The agreement, signed on Tuesday, October 25 in Kempsey, dates back to the Aboriginal Health Regional Mid North North Coast agreement signed at the end of 2014. “The goal of the agreement is to ensure optimal health and well-being for the Hastings and Macleay Aboriginal people.” “As a further step towards shared responsibility for Aboriginal health, the Macleay Valley Aboriginal Health Agreement is being launched, again committing our organizations to redouble their efforts and improve health services cooperation to achieve better results,” dowrick said. A partnership agreement signed by the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) and durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service will lead to better health outcomes for Aboriginal people, said Tim Agius, Durri`s Executive Director. As part of the agreement, organizations will share information and innovations, strive to provide cultural safety health care, and demonstrate a collective leadership role in the pursuit of the best services available to the Aboriginal community. “Chronic diseases are an unacceptable burden on adults and the elderly, and health services are still able to fight these preventable diseases.” The organizations will aim to achieve health outcomes for the Aboriginal community, at least comparable to those of the rest of the Community. “But these communities are disadvantaged by poorer health and well-being than the rest of the community.” The Dunghutti have proud traditions and active contemporary communities that live in the Macleay Valley and many other towns and small hamlets throughout the region,” said Agius. Mr. Agius said the Macleay Valley was home to strong and vibrant Aboriginal communities in the Dunghutti Nation. Stewart Dowrick, MNCLHD`s chief executive, said the local health district and De Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service have collaborated for many years and have exchanged efforts and ideas to reverse the image. Durri Chief Executive Officer Tim Agius (left) and MNCLHD Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick (right) sign the partnership agreement.