The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body representing 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Western Australia at a State and National level.
AHCWA wants to see: the deliverance of holistic and culturally appropriate health and health related services to the Aboriginal community
AHCWA also aims to support:
The end of poverty in the Aboriginal community
Advancement of Aboriginal religion
Development and maintenance of educational institutions
As an organisation AHCWA:
Supports the continued development of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
Leads the development of Aboriginal health policy
Influences and monitors performance across the health sector
Advocates for Aboriginal community development and;
Builds the capacity of the health workforce to improve the social, emotional and general health and well being of Aboriginal people.
The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) says its anti-smoking program for Aboriginal people will have to be cancelled if the Federal Government does not renew its funding.
The program currently receives $1.3 million annually in government funding, but this is due to run out on 31 March 2015.
AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the effects of cancelling the program could be severe.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s support for the withdrawal of government services from Western Australia’s Aboriginal communities is hugely disappointing, according to the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA).
AHCWA is the peak body representing 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Western Australia at a state and national level.
The Prime Minister was reported today as having labelled life in Aboriginal communities a “lifestyle choice”, saying it was not the responsibility of taxpayers to fund these communities.
The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) is launching a new training program across WA aimed at improving immunisation rates for Aboriginal children.
The training program was developed in partnership with the Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) at the West Australian Department of Health, and will train Aboriginal Health Workers across the state to administer and promote immunisations.