NACCHO Aboriginal Male Health : Registrations closing soon for the National Ochre Day Summit


The 2015 NACCHO Ochre Day will be held in Adelaide this year on the 3rd & 4th of September 2015 and we invite you to come along and support this important Aboriginal Male Health initiative.

The purpose of the NACCHO Ochre Day is to not only share knowledge & explore ways to encourage male of all ages to access their local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, but also allows us to;

•              Build on the recommendations and outcomes from the male only sessions at the NACCHO AGM/Members meeting in November each year as well as to provide an opportunity to draw national public awareness to Aboriginal male health, and social and emotional wellbeing; as well as;

•              NACCHO Ochre Day providing us an opportunity to ‘showcase’ exemplars of best practice in Aboriginal male health service delivery within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

ONLY 5 weeks to go so registrations are closing soon



UPDATE : We have received confirmation that AFL Brownlow Medallist Gavin Wanganeen (see Bio Below ) will be a special guest speaker at the NACCHO Ochre Day Jaydon Adams Memorial Oration Dinner on the evening of the 4th September which will be held this year at the Port Power (Adelaide) Football Club.

If you have not been to a NACCHO Ochre Day before then we know that you will benefit from the experience as it is the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector’s national primary Male Health event!



2013 event Read Here

2014 Brisbane event Read Here

Registrations are now open via the NACCHO website.

Numbers are limited so book early

Below is an outline of the activities planned for this years event;

  • NACCHO Ochre Day Breakfast will be held at the Adelaide Oval (3rd September 2015)
  • NACCHO Ochre Day Lunch will be held at Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga (“The Dreaming Place of the Red Kangaroo”) (3rd September 2015)
  • NACCHO Ochre Day #2 Workshop will be held at the National Wine Centre (4th September 2015 )
  • NACCHO Ochre Day Jaydon Adams Memorial Orientation Dinner will be held at Port Power Football Club (4th September 2015)



Day One (3rd Sept)

Will follow the same format as last year’s event, with the NACCHO Ochre Day Breakfast .

This will be followed by a short walk to where the rest of the Ochre Day will take place.

NACCHO Ochre Day Jaydon Adams Memorial Oration Dinner (Evening of the 3rd Sept)

So soon after the NACCHO Ochre Day in 2013 in Canberra we all became aware of the sudden & sad passing of Brother Jaydon Adams. Jaydon participated in co-launching the NACCHO Blueprint for Aboriginal Male Healthy Futures alongside NACCHO Chair Mr Justin Mohamed, local Elder Uncle Warren Daly & Prof Pat Dudgeon. NACCHO, along with Jaydon’s Family warmly invites everyone to join us at this dinner at the Port Power (Adelaide) Football Club.

Day Two (4th Sept) This day will begin with a facilitated workshop that will focus on a range of issues. Time will also be set aside to allow for yarning circles for the sharing of knowledge & skills.

Please note that only the “breakfast” on Day One and all of Day Two are Male only.

Female Collegues are invited to participate in activities held in the park (includes lunch) and the Dinner

For further information or assistance please contact Mark Saunders on either

02-62469300/0409 959 191

or via email

NACCHO would like to thank

The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) & Oxfam for their support & assistance with NACCHO Ochre Day 2015.

Further information on venues & program/speakers etc will be posted as it is confirmed.

Many thanks & warm regards


Mark Saunders

NACCHO Male Health Officer

 Registrations are now open via the NACCHO website.

BIO for
Gavin Wanganeen, who retired from top level football midway through the 2006 season after well in excess of 300 senior games, was undoubtedly one of the finest and most instantly recognizable footballers of his time. Originally from Port Lincoln, he played briefly with Salisbury North after moving to Adelaide, before commencing his league career with Port Adelaide in 1990, when his 24 games for the year included the winning grand final against Glenelg. 
Crossing to Essendon in the AFL in 1991, he appeared to adapt to the big stage with consummate ease, and two years later was a crucial cog in the ‘Baby Bombers’ machine that won the flag in highly impressive fashion with a 20.13 (133) to 13.11 (89) grand final demolition of Carlton. Earlier that year he had been a member of the South Australian state of origin team which secured the national championship in memorable fashion thanks to a 2 goal win over Victoria on the MCG. The 1993 season was also memorable on a personal note as he became Essendon’s first Brownlow Medallist for seventeen years.
With his distinctive low to the ground running style Wanganeen combined exquisite talent with explosive, if occasionally wayward, aggression. Most commonly used as a rebound defender, he was also, on occasion, a damaging on-baller, and had a keen eye for goal when used in the forward lines. The sort of player who leads naturally by example, he returned to South Australia in 1997 when he was appointed Port Adelaide’s inaugural AFL captain, a role he retained for four seasons.
If his form with the Power tended to be somewhat inconsistent at first he came good in no uncertain terms in 2003 when he not only landed his club’s best and fairest award but came within a single vote of a second Brownlow Medal. His proudest moment in a Power jumper, however, came the following season, when his four goals made a significant contribution to his club’s first ever AFL flag courtesy of a 17.11 (113) to 10.13 (73) grand final victory over Brisbane.
In 2005, along with many of his team mates, Wanganeen appeared to suffer something of a premiership hangover, and in 2006 he managed just one game to bring up the magical 300 figure before eventually deciding that his body had had enough. His final game of senior football came on 20 May 2006 for Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL. Five times an AFL All Australian, Wanganeen was the first indigenous footballer to amass 300 games (127 with the Bombers, 173 for Port) at AFL level.
Even more significantly, however, he was revered, and will be remembered with affection and esteem, at two top level clubs, with the high regard in which he was held at Essendon in particular being emphasized by his inclusion, in a back pocket, in the club’s official ‘Team of the Century’


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