An impressive $61.7 million has been assigned by the Victorian Coalition government to support health care reforms for Aboriginal Victorians.
Premier Denis Napthine and David Davis, Victoria's health minister, announced the decision on April 11. The extra funding makes a welcome addition to the Koolin Balit program, which was launched in 2012 by the government.
The program's object is to improve life expectancy, reduce infant mortality rates and champion better access to health care services for Aboriginal people over the next ten years.
The Coalition is making a decided effort, as part of the Koolin Balit program, to advance health care for all age groups, promote early detection and management of chronic illnesses, and diminish the impact of common health risk factors, such as smoking and unhealthy eating.
Dr Napthine is certain that the $61.7 million boost in funding, which is intended to be paid out over four years, will go a long way towards making this program a success, "with funding to implement its actions and deliver tangible improvements to the health of Aboriginal Victorians".