NACCHO Aboriginal Health #ACCHO Deadly Good News stories : Including #Tullawon AMS @DeadlyChoices @CAACongress @Apunipima #Anyinginyi NT @June_Oscar #WomensVoices

1.1 National  : NACCHO Chair attends opening of Yalata Blue House 

1.2 MIMS-NACCHO Partnership

2.1 QLD :  Talkin Tukka : What’s a healthy lifestyle in Cape York?

2.2 QLD : Patrick Johnson becomes a Deadly Choices Ambassador

2.3 : June Oscar heads for Queensland Wiyi Yani U Thangani #WomensVoices project

3.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs takes part in CTG Refresh

3.2 NT : Anyinginyi Health supports Tennant Creek alcohol restrictions ,they  must be longer and tougher

Includes new Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up Video Tennant Creek kids  

4.WA : Earbus and South West Aboriginal Medical Service performs checks for Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School Students 

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1.1 National  : NACCHO Chair attends opening of Yalata Blue House 

NACCHO Chairperson John Singer was invited by NACCHO member Tullawon Health Service to the launch and opening of the “Yalata Blue House “ for men’s health, social, and cultural activities.

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The new men’s shed at Yalata SA is set to provide men in the community a space to talk openly about any issues they may be facing.

The ‘Yalata Blue House’ was officially opened last month with a group of about 25 men attending the unveiling.

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia project officer Joshua Riessen has been involved in the creation of the men’s shed at Yalata and said it was “great” to see it opened.

“I help the men drive activities and health activities such as around the ‘no smoking’ message – it is a place where we want to spread that message and hope to change attitudes slowly,” he said.

“There was a women’s equivalent, a mum’s and bubs space, where women could come together and talk about any issues and we wanted something for the men too.

“It is a safe space and place to talk about any health issues, and it is also a platform for visiting GPs to go over and talk to the men about their health and make sure they are not ashamed to talk about any issues.”

Mr Riessen said the shed project had been in the works for the past few months and was planned in conjunction with community leaders and organisations.

He estimated men from as young as 16 to those in their 70s would use and benefit from the new space.

Mr Riessen said the creation of the men’s shed would have a positive impact on the Yalata community.

“As well as being a safe space to talk, the men will also undertake activities such as arts and crafts, for example traditional painting, and woodwork,” he said.

“They can go to the shed to do these things and sell their items, which can generate some revenue to put back into the house to keep the activities going.”

An estimated 40 men have already been through the shed between its unveiling and the recent official opening and Mr Riessen said the reaction from community members had been “very positive”.

“They are really opening up about personal health issues and are having discussions with the other men,” he said.

“People feel comfortable in the shed and it also helps to bring the community together.”

 1.2 MIMS-NACCHO Partnership

MIMS is partnering with NACCHO to provide all their clinics access to the most up-to-date and relevant medicines information through eMIMS.

Download and share this info : MIMS-NACCHO discount offer

MIMS is proud to partner with NACCHO and work together to achieve health equality for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and contribute to the Close the Gap Campaign.

By joining our efforts, we strive to ensure that all Australians live a long, healthy and happy life.  eMIMS is a trusted and well-established resource, and remains your complete guide to Product Information, Consumer Medicine Information, Product Images, Drug Interactions and PBS information for all registered medicines in Australia.

MIMS is offering all clinics a discounted rate for eMIMS subscriptions at $165.00 incl. GST per user.

This is a generous discounted offer, our standard single user price for eMIMS is $299.00.

To take advantage of this offer and support this MIMS and NACCHO partnership:

Please email Kumar Singh at with your order details

(your name, clinic name, clinic address, phone number, eMIMS Cloud or Classic, and how many users you will need at the clinic)

eMIMS is available as two platforms:

eMIMSCloud needs internet connection

  • Internet-based and can be accessed from wherever you are on any internet abled device.
  • In eMIMSCloud you will find additional content such as tools and calculators to help you make decisions based on evidence based parameters.
  • Drug Allergy interactions checker.
  • With eMIMS Cloud there is nothing to install or update
  • No updates are required by you.

eMIMS Classic does not rely on internet connection

  •  eMIMS Classic can be installed on a network or single PC/laptop.
  • You will be provided with a license key which will activate your subscription.
  •  MIMS will provide you with a DVD in April August and December; monthly medicines information updates need to be manually downloaded and installed for months other than when you receive a DVD. MIMS will provide you with an email each month to notify you that the updated information
  • You do not need to logon to eMIMS Classic – you simply need to open it and leave it open during working hours.
  •  Downloaded to sit on your hard drive from a DVD.


