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Health Minister, Kim Hames, has released results of the Council of Australian Government's (COAG) Closing the Gap National Partnership Agreement with the State Government, which provided $117.43 million to ‘close the gap' between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health.
The Agreement, now in its final year, has so far resulted in:
Dr Hames said approximately $80 million to date had been directed into new programs and services to improve smoking rates, primary health care and a healthy transition to adulthood for Aboriginal people: 'There are 98 new Aboriginal services and more than 100 new Aboriginal health employees.'
The Minister said the initiative had also provided WA Health with an opportunity to decentralise its approach to developing and implementing health services for Aboriginal West Australians.
'The State Government has established nine metropolitan and regional Aboriginal health planning forums to foster partnerships between government, non-government and Aboriginal communities at a local level,' he said.
Source: Government of Western Australia