The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce has congratulated the The University of Newcastle’s Tamworth-based Gomeroi gaaynggal Programme on receiving a grant of $1.5 million.
Mr Joyce said the Gomeroi gaaynggal Programme is a critical long term research and engagement programme for Indigenous women in Tamworth and surrounding communities.
“Supporting better health outcomes for Indigenous people is a priority of the Coalition”, Mr Joyce said.
“This funding will ensure the programme can continue to work with local Aboriginal mothers to better understand chronic diseases in the community and put in place measures to improve their family’s health.
“I am pleased to advise that I have been able to secure funding for the Gomeroi gaaynggal Programme to continue the vital work it does for local Indigenous women and their children.
“The Nationals recognise that local programmes like this are critical to improving the services that residents of regional centres have access to and creating a healthier community.
“I have advocated strongly for its support given it is doing a great job employing local Indigenous staff and engaging with Indigenous women and their families in the region.
“I thank my Ministerial colleague, Nigel Scullion, for his support for the programme.”
The $1.5 million grant for the Gomeroi gaaynggal Programme was provided from the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
The University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Public Health Gomeroi gaaynggal Programme Director Dr Kym Rae said the funding would support a number of activities which nurture and educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children to improved pathways to prosperity and wellbeing.
“In particular, the Gomeroi gaaynggal (GG) program is supporting families to give children a good start to life,” Dr Rae said.
“Physical health and wellbeing is a critical first step to reduce the vulnerabilities of Indigenous children to poor educational outcomes, and improving these areas will increase the participation of children in early childhood care and education.”