Aboriginal health body in trouble
ADMINISTRATORS TAKE OVER
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.