In­dige­nous health needs

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

ABO­RIG­I­NAL health pro­grams have been crit­i­cised for fo­cus­ing on goals rather than re­sults.

Op­po­si­tion in­dige­nous af­fairs spokesman Sen­a­tor Nigel Scul­lion said clos­ing the 17-year life ex­pectancy gap be­tween in­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous Aus­tralians needed to be de­politi­cised, and hard facts were the an­swer. ‘‘ Rather than con­tin­u­ing to dis­cuss the mag­ni­tude of the tasks ahead, we need to be in a po­si­tion where we can an­a­lyse what’s work­ing and what’s not, with­out bias.’’ He said we would then be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to ad­just fund­ing and pro­grams.


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