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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Funding blow for sobriety program

A successful project in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory (NT), educating the community on the danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant has been stripped of Federal Government funding.

The Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation's two-year grant to run their Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) project completed on 31 December 2013 and since then, the clinic had been continuing the service at its own expense.

Anyinginyi's General Manager, Trevor Sanders, said after some negotiations, the NT Government’s Education Department stepped in with $100,000. 'It's a major help for us to work closely with schools,' Mr Sanders said welcoming the funding agreement. But with this money expiring on 30 June 2014, Anyinginyi will be on its own again, he said.

The Tennant Creek project has been internationally recognised as a leader in its field, with local speakers attending the international FASD conference in Brisbane in November last year and being invited to speak at similar events in Canada.

Source: Perth Now

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Last updated: 26 March 2014
 
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