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Minister Scullion: Additional case management services for First Australians in Halls Gap, Ararat and Stawell

28 Jun 2017

Joint Media Release
Mr Andrew Broad MP, Member for Mallee

Budja Budja Aboriginal Corporation will be able to provide additional case management services for   First Australians in Halls Gap, Ararat and Stawell, thanks to a $434,406 grant from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Budja Budja Aboriginal Corporation would receive funding to provide case management services through until 30 June 2019.   

“Budja Budja Aboriginal Corporation will use evidence-based best practice to assist Indigenous people dealing with mental health issues, alcohol and substance abuse, family violence and cultural disconnection,” Minister Scullion said.

“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable Budja Budja Aboriginal Corporation to provide additional support to people who need it the most.”

Minister Scullion said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Halls Gap, Ararat and Stawell,” Minister Scullion said.

Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, said: “We’re always on the lookout for better health outcomes in the Wimmera, and this funding is a big win for our Indigenous communities.”

“Assisting Indigenous Australians with their health is a high priority of the Government’s and I’m pleased to see this boost help us move toward positive health outcomes for everyone.”

Budja Budja CEO, Mr Tim Chatfield, welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s continued support, particularly in providing funding over a two-year period.

“This provides continuing certainty in our efforts towards ‘Closing the Health Gap’. It highlights confidence in our operations, as well as in our dedicated staff in building on our recent significant successes and community health outcomes”, Mr Chatfield said.

“The provision of funds for Social and Emotional Wellbeing is vital and recognises the many underlying and significant mental health and cultural issues affecting our members in their day to day lives.  It will enable us to take a more holistic approach to addressing these factors, with an emphasis on addressing both physical and mental health and assisting our members in reconnecting with our culture and community in a more positive manner.”

The Budja Budja Aboriginal Corporation project is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS.  Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.

Existing service providers will share $18,019,301 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.

The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.

Providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.

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