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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. Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service going strong after recent awards

3. QLD : B.strong training program to help close the gap

 4.WA : South West Aboriginal Medical Service receives funding to establish a dental clinic

5. SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yuntiat Flinders Uni

6. NT : Menzies HealthLAB hits the road for Science Week

7.VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services aims to reach out

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’.

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

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2. Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service going strong after recent awards

Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service says it is going from strength to strength, getting more and more healthy outcomes for the Koori community.

Morale was boosted even further by recent Eurobodalla business and NAIDOC awards, and now the service is being recognised as a shining light in the arena of Aboriginal community health and closing the gap.

Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Business Award at this month’s Eurobodalla Business Awards night, where the service also picked up the People’s Choice Award for the Narooma area.

And then only one month ago, Katungul received the Excellence Award at the Eurobodalla NAIDOC Awards night held in Narooma.

Katungul chief executive officer Rob Skeen said the awards had definitely been a huge boost for staff, particularly receiving the peer-to-peer recognition of both the people’s choice and NAIDOC awards.

“It’s important to all our staff, because even though we work for the organisation, we are still community members and part of the wider family,” Mr Skeen said.

“All our staff have a strong investment in not only seeing Katungul succeed but because of our long community and family history, we also have those ties with the community, so its not only about what’s happening now but also building a strong base for future generations.”

“Those historical family and cultural ties reflects our “Koori health in Koori hands” philosophy.”

Since taking over as CEO last year, Mr Skeen has seen the number of employees grow from 30 to 56 and the health service was getting recognition for its accomplishments from a range of other services and government entities.

Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service now services the entire Far South Coast from Eden to Ulladulla with offices in Bega, Narooma and Batemans Bay, as well as recent moves to service areas west of the ACT.

Only last week, representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet had a lengthy meeting at the service’s Narooma office to find out why the service’s reporting system was so good, and Katungul has been recognised one of the four most accountable Aboriginal organisations in Australia.

“They were impressed and had plenty of questions to ask about how we were meeting our key performance indicators,” Mr Skeen said. “It was a good opportunity for us to reinforce that it’s not just about the numbers but also the narrative and story behind our accomplishments that are equally as important.”

So for example, the work being done by the young outreach workers Sean Kinchela and Dean Heycox in the eyes and ear screening program, who in recent months had screened more than 450 primary school and kindergarten students from Bermagui to Batemans bay, checking for conditions such as otitis media.

Their work had been so successful , the pair was next week scheduled to give a presentation to the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council as a best practice model on health screening for other Aboriginal medical services in

Other Katungal success stories include the mobile dental van that now was visiting schools and communities all along the Far South Coast thanks to the support of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney.

The dental hygienist supplied by the Poche Centre now had a dental assistant and local Koori trainee working with her for all the school visits in the Bega and Eurobodalla shires.

Mr Skeen said Katungul was also implementing a new holistic approach to medical care that took into account both physical and mental health.

“Because you can’t make healthy decisions about your body without having a healthy mind,” he said.

A new strategic plan for the health service was also being finalised and would begin to be implemented across all its offices and programs in October, he said.

Katungul was working on building partnerships with the three other Aboriginal medical services in Nowra and the Illawarra, and also the Oolong House residential alcohol and drug treatment facility.

“One of the proudest accomplishments for me so far was getting word that the number of emergency room admissions for our Aboriginal people had dropped significantly, which to me means we are making a difference when it comes to preventative medicine and keeping Kouri health in Kouri hands, “Mr Skeen said.

 3. QLD : B.strong training program to help close the gap

Health professionals will receive training on how to provide culturally-appropriate healthy-lifestyle advice to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with the launch of the B.strong training program.

Photo above : (left to right) Professor Noel Hayman, Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service; Aunty Evelyn Waria, Torres Strait Islander Elder; Aunty Kerry Charlton, Aboriginal Elder; Cameron Dick MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services.  (Photo: Qld Health Hospital and Health Service)

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today launched the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.24 million three-year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Brief Intervention Training Program (the B.strong training program) which will be delivered by Menzies School of Health Research over 2017-2019.

“The B.strong training program will build the capacity, skills and confidence of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and other health and community professionals,” Mr Dick said.

The program is of particular importance to the Member for Inala, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, after campaigning for further Indigenous health services in the area.

“The program will enable health professionals to deliver appropriate nutrition and physical activity interventions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and to help them stop smoking,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Photo above : Training delivery photo (Apunipima Cape Capers e-newsletter):

Royden Fagan (bottom left hand photo pointing at paper).

