suicide of a 10 year old girl in the Kimberley. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox told the Committee she was frustrated by the lack of consultation and engagement with Aboriginal people. “Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHS) have been proven to be the best placed to offer services and support to Aboriginal people,” she said. “The p

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