AMA President visits remote NT communities

20 Apr 2018

Article from AMA Rounds of 20 April 2018

From a chance meeting on an airstrip with ophthalmologist Dr Tim Henderson to eating lamingtons with the staff and board of the Urapuntja Health Clinic in remote Utopia, Dr Gannon packed a lot into three days in the Northern Territory.

Accompanied by the Federal Member for Lingiari and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Dr Gannon described the experience as unique, and an insight into the scale of the challenge of delivering health services to Aboriginal communities.

“(Utopia and Kintore are) two different communities, two very different communities, and different to Alice, and then in turn, different to Australia’s major cities,” Dr Gannon told ABC Radio Alice Springs.

“But some of the themes are recurring, and they are themes in Indigenous health, whether we’re talking about western Sydney or we’re talking about remote communities here in Central Australia. The thing that drives the problems with the health outcomes are social determinants of health.”

Keep an eye on the Australian Medicine website, and watch out for the 30 April online edition, for full coverage of the President’s visit.