2.1 QLD :  Talkin Tukka : What’s a healthy lifestyle in Cape York?

A new Indigenous media project launching today will bring listeners all the latest information, thanks to a new partnership between Black Star Radio and Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

Talkin Tukka is the program. Inspired by Black Star’s regular Bush Tukka segments, the new program is about our healthy Indigenous foods and a whole lot more! It also focuses on other healthy foods available for Indigenous people to blend with their wild caught and harvested bush tukka: the best of our traditional and modern knowledge.

Talkin Tukka also features health experts, food and nutrition experts, including for women’s, men’s and children’s health. It will build and support the great movement for good health we see across the Cape, providing ideas, information and positive health messages for Indigenous families.
The partnership is a great fit for Apunipima and Black Star, who each blend traditional and cutting-edge knowledge in all they do.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council represents 17 communities in the Cape and into the Torres Strait. It provides culturally appropriate, community-controlled primary health care and advocacy services in 11 of those communities and plans to build a primary health care Centre in each community over the coming years. A dedicated personnel of health practitioners and indigenous health staff services are always on call or standby to handle any emergency.

Black Star Radio, operated by Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM) also operates across Cape York – in 16 locations, along with a further eight communities in remote Queensland. Also owned and managed by community, our role is to provide essential and reliable radio services “as good as the services that people in our capital cities take for granted”. Black Star takes an innovative approach to remote Indigenous broadcasting, using the latest digital and online technologies combined with the might and reach of broadcasting, to support communication within and between communities.

Both organisations are central to life in the Cape and the program will be heard widely. It’s a “must take” category program across the Black Star network of stations, which means all Black Star communities in the Cape will get the show, with their local programming resuming at 10 am.
QRAM/ Black Star Director Neville Reys and CEO of Apunipima Paul Stephenson, signed the 12-month contract today.

Neville Reys said “this is a wonderful new show for our listeners across the Cape. There’s no other health show that understands the healthy aspects of our lifestyle in the Cape, our fish and other wild food – and also the difficulties we have with getting access to other healthy food.”
Paul Stephenson for Apunipma said, “the partnership between Black Star Radio and Apunipima will see both organisations working closely with communities seeing lasting benefits in the areas of health nutrition and health improvement”.

2.2 QLD : Patrick Johnson becomes a Deadly Choices Ambassador

Honoured to meet the Deadly Team at the Kalwun Health Clinic on my second day as a Deadly Choices Ambassador. #deadlychoices

Great to catchup with the Kalwun Men’s Health Group for a yarn and a feed. #deadlychoices

2.3 : June Oscar heads for Queensland Wiyi Yani U Thangani #WomensVoices project

We’re heading to Queensland for the Australian Human Rights Commission‘s Wiyi Yani U Thangani #WomensVoices project. We’ll be in Brisbane on Saturday at the WOW Australia festival, before heading to Logan and Mt Isa.

We’re looking forward to hearing from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women & girls.

Your valuable contribution will help identify key challenges and priorities and help influence positive change for our children and the future generations

3.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs takes part in CTG Refresh

Co-Chair Jackie Huggins with Josie Douglas from the Central Land Council, Donna Ah Chee – CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) and Mischa Cartwright (Director Stakeholder Engagement & Communications Office of Aboriginal Affairs – NT Department of Local Government & Community Services).

The Closing The Gap Refresh Roundtables moved to Alice Springs last week. Co-Chair Jackie Huggins participated in the discussions with attendees.

Jackie met with celebrated Arrernte elder Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM (pictured).


