The peak Aboriginal health organisation today said Aboriginal health, commitment to programs that work, Aboriginal control and long-term funding were all necessary to close the ongoing gap between Aboriginal and other Australians.
The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chairperson Matthew Cooke said closing the gap was achievable.
“Closing the gap is about generational change and there are no quick fixes,” Mr Cooke said.
“Real gains, although small, are already being made in life expectancy and other key areas like maternal and child health.
“We need to see continued, long-term commitments from all levels of government in the programs that work. In health, it’s Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services that are making the biggest inroads against the targets to close the gap.
“They are also contributing to other targets, such as in employment, as the largest employers of Aboriginal people.”
Mr Cooke said the Federal government’s focus on getting…
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