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1.QLD :Deadly Kindies give Indigenous children a great start

2.WA : Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) Women have Healthy futures and a yarn

3. SA : Newsletter from the Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

4. VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team solid workout

5. ACT : Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO Julie Tongs Speaking out

6. NSW  : Yerin Newsletter 2nd Edition July 2017

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1.QLD :Deadly Kindies give Indigenous children a great start

“We know that getting kids prepared for and engaged in education directly impacts the health and wellbeing of themselves, their families and their communities long into the future,”

And while these Kindy Kits give kids all the items they need for a day at kindy, making sure they are kindy-ready also relies on providing them with access to the range of services available through the IUIH Model of Care.

Such services include speech therapy, audiology and eye health checks to make sure they can participate and develop the skills they will need when they go to school.

We are already experiencing huge demand for the Deadly Kindykits.

Thanks to the support of ambassadors Johnathan Thurston and Beryl Friday, we are looking forward to this campaign resulting in more kids being up to date with their health checks, more kids being able to access additional health services they need, and more kids enrolling in kindy.”

IUIH CEO Adrian Carson said Deadly Kindies recognised the importance of education as a key social determinant of health.

Education Minister Kate Jones and ambassador Johnathan Thurston today officially launched a new campaign to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments in kindergarten.

Ms Jones said ‘Deadly Kindies’ – launched at C&KKoobara Aboriginal and Islander Kindergarten in Zillmere – was about giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children a better start to health and education.

“We want all Queensland children to get the best start to their education,” Ms Jones said.

“Deadly Kindies will encourage families to register their interest for kindy at their three and four-year-old’s health check.

“Families will be given an opportunity to register their young children for kindy and they will also receive a free Deadly Kindy Kit.

“The Kit includes kindy backpack, hat, blanket, sheet, lunchbox, library bag, water bottle and T-shirt.

“Families will also receive any necessary support and information they need to go ahead and enrol in a local kindergarten.

“The program ensures each child receives any health care required as a result of their eye, ear and other physical health assessment, which in turn ensures they can maximise their learning at kindy.“

Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government had invested $1.5 million to deliver the program through the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

“The campaign’s strength lies in its holistic approach to supporting Indigenous children, by linking better start to health with a better start to education,” she said.

“Deadly Kindies is part of our efforts to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kindergarten participation in Queensland to at least 95 per cent by 2018, up from 93.1 per cent in 2016.

“I thank football star Johnathan Thurston and netball star Beryl Friday for their invaluable support as official ambassadors for the Deadly Kindies campaign.”

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2.WA : Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) Women have Healthy futures and a yarn

Indigenous women from across Geraldton are converging at Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) three times a week to enjoy craft, cuppas, and connection.

The women meet in the GRAMS ‘shed’ from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to make items ranging from wreaths and quilts to bunting and bags.

GRAMS CEO Deborah Woods welcomed all Indigenous women to join the craft sessions, regardless of their artistic ability.

“The craft group is a really lovely way for Indigenous women to come together, to not only be creative but also to enjoy the camaraderie of working together creatively,” Ms Woods said.

“There are real social and mental health benefits in bringing people together to enjoy each other’s company while working on something creative and productive.

“Aside from the satisfaction in producing craftworks, we also enjoy all sorts of conversations – from sometimes deep and profound topics to the outright hilarious.”

Ms Woods said women who were not into craft were also welcome to attend to help produce a hot daily soup.

Attending the craft group is free, and includes access to tea and coffee facilities.

Anyone who takes part must first have completed a full women’s health check, get their flu shots and also have a GRAMS care plan.

The group encourages donations of craft wares, including artificial flowers, material off cuts, broken tiles and any craft equipment.

For more information, or to donate goods please, contact Volunteer Felicity Mourambine on 0484 138 155.

3. SA Newsletter from the Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

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4. VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team solid workout

Great job to everyone who came in at 7:30am and smashed out a solid workout! You all smashed it And especially good job to Raylene from Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-Operative & Rudy from Mallee District Aboriginal Services who came all the way to have an awesome session!

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5. ACT : Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO Julie Tongs Speaking out

 ” The Australian Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion announced on 7 July that it was his intention from July 2018 only Aboriginal owned, managed and controlled organisations and businesses would be funded by the Commonwealth to deliver services under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

This decision by the Minister is one of the most profoundly important policy decisions to have been made for years in relation to the delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO Julie Tongs 

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Read download 20 page  Winnunga AHCS Newsletter July 2017

In making the announcement Minister Scullion said it was a decision taken on the back of incontrovertible evidence that the best outcomes being achieved under the IAS were those that were being delivered by local, community focused Indigenous managed and led organisations and businesses.

The Minister effectively asserted that the evidence was in, and that the practice of Governments in turning to mainstream and church based businesses, ahead of Aboriginal organisations, was producing sub-optimal outcomes for Aboriginal people and that the Commonwealth would from the beginning of the next financial year only make funding under the IAS available to Aboriginal businesses.

The next step in this process must be its extension to other programs and funding including of Indigenous specific programs managed by the States and Territories and of funding dispersed through the Public Health Network.

It was perhaps no coincidence that the Minister’s announcement coincided with the tenth anniversary of the disastrous and racist bi partisan ‘intervention’ in the Northern Territory.

Ms Pat Anderson, one of the authors of ‘Little Children are Sacred’ and currently chairperson of the Lowitja Institute has previously summarised the rationale of Minister Scullion’s decision to turn to Aboriginal organisations for the delivery of services as being that one of the most important determinants of health is ‘control’.

She said: ‘Practically this means any policy aimed at reducing the disadvantage of our communities must ask itself how it will increase the ability of Aboriginal people, families and communities to take control over their own lives.’

This is the point I have made repeatedly to ACT Government Ministers and officials, most particularly and forcefully in recent times in relation to the exclusion of any Aboriginal community involvement in programs such as Strengthening Families, A Step Up for Our Kids,

Through care, supported housing, care and protection, childcare, aged care or justice. The default practice in the ACT is for the Government to turn to precisely the organisations that Minister Scullion has said the evidence shows produce sub-optimal outcomes for Aboriginal people, namely non-Aboriginal mainstream businesses and church backed businesses. Organisations which the Minister has now said will, on the basis of all the evidence, no longer be funded by the Commonwealth.

6. NSW  : Yerin Newsletter 2nd Edition July 2017




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