Today in Ceduna, Minister Warren Snowdon launched a new national association for Aboriginal Health Workers. This report estimates there are more than 1,500 in the country.
The question I have is: why has it taken so long?
It is not an idle or facetious question. I’d really appreciate any insights you may have, whether micro or macro…
Meanwhile, those wanting to find out more about joining the association, should look here.
Update (2nd Feb)
Dr Sue Page, of the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health, has sent in some relevant background:
“Largely because they are low income employees and small in number in any one employment field so nobody “owns” their issues.
However first state based organisation was registered nearly 15 years ago, and the process quickly became national which lead to the push for national competency standards to be developed. Note the new label drops use of the name “professional” which likely suits the NSW agenda of having them focus community education strategies rather than clinical service delivery. In NT they have been registered vaccination providers for years and years.
There is more info here.