By Pamela Nathan
Further to yesterday’s blog about Ntaria’s RFDS mental health services funding cuts, following is the letter from Utju Health Service about funding being slashed to their mental health care program.
Utju is located 240 km west of Alice Springs, on the western edge of Western Aranda traditional lands and the northern edge of the Pitjantjatjara lands.
Utju Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is a community health centre and received accreditation in 2011. The health service is governed by a Board consisting of five elected community members. Best practice is ascertained by a Continuous Quality Improvement program.
Utju/Areyonga has an estimated population of 175 people. Pitjantjatjara is the main language spoken. The community lies within the Haasts Bluff Aboriginal Land Trust area and a permit is required to enter the land.
Minister Dutton, please explain.
Let’s support Utju!
COPY OF LETTER:
Utju Health Service Aboriginal Corporation Utju Clinic
Areyonga Community NT
9th July 2014
We the Directors of the Utju Health Service Aboriginal Corporation have been advised that the RFDS Mental Health Services in Rural & Remote Areas project on the western side of the Stuart Highway is to cease at the end of July 2014.
Our concerns are:-
Letter signed by
Chair of the Board:
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