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Question Without Notice No. 1323 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 November 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 19 November 2019

CONNECTED BEGINNINGS PROGRAM

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 Beginnings program.

(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?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I note that this question was originally submitted on 30 October and the answer is current as at that date.

(1) Yes.

(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.