Australia

Indigenous health gets $4m government investment with focus on nutrition, literacy and mental health

An aged care facility in the far south of New South Wales is being re-purposed into an Aboriginal health clinic. Source: Getty

The federal government is providing $4 million for various health projects aimed at indigenous Australians and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Morrison government is investing $4 million into a range of projects aimed at improving the health of Australia's indigenous people.

Thirty-nine projects will be funded across Australia, ranging from mental health support, improving nutrition, to increasing health literacy in culturally diverse communities.

"The funding ... will particularly assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those in the community identified as most at risk of poor health outcomes," federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement on Saturday.

The funding will be provided through the National Women's Health Strategy, National Men's Strategy and the Child and Youth Health grants.

Other projects include public awareness and health promotion initiatives, programs to support parents and carers of young children, and training for health professionals and educators to enhance their capacity to support children and young people.

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