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1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

2.QLD : APUNIPIMA Cape York Health Council’s Baby One Program highlighted at Growing Deadly families Forum

3. WA / AHCWA : Shot in the arm for vaccinations at Bega Garnbirringy Health Service 

4.1 VIC : VAHS Healthy Life Style Team Kirrip Six Week Challenge – Week Two has officially kicked off!

4.2 VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services Study will help target gambling

5.1 NSW Awabakal kicks off thier Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

5.2 NSW : Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Youth Vaccine Hip Hop video project

6. NT NATSIWA AMSANT 2017 Darwin Forum

7. SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

8. Tas : Tasmania Aboriginal community and family events

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1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

 This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

NACCHO Conference Website

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

Register HERE


2.QLD : APUNIPIMA Cape York Health Council’s Baby One Program highlighted at Growing Deadly families Forum.

APUNIPIMA Cape York Health Council’s Baby One Program has been highlighted at this month’s Queensland Clinical senate’s Growing Deadly families Forum.

The Forum focused on improving the health of Queensland’s indigenous women and families through a healthier start to life.

Apunipima’s johanna Neville and Florida Getawan told delegates about the council’s award-winning Indigenous-led Baby One Program, which is an integral part of antenatal care in Cape York. It runs from pregnancy until the baby is 1000 days old.

“Baby Baskets (full of useful and essential items) are integral feature of the Baby One Program, are provided to families at key times during pregnancy and the postnatal period,” Ms Neville told delegates.

“The baskets act as both an incentive to encourage families to engage with health care providers, as a catalyst to health education and as a means to provide essential items to families in Cape York.”

Ms Getawan, who helps deliver the Baby One Program in cairns and Kowanyama, said home visits make a difference when it comes to mothers receiving care.

“As a maternal and child-health worker I spend time educating pregnant women about healthy eating, what’s good and what’s not good for them during pregnancy such as the dangers of smoking, and safe sleeping for bubba”, she said.

“ I love doing home visits and yarning with mothers about healthy parenting, and being a support person for them in their own space.

“I love being there for families who are too shy to come to the clinic so, if I can, I engage with them in their own environment.

“I love watching mothers grow because I have had seven pregnancies myself and can relate to what they are going through, and I am able to develop a healthy relationship with them.”

3. WA / AHCWA : Shot in the arm for vaccinations at Bega Garnbirringy Health Service 

An Aboriginal health worker from Kalgoorlie is the latest to complete a program that teaches how to administer vaccinations to children.

The Bega Garnbirringy Health Service health worker graduated after taking part in the two-week course at the Nindila training Centre in Kalgoorlie.

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

Since then, 34 Aboriginal health workers from across WA have been trained to administer vaccinations and promote immunisation.

AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the program had been initiated to improve immunisation rates amongst Aboriginal children in WA, which are the lowest in the country.

“Until this program was launched, only nurses and doctors were authorised to carry out immunisations,“ she said.

“By expanding the number of Aboriginal health workers trained to administer vaccinations to children, we hope to decrease the risk of our young people contracting preventable diseases.


‘In addition, the added benefit of having Aboriginal health workers trained to conduct vaccinations means they can relate to Aboriginal children and gain the trust of their parents to help spread the message about the importance of immunisation.”

A WA Auditor General’s report published last December cited immunisation rates amongst Aboriginal children, infants and toddlers as lower than the national target. It suggested the training program had helped contribute to improvements in low immunisation rates among Aboriginal children, with rates for Aboriginal infants in several regions increasing by an average of 8,5% in the year from June 2015.

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

“We hope that as more Aboriginal Health Workers are trained, the rates will go up even further.

“We have received an overwhelming response from our Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations, who see the value in their AHW’s being trained to administer immunisations,” she said.

Courses are planned for Broom and Carnarvon later this year.

4.1 VIC : VAHS Healthy Life Style Team Kirrip Six Week Challenge – Week Two has officially kicked off!

Huge effort from all of our Challenge Champs who came to hear Luke give us some great information about eating well to live longer and stronger lives.

