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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

National Indigenous health worker secretariat launched

Date posted: 4 April 2012

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) Secretariat was launched by The Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health in Canberra on 22 March 2012.

The launch was scheduled to coincide with Close the Gap Day to highlight the vital role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers play in closing the gap in health outcomes.

During his speech to launch the Secretariat, Minister Snowdon said 'If you think you can deliver good Aboriginal health outcomes without Aboriginal Health Workers you're sadly mistaken... I know this to be true and I'm sure it's true across the rest of the country.'

'I have spent time with Aboriginal Health Workers from all over the Northern Territory and indeed across Australia... and my respect for them has only ever grown,' said Minister Snowdon.

Inspiring the Minister were the stories of Gwenda Lawton and Leitisha Jackson, both from Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service in the Northern Territory who were celebrated at the launch as inaugural recipients of NATSIHWA Health Worker Legend and Health Worker Young Warrior status.

Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association


Craig Gear
NATSIHWA A/Operations Manager
Mobile: 0410 695 659


Last updated: 4 April 2012
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