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.
WA’s peak Aboriginal health organisation is seeking an urgent assurance from the Health Minister that core funding for Aboriginal primary health services will be quarantined from budget cuts.
This year’s state budget has cut funding for a range of Aboriginal health programs in half, from $30 million a year to an average of $16 million a year over the next three years.
The naming of the Child Protection Minister to oversee the withdrawal of services from many Aboriginal communities is a poor start to State Government consultation with Aboriginal people.
The Auditor General has found that the State Government has failed in its responsibility to deliver safe drinking water to remote Aboriginal communities over the last two years.