Funding towards Aboriginal health organisations has increased in order to improve health outcomes for these groups in the Northern Territory.
The federal government has announced $1.32 million in funding over the next two years for Ninti One – an Aboriginal organisation providing outreach, training and support – to deliver services as part of the Stronger Communities for Children program.
According to Warren Snowdon, minister for Indigenous health, the Stronger Communities for Children program helps to support parents in raising their children in a safe and healthy environment.
"Stronger Communities for Children provide programs such as early learning and literacy classes, parenting and family support programs, and child nutrition advice," said Mr Snowdon.
Jenny Macklin, minister for Indigenous affairs commented that the government is investing $73.5 million over the next decade to establish this program.
"From July this year, we will establish Stronger Communities for Children services in Ngukurr, Galiwinku, Wadeye, Ntaria, Santa Teresa, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Utopia, Engawala and Lajamanu," said Ms Macklin.
Come July 2017 a further five communities will also be provided with assistance.
"Ninti One will support local Aboriginal organisations to design and deliver services under Stronger Communities for Children, so that local people have a say and role in the delivery of services that affect them."
Health outcomes are hoped to be improved as Ninti One supports families with coaching, mentoring, and best practice programs.
As part of the government's 2013-14 budget announcements, funds were announced to go towards 'closing the gap' for Aboriginal communities who face greater disadvantages in many sectors including health and education.
"The Australian Government aims to improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to effective health care services essential to improving health and life expectancy, and reducing child mortality," the government stated in its Indigenous Health Strategy.
Through funding organisations such as Ninti One to help work with the local community, attitudes towards food, health and nutrition are likely to be improved, as well as general awareness of healthy behaviour and health conditions people may be at risk of.
The future of Aboriginal health will include tackling issues of chronic disease, with the continuing implementation of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package which will work to increase life expectancy and reduce rates of disease.
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