NACCHO Aboriginal Health Research Alerts : Download @AIHW Report Indigenous primary health care results : Our ACCHO’s play a critical role in helping to improve the health of our mob

 ” Comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care services play a key role in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians through prevention, early intervention, health education, and the timely identification and management of physical and psychological issues. “

Download the 77 Page AIHW Report HERE

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Primary health care organisations play a critical role in helping to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.

In 2018–19:

To this end, the Australian Government provides funding through the IAHP to organisations delivering Indigenous-specific primary health care services (referred to hereafter as organisations).

These organisations, designed to be accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, are administered and run by:

  • Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations (ACCHOs)
  • state/territory/local health services
  • non-government organisations (NGOs), such as women’s health services (a small proportion of services).

They vary in size, location, governance structure, length of time in operation, workforce composition, sources of funding, the services they offer, the ways in which they operate (for example, stand-alone or part of a consortium), and the needs of their clients.

What they all share in common is a holistic approach to meeting the needs of their Indigenous clients, which often involves addressing a complex mix of health conditions.

Each organisation provides contextual information about their organisation to the OSR once each financial year (covering the period July–June). The OSR includes all activities of the funded organisations, regardless of the percentage of those activities funded by IAHP.

This chapter presents a profile of organisations delivering Indigenous-specific primary health care services, including staffing levels, client numbers, client contacts, episodes of care and services provided. It excludes data from organisations that received funding only for maternal and child health services.

Trends over time are presented where possible, noting that the organisations providing data can vary over time which may limit comparability for some purposes (see Technical notes and Glossary for more information). Also, in 2018–19, the OSR collection underwent significant change and was scaled back to include only ‘core’ items. Plans are underway to reintroduce key items in a staged approach over the next few years.

The following boxes show key results for organisations providing Indigenous-specific primary health care in 2018–19.

Clicking HERE will go to more information on the selected topic.

Aboriginal Health #CoronaVirus Alert No 84 : June 26 #KeepOurMobSafe #OurJobProtectOurMob : Dr Mark Wenitong and Summer May Findlay : ” Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations are taking a leading role in COVID‐19 health communication”

ACCHOs, as comprehensive healthcare services whose core business is population‐level health, have the skills, expertise and knowledge to create and execute appropriate COVID‐19 prevention messages.

Part of their success has been the trust that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people place in them primarily because they deliver culturally appropriate service. In a time of crisis, they are best placed to deliver health promotion and crisis communication to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ACCHOs and their peak bodies, therefore, need to be resourced appropriately to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the best possible information to reduce the risk to themselves, their families and their communities. ” 

Dr Mark Wenitong and Summer May Findlay : Originally published HERE

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ACCHO COVID19 communications

Noting all images and videos below added by NACCHO

Health communication during a health crisis, such as the COVID‐19 pandemic, is vital to reduce the impact on populations. To ensure the communication is effective, audience segmentation is required with specific resources that have been developed for each segment.

In addition, the messages need to be clear, mutual trust between the communicator and the audience needs to be developed and maintained, and resources should focus on cultural values.

The evidence around effective crisis communication indicates that it needs to be timely, clear, concise and appropriate to the target audience. Communication is particularly important for those at higher risk during the crisis, such as people who are immunocompromised, the elderly, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at increased risk from COVID‐19 due to a range of factors associated with higher rates of non‐communicable diseases and a lack of access to health services in remote communities.

Additionally, there are socio‐cultural factors that put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk, such as high mobility for family or cultural reasons.

Despite the increased risk to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from COVID‐19, there has been little specific communication tailored for them from governments since the pandemic commenced.

This is despite the overwhelming evidence that health promotion messages need to be tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To fill the gap, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) have demonstrated their capacity to deliver scientifically valid, evidence‐based and culturally translated COVID‐19 prevention messages.

The ACCHO sectors’ understanding of population health has led to a strong history of culturally centred health promotion and social marketing materials.

Even before the World Health Assembly declared COVID‐19 a global pandemic (11 March ACCHOs and their peak bodies had developed messages for their communities.

The ACCHO sectors’ communications on COVID‐19 have been produced in addition to their usual service delivery and using existing funding.

NACCHO first communique January 28 : Since then 84 COVID-19 Alerts 

Read over 84 NACCHO COVID-19 News Alert January to June 2020

Effective social marketing campaigns segment a target audience and develop resources that are culturally appropriate. Culturally appropriate resources include target specific language choices, imagery and an understanding of culturally specific behaviour change motivations.

Four examples of ACCHOs that have delivered tailored resources include the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC), Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima), Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

See NACCHO COVID-19 updates and infomation

Each of the examples provided resources that were tailored specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by including Aboriginal vernacular, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and some included Indigenous languages.

Additionally, the material reflected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s kinship structures by promoting self‐isolation and good hygiene as a way of taking care of family and community.

AHMRC Website 

The AH&MRC, the NSW ACCHO peak body, has disseminated existing and new resources promoting COVID‐19 prevention online via their website, Facebook Twitter YouTube and Instagram

Additionally, they created the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Pandemic Response Tool Kit. The materials were either resources developed by their member services (ACCHOs) or mainstream materials that have been repurposed and contextualised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Apunipima ACCHO Website

Apunipima, a Cape York ACCHO in Queensland has also been communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about how to protect themselves from COVID‐19 via Facebook and TikTok, and by distributing printed resources.

