The South West Aboriginal Medical Service will receive a $150,000 funding boost as part of a $3.4 million grant to Aboriginal services across the State. The South West service, which has an office in Manjimup, is one of 16 Aboriginal community controlled organisations selected to receive a grant as a part of the Closing the Gap funding program. It will invest the funds in its Deadly Koorlangka Initiative to improve health and early childhood services for Aboriginal children and their families across the region. Other ACCOs awarded a share of grants included Kuditj Pty Ltd located in the Perth Metro, Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation in the Goldfields, Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services Pty Ltd in the Kimberley, and the Marr Mooditj Training Aboriginal Corporation. The grants program was launched in October 2022 calling for ideas from ACCOs to expand or develop initiatives across the housing, health, disability, and early childhood care and development sectors, with not-for-profit ACCOs across WA being encouraged to apply. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti said the State Government recognised the importance of investing in ACCOs to improve the outcomes for the Aboriginal communities. “We know that Aboriginal community-controlled organisations will deliver services that achieve real impact,” he said. “This is a key element of our Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, and our commitments under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.” He thanked the Aboriginal Health Council’s Social Services Committee for assisting the government with development of the grant criteria and providing a “critical link” with the Council of Aboriginal Services Western Australia. “I congratulate the recipients of these grants who continue to deliver key services for their communities. I am looking forward to seeing the positive changes that these vital community organisations can achieve,” he said.