Everyone gave 110% in the workout and we can’t wait for next week! Keep smashing those goals and working towards building healthy habits every day.

Jandalee and Coz were our FitBit winners this week for their consistency and determination! Thanks to Medibank for donating the FitBits, we can’t wait to give one away every week.

Go for it Kirrip Challenge! You’ve got this!


4.2 VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services Study will help target gambling

A study commissioned by Mallee District Aboriginal Services is helping to highlight the extent of problem gambling in the Mallee’s Aboriginal community – and identifying possible strategies and solutions.

The study, published by La Trobe University, was compiled from interviews conducted with 26 community members across the Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang region earlier this year.
Pictured MDAS Gambler’s Help Counsellor Tiffany Griffin with Social and Emotional Wellbeing Manager Raelene Stephens

You can download the report here.

The report found that although gambling was identified as “a popular and pleasurable activity”, participants also noted it was a “respite from depression, loneliness, stress and sadness”, with some acknowledging it to be a cause of significant harm.

Although the study noted that tighter regulation by government would aid in reducing harm, other recommendations were more community-focussed.

The report found that there was a strong sense that for interventions to work, more open discussion about gambling was needed, in part to address shame, one of the biggest barriers identified to addressing harm.

MDAS chief executive officer Rudolph Kirby said the report would be used as a springboard to open community discussion on the issue of problem gambling.

“One of the main findings of the study, and one of the challenges we face, is that a lot of people don’t identify gambling itself as a problem in the first place,” Mr Kirby said.

“They might acknowledge they have money problems or health problems or family problems, but most people don’t see gambling as a problem in itself,” he said.

“Even when they do they’re often too embarrassed to say something or seek help because of the stigma around the issue.”

Mr Kirby said the report’s findings would be a catalyst for strengthening the delivery of support services, with the assistance of funding announced by the Victorian Government last month.

The project known as “It’s not all about the money” will be funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to allow MDAS and La Trobe University to work with other Elders and community members in Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang to co-design and implement interventions.

MDAS Gambler’s Help Officer Tiffany Griffin said the work would focus on looking at how to increase the open conversations about gambling in the community.

“This is a great opportunity to first acknowledge the problem that we have, then get the community on-board to address the problem and preventing it being such a problem in future, as well,” Ms Griffin said.

“We want the community to be part of designing our education and support services so they are not only more aware of them, but feel comfortable in coming forward and asking for support for a problem they or a family member might have,” she said.

“The report also identified that one of the things that drew people to gambling venues, particularly bingo, was the opportunity to socialise and catch up with others, so opportunities for replacement activities is also an important factor that we can look at.”

The project will complement the support services already provided by Gambler’s Help MDAS.

The MDAS Social and Emotional wellbeing team can be contacted on (03) 5018 4100. Gambler’s Help services can also be access by calling 1800 858 858.

5.1 NSW Awabakal kicks off thier Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

This week we kicked off our Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

We had a good little bunch of starters at both our 7am and 10:30am sessions. It was so encouraging to see many of our local community members taking that sometimes scary 1st step towards improving their health.

It was awesome seeing some of our Dads team up with their sons, as Timana said ‘that’s leadership right there’.

Today was packed with fun, sweat and giggles.

It’s not too late to join us, please contact us for a rego form and make an appointment at medical to get your measurements done. Challenge yourself……

5.2 NSW : Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Youth Vaccine Hip Hop video project

Recently the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Youth Vaccine Hip Hop video project was launched on YouTube.

The ‘Whatchya Gunna Do?’ video can be viewed at

Through the combined efforts of locally talented youths and nationally recognised artists the project included the writing and recording of the song as well as filming the video clip with young people from throughout the Murrumbidgee Local Health District area.

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District has been eagerly awaiting the launch of ‘Whatchya Gunna Do?’

Aboriginal and Torres Strait people who visit a GP located in an AMS in the Murrumbidgee region (Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation, Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service or Viney Morgan) will be managed by the team at the relevant AMS.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait who visit a mainstream ‘non AMS’ General Practice, can be referred into the program to Marathon Health.

