Equal access

Penny Elliott (right) with daughter Holly, visit CHAC’s health centre for a free health check up with outreach worker Fiona Howard. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Health. Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation’s outreach worker Fiona Howard hosted an information day for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Thursday.

It was all for the purpose of ‘Closing the Gap’ – a national strategy to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians and provide a better future for Indigenous children.

The day saw young and old visit CHAC’s health centre to make the most of various health information stalls, services and activities, including a free health check up, access to a Cancer Council representative, and rock painting on the balcony.

Ms Howard said the aim of the day, and the nation-wide commitment by governments, is to provide easier access to health services and reduce the risk of chronic illness in Indigenous people.

“Also to reduce the gap between Indigenous people and other Australians – because Indigenous people are at higher risk of chronic illness due to isolation and lack of access to services,” she said.

“We want to provide equal access to health services and information, resulting in better outcomes for our Indigenous people.”

The outreach program is further helping the cause with transport to medical appointments or services for those suffering from a chronic illness.

Once registered with Closing the Gap, Indigenous people are able to access medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for free or at a lower price.

For more information about Closing the Gap contact CHAC’s outreach team on 6452 1287.

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