VACCHO’s Victorian Election 2022 Platform
VACCHO has launched its Victorian election campaign which calls on all political parties to put Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands.
We advocate for strengths-based approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our 2022 State Election Platform is based on our guiding principles of Culture and Kinship; Our Choice Our Way; and Knowledge and Innovation.
VACCHO's Victorian Election 2022 Platform
To stop Aboriginal deaths in custody we must have Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands
VACCHO is calling on the Government to commission Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to oversee and address the specific health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal people incarcerated.
VACCHO Chairperson and CEO of the Victoian Aboriginal Health Service, Michael Graham, explains.
To improve the outcomes of social and emotional wellbeing for our Community we must have Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands.
VACCHO is calling on the Government to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Taskforce as a part of the Victorian response to suicide prevention. VACCHO Executive Director for Social and Emotional Wellbeing Sherree Lowe explains
To ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive the care and services we need we’re calling on the Government to establish a perpetual infrastructure fund.
The Victorian Government receives over $4 billion in tax revenue from Aboriginal land every year. We’re calling for 1.5% of the land tax revenue to be dedicated to rebuilding, maintaining and developing Aboriginal health centres. CEO of the Dandenong and District Aborigines, Jenny Ockwell explains.
Wholistic wrap-around social and emotional wellbeing works for our Mob
Wurundjeri woman, Karen McAlear, discusses the importance of wrap-around holistic services when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and Wellbeing.
Additional infrastructure is needed to ensure support our ACCOs and Community.
David Taylor from the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association discusses the urgent need for additional culturally safe resources and infrastructure to help our Mob get the help they need.
Securing justice health for Mob in the justice system
Gunggandji woman, Tasha Davis from The Torch discusses why supporting Mob within the justice system is critical to ensuring health, wellbeing and rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners and ex-offenders.
VACCHO asks all major parties to consider the following recommendations to strengthen the health and wellbeing outcomes of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
1. Establish a perpetual infrastructure fund for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), using 1.5% of land tax revenue for ten years to provide an ongoing fund for developing and maintaining facilities.
Securing justice and health
4. The Victorian Government should fund ACCOs directly to provide health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody, supporting the health of people during imprisonment to prevent emergencies and deaths.
5. Establish an independent Aboriginal Affairs Commission to evaluate services that should be delivering outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Services safe from racism and discrimination
7. Mandate cultural safety training for all publicly funded mainstream health services, to be provided by an external Aboriginal organisation.
Social and emotional wellbeing in our Community
8. Establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Taskforce as part of Victoria’s Suicide Prevention and Response Strategy
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