AHCWA congratulates Roger Cook on health portfolio

WA’s peak Aboriginal health organisation has extended its congratulations to WA’s new Minister for Health and Mental Health, Roger Cook.

Aboriginal Health Council of WA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the peak body had enjoyed a positive relationship with the Labor party in Opposition, which she hoped would continue in Government.

“AHCWA is particularly keen to work

with the new Health Minister on priorities aimed at Closing the Gap,” she said.

“The latest report cards have shown that inadequate progress is currently being made in closing the gap in health outcomes, which is having serious consequences for Aboriginal people in this state.”

Ms Nelson-Cox said AHCWA was looking forward to working with the new government on implementing its pre-election promises.

“In particular, we would like to see the government establish a culturally appropriate housing facility for regional Aboriginal people who have to travel to Perth for medical treatment,” she said.

“We would also hope the government honours its commitment to fund a dialysis bus for people in the Kimberley and expand the successful Earbus program to provide a screening service in the Kimberley.

“We’d also like to work with government on how to set up a meet and greet service for people travelling from remote communities to Perth and big regional centres for treatment.”

Ms Nelson-Cox said AHCWA wished Mr Cook the best in his new role and looked forward to setting up a meeting with him in the near future.

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