The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body representing 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Western Australia at a State and National level.
AHCWA wants to see: the deliverance of holistic and culturally appropriate health and health related services to the Aboriginal community
AHCWA also aims to support:
The end of poverty in the Aboriginal community
Advancement of Aboriginal religion
Development and maintenance of educational institutions
As an organisation AHCWA:
Supports the continued development of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
Leads the development of Aboriginal health policy
Influences and monitors performance across the health sector
Advocates for Aboriginal community development and;
Builds the capacity of the health workforce to improve the social, emotional and general health and well being of Aboriginal people.
Western Australia’s peak Aboriginal health organisation wants the State Government’s new Strategic Regional Advisory Councils to consider the health outcomes for Aboriginal people of withdrawing services to Aboriginal communities.
The government has today called for nominations for Aboriginal leaders to be part of the new Advisory Councils, which are being established in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
A forum of more than 200 people in Perth has passed a resolution to reject the Federal Government’s new reporting conditions for Aboriginal health organisations.
The new Terms and Conditions for government grants force Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) around the country to submit to a set of onerous and unfair conditions.
The Aboriginal Health Council of WA said the Terms and Conditions enabled the Health Department to micro-manage Aboriginal Health Services around the country from an office in Canberra.
WA’s peak Aboriginal health organisation is seeking urgent meetings with State Government agencies to explain why funding for Aboriginal health services appears to have been slashed in the state budget.
The Aboriginal Health Council of WA’s analysis of the budget papers has revealed that funding for Aboriginal-run medical services seems to have been halved, from $30 million a year to an average of $16 million a year over 3 years.