New National Partnership Progresses Health Equity in Cape York

Apunipima Cape York Health Council have signed a Strategic Partnership Statement and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Catholic Health Australia (CHA), signifying the two organisations’ commitment in partnership to closing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health gap in Cape York.

The partnership between Apunipima and Catholic Health Australia will see Catholic hospital and aged care groups work in collaboration with CHA and Apunipima to assist Apunipima to deliver additional health care services to the people of Cape York. CHA is also committed to supporting Apunipima’s advocacy efforts to deliver health equity for the people of Cape York. Additionally, the organisation has agreed to participate in knowledge-sharing activities, including workshops and community visits.

The agreement was signed last week by Catholic Health Australia and Apunipima at Catholic Health Australia’s National Conference in Sydney on 30 August 2016.

Apunipima CEO Cleveland Fagan said the partnership would help with additional expertise and support to make sure the people of the Cape who suffer some of the worst health outcomes in Australia have access to the best level of health care.

“Apunipima is delighted to be entering into a partnership with such a significant organisation. We look forward to a long term, positive relationship with Catholic Health Australia and its members. We recognise their long service in this country, their commitment to the poor and disadvantaged in our society and their expertise in healthcare, hospitals, aged care and health training. We believe their knowledge, compassion, capacity, scope of experience, advocacy and commitment to health equity will improve health outcomes in Cape York.”

Catholic Health Australia’s CEO, Suzanne Greenwood, has acknowledged tomorrow’s signing of the Strategic Partnership Statement and MOU with Apunipima signifies an important step towards improving health outcomes in Cape York.

“While Apunipima and others are providing essential healthcare services on the frontlines, the health gaps for Aboriginal people in Cape York are simply unacceptable,” said Suzanne Greenwood.

“This Statement of Strategic Partnership with Apunipima Cape York Health Council represents another significant step towards reaching our shared goal of providing equitable access to culturally-appropriate, high-quality healthcare to all Australians in need, whether they are living in Aurukun, Margaret River, Tamworth or Melbourne.”

“Major challenges, identified by Apunipima at CHA’s recent community visit and health workshop in Cape York included a severe shortage of clinical staff. GPs, midwives, chronic disease workers, allied health workers, and Aboriginal and Torres Islander health workers in clinical and community engagement are all in short supply.

“The Catholic health and aged care sector trains and employs some of the country’s leading clinicians and allied health personnel – an area in which CHA’s members have acknowledged they have the capacity to assist.”

“The signing of this Strategic Partnership Statement formally signifies the Catholic sector’s aim to work with Apunipima Cape York Health Council towards closing the Aboriginal health gap in Cape York.”

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