Allocation of Government Funding for Indigenous Health

The Australian Federal Government announced yesterday a $436 million diabetes package which was welcomed by The Close the Gap Campaign for Indigenous Health Equality.

Campaign Co-Chair, Tom Calma said “the ratio of diabetes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been found by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to be three times the rate for the rest of the population.”

Calma said “this funding package should recognise the real cost involved in caring for patients with more complex disease, who may be in disadvantaged settings, in challenging geographical areas, and may be also be suffering from multiple other chronic diseases at the same time as their diabetes.”

Calma considered it important that the government works with stakeholders to ensure the allocation of funding reflects the real costs of the most complex cases and that the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health services play an important role to play in addressing this issue.

Posted via email from 4ZZZ News

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