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    Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Children of the Dreaming recognised for closing the gap in health

    Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Children of the Dreaming recognised for closing the gap in health

    An Ipswich-based company has received an award for their outstanding commitment to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt today congratulated Children of the Dreaming Centre for Self Healing for winning the 2011 Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Queensland (ANTaR Qld) Close the Gap in Indigenous Health Award.

    “The ANTaR Qld Close the Gap in Indigenous Health Awards highlight the valuable work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups in health services throughout Queensland,” he said.

    “The campaign identifies those whose aim is to reduce the gap of inequality by instigating community-based programs in a professional and supportive manner.

    “The award celebrates those working to close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    “Children of the Dreaming is a deserving winner of this award, as its staff work hard to provide a unique range of programs and services that empower children, young people and families allowing them to move forward and make informed choices to bring about a positive change for themselves, their family and their community.

    “The programs they offer incorporate physical, cultural, emotional and spiritual aspects including the Self Healing Program, Life Skills for Life, Work Readiness Program and a mentoring program, to name just a few.

    “I congratulate Children of the Dreaming on receiving this award and I thank them for their commitment and dedication to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.”

    Mr Pitt said health reform was a key aspect of the Bligh Government’s Closing the Gap initiatives as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland had higher health care needs, but less access to services that other Queenslanders take for granted.

    “In 2009 the Queensland Government signed up to all of the Closing the Gap targets,” he said.

    “We also signed up to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes and we’re funding $162 million to 2013 to address the three priority areas of tackling smoking, primary health care services and improving the patient journey.

    “It is important that government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people work together towards closing the gap - ensuring that all Queenslanders have access to the same opportunities and choices.

    “Together we can work towards closing the gap and making health reform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders a reality.”

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