Building an Indigenous health workforce

The 2007-08 Budget provides opportunities for Indigenous Australians to secure employment in vital areas of Australia’s health and aged care system.

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8 May 2007
CP 47/07

The 2007-08 Budget provides opportunities for Indigenous Australians to secure employment in vital areas of Australia’s health and aged care system.

The Minister for Ageing, Christopher Pyne, said 120 Indigenous Australians currently working in Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program positions will be employed in either respite carers positions or in the home and community care field.

“This is a great opportunity for Indigenous people in both urban and remote areas to move from CDEP into employment in areas of genuine community need,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Budget initiative will convert 30 CDEP positions in remote areas into jobs under the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP).

“Other positions will be created in Home and Community Care (HACC) agencies to maintain service levels when CDEP is withdrawn from urban and regional centres throughout Australia from 1 July 2007.”

This Budget measure is the Department of Health and Ageing component of a whole of government initiative to provide Indigenous workers with the opportunity to obtain real jobs in education, aged care and a range of other fields.

It will help ensure that the services being provided to frail older Australians, and to younger people with disabilities and their carers, will be maintained when changes to CDEP are implemented later this year.

At the same time, Indigenous Australians will benefit from obtaining real employment opportunities.

“This Budget measure is a very welcome and positive outcome both for people in need of additional care and support and for Indigenous Australians.”

Media contact: Adam Howard 0400 414 833

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