NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : #National #HIVAwarenessWeek #WorldAIDSDay2019 ACCHO Events #NSW @ahmrc #VIC @VACCHO_org #QLD Sam Watson Tribute Goolburri and Mamu ACCHO #SA @AHCSA_ #WA KAMS #NT @DanilaDilba #ACT @nimmityjah

1.National : NACCHO recognises the importance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week and World AIDS Day 2019 presenting at both  launches at Parliament House : Two of 132 ATSIHAW events this week mostly in ACCHO’s.

1.2 National : AHMRC hosts a meeting of all NACCHO Affiliate PHMO  (Public Health Medical Officer) this week #CommunityControl

1.3 National : Nation Dance December 1 is a First Nations People group of unity between our Nations. 

2.1 NSW : AH&MRC, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a resource for ACCHOs to prevent and minimise the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use in their local communities.

2.2 NSW : AH&MRC was at the Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum this week

3.VIC :  VACCHO welcomes the Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

4.1 QLD : Tributes flow in for Sam Watson a trailblazer and a “wonderful human being “ always on the frontlines fighting for his people.

4.2. QLD : A Short Video made by JCU in regards to GP Registrar’s working at Mamu Health Service Ltd Innisfail #FNQ

4.3 QLD  : Goolburri Aboriginal Health celebrates 25 Years of  Strengthening our communities and families through culturally safe and sensitive practices.

6 SA : New AHCSA CEO Nahtanha Davey attends her first AHCSA #AGM – sharing AHCSA  achievements throughout the year with Members and key stakeholders 

7. WA : Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) Her Rules Her Game promotes very funny condom video with serious message 

 

How to submit in 2019 a NACCHO Affiliate  or Members Good News Story ?

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

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1.National : NACCHO recognises the importance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week and World AIDS Day 2019 by presenting at both launches at Parliament House : Two of 132 ATSIHAW events this week mostly in ACCHO’s

From the left : Dawn Dasey Deputy CEO NACCHO, Bev Greet, Michelle Tobin Chair Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance, Senator Louis Prat, SAHMRI Head Aboriginal Health James Ward and Tim Wilson 

SEE NACCHO Press Release and full Coverage HERE

“ATSIHAW has grown bigger, with 132 ATSIHAW events to be held by 73 organisations across Australia this year – mostly in ACCHOs.

ACCHOs have embraced ATSIHAW wholeheartedly and this has been key to ATSIHAW’s success.

Community engagement has been pivotal to the improvements in Australia’s HIV response and it’s time to focus on getting HIV rates down in our communities.”

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Head, Aboriginal Health Equity—Sexual Health and Wellbeing, A/Prof James Ward

Download the 30 Page PDF Report 

2019-SAHMRI-ATSIHAW-booklet

ATSIHAW 2019 dates are November 28 to December 5

View the ATSIHAW 2019 registered events on Facebook or below by state.

NSW | QLD | SA | VIC | WA | ACT | NT | TAS

See Web Page

1.2 National : AHMRC hosts a meeting of all NACCHO Affiliate PHMO  (Public Health Medical Officer) this week #CommunityControl

1.3 National : Nation Dance December 1 is a First Nations People group of unity between our Nations. 

All current Nation Dance events happening are listed in this event, they are allocated by each state for your convenience.

Click on discussion tab and you can find your state and your local community Nation Dance Event and you can share with the mob.

Alwyn Doolan


For the first time in history calling all First Nations People & their Nations across the continent of Australia to dance on country as one in time.
For centuries Aboriginal people have danced on the land of Australia for all purposes of sacred ceremonies. In turning the pages in history of Aboriginal people and their culture is that it is ancient and is filled with over 400+ Nations and 200+ languages spoken.

This unique web of design across the whole continent is manifested with many songs and dances that tell stories of who we are and where we come from. It gives us our identity.

Dancing on country is a respectable attribute to honour to your people and nation of which you come from. It’s the culture within dancing that glorifies our ancestors & our creation stories. It provides the spiritual healing of self and your environment.

The Mura Biri Gururu Aboriginal Dancers will up at the Bunya Mountains on Waka Waka country 

There is a great trauma happening to the lands in Australia with bushfires, rivers drying up, fracking, deforestation & protection of sacred sites.

All these are rippling into community’s health and well being on a human level and with the despair of changes we need to uplift ourselves within our communities from rural to coastal and big cities.

CLICK HERE

2.1 NSW : AH&MRC, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a resource for ACCHOs to prevent and minimise the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use in their local communities.

