NACCHO Aboriginal Health News: ACCHOs advocate for better problem gambling support

ACCHOs advocate for better problem gambling support

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) published the third edition of The National Guide to a Preventative Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in 2018. The document is an evidence-based series of recommendations for primary health care.

With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at a higher risk of developing problem gambling, the document recommends primary health care workers screen for problem gambling during health checks. It’s recommended workers then assess the impact of problem gambling on families and children, and refer people with identified problem gambling to financial counselling and legal support services.

Dr Mary Belfrage is the clinical lead for the NACCHO and RACGP partnership working group which, in 2019, reviewed and updated the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander annual heath check templates.

“For gambling in primary care, there can be huge impacts on people’s mood and general wellbeing. People can even be suicidal; I have definitely seen that. There is also often shame and stigma around problem gambling so a lot of it can be hidden,” said Dr Belfrage.

Dr Belfrage said someone may need psychological support, support with secondary addictions such as drugs or alcohol, or access to financial support services.

Read the full story in the National Indigenous Times here.

Two-Way: Learning from each other series

An interesting webinar series! The Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis invites you to join them as they bring together First Nations’ thinkers with psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in a series of six webinars in the spirit of Two Way – working together and learning from each other.

All profits to CASSE’s Shields for Living, Tools for Life, a dual cultural and therapeutic program, based in the Alice Springs region for ‘at-risk’ youth, providing an alternative to detention and reducing the likelihood of offending or reoffending.

Click for webinar program and registration on this link here.

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Two weeks left to have your say on the CATSI ACT

The comprehensive review of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) will close its public consultations in two weeks, on 21 September. Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said this is the opportunity for any interested parties to comment on the draft report and let the Government know what changes they would like to see in the CATSI Act.

“This review is looking at all parts of the legislation that regulates Indigenous corporations incorporated under the CATSI Act to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose,” Minister Wyatt said. “It is important for anyone who is interested in having a say to do so now, so the final report captures the views of Indigenous corporations and their members, key stakeholders who work with and rely on those corporations, and the wider community.”

To read the full press release click here.

Close the gap in preventable blindness rates 

Australia has led a successful push for worldwide action to tackle two key global health issues – cervical cancer and eye health.

The Morrison Government welcomes the recent adoption of two Australian-led resolutions by member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO):

Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control: Accelerating the Elimination of Cervical Cancer as a Public Health Problem.
Integrated People-Centred Eye Care, including Preventable Vision Impairment and Blindness.

Image of ophthalmologist with Aboriginal patient lying on medical bed under eye equipment

Image source: Fred Hollows Foundation website.

Australia’s global leadership aligns with our strong domestic eye health agenda. This includes Federal Government support for a five-year plan to improve access and close the gap in preventable blindness rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, funding for eye checks for people with diabetes under the KeepSight program, and activities to raise awareness about macular disease in line with the National Strategic Action Plan.

To read the full article click here.

Dhara Daramoolen Indigenous Higher Education Unit at ACU Canberra

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out how to obtain a Bachelor or Master degree in Social Work from the Australian Catholic University Canberra campus RSVP to the event on 30 September.


ACU have the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry pathways into undergraduate degrees,to find out more click here.

For more information on the Dhara Daramoolen Indigenous Higher Education Unit download the prospectus here.

Once you RSVP more event information will be sent to you, if you are unable to attend in person but are still interested, we will be streaming video, but you will still be required to RSVP your attendance preference as well as any dietary requirements.  The campus map can be found here.

VACCHO pleads for further community organisation support

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for further support for Aboriginal communities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VACCHO wrote on behalf of their 32 members, who have been working to ensure community safety. In Victoria, there were a total of 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Aboriginal community, with 61 recovered cases and 7 currently active.

Read the full article here.

Danila Dilba NT (Various locations)

Danila Dilba Health Service is going through a dynamic period of expansion and growth and currently has the following vacancies across various locations. Applications for the positions close on Sunday 20 September 2020.

REGIONAL MANAGER – CLINICS & SERVICES (*Total Salary: $144,975 – $167,279) 

CLINIC MANAGER – DARWIN CLINIC (*Total Salary: $125,367- $133,877)

SERVICES COORDINATION MANAGER (*Total Salary: $125,367- $133,877)

GENERAL PRACTITIONER (*Total Salary $234,019 – $247,391)

For more details visit the Danila Dilba website here.