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9 May 2012

Promoting innovation in Aboriginal health

Not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for new $5,000 Aboriginal Community Innovation Grants to fund innovative health programs for Aboriginal Western Australians.

Several grants are available to organisations that strive to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal people through the implementation of creative projects and activities.

Aboriginal Health Division Director Jenni Collard said that although Aboriginal people accounted for only 3.4 per cent of the State's population, their health outcomes remained much lower than of any other group in our community.

"Improving the health of Aboriginal people across the State requires collaboration across the health and non-health sectors and is everyone’s business," Ms Collard said.

"WA Health is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal communities and health service providers to ensure Aboriginal people receive culturally appropriate health care.

"We are looking to fund projects that demonstrate leading thinking on Aboriginal health and will improve the health of Aboriginal Western Australians to equal that of the general population."

Eligible organisations may apply for grants for projects, activities, programs and events that demonstrate innovative and creative:

  • activities for Aboriginal men
  • activities for Aboriginal 'Mums and Bubs'
  • traditional Aboriginal healing practices
  • NAIDOC Week activities.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 24 May 2012.

For more information or to apply visit the Aboriginal Health Division website.

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