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Ministerial Statement Response to Public Accounts Committee Report No.28 on the Provision of Health Services to Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory

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Title

Ministerial Statement Response to Public Accounts Committee Report No.28 on the Provision of Health Services to Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory

Other title

Tabled Paper 3097

Collection

Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

1997-02-26

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/289885

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/403373

Page content

HOWEVER, THE STRICT LETTER OF THIS RECOMMENDATION RESTRICTS US TO EDUCATION ON INFANT CARE, WHEN A MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH WHICH FOCUSES ON THE CARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN THROUGH TO EARLY CHILDHOOD WOULD YIELD GREATER HEALTH OUTCOMES. TO THIS END, THS AND EDUCATION ARE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDST OF DRAWING UP THE NORTHERN TERRITORY SCHOOL-AGED CHILD HEALTH POLICY. FURTHER, IN THE GALIWINKU, NAIUYU NAMBIYU AND YUENDUMU COMMUNITIES, THS AND EDUCATION HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR QUALITY CHILD CARE SUPPORT AND THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PRE-SCHOOLERS. AND OF COURSE, WHERE IT IS IN PLACE, THE STRONG WOMEN, STRONG BABIES, STRONG CULTURE PROGRAM WORKS WITH WOMEN TO REINFORCE CUSTOMARY APPROACHES TO GOOD MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH; AND LINKS THESE TO A COMPREHENSIVE ANTE NATAL PROGRAM. RECOMMENDATION No 52 IN PART RECOMMENDS THAT REGIONAL HEALTH BOARDS BE ESTABLISHED WITH REPRESENTATION FROM CONSUMERS, ABORIGINAL GROUPS, THS, COMMONWEALTH, GP's AND PRIVATE PROVIDERS. RIGHT NOW HEALTH BOARDS ARE BEING ESTABLISHED WHICH FEATURE GREATER ABORIGINAL INVOLVEMENT COMBINED WITH A POPULATION HEALTH FOCUS AND EMPHASIS ON HEALTH OUTCOMES. HOWEVER, THE MAKE-UP OF THE CURRENT HEALTH BOARDS DIFFER FROM A THE REGIONAL BOARDS RECOMMENDED. THE NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT KNOWS, PERHAPS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION, THAT TEMPLATE APPROACHES TO REMOTE AREA DEVELOPMENT SIMPLY DO NOT WORK. LOCALISED SOLUTIONS HAVE POTENCY, LOCAL SOLUTIONS WHICH ALLOW THE PROPER INVOLVEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. FOR INSTANCE, THE TIWI HEALTH BOARD REPRESENTS THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE OF MELVILLE AND BATHURST ISLANDS AND WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING HEALTH CARE FOR THE POPULATION AS WELL AS THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ABORIGINAL HEALTH IN THEIR JURISDICTION. LIKEWISE, THE "MANINGRIDA HEALTH BOARD" IS AN ADVISORY BODY COMPRISED OF NOMINATED MEMBERS FROM THE MANINGRIDA COMMUNITY AND OUTSTATIONS.


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