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Indigenous health staff key to closing the gap

Date posted: 24 March 2014

Hunter New England Health in New South Wales says boosting Indigenous staff numbers is key to making sure its service are more accessible for the region's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The region's Director of Innovations Support, Jane Gray say's the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is up to nine years.

She says around 23% of the state's Indigenous people live in the local health district and accessibility is crucial.

'We're deliberately increasing the employment of Aboriginal people in our services,' she said.

'We're also introducing specialised Aboriginal health programs.'

She said they are also making improvements to the physical environment at health services to make them more friendly and welcoming through beautiful artworks and creating spaces for Aboriginal families while they're in our services.

'We've got a long way to go, but we're a health service that's very committed to 'closing the gap' in health outcomes.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 20 March 2014
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