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AIDA Media Release: Abolition of Indigenous tutoring scheme will impact on the Government’s education commitment

The Abbott Government’s decision to abolish the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) has been described by Australia’s peak Indigenous doctor’s representative body as undermining the Government’s support for Indigenous education, particularly tertiary education. The ITAS acknowledges Indigenous educational disadvantage, providing supplementary tutorial support to Indigenous students in order to increase participation and graduation rates. The […]

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AMA Model Protects Vulnerable Patients from Co-payment Pain

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, today called on the Government to dump its seriously flawed GP co-payments proposal and adopt the AMA model, which exempts the most vulnerable patients from extra cost burdens for their health care. A/Prof Owler said the AMA has vigorously opposed the Government’s proposal since Budget night and has worked to produce an alternative […]


AMA plan doesn’t remove our concerns – Indigenous doctors

22 August 2014 Australia’s Indigenous doctors say the AMA Medicare co-payment plan does not address the concerns of the Aboriginal and Torres Islander community. President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), Dr Tammy Kimpton, said that Indigenous doctors were disappointed that the AMA’s “Alternative Model” for Medicare co-payments makes no mention of Indigenous Australians. […]

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Cessation of dementia and severe behaviours supplement? ….Don’t do this!

Diversional Therapy Australia – Press Release  July 21, 2014 The Board of Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA) would like to express their strong disappointment in the announcement of the termination of the dementia and severe behaviours supplement announced on 26th June 2014. However, the DTA Board look forward to hearing Minister Fifield’s plans for an ongoing […]

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$52 Million to Improve Palliative Care Services and Training

29 May 2014The Australian Government will provide $52 million over three years to improve palliative care services and training, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, announced today.Minister Nash said the State and Territory Governments were responsible for delivering palliative care services, while the Australian Government supports projects that enhance the overall quality of services. “The […]


Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment

Investing in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services will help address the increasing gap in employment outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people as revealed in the new report released by the COAG Reform Council. Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) said the COAG Reform Council report showed encouraging gains are […]


Concern over impact of the Budget on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will suffer disproportionately under the 2014 Federal Budget, according to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.   “General and specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander measures in the Budget are already causing considerable anxiety amongst our peoples,” said Congress Co-Chair Kirstie Parker. “Our people are amongst the sickest, […]