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$4.5 million for ECU’s Indigenous health resource

Thursday, 09 July 2020

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ECU’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has been awarded almost $4.5m by the Australian government, allowing it to continue to provide a vital service to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector workforce.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet resources including its website help to close the gap by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The website and a large suite of knowledge exchange resources including animations, factsheets, webinars, infographics, short films and publications such as the annual Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status provide easy access to a wide range of information that is timely, accessible and relevant to the everyday practice of health workers throughout Australia.

Director of Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Professor Neil Drew welcomed the announcement.

“We are very grateful for the support of the Australian Government who have funded the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet for the past 22 years,” Professor Drew said.

“The HealthInfoNet is a vital service supporting essential front-line health workers and practitioners.”

For example, since March this year HealthInfoNet has provided a COVID-19 Updates and Information Portal, working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services and organisations such the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and many other peak bodies to provide up to date information about COVID-19 to communities and health professionals.

“We summarise and synthesise the vast amount of available research and other information, distil it down and make it available in a variety of formats that can be easily accessed and used to support the daily work of health professionals,” Professor Drew said.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with our many partners, friends and colleagues throughout Australia in the coming months and years” he said.

The funding consists of:

  • More than $4 million for operational core funding for three years from 1 July 2020.
  • $412,000 targeted to resources for alcohol and other drug issues, preventive health and chronic disease support.
  • $75,000 for an environmental health portal.

More information on this funding announcement can be found on the Minister for Health,Hon Greg Hunt MP’s webpage

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