Shadow Minister commits to Indigenous health policy
04 Dec 2018
Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, used his speech at the Report Card launch to outline some of Federal Labor’s election policy commitments, including moving Indigenous health funding back to the Department of Health, expanding the Deadly Choices program, and restoring advisory committees.
“When you’re sitting in an office in Canberra, it’s okay to listen to people who might know more than you,” Mr Snowdon said.
“If you want to provide a service to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, well, get an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to provide the service.
“In talking about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, we’re halfway through the 10 years – 2013 and 2023 – and we still don’t have a fully costed implementation plan.
“I can tell you that if we are successful at the election, we will be reviewing and costing that plan as a matter of some urgency, and we’ll do it within the first 12 months.”
Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt, could not attend in person but sent a video message, in which he outlined positive achievements in childhood mortality and other areas, and the Government’s engagement with Indigenous communities.