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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers vital to 'closing the gap' in health and education

Date posted: 17 February 2014

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) asserts that the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers is vital in engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 'closing the gap' on life expectancy.

‘The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker workforce is a critical component of a wider workforce in making major contributions to the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,’ said NATSIHWA Chairperson Ms Jenny Poelina. ‘It has been well documented that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' life expectancy Governments must look at health, education and housing.’

'Without Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers delivering effective, front line, culturally and holistic safe, comprehensive primary health care services, Australia will fall short of 'closing the gap' on health inequalities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples',' Ms Poelina said.

Source: Indigenous Allied Health Australia media

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Last updated: 17 February 2014
 
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