NACCHO Aboriginal Health News: Leadership Series Webinar @NACCHOChair on the importance of narrative!

Leadership Series – NACCHO Chair on the importance of narrative!

The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation have a Lunchtime Leadership Webinar Series with Dr Michael McAfee that has a video webinar of NACCHO Chair Donnella Mills leaving us with a great message on the narrative, the story through our generations and how it is key to changing everything!

How we view and talk about health—as individuals, families, neighbourhoods, and as a nation – pushes the narrative further through new partners, messengers, and platforms for discussion, debate, and dissemination. Advancing a health equity agenda requires advocates to build on creativity and compassion and to bring together new allies from outside the healthcare sector.

“Across our 143 ACCHOs we deliver the best model of care! Because we know! These are our families, these are our kin lines.

“It is imperative on me to ensure that this narrative that is deeply seeded in history in me continues into the future.

“My narrative of who I am as a First Nations person nothing makes me more proud. I am continuously trying to build a narrative, adapt and reset, have a new story.”

Watch Donnella’s webinar video here.

The NLC’s women ranger employment program wins prestigious human rights award

The Northern Land Council congratulates the Caring for Country Branch’s Women’s Employment Program, which was presented with The Fitzgerald Social Change Award at last night’s 2020 NT Human Rights Awards at the NT Supreme Court.

The award recognises an organisation or person who has contributed significantly to the promotion of social change for human rights and equal opportunity.

“This is exactly the type of change we need to celebrate,” said NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour.

“Our Caring for Country Branch has worked hard to create a work culture that attracts, retains and inspires Aboriginal women to become rangers. Through consultation with women rangers and community elders, the Caring for Country Branch were able to identify barriers to women’s participation and take action to overcome them.

“We congratulate all our women land and sea rangers and managers who have been a part of this cultural change and who continue to work towards achieving gender equity.”
The Caring for Country Branch adopted the Women’s Employment Strategy in 2018 and committed to increasing and supporting the participation of Aboriginal women in their ranger workforce.

To read the NLC media release click here.

You are Invited! Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Report virtual launch

As many of you would have seen, Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future 2020 Report has been released! In case you missed it, it can be accessed here.

In celebration of its release, you can join the official Wiyi Yani U Thangani Virtual Launch. 

June Oscar AO in conversation with the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM  

Today, Monday 14 December 2020 at  7:00pm (AEDT Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne) / 4:00pm (AWST Perth, Broome)  

Via Zoom web conferencing. Please register your interest here to receive details on how to join click here.

Webinar: The economic impact of stroke in Australia 2020

The CEO of the Stroke Foundation, Sharon McGowan presents the new report on the economic impact of stroke in Australia 2020.

In 2020, the economic cost of stroke exceeded $6.2 billion, with a further $26.0 billion in lost wellbeing due to short and long-term disability, and premature death.

The Report found improving stroke prevention and access to emergency stroke treatment had the potential to benefit thousands of Australians, equating to savings of $179.0 million over five years in economic costs and $2.4 billion in reduced mortality and improved wellbeing annually.

More than 160 people participated in the report’s virtual launch by His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd.), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Western Australia’s Bill and Denise Vernon shared their stroke experience and we also had a message from the Minister for Health the Honourable Greg Hunt MP.

Watch a recording of the report launch.

Cancer screening saves lives! It helps to keep our communities strong, safe and healthy

It’s really important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to keep taking care of our health, even during a pandemic.

COVID-19 has been on everyone’s mind and the safety of our communities has been a major priority. Cancer screening may have been put off or forgotten during this time.

However, cancer screening really does make a big difference to the health of our community members and families. When cancer is found early, treatment can be a lot more effective.

National screening programs are available in Australia for breast cancerbowel cancer and cervical cancer.

For further information about the campaign click here.