WORK IN PROGRESS: Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt inspect progress at the IWC site.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt inspect progress at the IWC site. Max Fleet BUNIWC

Wellbeing centre ‘set to bridge health gap’

FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and the Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt have toured the region to hear about work being done to improve health and education outcomes for indigenous Australians.

Senator Scullion and Mr Pitt yesterday toured the building site of the new Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) in Bundaberg.

The centre is a community-based provider of a range of health, community and family services across the Wide Bay Burnett region.

"Co-locating all of IWC's services in one central hub will offer local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people holistic support," Senator Scullion said.

"Having viewed the plans, I expect this impressive facility will play a big role in closing the health gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Hinkler."

In June last year, $3.35 million was awarded to boost the construction of the health and community centre.

"This new building will enhance the capacity of the IWC team to deliver health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Bundaberg community and surrounding areas," Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey said at the time.

"The IWC is a non-government organisation committed to improving the health of the Wide Bay community.

"Currently, the IWC operates their services from a number of different locations and the new centre will enable them to offer a one-stop-shop to locals."



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