3.2 NT : Anyinginyi Health supports Tennant Creek alcohol restrictions ,they  must be longer and tougher

In early 2018 the Thumbs Up! team visited Tennant Creek to deliver a community workshop for children focussing on alcohol and other drugs awareness.

The first day of their visit coincided with the tragic assault of a young girl and after speaking to community Elders and prominent citizens it was agreed that the workshop should go ahead. This powerful song is the result, written and sung by the children with

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Aboriginal corporations in Tennant Creek have asked the Northern Territory’s new Liquor Commission for tougher alcohol restrictions in the town, with a view to making them permanent.

The commission held a public consultation in Tennant Creek on Wednesday about whether the restrictions, which were extended by three months in March, should be relaxed or retained.

Proposed alcohol quantities (per person/day):

  • 1x six-pack of beer or pre-mix
  • 1x carton mid-strength or light beer
  • 1x bottle of wine
  • 1x one-litre cask wine
  • 1x fortified wine
  • No spirits
  • No alcohol for sale on Sundays

Tighter controls on takeaway alcohol were imposed in the remote town in February, in response to police figures showing an increase in alcohol-fuelled crime and the alleged rape of a toddler.

In a joint submission, the Anyinginyi Health, Julalikari Council, and the Papulu Apparr-Kari language centre told the commission they want a further reduction in alcohol quantities available for sale.

They said they would like those new restrictions to be in place for at least 12 months, with the possibility of making them permanent.

“We do not believe the restrictions are adequate… they have achieved little in terms of reducing alcohol consumption in our community,” the submission read.

The three Aboriginal corporations also want pubs, clubs, and bottle shops in the town to be held accountable for “degrading” environmental standards on their premises, including toilet and bathroom facilities.

“We remind the commission that we are not a community of animals and everyone in our municipality is entitled to the minimum standards of environmental health,” the submission said.

“Unless licensees are capable of delivering a standard that most Australians would regard as acceptable, they should not hold a liquor licence.”

Up to $300 paid for 2-litre cask of wine

The Aboriginal corporations want random inspections of licensed premises and licensees who sell alcohol to intoxicated customers, banned drinkers, and pregnant women should be held accountable.

A discussion about the number of pubs, clubs and bottle shops in Tennant Creek, compared to the town’s population size, was also needed, said Barbara Shaw, general manager of Anyinginyi Health.

“Reducing the number of alcohol outlets will certainly go a long way to managing the problem,” Ms Shaw said.

According to the submission, black-market alcohol sales are not being properly monitored, with people paying up to $300 for a two-litre cask of wine.

“We are also experiencing greater levels of sly grog-running. More effort needs to be applied to monitoring illegal alcohol activities,” the submission said.

The group is also calling for police and security staff in Tennant Creek to undertake a cross-cultural training course.

This would provide them with “a better understanding of local Aboriginal social structures and the attendant norms and practices that define the Warumungu world view,” the submission stated.

The Aboriginal corporations want therapeutic support and “wrap-around” programs for people who end up on the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) because of chronic alcoholism.

They have asked the commission to refer to the Tennant Creek Alcohol Management Plan and Action Plan 2014-2017, which reflects a “great amount of community consultation” and outlines strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm.

4.WA : Earbus and South West Aboriginal Medical Service performs checks for Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School Students

The students of Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School in Glen Iris recently received a helping hand from one of Western Australia’s premier health services.

Media Report

The Earbus Foundation of WA visited the school and provided free hearing checks on Thursday, March 22.

Djidi Djidi students Kassie Allan and Deakin Williams were lucky enough to have their traditional indigenous designs placed on the bus.

Earbus chief executive officer Paul Higginbotham said the service first came to the school in November 2016, assisted by the South West Aboriginal Medical Service.

“When we drove in, the kids’ faces just lit up because this is the first time they have seen it like this,” he said. “Our job is to make sure that if they have got an ear problem it doesn’t turn into hearing loss.”

Through its Community Giving Fund, Aurizon presented the Earbus with a $20,000 grant. The funding allowed the health service to visit schools across the South West.

Piacentini and Sons also made a contribution to the Earbus service

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