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Coffs centre is closing the gap

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner presents midwife Kate Skinner with the prestigious award.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner presents midwife Kate Skinner with the prestigious award.

COFFS Harbour's Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service has won been recognised by the NSW state government.

Stewart Dowrick, chief executive at the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) congratulated the service when announcing the award yesterday.

It's the prestigious 2012 NSW Aboriginal Health Award in the category of  'Closing the Gap in Aboriginal Maternity & Child Health' and presented in Sydney by Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner.

"The program staff provide pregnancy and postnatal care follow-up for six weeks after birth and they should be very proud of having their work recognised," Mr Dowrick said.

"I offer my congratulations on their achievements."

The government-funded service was launched in 2001 to improve Aboriginal maternal and infant health and provide care for Aboriginal families.

Kate Skinner, an AMHIS midwife, thanked the Coffs Harbour indigenous community for their involvement.

"We are very proud to receive this award on behalf of those who have accepted the program into their lives and homes," she said.



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