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Annual Report - Achievements & Challenges
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Major Achievements

  • Replaced regular unleaded petrol with non-sniffable Opal fuel in an additional 21 Aboriginal communities, bringing the total number of communities participating in the Petrol Sniffing Prevention Program to 59; and commenced an eight point action plan to address petrol sniffing in a designated zone in Central Australia.
  • Implemented 53 Healthy for Life sites to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and maternal health and chronic disease outcomes.
  • Continued expansion and enhancement of primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the Primary Health Care Access Program.
  • Listed a new Medicare-funded health check for Indigenous children on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) on 1 May 2006.
  • Maintained the Department’s lead role for the Council of Australian Governments Trial site on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia, supporting key initiatives in health, communications, access to government and financial services and infrastructure development.


  • Thirty nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services were rated to be of serious concern to the Department and were given an increased level of priority for monitoring and management support in the form of professional, clinical management and audit expertise.
  • Slippage in completing capital works projects due to difficulties in getting building materials and skilled workers in remote locations.
  • Commercial operators raised concerns regarding the rollout of Opal fuel, particularly in Central Australia.

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