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Nov 30

1.National Health Medical and Research Council (NHMRC) Road Map 3 public consultation will close on 10 December 2017

2.VIC : VAHS : The women in first Aboriginal woman MP Lidia Thorpe’s family have a history of blazing trails in health

3. SA : Nganampa Health Council : Anangu Study Scholarship Pirpantji Rive-Nelson – University of Queensland Student Doctor MD IV

4. NT  : Congress Alice Springs wins major National Indigenous Employment Award

5.1. NSW : Awabakal Early Learning awarded Excellent rating

5.2 : NSW : How Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and South Western Sydney Local Health District work together to achieve better outcomes for mental health clients.

6.1 QLD : QAIHC Queensland awards for excellence in Indigenous health service delivery : QAIHC Member of the Year Award – Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

6.2 QLD : QAIHC Conference focuses on providing quality health care to Indigenous communities

7.WA : AHCWA are pleased to announce the following Executive Board Members elected at a recent  AGM

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1.National Health Medical and Research Council (NHMRC) Road Map 3 public consultation will close on 10 December 2017

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A reminder that the National Health Medical and Research Council (NHMRC) would like your feedback on the draft Road Map 3: A strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research (Road Map 3).

The draft Road Map 3 public consultation will close on 10 December 2017 and we invite you to make a submission through the website here:

www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-topics/indigenous-health/draft-road-map-3-public-consultation

Road Map 3 will guide and communicate NHMRC’s objectives and investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research for the next decade. Road Map 3 follows on from the release of Road Map 1 in 2002 and Road Map 2 in 2010.

Further information and background please contact Nous Group via email:

NHMRCroadmap3@nousgroup.com.au.

2.VIC : VAHS The women in Victoria’s first Aboriginal woman MP Lidia Thorpe’s family have a history of blazing trails.

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When Ms Thorpe gives her maiden speech in the Victorian Parliament today as the state’s first Aboriginal woman MP, her 84-year-old grandmother Alma Thorpe will be there to watch.

View Lidia’s powerful ” maiden ” speech HERE

In the ’70s Alma Thorpe was one of the founders of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. Her own mother set up a funeral fund for Aboriginal people in the ’60s to ensure proper burials.

Ms Thorpe said the strong women in her family had inspired her career in politics.

“All the women in my family have fought for Aboriginal people for a very long time,” she told NIT.

The new Member for the inner Melbourne electorate of Northcote said an Aboriginal woman in the Victorian parliament was “well overdue”.

She was sworn in earlier this week after storming to a historic win for the Greens in a November 18 by-election for the Legislative Assembly seat.

Ms Thorpe, a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman from Victoria’s south-east and western districts, said even she was surprised by her overwhelming win.

“I was totally in shock,” she said.

“I thought it was going to be close — a close win or a close loss.

“I was not expecting the support we got. Everyone in Northcote is sick of the old parties and wanted to see change.”

Ms Thorpe said as an MP she would continue to care for country and would fight for a Great Forest National Park, which would cover big areas of the central Victorian highlands.

Overcrowded public transport systems were also a problem in Northcote.

She said she would also advocate for clan-based treaty in Victoria.

Ms Thorpe will take leave from her duties as chair of Victoria’s NAIDOC Week Committee.

Ms Thorpe has worked in Aboriginal health, education, employment and funeral services and run her own event management business since leaving school at the age of 14.

Wendy Caccetta NIT Report

https://nit.com.au/meet-victorias-first-female-aboriginal-mp/

3. SA : Nganampa Health Council : Anangu Study Scholarship Pirpantji Rive-Nelson – University of Queensland Student Doctor MD IV

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For many residents of the APY Lands it can be difficult to undertake tertiary level education. In general, if students want to study they are relocated to a foreign environment far from their friends and family. Not to mention, it can be very expensive!

Nganampa Health Council introduced the Anangu Study Scholarship as a way to make tertiary education a bit easier for our people and ultimately to maximise the number of Anangu staff that we employ.

Pirpantji Rive-Nelson is currently in his final year of a Doctor of Medicine program with the University of Queensland, completing his clinical years in the Toowoomba Rural Clinical School.

“I chose this program at the University of Queensland because it is highly ranked on international and domestic scales. Additionally, I have previously studied in Brisbane for my Bachelor of Nursing undergraduate degree, so it made sense to return to Brisbane.

I applied for the NHC student scholarship during my Nursing undergraduate and have been provided financial support with my accommodation. Studying at University is an extremely difficult time with little income. Therefore, I have maximised the opportunity for support from our health care provider.

The benefit of receiving NHC student scholarship is that it has given me the basics of life in terms of stable accommodation. This support has been invaluable and enables to me to focus on completing my studies. I have been most grateful for the support NHC has provided me, and once I complete my studies and work in Alice Springs Hospital in 2019, I plan to fulfil my personal notion of return of service to our communities and people of the APY Lands. I sincerely hope other Anangu will pursue academia and health professions, so we can be a part of the provision of health care for our families and people.“

4. NT Congress Alice Springs wins major National Indigenous Employment Award

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Central Australian Aboriginal Congress recognised as joint winner of the Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award at the 2017 at the Australian HR Institute Awards.

Accepting the award in Melbourne on behalf of Congress is General Manager HR Kim Mannering and Aboriginal Staff Advisory Group Chair Andrew Lockyer.

Congratulations to board, leadership, staff and for your efforts to employ additional 67 Aboriginal people to roles across Congress compared to this time in 2014.

5.1. NSW : Awabakal Early Learning awarded Excellent rating

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On Thursday 7 December, Awabakal Ltd will be awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating – the highest rating possible – for their Wickham Preschool from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

The presentation, which will take place at the Preschool in Wickham, will recognise Awabakal’s outstanding achievement as a leader in Early Learning and Education.

