Indigenous Health Programs

Condobolin Aboriginal Health receives more funding

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service will receive $212,000 new funding annually from the NSW Government.

The funding boost will be for initiatives and activities that support healthy lifestyles, prevention and management of chronic diseases and support for families affected by alcohol and drug misuse.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said the boost in funding would help the service to further link Aboriginal patients to programs that contribute to improved health outcomes.

“The Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service does a tremendous job, working with the local Aboriginal community to treat and prevent a range of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions,” he explained.

“This funding will help the service refer more people to healthy lifestyle and treatment programs such as the Go4Fun child obesity program and the Get Healthy Coaching service as well as providing interventions for quitting smoking and alcohol abuse.”

Chronic diseases account for the greatest contribution to the gap in morbidity and mortality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in NSW.

Assistant Minister for Health Pru Goward said the life expectancy for Aboriginal people falls well below that of non-Aboriginal people.

“Ensuring local services are equipped to address the health needs of the local Aboriginal communities is key to improving life expectancy,” she said.

 

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