Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Australia is improving slowly, however constant funding cuts by State and Federal Governments stretch resources for the Aboriginal Medical Services and its dedicated staff. Organisations such as the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) which is the national peak body representing over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) around Australia on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues have been affected by funding.
In 1997, the Federal Government funded NACCHO to establish a Secretariat in Canberra which greatly increased the capacity of Aboriginal Peoples involved in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) to participate in national health policy development. Aboriginal communities operate over 150 ACCHSs in urban, regional and remote Australia.
The recent Closing The Gap report by the Prime Minister 2015 outlines how much more needs to be done to reach achievable targets (pictured) for Aboriginal Health. Meeting these targets for future generations will be difficult if on-going funding cuts continue at the current rate.
(Courtesy Australian Government)
Written by Donald Johannessen
Published: 19 October 2014