Reinstate the traveling ultrasound service and install a X-Ray machine for use by remote Aboriginal communities south west of Katherine.
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Did you know that it is quicker to drive between Sydney and Melbourne than it is for some remote Northern Territory Aboriginal Communities members to travel to get a basic X-RAY or Ultrasound?
In 1966 Vincent Lingiari led a walk-off to petition for equal pay for all Aboriginal Australians. In 2014 the people of Kalkarindji, Dagaragu and Lajamanu are decedents of these trail blazers. These communities are remote (Located between 480-600 km one-way from Katherine, NT with up to 130km of very rough dirt road) and rely completely on NT Government supplied medical services.
Up until the beginning of 2014 there was a traveling ultrasound service which would come out to these communities (and some other smaller ones) every few months. This meant that babies/young children, pregnant women and the elderly were able to access basic ultrasound services in their local communities and without the stress of extensive travel.
Now that this service has been suspended all persons must travel to Katherine for this basic service. This is up to 1200km round trip via road or as the NT Government prefer - charter airplane. This is a MASSIVE cost to the NT Government with many return trips every week to transport patients to Katherine. Unfortunately some miss their return flight back to the community and need to be accommodated in Katherine until they can return home - often by a very long bus ride.
Despite living such a long distance from any radiology department, there is also NO local X-RAY machine.
It is 2014. Both Territory and Federal governments sprout rhetoric about bridging the gap and improving outcomes for ALL Aboriginal Australians yet some of the most remote and vulnerable are being ignored and forced to travel distances unfathomable to the average Australian.
NOT good enough Robyn Lambley MLA. We call on you to immediately re-instate the ultrasound service and to install an X-RAY machine in one of these clinics for use by all these remote communities.
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