Minister Welcomes Launch Of New Urban Indigenous Health Institute

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Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health

and Regional Services Delivery


2 November 2009

Minister Welcomes Launch of New Urban Indigenous Health Institute 

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery,

Warren Snowdon, today welcomed the establishment of the new Institute for Urban Indigenous

Health in Brisbane. 

The Australian Government has provided funding totalling $312,618 toward the establishment

and implementation of the initial phase of the Institute.

The Minister said the Institute would integrate health planning and servicing within Brisbane

and the surrounding regions to meet the health needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander


“The majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in urban centres and

addressing access to services for these people is crucial to closing the gap in health status

between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” Mr Snowdon said.

“This Institute will go along way to a coordinated/integrated approach to the planning,

development and delivery of primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander populations within the region, involving Indigenous-specific and key mainstream


The Institute’s key focus will include:


strengthening and maintaining key service relationships such as those with the local

Indigenous health services, local Divisions of General Practice, private practitioners,

allied health service providers and hospitals

development, testing and evaluation of ‘new’ models of primary health care delivery to

urban Indigenous populations 

the establishment of a teaching centre in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

through collaboration with the Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of

Queensland (UQ).  

The Institute will also increase capacity to support the effective implementation of the Council

of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the Gap funding initiatives.

Media contact: Greg Doolan, 0433 345 323

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