Sunrise Health Service is set to share in over half a million dollars to undertake vital upgrades and help its dedicated staff continue delivering quality care.
The Katherine clinic will receive more than $100,000 to extend the phlebotomy "clean room" used for blood tests and provide safer testing conditions.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the funding was part of the Coalition Government’s $2.7 million Service Maintenance Program.
“Our Government has given priority to services seeking urgent repairs and maintenance, especially facilities based in regional and remote areas,” Senator Scullion said.
“This includes support for clinics, accommodation and associated facilities, to help provide care that is culturally appropriate and best practice.”
The Service Maintenance Program is an important part of supporting improved health outcomes through better access to services, Ms Price said.
“Under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program (IAHP), we are committed to providing First Nations people with access to quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care,” she said.
The funding will assist several Indigenous health services in the Top End.
“Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation will receive funding of $132,925 to undertake maintenance and a security upgrade of the Miwatj Health Staff Accommodation on Elcho Island,” Senator Scullion said.
“Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, based in Nhulunbuy, will use $67,540 to install ramps at various clinics in North East Arnhem Land homelands to give patients safer and easier access.
“Ramps will be installed at clinics in Gurrumurru, Garrthgalala, GanGan, Yilpara and Wandawuy,” he said.
Pintupi Homelands Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in Kintore will be receiving $168,930.
“[The funding will go towards] vital upgrades including to the temporary staff accommodation and security at the clinic as well as the construction of a storage facility/garage for excess items,” Ms Price said.
“Tennant Creek’s Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation is receiving $43,143 to upgrade the Men's health clinic,” she said.
Earlier in the year, Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation received funding to close the gap in health inequality, by providing continuity for proven local campaigns to reduce the devastating impacts of tobacco-related disease.
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