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Date posted: 27 September 2011
Key opportunities to improve Aboriginal health would be lost unless there is immediate action to improve Aboriginal Health Worker training, said Aboriginal Medical Services Northern Territory (AMSANT) board member, Ms Paula Arnol.
'We have a profession that is acknowledged as a key to improving the health of our people that is collapsing because no one will take responsibility for properly resourcing the training of Aboriginal Health Workers,' said Ms Arnol.
Ms Arnol also stated that we need more Aboriginal Health Workers, as the profession is critical to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Currently only about 12 Aboriginal Health Workers graduate per year and AMSANT member organisations have called for a target of 30.