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1.WA : South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) WA

2.NSW : New $4.7 million Casino Djanangmum Health Clinic opens

3.SA : Clinton’s Walk For Justice arrives Adelaide  

4. ANZAC DAY Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial

5. NT Danila Dilba Darwin Health Minister visits

6.QLD :  CEO Cleveland Fagan Farewells Apunipima ACCHO

7. Victoria : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team

8. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

 9.NACCHO Board meets with Minister Ken Wyatt

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1.South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) WA

Aboriginal health workers are the latest graduates of a program which teaches them how to administer vaccinations to children, with the aim of increasing immunisation rates.

The health workers graduated after taking part in the two week course at the South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) in Bunbury.

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The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) launched the training program in partnership with the Communicable Disease Control Directorate at the Department of Health in March 2015.

The program aims to help improve immunisation rates among Aboriginal children in WA, which are the lowest in the country.

The program has been rolled out in a number of locations around the state, and almost 30 Aboriginal Health Workers have been trained to administer and promote immunisation.

AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said until the program was launched, only nurses and doctors were authorised to carry out immunisations.

“The benefit of also training Aboriginal Health Workers is that they can relate to Aboriginal children and gain the trust of parents in order to educate them about the importance of immunisation,” she said.

Talicia Jetta from SWAMS said the course gave her not only practical skills, but also confidence.

“I now have the confidence to administer vaccines to our community and the knowledge to provide education to community members about the importance of vaccinating our children,” she said.

Tammy McGrath said she believed it was very important for Aboriginal health workers to have the skills to administer vaccinations.

“Because we are the first point of contact for our clients, we can promote and follow through with immunisations,” she said.

“Aboriginal people are getting the best care from Aboriginal people. Hopefully we can inspire other Aboriginal people to become health professionals too.”

A report released recently by the auditor general suggested the program had already contributed to increasing the low immunisation rates among Aboriginal children.

The report shows in the 12 months from June 2015 to June 2016, immunisation rates for Aboriginal infants in a number of regions improved by an average of 8.5 per cent.

“We are thrilled that it appears this training program has already contributed to immunisation rates among Aboriginal children increasing significantly in some areas,” said Ms Nelson-Cox.

“We hope that as more Aboriginal health workers are trained, the rates will go up further.”

Ms Nelson-Cox said the training program would be expanded this year and she hoped it could be rolled out to several remote locations later in the year

2.Casino NSW : New $4.7 million Djanangmum Health Clinic opens

Pictured elders : Uncle Charles Moran and Uncle Harry Mundine Walker

Updated 21 April from The Echo

A Federal Government-funded $4.7 million Djanangmum Health Clinic has been officially opened to meet the primary health needs of the Indigenous community of the Richmond Valley.

Operated by the Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation, the clinic will provide primary health care services, preventative health programs, dietician/nutritionist services, child and adult dental services, mental health case management, alcohol and other drug counselling and sexual health programs.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said the new clinic would service the health needs of the Indigenous community of Casino and Richmond Valley.

‘The clinic was previously housed in rented premises that did not meet the needs of health workers or the community,’ he said.

‘This clinic will help improve the health and life expectancy, as well as early childhood health and development, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community.’

The Casino Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal (AMS) provides a culturally appropriate health service for the Aboriginal population in Casino and surrounding communities in New South Wales.

Formally the Dharah Gibinj Medical Service, Casino AMS is limited to assisting the community in the design and implementation of health policy and comes under the auspice of Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation.

Casino AMS provides a range of services including:

  • general practice
  • alcohol and other drugs services
  • post natal services
  • sexual health services
  • diabetes services
  • counselling
  • general primary health care

Watch television coverage here

Why a new clinic ? Read the history of the 10 year battle HERE

3.South Australia  : Clinton Walk For Justice arrives Adelaide  

Keep Clinton and the Walk For Justice Team going… All the way to Canberra!

Clinton left from Matargarup last September and has walked all the way from Perth to Uluru, and on to Adelaide see below . It’s been a long and hot walk but Clinton and the Walk For Justice Team keep pressing on.

Adelaide 24 April

Along the way the team are spending time in Aboriginal communities; meeting with elders, hearing their stories, talking with school kids and community groups.

Clinton will bring the words of these communities all the way to Canberra

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4. South Australia ANZAC DAY Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial

5. NT Danila Dilba Darwin Health Minister visits

6.Queensland CEO Cleveland Fagan Farewells Apunipima

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It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Apunipima Health Council announces Cleveland Fagan’s departure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today.

Since 2006, Cleveland has played a pivotal role in the development and success of the organisation.

Throughout the past 11 years Cleveland through the guidance of Cape Communities, the board and his team he made many significant organisational accomplishments.

Some of these include the establishments of the foundation to community control in Cape York to five communities and the transition of four wellbeing centres from RFDS to Apunipima.

Cleveland has the led the organisation from 34 board members and 15 staff to one of the largest community controlled health organisation in Queensland with over 180 staff with 50% of our workforce identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and 30% of those are community based employees.

These are just a few of the noted accomplishments that Cleveland has made in his time.

Chair of Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Thomas Hudson shares his gratitude for Cleveland’s time, passion and commitment to see through several aspirations.

“Cleveland has poured love and passion into the organisation to nurture it to where it is today, without his commitment the people of the Cape may not have as strong a voice to what they have today, I am proud to have worked alongside him as Chair.”

Cleveland shares his parting words of guidance for the next chapter of Apunipima;

“I came to this organisation knowing of the future challenges ahead and had a clear vision on how to obtain those goals, with many accomplishments gained already this year alone, I know the passion of our board and executive team will lead the organisation to further success, I have worked with some of the most inspirational leaders across the Cape and the leaders within the four walls of this organisation, I have no doubt that Apunipima will continue to be strong advocates for the people of the Cape.

“I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my life and career. I feel at ease knowing I have done what I came to do for our mob in Cape York, thank you to all the board and staff for supporting me on this journey.”

Apunipima cannot thank Cleveland enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation he has given Apunipima over the past 11 years. He will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, members and partners alike.

Working alongside the Board of Directors, Paula Arnol our Primary Health Care Executive will act in the CEO position while recruitment for a new CEO is underway. This will ensure that Apunipima will continue along this successful trajectory.

7. Victoria : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team

Great set up and ready for a great day at Sisters Day Out.

Thanks Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria for having us!

#SistersDayOut #SistersStandStrong #VAHShlt #BeStrong #BeBrave #StaySmokeFree

8.Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre : Cultural event

Mutton Bird Feast at Piyura kitina (Risdon Cove) on Friday 5th May 2017 from 6.00 pm- 8.00 pm. LINK