Newsletter date: 21 May 2015
* News Analysis: Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia: AHCWA seeks assurances over budget confusion
* About AHCWA: AHCWA is the peak body representing 21 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia
* News Analysis: David Weber, ABC News: Indigenous health programs' funding from Western Australian government slashed by half
* WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
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- News Analysis
Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia: AHCWA seeks assurances over budget confusion
21 May 15: "WA’s peak Aboriginal health organisation is seeking an urgent assurance from the Health Minister that core funding for Aboriginal primary health services will be quarantined from budget cuts. This year’s state budget has cut funding for a range of Aboriginal health programs in half, from $30 million a year to an average of $16 million a year over the next three years. The programs, known as the Footprints to Better Health Strategy, aimed to increase access to quality health care, improve services and create jobs for Aboriginal people in the health sector. ... "
- About AHCWA
AHCWA is the peak body representing 21 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia.
"AHCWA was incorporated under the Commonwealth Corporations Law in February-March 2005.
AHCWA's mission is to:
* Support the continued development of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
* Lead the development of Aboriginal health policy
* Influence and monitor performance across the health sector
* Advocate for Aboriginal community development and;
* Build the capacity of the health workforce to improve the social, emotional, and general health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. ... "
- News Analysis
ABC News: Indigenous health programs' funding from Western Australian government slashed by half
20 May 15: "The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia has described being hit by a double whammy after finding out about a 50 per cent state budget cut to Indigenous programs. Budget papers show that funding for Aboriginal-run medical services has halved from more than $30 million to less than $16 million. The council's chair Michelle Nelson-Cox said the cut came as a shock. "The disappointing situation is we weren't advised that we were potentially at risk of losing some of our core funding," she said. ... " By David Weber, a senior cross media news reporter in Perth with more than 20 years experience. David has reported on all of the major stories in WA while working with radio current affairs at AM, PM and The World Today. David has won numerous reporting awards, including a United Nations Peace Prize in 2005.
- Related Background
WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
(last updated: 19 May 2015)
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