NACCHO Aboriginal Health News: Woolworths must abandon plans for Dan Murphy’s near dry Aboriginal communities

Woolworths must abandon plans for Dan Murphy’s near dry Aboriginal communities

The New Daily has released an opinion editorial by John Paterson, CEO of Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) on how it’s not too late for Woolworths to ditch its controversial NT Dan Murphy’s store push.

Woolworths’ refusal to listen left us with no choice but to call for action from Reconciliation Australia.

The decision by Woolworths to press ahead with the Dan Murphy’s megastore on the doorstep of three dry Aboriginal communities in Darwin exposes how large corporations present themselves as socially conscious while ruthlessly chasing profits no matter the human cost.

Read the full op-ed piece here.

Inaugural AFLW Indigenous round a chance to spotlight sportswomen

For Carlton defender and proud Kamilaroi woman Natalie Plane, the first AFLW Indigenous round is an opportunity to educate the wider community and spark conversation.

Natalie Plane said it’s empowering to see Indigenous women celebrated: “You watch the men’s round, and it’s such a success so it’s really exciting for it to be a part of the women’s game.

“It’s really exciting to have another platform to share our Indigenous cultures with both the AFLW and wider community.

“It’s a chance for me and other Indigenous players to celebrate where we’re from and our families as well.”

Read the story published by National Indigenous Times here.

Labor calls for urgent action to reduce self-harm in young people

NSW Labor is calling on the NSW Government to urgently act on reports of a significant 25% spike in young people presenting to emergency departments with self-harm issues.

The Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Tara Moriarty, said “These reports are alarming and show young people are in the midst of a mental health crisis. The Government must act now. It is not enough for the Minister to say to say it’s being looked at. Young people experiencing mental health issues cannot wait for more support.”

View the media release here.

three young Aboriginal men at Galiwinku, Elcho Island, NT, 2008

Young Aboriginal men, Galiwinku, Elcho Island, NT, 2008. Image source: Tofu Photography.

Establishing boundaries is a critical aspect in maintaining both our social and emotional wellbeing

The National Indigenous Times releases Kym Marsden’s monthly mental health column that aims to help anyone suffering from any mental health concerns.

Kym Marsden is a Kamilaroi woman and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 19 years’ experience in Mental Health and Community Services. Her qualifications include BA Health Ageing and Community Services, Masters Social Work, Dip Counselling, Dip Community Services (AOD and Mental Health), and Cert IV Training and Assessment.

Establishing boundaries is a critical aspect in maintaining both our social and emotional wellbeing. But what do healthy boundaries look like and how do we establish them in our lives?

Let’s start by defining what a boundary is. Simply put, a boundary is a constraint we set for ourselves across interactions with others that we engage within our lives whether it be personal, romantic, family or work related.

Boundaries should reflect or encompass your core values, beliefs and expectations whilst setting clear physical and emotional limits to safeguard you from manipulation, negativity or violation by others.

Read the mental health column in the National Indigenous Times here.

Illustration source: Chris Johnston,

Stolen Generations member Robert Isaacs opens up in Two Cultures, One Story memoir

A member of the Stolen Generation whose Aboriginality was hidden from him, the trailblazing public servant experienced the brutal side of government policy growing up as a ward of the state.

Now he has detailed the hardship of his early years – including the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of the Christian Brothers – ahead of the release of his memoir, Two Cultures, One Story.

He may have become one of the most influential bureaucrats in West Australian Aboriginal affairs, but Dr Isaacs came from humble origins.

He was one of thousands of Indigenous children across the country to be taken from his mother as an infant and spent the first 17 years of his life in institutions.

Read the full story reported by ABC here.

After many years in the public service, Dr Isaacs has retired to the Kimberley town of Broome.(ABC Kimberley: Matt Bamford)

New program to support people living with mental illness at risk of homelessness

In a NSW first, people who no longer require acute mental health services but have no home to return to can access temporary accommodation and intervention-based support thanks to the ‘Stepping Stones’ program at Macquarie Hospital. Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor met with some of the program’s first residents to benefit from the initiative which aims to support participants’ wellbeing and to help them transition to community living. “Stepping Stones is all about providing a safe place where vulnerable people are well supported and empowered to play a role in their own recovery,” Mrs Taylor said.

Read media release here.

young Aboriginal man sitting against wall with head down, arms folded, blue hoodie & jeans

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AIHW Report: Youth detention population in Australia 2020

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on Youth detention population in Australia 2020 presents information on the youth detention population from June 2016 to June 2020.

Among the 798 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2020, most were male (91%), aged 10–17 (80%), unsentenced (64%), and non-Indigenous (52%). Over the 4-year period, the number of young people in detention fluctuated across quarters though fell overall from 922 in the June quarter 2016.

View the report here.

Image source: ABC

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs to be considered in the national reform of aged-care system

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have specific needs that must be considered in the national reform of Australia’s aged-care system.

In 2018, the National Advisory Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care (NAGATSIAC) was established to develop the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plans for the Commonwealth’s Aged Care Diversity Framework. Since then, the group has worked closely with the Commonwealth and Royal Commission to inform aged-care policy.

Hospital + Healthcare spoke with NAGATSIAC Senior Policy Officer Dr Teagan-Jane Westendorf about how the aged-care redesign can improve Indigenous access to appropriate aged-care services and safeguard against people ‘falling through the cracks’.

Read more here.

Source: Aged Care Online

Health Professional Webinar Kidney Cases: Special Event on World Kidney Day

Webinar for patient case studies and key practice points for early detection and management of kidney disease, presented by:

  • Luke Macauley, Kidney Transplant recipient – Experiences as a kidney patient
  • Dr Ivor Katz, Nephrologist – Key practice points for early detection and management of kidney disease

DATE: Thursday 11 March 2021

TIME: 7.30pm AEDT

Registration is essential and you can register here.