An Indigenous health program that operates in one of the most remote parts of Australia has received a funding boost from the Federal Government.
18 Sep 2003 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2013 - 9:01 AM

The Nganampa Health Council provides services to several communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara people in the north-west corner of South Australia.

The Council has received almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars in extra funding for its child and maternal health program, and to help cover the salaries of a doctor and nurses.

The federal Health Minister Senator Kay Patterson says the Council's achievements include close to 100 per cent vaccine coverage for children aged under five, and big reductions in the numbers of babies dying at birth.

A spokesman for the Council, Paul Torzillo, says there are still big health problems in the region, covering more than 100-thousand square kilometres.

"One challenge for health services like us is just to continue to do the things that we've been doing in a long-term, sustainable fashion -- keeping on going with primary clinical care, with child health, with ante-natal care, with sexual health programs, with looking at chronic disease. The things we're looking to develop or start are now programs around chronic disease management in adults, and some health education strategies for young people."