Awabakal is the first Early Childhood Service in the Newcastle and Hunter Region and the first Aboriginal service in New South Wales to achieve the ‘Excellent’ rating and is a particularly noteworthy merit.

This award places Wickham Preschool in the top 0.003 per cent of all Early Childhood Services in the country and is based on criteria including excellent educational care, leadership that contributes to the development of community and commitment to sustained excellent practice through continuous improvement and planning.

When discussing the rating announcement, Awabakal’s Early Learning and Education Principal, Renee Smith said this recognition was a huge achievement for the organisation.

“This is the biggest recognition in our field and to be the first Aboriginal Early Childhood Service in the state to be awarded this rating is an extraordinary achievement,” said Ms Smith.

“The staff at Awabakal are constantly searching for ways to continually deliver the best educational and social outcomes to our children and families, and we take pride in delivering the highest quality learning experiences so that we can create a community of leaders.

“I feel privileged to work for an organisation who is leading the way, providing innovative programs and showcasing excellence in service delivery and to have this recognised on a national platform is amazing,” concluded Ms Smith.

Awabakal Chief Executive Officer, Raylene Gordon, commented on the rating award saying the success of their Early Learning and Education department is reflective of the hard work and commitment the team have to the children in the community.

“Our preschool service is utilised by a number of families and children within our community and the staff who work at both Wickham and Glendale are dedicated to providing the best services to all.

“It is an honour to have the Wickham Preschool awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating and we look forward to achieving this across both sites in the near future. I would like to congratulate the entire Early Learning and Education team on this achievement,” concluded Ms Gordon.

5.2 : NSW : How Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and South Western Sydney Local Health District work together to achieve better outcomes for mental health clients.

View Here

https://youtu.be/JmsbgmL2M-o?list=PLmdoKIibCmXbDqiQ_7O8ggmmBq9DWhQKo

6.1 QLD : QAIHC Queensland awards for excellence in Indigenous health service delivery : QAIHC Member of the Year Award – Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

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QAIHC Member of the Year Award – Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

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Quality of Service Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation values the responsibility of providing a quality health service to all residents of Yarrabah and will maintain a high standard of care across all levels of the organisation

Leadership Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation will endeavour to represent the Yarrabah community through strong leadership to ensure the delivery of health services are maintained and improved upon as determined by the needs of the clients.

Commitment Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation strives to provide 100% commitment to all levels of the organisation business and in its capacity to support the Yarrabah community.

Accountability Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation aims to be accountable to the appropriate stakeholders within the organisation, the Yarrabah community, non-Government and Government sector.

Teamwork Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation recognises and understands the value of teamwork and insists upon a team approach in service delivery and management to maximise outcome

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) honoured the state’s top achievers in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector (ATSICCHS) at the inaugural QAIHC Awards for Excellence ceremony, in Brisbane on Tuesday night (14 November 2017).

The QAIHC 2017 Awards for Excellence recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations within the Sector.

QAIHC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Neil Willmett congratulated all the winners and finalists and encouraged them to continue their good work.

“The QAIHC Awards for Excellence are instrumental in acknowledging the significant contributions of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services in improving health outcomes for our people,” he said.

“I congratulate all the nominees for the work you are undertaking to eliminate the disparities in health and wellbeing experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.

“Individually and collectively we continue our journey towards making a difference in the delivery of comprehensive primary health care,” Mr Willmett said.

The winners of the QAIHC 2017 Awards for Excellence are:

  • QAIHC Partnership Excellence Award – Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health
  • QAIHC Innovation Excellence Award – Carbal Medical Services
  • QAIHC Patient Satisfaction & Service Excellence Award – The Dental Team, Wuchopperen Health Service
  • QAIHC Leader of the Year Award – Aunty Gail Wason, Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation
  • QAIHC Member of the Year Award – Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

CheckUp, Health Workforce Queensland, General Practice Training Queensland, and General Medical Training James Cook University are proud partners of the QAIHC 2017 Awards for Excellence.

6.2 QLD : QAIHC Conference focuses on providing quality health care to Indigenous communities

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) held their annual State Member Conference in Brisbane on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

The theme for the conference, ‘Delivering quality health services to our communities,’ aligns with QAIHC’s aim of ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right access to equitable, culturally competent, and high-quality care.

With twenty-eight QIAHC Members servicing communities across Queensland, QAIHC is committed to supporting their Members to deliver optimal and culturally responsive primary healthcare services.

Mr Neil Willmett, Chief Executive Officer, QAIHC said the conference provided members with the opportunity to come together to discuss a range of policy, research, and legislative requirements relevant to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector.

“The conference covered a range of topics pertinent to the Sector including the Australian Government National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 and the proposed Commonwealth Funding Model,” he said.

“We were fortunate to have guest speakers from the Commonwealth and State health departments who were able to provide an update on the national agenda for Indigenous health and reinforce the commitment towards closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders.

“As an integral part of the Queensland Health Care system, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector plays a critical role in the delivery of quality comprehensive primary health care to our communities,” Mr Willmett said.

QAIHC is the peak organisation representing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector (ATSICCHS) in Queensland at both a state and national level. Membership is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services in Queensland.

 

7.WA : AHCWA are pleased to announce the following Executive Board Members elected at a recent  AGM attended by delegates and observers from our Member Services. Congratulations to:

Chairperson: Vicki O’Donnell

Deputy Chairperson: Raymond Christophers

Secretary: Fabian Tucker

Treasurer: Susan Oakley

 

 

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