1323. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary
representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the minister's
correspondence to me dated 1 July 2019 about the commonwealth Connected
(1) Has the WA
Aboriginal Health Partnership Forum selected the sites for the Health-funded
component of the program?
(2) Is there an
appropriate health partner currently allocated or under consideration to manage
this funding; and, if yes, which organisation?
(3) If no to (2),
given that we are now four months down the line and with each day that passes
the community is missing out on the benefits
of the programs run by the funding, does the minister accept that allowing the
WA Country Health Service to administer
this funding will be the most effective outcome for the community?
(4) What steps
would need to be taken by the minister to allow WACHS to receive the funding
and provide the health component to the community?
I note that this question was
originally submitted on 30 October and the answer is current as at that date.
(2) WACHS understands that Bega
Garnbirringu Health Service is under consideration.
(3) Not applicable.
(4) The Connected Beginnings program is an Australian
Department of Education initiative, with Health as a partner agency. The
minister supports the commonwealth's approach to engaging with an
Aboriginal-controlled health sector partner.