The Family Matters Week
During this week, we’ll highlight the fundamental issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Most importantly, we’re working to shine a light on the disconnection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from community, culture and country.
- inform service providers, policy decision makers, and the Australian public of the national crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in out-of home care.
- garner support to ensure that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for within family, community and culture.
- ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and organisations are empowered to exercise their responsibilities for the safety and wellbeing of their children.
We need a new approach. An approach that trusts Aboriginal people to deal with Aboriginal business, one that includes genuine collaboration and partnership, empowers communities and involves long-term all of government support across the country.
We must secure access to quality universal and targeted services necessary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to thrive.
We need to make sure that our laws, policies and practices are culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and to ensure this happens, governments and services need to be held accountable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have grown up safe, well and cared for in their families, communities and cultural traditions, for thousands of years. Evidence shows the value of unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices, alongside the critical importance of continuity of cultural identity to the wellbeing of Indigenous children.
Without real change now, the story remains the same. It’s time for new approach.
Learn more by downloading the Family Matters Roadmap.
Zibeon Fielding is a 24 year old man from Mimili Community and an Aboriginal Health Worker at ‘Local’ in the far-north-west region of South Australia on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankingtjara Lands(APY). Zibeon is determined, passionate and wants to help his people live long, healthy and happy lives.
In 2016, Zibeon was selected into the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), a foundation established by World Champion Robert De Castella. A testament to his determined spirit, Zibeon tried out for the squad for four consecutive years before being accepted into the program. Zibeon has now trained under the IMP, completed a New York City Marathon and is now taking on his biggest challenge yet.
Please help Zibeon get people back home for treatment and give generously to help open the doors to the first remote dialysis clinic on the APY lands.
Zibeon’s challenge….and dream, is to run an Ultra Marathon – 62km from his community of Mimili, to neighbouring Indulkana. It’s a long, long way…the length of ONE AND A HALF MARATHONS through harsh desert country and further than he has ever run before.
With the support of the South Australian Film Corporation, Zibeon is filming his journey towards the run and will share the mental and physical obstacles he endures. He will reveal what’s required to push the boundaries of ones physical capacity and provide an educational journey that allows the audience to share his pain, moments of doubt and absolutely dogged perseverance.
Zibeon will start his run on 20th of May.
The ultimate goal is to raise $50,000 for The Purple House – Western Desert Dialysis. The money will be used to help get the doors open at the first remote dialysis unit on the APY lands – Pukatja / Ernabella SA.
Opening in 2018, the new dialysis unit will provide much needed ‘on country’ dialysis for Anangu people. Indigenous people from remote Australia are being diagnosed with kidney failure at unprecedented rates and without ‘on country’ treatment options, dialysis patients are forced to relocate Alice Springs or Adelaide…many miles from home.
With every step he takes…millions over the 5 months training and 5+ hour final ultra marathon, Zibeon is striving to bring about positive change to all those he cares about and even to those he doesn’t know yet. Zibeon hopes to reconnect old people with their homes and inspiring young people to do right by themselves.
With your help, Zibeon will get the doors open at the new Pukatja Dialysis Unit and start to bring people home to country and their families.
Please click the ‘DONATE’ button and give generously, SHARE on social media and follow Zibeon on his epic journey
THE Koori Mail, Australia’s only national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander newspaper, proudly based in Lismore on Bundjalung country, presents Knowledge, Culture, Country and Connection, a free community event on Saturday, May 26, in Lismore.
The event will celebrate 27 years since the first edition of the Koori Mail in 1991, and will also mark National Reconciliation week.
Local organisations and service providers, businesses and community groups will participate in the day, with the Koori Mail board of directors hoping the event will bring together communities across the Bundjalung nation to enjoy a showcase of music, dance, and much more.
Musicians and performers on the day include local Bundjalung acts Teddy Lewis King, Indigenoise, Uncle Billy Smith, Jarrod Hickling and Billy Pitt, and Blakboi.
Guitar sensation Chris Tamwoy will also perform on the day, which will be hosted by actor and entertainer Luke Carroll.
The event will be held at Lismore’s Quandrangle (Lismore Regional Gallery), from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, May 26.
Knowledge, Culture, Country and Connection is proudly 100% funded by the Koori Mail, the voice of Indigenous Australia.
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27 May – 3 June National Reconciliation Week
Download PDF copy 2018 Calendar
1.National NAIDOC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Woman’s Conference 11-12 July
It is with great excitement that Ngiyani Pty Ltd as the host of the National NAIDOC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Woman’s Conference with Project Management support from Christine Ross Consultancy proudly announce Registrations have officially OPENED. Please see the link below
The dates for the conference are the 11 – 12 July 2018 at UNSW Kensington Campus in Sydney.
Please note the $350 Conference Registration for 2 days or $175 for one day is non- refundable or transferrable.
