Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Footprints lead way to better Aboriginal health

    9/06/2015 12:00 AM
    • ​Holman Review evaluated 184 Aboriginal health programs in WA
    • Increase of $16 million per year in Aboriginal health funding
    • $88.7 million over three years for Footprints to Better Health

    An independent report by preeminent health services expert Emeritus Professor D'Arcy Holman into the State's Aboriginal health programs has found more than 90 per cent of the 184 programs evaluated (representing 88 per cent of funding) to be 'outstanding', 'very good' or 'good', with a small number not providing services to a satisfactory level.


    In releasing the Holman Review today, Health Minister Kim Hames said the State Government identified a need to evaluate Aboriginal health programs across the State, focusing on value for money, contractual analysis, scientific evidence reviews and assessment of health outcomes.


    "It's important to know if we're supporting effective programs and spending the money where it will do most good, so for the Holman Review to find the overwhelming majority of projects hit the mark in terms of outcomes and value, that's significant," Dr Hames said.


    "It means the programs delivering real community benefit can be continued and the State Government can track their progress.  It also means we can channel efforts from underperforming programs to support those making a tangible difference."


    The Minister said WA Health would contact all service providers during the coming weeks to discuss future funding arrangements. He said that funding would not continue for the programs considered poor or marginal in the Holman Review.


    "Underperforming programs will no longer be funded but will be offered a two-month contract extension to the end of August 2015 to assist with transition arrangements," he said.


    "Further funding has also been identified by WA Health to ensure the full range of 'outstanding', 'very good' and 'good' Aboriginal health programs identified in the Holman Review will continue, so there will be a total allocation of $88.7 million over three years for Footprints to Better Health."


    As part of this year's State Budget process, funding for Aboriginal health has been increased by $16 million per annum with an additional $49.4 million allocated over the next three years to continue programs that were previously funded through the State and Australian Government's Closing the Gap package, now included under the State Government's Footprints to Better Health.


    Fact File

    • Emeritus Professor Holman retired as UWA's first professor of public health late last year
    • The Holman Review was commissioned by the Department of Health in 2014
    • All five recommendations in the review have been accepted and work is progressing towards implementation
    • Visit the Reports and Publications tab at http://www.health.wa.gov.au

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