In collaboration with AH&MRC, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a resource for ACCHOs to build connections, work together and support each other to prevent and minimise the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use in their local communities.

2.2 AH&MRC was at the Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum this week

Our Public Health Manager presented on journeys in Aboriginal health and wellbeing #CommunityControl #YourHealthYourFuture

3.VIC ; VACCHO  welcomes the Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

We ( VACCHO ) welcome this Report as it reflects and recognises the challenges faced by the Aboriginal community and our tireless work to support and care for our community with at times very limited resources and infrastructure.

We are looking forward to working with the Victorian Government to help honour their pledge to implement all of the Commission’s recommendations as well as their commitment to self-determination.

We commend the Commission and the Government’s sincere efforts to not only hear Aboriginal voices but to also act on them.

Watch some of the witnesses from our public hearing day dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Our Acting CEO Trevor Pearce stated that “The report recognises what the Aboriginal community has been saying and fighting for over a very long time. Putting Aboriginal mental health into Aboriginal hands and recognising Aboriginal values of healing and caring for Community is key to Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

We welcome the Commission’s recommendations”.

VACCHO also would like to thank all organisations and Community members which contributed and facilitated the submission process.

https://rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/download_file/view_inline/2175

4.1 QLD : Tributes flow in for Sam Watson a trailblazer and a “wonderful human being “ always on the frontlines fighting for his people.

Every January 26 you could count on him being front and centre at Brisbane’s Musgrave Park for the annual Invasion Day Rally. After a half-century of achievements, perhaps that will be a lasting image in the minds of many.

Sam passed away this week after a short battle with illness. He was surrounded by his family who held his hands as he underwent his final journey to his ancestors.

His daughter Nicole, beside him in his final moments, told NITV News the family are still in shock after his sudden passing.

“We’re quite overwhelmed at the moment … but over the last twenty-four hours we’ve received so much love .. and that has been a great source of comfort for our family,” she said.

Sam’s advocacy is well known in the community. He was a tireless fighter for Aboriginal Rights, but Nicole says there was so much more to the man.

He was a passionate Queensland Maroons fan with a wicked sense of humour, who loved nothing more than spending time with his wife Cathy and his grandchildren.

He was also incredibly proud of the next generation coming through the Murri Community who he met during his political work.

“He was a paradox in some ways, when he political he was very staunch, but he was also a very compassionate person and he always had faith in people,” she says.

“He had so many friendships, not just in the Murri Community but the broader one, he was just a really great friend and listener …. We’re just so privileged for the time we got to spend with Dad.”

A trailblazer and a ‘wonderful human being’

From handing out ‘how to vote’ cards on the day of the 1967 Referendum, to playing a crucial role in implementing the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, to most recently assisting families of the Stolen Generations connect via his role at Link-up, Sam was always pushing to improve the lives of Aboriginal people

The impact of his work is far-reaching.

Andrea Mason, Coordinator of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council said Sam’s contribution to social justice and Aboriginal affairs will long be remembered.

“He was a giant of the Aboriginal Rights movement … He had a huge heart to advocate for the community in Queensland and nationally, but also he’s left a legacy for his children and family,” she said.

“He comes from a remarkable time because he was also a campaigner on the day of the Referendum, and to me these are the men and women who are not faceless because they didn’t see their job as done, they stayed involved and continued to be strong and fearless in their advocacy to see a better future for our community.”

Radio Host at 98.9 FM Karen Durante remembers meeting Sam as a junior journalist.

“Uncle Sam was such a wonderful human being. I remember meeting him when I first met to Brisbane, he was one of the first activists I spoke to while working for the ABC. He was so eloquent in the way that he explained our issues, that meant a lot as a young person .. he will be sorely missed.”

Catherine Liddle, the First Nations Media Association CEO, says Sam’s tireless advocacy was crucial in opening doors for Aboriginal people.

“What we do now wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for voices like his, and to lose those voices from the landscape is devastating. He did open pathways for other people, and as a journalist I always found him accessible,” she said.

“He would always comment and he gave us the stories and he gave us his story, and going forward I think that’s something we will all be able to hang onto.”

4.2. QLD : A Short Video made by JCU in regards to GP Registrar’s working at Mamu Health Service Ltd Innisfail #FNQ

 

4.3 QLD  : Goolburri Aboriginal Health celebrates 25 Years of  Strengthening our communities and families through culturally safe and sensitive practices.

Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Company Limited is an incorporated Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service who have supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous communities in the Toowoomba, Darling Downs and South West region for over 25 years.

Led by CEO Lizzie Adams the not-for-profit organisation provides General Practitioner (GP), Oral, Primary and Allied Health Services, with a range of Home and Community Care, Family Wellbeing, Aged Care Services, Early Numeracy and Literacy Support and NDIS services.

They are responsive to the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities within the Goolburri Region and support them to exercise control of their Health and Wellbeing.


6 SA : New AHCSA CEO Nahtanha Davey attends her first AHCSA #AGM – sharing AHCSA  achievements throughout the year with Members and key stakeholders 

I’m absolutely delighted to join the Aboriginal Health Council of SA as your new CEO.

I feel such a sense of belonging in this sector. I have a strong heritage and connection with South Australia with an intrinsic value in doing what is right for our community.

Intro from AHCSA website 

Being raised as a young child with my Aboriginal grandmother and as a strong South Australian woman, I am proud of my connection to Ngarrindjeri/Kaurna people and of where I come from and who I am today.

I’m forever grateful for the life lessons and respectful values instilled in me from my beautiful grandmother Eileen Davey. I am thrilled to now be leading South Australia’s community controlled peak body, a moment in time I know my family stand proud of.

My thanks go to the AHCSA Board, Shane Mohor and you, our committed staff, for your efforts and dedication to AHCSA.

It’s been in very good hands and I intend to build onto everyone’s hard work and contribution.

I have a strong interest in Aboriginal health outcomes, community and social and emotional wellbeing initiatives. My key goals for AHCSA include strengthening our presence as a peak body for our state, strengthening the strategy, building on the excellent work we have already achieved and to further strengthen the effective governance and financial sustainability moving forward.

My career background:

I believe my extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait health, and experience with remote and regional service delivery, will be of benefit to AHCSA’s role to improve health outcomes for all Aboriginal people of South Australia.

My previous roles include CEO of SACARE, CEO of Brain Injury SA, General Manager within the Mallee District Aboriginal Services, and head of Corporate Services for the Torres Strait Hospital and Health Service.

While at Brain Injury SA, I was instrumental in the organisation’s revitalisation, building sustainable and commercial business models that aligned to our strategic plan. I’ve supported major projects including significant capital works – the development of infrastructure including upgrading major health facilities across geographically isolated communities.

Key achievements in previous roles included improving front line service delivery and delivering world-class, evidence-based programs across SA, demonstrating strong and contemporary leadership and multi-sector partnerships to co-design services that positively impacted on our community.

My contribution to community health has also extended to numerous committees including Disability Justice Advisory Committee; the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee; Mallee Family Violence Committee; and the Child Protection Alliance within Victoria. I hold an MBA and am a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

I look forward to working with you,

Nahtanha Davey CEO AHCSA

7. WA : Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) Her Rules Her Game promotes very funny condom video with serious message 

In 2018 Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) identified an opportunity to partner with West Kimberley Women’s Football League.

KAMS saw this as a chance to not only promote the benefits of team sport but to link Aboriginal Medical Services to local teams.

KAMS looks forward to the bright future of women’s footy in the Kimberley and the benefits this brings to the health of entire communities

8. NT  : Danila Dilba Health Service has some great opportunities for dedicated and passionate people to join the Team.

Danila Dilba Health Service has some great opportunities for dedicated and passionate people to join the Team.

Take on an important role where you’ll contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. We’ll provide great learning opportunities, giving you the chance to grow your skills and progress your career.

You’ll IMPACT the community, helping close the gap in Indigenous healthcare and wellbeing, one helping hand at a time.

You’ll be PROUDboth of the work you do and who you work for.

You’ll work with a TEAMalongside people who are down to earth and truly dedicated to what we do.

You’ll EXPERIENCE and learn something new every day through the variety of your role.

You’ll embrace the OPPORTUNITY to progress your career – follow your path at Danila Dilba.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE 

9.ACT : Julie Tongs CEO Winnunga ACCHO Canberra thanks Bobbi and McInnes Wilson Law (Global Law) for the pro bono work you are doing for Winnunga

Julie Tongs CEO Winnunga ACCHO Canberra thanks Bobbi and McInnes Wilson Law (Global Law) for the pro bono work you are doing for Winnunga Photo Kiki Korpinen Deputy CEO Winnunga Bobbi Julie Dr Ana Herceg Winnunga Public Health Medical Officer

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