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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 9 Hansard (8 August) . . Page.. 2775..


General of the day to ensure that the penalty unit regime is consistent with current economic circumstances and relative dollar values. I thank members who are supporting this bill, and I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (5.39): I rise tonight to advise members of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Winnunga Nimmityjah, our Aboriginal health service that actually extends beyond the ACT to clients right throughout New South Wales down to the coast and back. The Winnunga Nimmityjah health service is a community-controlled primary healthcare service operated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the ACT. In the Wiradjuri language, "Winnunga Nimmityjah"means "strong health". The service logo is the corroboree frog, which is significant to Aboriginal people in the ACT.

The anniversary was held last month, and I acknowledge the chair of Winnunga Nimmityjah, Judy Harris, and Julie Tongs, the CEO, who I have known for some 35 years. Dr Bourke attended the anniversary as well as Minister Rattenbury, and Mr Wall was there as well. It was a fantastic event to celebrate the achievements of Winnunga Nimmityjah over the years.

In its annual report Winnunga advises they have 676 community members and have provided 4,451 services through the social health team, including a 90 per cent immunisation rate for the children that attend through that service. The only sad side to the anniversary event this year was, of course, the passing of Dr Pete last year, and he is sadly missed by the service. But I am sure they will make up for his service with new doctors coming in.

The Winnunga Nimmityjah service provides for GP and nursing, midwifery, immunisations, health checks, men's health, women's health, child health, hearing health, dental, physiotherapy, podiatry, dietician and nutrition advice, psychiatrists, counselling, diabetes clinic, drug and alcohol services and quit smoking services.

It was great to see the celebrations at the event. There was a fantastic birthday cake and entertainment from Indigenous groups. Angry Anderson was there as well to help celebrate that fantastic anniversary.


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