Funds for Koorie health pro­grams

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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