Red Lily Public Health Team Set to Bloom in NT

Making sure health services in remoteAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are culturally appropriate,responsive, and safe is a priority of the Morrison Government.

The transfer of remote Northern Territory (NT)Government clinics to the control of First Australians is a key part of theMorrison Government’s significant primary healthcare agenda.

The Red Lily Health Board AboriginalCorporation, with the support of Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NorthernTerritory (AMSANT), will transition the Jabiru Remote Public Health team fromTop End Health Service to community control from 1 April 2019.

This transition is the result of decisiveaction by Elders and the wider community to ensure culturally appropriatehealth services are provided close to where people live.

Country Liberal candidate for Lingiari,Jacinta Price said Red Lily’s delivery of primary prevention health programswill help address the poor health status of Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander people in the West Arnhem region.

“This is an important step in realisingcommunity aspirations for self-determination. Good health is a key enabler insupporting First Australians and in building strong and resilient communities.”

Transition to community control in the NT is apartnership between AMSANT, the NT Aboriginal Health Forum, NT and CommonwealthDepartments of Health, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and theNT Primary Health Network.

The Morrison Government is providing up to$4.3 million from 2017-18 to 2020-21 to Aboriginal Community Controlled HealthServices in the regions of Maningrida, East Arnhem and West Arnhem to assistwith primary health transition activities.

A key to closing the gap in health outcomes isproviding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with equal access toeffective, high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate health andwelfare programs no matter where they live in Australia.

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