Scot MacDonald
31st Jul 2017

The NSW Government has awarded a $34,396 grant to the Central Coast Local Health District to connect Aboriginal cancer patients with healthcare services.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the NSW Health grant would boost Aboriginal healthcare workers’ skills to support communication between healthcare providers and patients.

“Healthcare workers in the District’s Aboriginal Health Services will have a better understanding the unique needs of cancer patients, and the services they can access,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Aboriginal people on the Central Coast will be the beneficiaries of this grant.”

The latest round of funding under the Innovations in Cancer Control Grant Program delivers more than $3.4 million to metropolitan and regional Local Health Districts, Primary Health Networks and non government organisations.

This includes $300,000 for statewide projects to increase Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s (LBQW) participation in breast screening and to help primary schools implement the SunSmart policy.

NSW Health awards these grants through the Cancer Institute NSW for projects targeting groups at higher risk of poor health outcomes, such as refugees, multicultural and Aboriginal communities, LGBTIQ people and people living in regional NSW.

NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Brad Hazzard congratulated the Central Coast Local Health District on its success in the funding round.

“These grants are awarded to both the public system and non government organisations,” Mr Hazzard said.

“It recognises the innovation and good ideas that come when all our sectors work together to get better health outcomes for people.” 

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