The Australian Government has continued its focus on Indigenous Australia in this year’s budget. Many people who are issue or thematic area related may miss the total picture around investments being made with the primary focus on closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. The 2018/19 budget is very much about two core areas – Health and Ageing alongside economic development. Within each area will be a series of reforms. For example, reform to the current Community Development Programme and arrangements around housing and remote areas.
In Health and Ageing the scene is set for an emphasis on both ends of the age spectrum – preventative health of younger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the elderly. This is a breakdown of some of the cross-portfolio announcements:
Health and Ageing:
A total of $10 billion over the decade and forward estimates with $3.9 billion over the next four years.
Ear health, additional hearing assessments for pre-school children will receive a $30 million boost while the eye health program will see a further $34.3 million.
A jobs package has been announced to boost employment in the health sector with GP’s to receive incentives of $33.4 million dollars to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and practitioners.
Importantly the growing challenge of elders is starting to be address with an investment of $105 million when it comes to better access to aged care. Importantly the focus will be on a design framework that is centred around a more integrated, transparent and responsive funding model. The latter will be one of the larger challenges in terms of what a model might look like with the additional need for cultural awareness and inclusion in its design.
Economic development and employment:
A further $5 billion for the Indigenous Advancement Strategy – engineered to increase participation of Indigenous people in the economy
Reform of the Community Development Programme targeting the creation of 6,000 new jobs in regional and remote Australia
Reform of the $2 billion land and sea future fund with a focus on remote housing initiative for the Northern Territory (4550 million)
You can’t go past a news paper, radio show or television news story these days without being flooded by all things Bitcoin or Crypto Currency. Some say it’s the new world of money while others suggest its all just a passing fad. Whatever your position or preference of...
This week I announced a suite of measures for the Government to consider when it comes to small and medium sized business and what we can all be doing as we start to look at emerging from the COVID19 lockdown. The reality is that a good number of small business owners,...
As someone who has been working in suicide prevention for some years now i know that often having a simple conversation can make all of the difference when a loved one is doing it tough. COVID 19 and the lock down tends to amplify how we feel when we are isolation or a...
We know that mob out there are uncertain as to what the COVID-19 / Corona Virus means for them – this can cause us all to panic and some in community more so that others. Panic attacks can compound the situation so we gather some information about what you can do now t...
Don’t forget our elders can suffer in silence too: suicide prevention
Many people think that mental health and suicide are not topics that impact our elders but they could not be more wrong. The data tells us there continues to be an emerging trend when it comes to peop...