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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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Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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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

HEALTH SERVICES AND THROUGH THE SECRETARY, TO ME. RECOMMENDATION 6 BUILDS ON 5 TO SUGGEST THAT A SMALL IMPLEMENTATION TEAM BE ESTABLISHED UNDER THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY, ABORIGINAL HEALTH, TO ACTION THE TASK FORCE'S RECOMMENDED INITIATIVES. THE ABORIGINAL HEALTH STRATEGY UNIT IS QUITE DELIBERATELY NOT AN OPERATIONAL OR SERVICE IMPLEMENTATION OUTFIT. I TAKE THE VIEW THAT ABORIGINAL HEALTH IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL DIVISIONS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT - AND OF GOVERNMENT MORE BROADLY. THIS APPROACH HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY CABINET WITH THE 1996 RELEASE OF THE ABORIGINAL HEALTH POLICY. THE UNIT EXISTS TO GIVE STRATEGIC ADVICE, SUPPORT AND DIRECTION ON ABORIGINAL HEALTH TO THE REST OF THS AND TO THE TERRITORY GOVERNMENT - THAT IS, TO DRIVE THE PROCESS. THE MAMMOTH TASK OF IMPLEMENTATION HAS A MUCH BROADER FIELD OF APPLICATION AND CANNOT BE RELEGATED TO ANY ONE UNIT, DIVISION OR EVEN DEPARTMENT. I THINK THAT THERE IS SOME MERIT IN MELDING THE "TASK FORCE" PROPOSED HERE, WITH THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ABORIGINAL HEALTH FORUM WHICH IS PROPOSED IN THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT. WHILE I HAVE INDICATED THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT PREPARED TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT WITHOUT SOME MODIFICATION, WE AGREE WITH THE NOTION OF A FORUM, WHICH WILL BE MADE UP OF COMMONWEALTH, ATSIC, NT AND COMMUNITY GROUPS. I AM HAPPY TO PROGRESS THIS FURTHER IN DISCUSSION WITH THE FEDERAL MINISTER AND REPORT BACK AT A LATER TIME. RECOMMENDATION 11 ASKS THE COMMONWEALTH TO INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES TO ENSURE THAT DOCTORS ARE RECRUITED TO ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES. AGAIN, IF WE APPROACH THIS FROM A MORE STRATEGIC STANDPOINT, THE AIM SHOULD BE TO ENCOURAGE THE COMMONWEALTH TO WORK WITH THE NT TO PROVIDE THE RIGHT INCENTIVES FOR ENSURING THE AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATE AND ADEQUATE PRIMARY HEALTH SERVICES, WHICH MAY NOT REVOLVE AROUND ACCESS TO FULL-TIME RESIDENT DOCTORS ON EVERY COMMUNITY. IN THE INTERIM, THE RURAL INCENTIVES PROGRAM IS MAKING ITS MARK - NAIUYU NAMBIYU, WADEYE AND NGUIU ARE JUST SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES WHICH NOW HAVE A GP SERVICE AS A RESULT OF THE PROGRAM AND AT LEAST SIX MORE COMMUNITIES ARE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.


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