Abo­rig­i­nal health body in trou­ble


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

THE Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice Western Syd­ney has been handed over to ad­min­is­tra­tors af­ter 28 years of pro­vid­ing health ser­vices.

AMSWS, based in Mt Druitt, pro­vided es­sen­tial and spe­cial­ist ser­vices as well as men­tal health and so­cial ser­vices to more than 11,000 Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der pa­tients from Western Syd­ney and the Blue Moun­tains.

A Health Depart­ment spokes­woman said the AMSWS had agreed to a three-month fund­ing ex­ten­sion to help trans­fer pa­tients and ser­vices.

“AMSWS is in sig­nif­i­cant debt, im­pact­ing on its abil­ity to de­liver com­pre­hen­sive pri­mary health care to the Western Syd­ney Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­nity,” she said. “It is the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy to use healthcare fund­ing to pro­vide ser­vices to the com­mu­nity rather than to as­sist an or­gan­i­sa­tion to meet out­stand­ing debts.”

AMSWS re­leased a state­ment ac­cus­ing the Gov­ern­ment of with­hold­ing fund­ing.

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