Menzies School of Health Research Brief Intervention Trainer Royden Fagan delivered B.strong Brief Intervention training program to Apunipima health workers earlier this month. Participants who complete the one day session, six two-hour online modules and take part in peer support groups will gain a Statement of Attainment.

“I am excited that the Menzies School of Health Research has been working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and Queensland Health to develop the B.strong training program.

“The Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service and Inala Indigenous Health Service worked in partnership with Menzies to test and pilot the face-to-face and online training program.”

Inala Indigenous Health Service Clinical Director Professor Noel Hayman said working in partnership with Menzies for the B.strong training program was crucial for its success.

“We worked together to develop, design and test the B.strong training program and online materials,” Prof Hayman said.

“The shared goal was to produce a best-practice training program in smoking cessation, nutrition and physical activity for health professionals to work more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The face-to-face B.strong training program will be delivered flexibly to fit the operational needs of health services to ensure all staff receive training.”

Menzies School of Health Research Director Prof Alan Cass said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders have a high prevalence of known risk factors for chronic disease.

“Smoking rates amongst Indigenous Queenslanders are high, including maternal smoking rates, and Indigenous Queenslanders are also more likely to be obese,” Prof Cass said.

“The B.strong training program aims to address the risk factors that significantly contribute to the burden of disease and injury for Indigenous Queenslanders.”

To find out more about the B.strong program see (external site) ( ) or to organise a training workshop contact the B.strong team at: ( ) or Ph: 07 3169 4208.

 4.WA : South West Aboriginal Medical Service receives funding to establish a dental clinic

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service is set to add to its already impressive array of services thanks to the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs funding.

Member for Bunbury Don Punch said the funding will help to create a dental clinic at the centre which will help improve the health outcomes for the Noongar community.

“Dental health is such an important part of overall healthcare so I think it is really appropriate SWAMS expand their services in this area,” he said.

“I recently toured the Bunbury SWAMS clinic and was very impressed by the holistic approach they take to health care.

Mr Punch said the $25,000 in funding would go a long way towards turning SWAMS’ long held ambition for a dental clinic into a reality.

“The dental clinic initiative will enhance their services in a very positive way.”

“SWAMS has partnered with WA Dental Health Services and with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the Sydney Medical School to establish the clinic” he said.

5. SA : Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti at Flinders Uni

Our team were at Flinders Uni NAIDOC  – if you’re young and deadly (or even if you’re older and deadly) learn how we can support you to live a smoke-free life! #BeHealthyBeSmokefree #notupinsmokes

6. NT : Menzies HealthLAB hits the road for Science Week

Territorians from Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands to Gunbalanya in Arnhem Land recently received a snapshot of their overall physical health from one of the NT’s most interesting mobile laboratories.

HealthLAB, an initiative of the Menzies School of Health Research, promoted healthy lifestyle choices to more than 350 Territorians during National Science Week.

As people moved through the various stations, which measured blood pressure, carbon monoxide in their lungs and showed internal organs on ultrasound, they gained a better understanding of their bodies and received information about how to improve their health.

Other stations included a vertical jump that indicated lower body strength, while a grip strength test measured upper body strength.

HealthLAB director Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan said the mobile lab was a great way for people to have a hands-on experience with the medical technology, and improve their awareness of how current lifestyle choices – such as smoking or healthy eating – can impact their health in the future.

“We received great feedback from schools and the general public during this tour, which saw NT lawmakers and the captain of NT Thunder Shannon Rioli take part,” she said.

HealthLAB manager Nicole Boyd said that since its inception in 2014, more than 5000 Territorians had experienced HealthLAB and learned how they could make healthier choices to help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension.

To help people keep track of their scores and measurements, the HealthLAB team launched an app for Apple devices – visit W: – earlier this year, which also provides messages of encouragement and healthy lifestyle tips.

For more information about Menzies’ HealthLAB, visit W:

 7.VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services aims to reach out

MALLEE District Aboriginal Services took the unusual step of closing its Mildura offices and staff instead offered its services direct to the community from Nowingi Place, on the Mildura riverfront, for the day

The first Mildura organisation-wide Community Engagement Day aims to reach out to people who might otherwise not use MDAS health, community and family ­services.

The focus of the day is on health services, with free health checks, assessments and information, but will have the full range of MDAS services on-site.

“Our health services are really hitting the mark with the community, because we’ve had a 100 per cent increase in the number of health checks at our clinics in the past four years,” MDAS project officer Shanice Kuchel said.

 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  Friday, please contact Kira or Rose at the TAC on – 03 62340700, 1800 132 260.

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