The Conference Dinner is optional on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 7.00 – 11.00pm cost is an additional $80.00. food and entertainment will be provided (this is an alcohol free event). The Dinner is open to all Conference Delegates including Sponsors (so blokes are welcome) Details will be posted at a later date.
You will be able to choose your Workshops when you Register so please take the time to read Workshop outlines.
This Conference is incredibly popular and seats are limited, it will book out so to ensure you don’t miss out BOOK SOON.
Please note if you wish to purchase tickets to the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony to be held Friday 13 July 2018 in Sydney. This is a seperate event to the Conference and first release tickets go on sale through Ticketek at 9.00 am AEST on Thursday 3 May 2018.Second release tickets go on sale at 9.00 am AEST 10 May 2018. Cost of tickets is $185.00 or $1,850.00 per table.
It will be a massive week in Sydney as we celebrate the theme:
‘Because of Her, We Can’
A huge thanks to our Sponsors: Reconciliation Australia, UNSW, Rio Tinto, JobLink Plus, Lendlease, Westpac, Veolia, NSWALC, Griffith Business School, Macquarie University, Accor Hotels, Warrikal, PwC Indigenous Consulting, Gilbert and Tobin and National Library of Australia.
2. Tom Calma World No Tobacco day
In the lead up to World No Tobacco Day, IAHA will host a live online webinar with Patron and National Coordinator Tackling Indigenous Smoking Professor Tom Calma to discuss the role of allied health in tackling Indigenous smoking.
3. May 26 Community Action for Uluru Statement from the heart
4.New : Finding Common Ground and a Way Forward for Indigenous Recognition
Written submissions should be received by Monday 11 June
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A new committee met yesterday, to further consider matters regarding recognition of Australia’s indigenous people, and will be co-chaired by Senator Patrick Dodson, Senator for Western Australia, and Mr Julian Leeser MP , Member for Berowra.
The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is expected to report by the end of November this year, with an interim report due in July.
The Committee is calling for submissions and is considering options for public meetings and hearings.
Co-Chairs Senator Dodson and Mr Leeser MP said: ‘As a committee, we are looking for common ground and ways forward on these critical matters for Australia’s future. We hope to hear from Australians about the next steps for recognition of First Nations peoples.
We plan to consult widely, starting with First Nations leadership. We understand that a great deal of work has already been done: the job of this committee is to build on that work and to now take the next steps.’
The Committee website has details of Committee membership, and will be the first point of information about the work of the Committee.
Written submissions should be received by Monday 11 June, to assist with planning meetings and hearings, but the Committee may accept submissions after this date.
Please contact the Committee secretariat on 02 6277 4129
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested members of the public may wish to track the committee via the website.
Click on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner and register
5. 2018 NACCHO Annual Members’ Conference and AGM SAVE A DATE
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This is Brisbane Oct 30—Nov 2
The NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM provides a forum for the Aboriginal community controlled health services workforce, bureaucrats, educators, suppliers and consumers to:
- Present on innovative local economic development solutions to issues that can be applied to address similar issues nationally and across disciplines
- Have input and influence from the ‘grassroots’ into national and state health policy and service delivery
- Demonstrate leadership in workforce and service delivery innovation
- Promote continuing education and professional development activities essential to the Aboriginal community controlled health services in urban, rural and remote Australia
- Promote Aboriginal health research by professionals who practice in these areas and the presentation of research findings
- Develop supportive networks
- Promote good health and well-being through the delivery of health services to and by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australia.
6. NACCHO Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day
Hobart Aug 27 –28
7. NATSIHWA National Professional Development Symposium 2018
We’re excited to release the dates for the 2018 National Professional Development Symposium to be held in Alice Springs on 2nd-4th October. More details are to be released in the coming weeks; a full sponsorship prospectus and registration logistics will be advertised asap via email and newsletter.
This years Symposium will be focussed on upskilling our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners through a series of interactive workshops. Registrants will be able to participate in all workshops by rotating in groups over the 2 days. The aim of the symposium is to provide the registrants with new practical skills to take back to communities and open up a platform for Health Workers/Practitioners to network with other Individuals in the workforce from all over Australia.
8.AIDA Conference 2018 Vision into Action
Building on the foundations of our membership, history and diversity, AIDA is shaping a future where we continue to innovate, lead and stay strong in culture. It’s an exciting time of change and opportunity in Indigenous health.
The AIDA conference supports our members and the health sector by creating an inspiring networking space that engages sector experts, key decision makers, Indigenous medical students and doctors to join in an Indigenous health focused academic and scientific program.
AIDA recognises and respects that the pathway to achieving equitable and culturally-safe healthcare for Indigenous Australians is dynamic and complex. Through unity, leadership and collaboration, we create a future where our vision translates into measureable and significantly improved health outcomes for our communities. Now is the time to put that vision into action.
Nominate our members’ outstanding contributions towards improving the health and life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
9.CATSINaM Professional Development Conference
Venue: Hilton Adelaide
Location: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA
Timing: 8:30am – 5:30pm
10.Healing Our Spirit Worldwide