Funds for Koorie health programs
The State Government will provide $260,000 to improve maternal and child health services to Aboriginal people in Gippsland.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said the money would be split between the Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation in Drouin partnering with Latrobe City and a partnership of Gippsland Lakes community health and the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal co-operatives.
Ms Shing said the models that will be trialled will aim to address the gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal families’ access to maternal and child health services.
She said that was currently 4.8 per cent at the initial home visit but rose to 18 per cent at the eight-month consultation.
The program supports the $202 million Early Childhood Reform Plan to prepare children for kindergarten and school including via the Koorie Parents as First Educators and Koorie Supported Playgroups initiatives.
Mr Shing said a 10 year Marrung – Aboriginal Education Plan would help Koorie families access early childhood, school and vocational and educational training services needed to achieve their potential and feel strong in their cultural identity.