“We have been fortunate to be able to combine local youth talent with nationally recognised artists including Nooky and Nina Las Vegas,” Murrumbidgee Local Health District director of public health Tracey Oakman said.

“The youth wrote the lyrics, sang the song and participated in the video, all with the support of producer  Rahj Conkas, lyric writer Nooky and radio host, DJ and producer Nina Las Vegas,” Mrs Oakman said.

The inspiration behind the project was the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s desire to see young people educated on the importance of vaccination.

The Murrumidgee Local Health District recently announced that the local area has the highest rate of Human Papillomavirus vaccinations across the nation and would like to see the region take the top spots when it comes to other vaccinations too.

In Australia free vaccinations from the National Immunisation Program are provided to children (at 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months and 4 years), adolescents (Year 7 at school) and older people (Aboriginal people over 50 and others over 65 years).  Additionally free vaccines are available to people with specific medical conditions.

LAUNCH: A hip hop video has been released to promote vaccination.

LAUNCH: A hip hop video has been released to promote vaccination.

“The aim of the video is to engage with high school age youth to get them thinking about the importance of immunisation,” Mrs Oakman said.

The launch last Saturday was held as part of Wagga Wagga City Council’s Youth Week celebrations.

Mrs Oakman said the project originally came about thanks to an idea from a local health worker.

“The project is the brainchild of Leanne Sanders, Aboriginal Immunisation Health Worker,” Mrs Oakman said.

“Leanne realised many youth do not recognise the importance of being vaccinated and proposed the Hip Hop video as a way of reaching them.”

For more information on vaccinations visit the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s website at, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Facebook page or by speaking to your local health professional.

The ‘Whatchya Gunna Do?’ video can be viewed at

6. NT NATSIWA AMSANT 2017 Darwin Forum

Our busy schedule had the NATSIHWA professional development team land in Darwin this week to facilitate a forum to a group of Aboriginal Health Practitioners who work in a variety of roles from education to management.

A passionate and dedicated group of health professionals shared their experiences working in the Top End and engaged with our Guest Presenters, who delivered some current education to assist them in their practice.

Our members  provided valuable historical insights into the Aboriginal Health Worker role and how they continue to work diligently to advance this valuable profession across the NT.

The AMSANT Leadership and Workforce Development Team presented an outstanding informative session and received positive feedback from all attendees.

Many thanks to Jeaneen for your warm welcome to Larrakia Country, and our guest presenters for your time and commitment in assisting us to facilitate our forums.

Thanks to the Darwin mob for coming along and providing your feedback for us to take back to Canberra.  It is so rewarding to journey with you, to hear your voices and witness such strong representation in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health & education sector. Kudos to you all !

Photo Above L-R: Darwin forum presenters Vanessa McAndrew IBA, Marea Fittock RHD and Stehen Thompson ASD.
AMSANT Present at Darwin Forum
Photo Above L-R: Karrina DeMasi, Patrick Johnson and Sharon Wallace.
AMSANT presenters Patrick Johnson, Sharon Wallace and Karrina DeMasi provided particiapnts at NATSIHWA Darwin Forum with a powerful presentation on AMSANT services, leadership, workforce and policy.

All were impressed by their dedication and achievments, especially the NATSIHWA  team. We would like to give a huge shout out to the AMSANT Team and also thank you for allowing us to share your information with our all our readers.


7. SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

Doug Milera, CEO of Tauondi College proudly demonstrates the college as a newly minted smoke-free environment. This means a healthier space for students and staff alike! Too deadly Tauondi. #BeHealthyBeSmokefree
8. Tas : Tasmania Aboriginal community and family events
Members of the Aboriginal community and our family’s, we are hosting one of three up-coming gatherings next – Friday, 6:00pm, 1 September 2017 at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove).
We are looking for Aboriginal community volunteers to help out for the community dinner. If your able to volunteer next Friday, please contact Kira or Rose at the TAC on – 03 62340700, 1800 132 260.

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