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AHCWA welcomes news iron tablets back on PBS for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) has welcomed news that Ferro-F and Ferro-Tabs have been added back to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. The tablets were delisted from the PBS in January last year, which meant that patients no longer had access to these essential medications under subsidised supply and access schemes. These schemes have been very successful in ensuring access to medications for financially disadvantaged Aboriginal people and those living in remote regions. AHCWA Public Health Medical Officer Dr Marianne Wood said the delisting had potentially dangerous health implications for Aboriginal people across the country

AHCWA welcomes federal Minister’s calls to work closely with PHNs

At a meeting today, the full Board of the Aboriginal Health Council of WA has welcomed Federal Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt’s call for Primary Health Networks to work more closely with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. Mr Wyatt has appealed to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across the country to ensure they ‘have the appropriate mix of skills, knowledge, experience and capabilities to deliver the best health outcomes’, and consider whether this could be improved. Mr Wyatt pointed out that this must be addressed in order to work toward Closing the Gap. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox agreed, and said the peak body had been seeking to work closely with the PHNs

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