Liberals promise funds for indigenous health

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ANDREW Wall says the Canberra Liberals have today committed $1.8 million for 10 new social workers to boost frontline service delivery at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.

“Today’s $1.8 million commitment will see 10 new social health workers added to Winnunga Nimmityjah’s current staff to ensure a more even distribution of the case workload,” Andrew said.

“The added capacity will assist in responding to the continued increase in demand for services relating to matters such as Care and Protection, legal issues, housing/homelessness, safety/domestic violence, access to mainstream services, intergenerational trauma, cultural identity, social and emotional health and wellbeing.

“The Canberra Liberals believe that better services will equate to better outcomes for the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. A boost to frontline service delivery will assist in identifying issues before they hit crisis point,” Mr Wall concluded.

“Currently our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community continue to be overrepresented on the negative side of the health, education and justice statistics,” Jeremy Hanson said.

“As one of the most affluent cities in our nation there is absolutely no reason that our indigenous community should be experiencing the same issues as those in regional and rural parts of our country. The Canberra Liberals consider this unacceptable and ACT Labor has done nothing to address the issue.

“The Canberra Liberals have recognised the need for increased services for our indigenous community and today’s commitment represents our plan to leave no one behind,” Mr Hanson concluded.

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