The Australian Greens say a number of key draft recommendations were cut from the final report of the Central Australia Renal Study.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues has raised serious questions about changes made to the report's recommendations after comparing the draft to the final version released this week.
"The draft report contained two action plans for the periods 2011-2012 and 2013-2015, which were based on 76 separate recommendations," Senator Siewert said today.
"The final version contains no action plan, rather a drastically reduced 'Potential Implementation Scenario' outlining measures which could begin in mid 2012.
"Somewhere between the draft and the final report, dramatic changes have been made which seem to justify the Federal Government keeping responsibility for action in this area at arms length.
"There would have been costs associated with these elements which the Government appears unwilling to foot, despite repeatedly voicing their commitment to improving Aboriginal health outcomes.
"This study was prompted by the past, ad-hoc approach taken to renal care, which has not adequately provided for the health needs of Aboriginal people.
"To improve renal health outcomes, the Government needs to take a leadership role and guide the implementation of coordinated and appropriately resourced programs.
"We have seen very positive outcomes in Central Australia due to the roll-out of Opal fuel, which has been coordinated at a Federal level. Renal services need to be approached in the same way.
"I will pursue this issue to determine why the draft report was changed in such a dramatic and potentially detrimental way," Senator Siewert concluded.