The Morrison Government will provide more than $1.4 million for three projects to address safety concerns, boost the retention of nurses and provide more secure storage for health centre vehicles in Katherine and the surrounding region.
The projects have been identified by the Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation and supported by the Morrison Government to ensure prompt delivery of essential health services in the Katherine East region of the Northern Territory.
The funding will:
· provide training to address staff safety issues ($628,200);
· establish a new pilot program to improve nurse retention ($485,176); and
· provide secure garaging and storage for patient transport vehicles ($345,161).
The Morrison Government places a high priority on personal safety in the delivery of health care in remote regions.
De-escalation and security training for staff and community members will equip them with the tools they need to address situations as they arise and help support continuity of care for patients.
The pilot program will trial a new fly-in-fly-out recruitment model for the nursing workforce which has proved successful at the Puntupi Homelands Health Service where staff retention has increased significantly.
Funding to establish secure garaging for patient transport vehicles at Sunrise’s Urapunga clinic will ensure the vehicles are stored safely and locally so the vehicles are available in case of an emergency.
It is important for medical equipment to be stored appropriately in remote regions because it can rapidly deteriorate in harsh environmental conditions which risks the ability of health workers to provide timely, quality health services.
A key to closing the gap in health outcomes is providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with equal access to effective, high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate health and welfare programs, no matter where they live in Australia.
The Morrison Government announced an investment of $3.9 billion in Indigenous-specific health initiatives in the 2018–19 Budget.