VACCHO Seeks Urgent Federal Funding for Victorian Aboriginal Communities

VACCHO writes to the Prime Minister seeking urgent funding to support Victorian Aboriginal communities in emerging from COVID-19

VACCHO Seeks Urgent Federal Funding for Victorian Aboriginal Communities

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 2 September 2020
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The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on behalf of its 32 Members seeking urgent funding for Victorian Aboriginal communities in theirCOVID-19 response.

While we have fortunately not seen any major outbreaks or clusters in Victorian Aboriginal communities, VACCHO says the risk factors for COVID-19 are disproportionately higher for Victorian Communities. 

To date, we have seen a total of 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our communities with 61 people recovered and 7 cases still active. The low incidence of COVID-19 in Victorian Aboriginal communities is testament to Aboriginal community control, and what can happen when all parties work meaningfully together.

While the Commonwealth’s funding commitment of $123 million to the Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander sector to boost the response to COVID-19 is welcomed, VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher AO remains concerned that the funding provided is not enough and the distribution of funding has not been transparent and equitable.

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