Fourth agreement for indigenous healthcare improvement signed
By Nadia Surace
FOR the improvement of Indigenous healthcare across the region, Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative and Goulburn Valley Health last week signed the organisations’ Fourth Partnership Agreement as part of NAIDOC week celebrations.
The signing by Rumbalara CEO, Felicia Dean and Deputy Chair, John Murray and GVH CEO, Kerryn Healy and Board of Directors Chair, Noel Maughan was witnessed by aboriginal elders Aunty Gwen Atkinson and Aunty Frances Mathyssen who were acknowledged for their long-time fight for improved care of Indigenous Australians in the region.
The document outlined improvement priorities for joint action in areas of men’s health, cardiovascular health, primary health, education and information.
The document also specified need to maintain and build on achievements of previous agreements in women’s and children’s health, spiritual health and wellbeing and chronic illness care.
“The work that has been done since signing of the first agreement in 1998 has seen a sense of envy develop from other communities in the State who see what we have been able to achieve in reducing the gap between the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous members of the community,” Mr Maughan said, sentiments affirmed by Ms Dean.
“We’re confident that through this ongoing partnership that we’ll be able to close the gap,” she said.