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Topic: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
Chips Mackinolty on Aboriginal health in the NT – small gains but a long way to go

Chips Mackinolty on Aboriginal health in the NT – small gains but a long way to go

Last night Warren Mundine proposed new military-style interventions into Aboriginal communities to provide health services. Chips Mackinolty shows that in the NT, community-controlled health services are the key to efficient and effective than health service provision.

Dump(s) of the week: Borroloola. Gulf country, Northern Territory

Dump(s) of the week: Borroloola. Gulf country, Northern Territory

AMSANT noted in its submission that it: "...note[d] that the many threats to environmental and public health that have been largely eliminated in the rest of the nation over the past century still blight many of our communities: urban, regional and remote. To this extent, the capacity of comprehensive primary health care to meet the needs of Aboriginal Territorians—to Close the Gap—will continue to be frustrated in environments in which fundamental public health protections are not available or unmet." AMSANT was concerned at the parlous state of environmental health of many of the communities that its members serve, where: "Poor environmental health conditions in remote communities and town camps include inadequate sanitation, water supply, rubbish disposal and grossly overcrowded housing. Basic infrastructure in many remote communities is either absent, inadequate and/or poorly maintained."