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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) has strongly supported this week’s push by the Close the Gap campaign to a continued commitment towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
“As AMA (WA) President I agree that it is vital to continue in our endeavours to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health,” Dr Richard Choong said.
“The current gap between life expectancy of the broader Australian population and those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent is still too vast, “he said.
Dr. Choong stated that there needs to be an influx in health workers in Aboriginal communities in order to improve health services available and to bridge the gap by the 2030 target.
“A sharper focus on encouraging more indigenous medical students to apply for the 2013 AMA Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship is important.
“We need to see more nurses, doctors and education taking place in these communities if we are going to see a change in life expectancy by 2030.
“Although there has been progress, we need to stay vigilant on this matter, not only on a State level but nationally as well, so hopefully a recommitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is on the COAG’s agenda,” he said.
The COAG meeting is set to take place on Friday.