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Minister Scullion: Additional family case management services for First Australians in Albany and Katanning

12 Jul 2017

Joint media release with Mr Rick Wilson MP - Member for O’Connor

The Southern Aboriginal Corporation will be able to provide additional case management services in Albany and Katanning, with a focus on supporting disadvantaged families with complex needs, thanks to a $731,035 grant from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Southern Aboriginal Corporation would receive funding to provide family case management services through until 30 June 2019 to vulnerable Indigenous people in Albany and Katanning.   

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

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 Albany and Katanning,” Minister Scullion said.

Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, said he had been working with Southern Aboriginal Corporation to ensure it had the resources at its disposal to assist disadvantaged families in the Great Southern.

“They’ve been doing an excellent job of providing critical services for Aboriginal families who need it most and it’s great to see their funding has been extended,” Mr Wilson said.

Southern Aboriginal Corporation’s CEO, Asha Bhat, welcomed the funding announcement.

“It will help the vulnerable families who often have multiple complex needs and can experience a range of interconnected issues. These include substance abuse, physical and mental health issues, unemployment, homelessness, social isolation, intergenerational grief and trauma, domestic violence, poor education/parenting and marginalisation from society,” Mrs Bhat said.

“The Indigenous Family Support Services (IFSS) will work intensively with between 10 -12 vulnerable Indigenous families per case worker annually from each location (Albany and Katanning).

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