The first Facebook post (6 March 2020) used simple, evidenced‐based prevention messages about handwashing. Subsequently, they produced infographics and short localised video updates.

 

AHCWA Website

AHCWA, the Western Australian ACCHO peak body, has also developed infographics promoting prevention measures such as hand washing and COVID‐19 symptoms.

AHCWA resources and updates have been published on their website.

 

NACCHO, the national ACCHO peak body has been amplifying communications from ACCHOs and the jurisdictional affiliates, such as the AH&MRC and AHCWA.

They have shared these resources via their website, the NACCHO communique, their Facebook page and Twitter.

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #InternationalWomensDay #EachforEqual #IWD2020 : Our tribute to our 10 Women NACCHO Board of Directors and 71 #ACCHO CEO’s of our majority female workforce

1.National : Donnella Mills – Chair NACCHO and Wuchopperen Health Service   

2.NT: Donna Ah Chee Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

3.NSW: LaVerne Bellear Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service

4.TAS: Raylene Foster Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation

5.NT: Olga Havnen Danila Dilba Health Service

6.VIC: Karen Heap Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative

7.SA: Willhelmine Lieberwirth South Australia

8.WA: Lesley Nelson South West Aboriginal Medical Service

9.ACT: Julie Tongs Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Service

10. QLD: Gail Wason Mulungu Primary Health Care Service

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

Aboriginal women are the best advocates and leaders for health and wellbeing in their own families and in the broader community.

They are proving to be effective role models, mentors and influencers for the next generation of Aboriginal female leaders.

Recently NACCHO CEO Pat Turner told a women’s leadership summit (Pictured above in centre )

As mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have culturally and historically always played a pivotal role in supporting and caring for families in our communities so working in the health sector was a natural progression.

For over 47 years Indigenous health activists like Dr Naomi Mayers, Coleen Shirley (Mum Shirl) Smith AM MBE, Jill Gallagher AO, Vicki O’Donnell, Pamela Mam, and the late Mary Buckskin have been just some of our leaders who have successfully advocated for community controlled, culturally respectful, needs based approach to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of our people.

See previous NACCHO #IWD Tribute HERE 

As a result of their leadership and years of commitment as role models they have now paved the way for 10 women to be on the NACCHO board, 71 Indigenous women promoted to CEO’s out of 145 Organisations who employ over 6,000 staff with a majority being Indigenous woman

Our ACCHO network has successfully provided a critical and practical pathway for the education, training and employment for many Indigenous women.But much more needs to be done to develop viable career pathways to graduate more Indigenous women doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Last year NACCHO, RANZCOG and other medical college Presidents met with the Minister for Indigenous Health and other ministers in Canberra who are all determined to do everything possible to Close the Gap in health outcomes.

Creating career pathways for Indigenous women in our workforce will be a good starting point to continue supporting the theme ” More powerful together ”

1.National : Donnella Mills – Chair NACCHO and Wuchopperen Health Service QLD 

Donnella is a Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir in the Torres Strait.

She is a Cairns–based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community. Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership through a partnership with LawRight. This innovative Health Justice Partnership is an exciting model of providing access to justice, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to provide better health outcomes and access to justice for patients with legal issues.

Donnella said she was “very excited about the opportunity to contribute to working the new Chairperson, the new board and the NACCHO Executive to drive the national health debate, develop community led solution, and to champion why Community-Controlled is the pinnacle model in achieving greater autonomy and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Utilising a legal lens in which to view health, social justice, human rights, and access to justice, my commitment is to deliver expanded and enhanced innovative health services that are community driven and community led, addressing core systemic social determinant issues that have a direct impact on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

2.NT: Donna Ah Chee CEO Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Ms Ah Chee is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation, the Aboriginal community controlled primary health care service in Alice Springs.

Ms Ah Chee is a Bundgalung woman from the far north coast of New South Wales and has lived in Alice Springs for over 25 years.

She has been actively involved in Aboriginal affairs for many years, especially in the area of Aboriginal adult education and Aboriginal health. In June 2011, Ms Ah Chee moved to Canberra to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation before returning to Congress in July 2012.

Ms Ah Chee convened the Workforce Working Party under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum, was Chairperson of the Central Australian Regional Indigenous Health Planning Committee, a member of the Northern Territory Child Protection External Monitoring Committee and jointly headed up the Northern Territory Government’s Alcohol Framework Project Team.

She currently sits on the National Drug and Alcohol Committee and at a local level, represents the Congress on the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition.

3.NSW: LaVerne Bellear CEO Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service

LaVerne Bellear a descendant from the Nunukle Tribe of south-eastern Queensland, grew up in the northern part of the Bundjalung Nation (north coast New South Wales).

LaVerne strongly believes that empowering Aboriginal people will create opportunity to make better informed decisions and choices regarding personal management of health care, ultimately resulting in better health outcomes. LaVerne has extensive experience in Aboriginal health, having worked in community health, Aboriginal controlled health services and as the Director, Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District.

Recently, LaVerne has taken up the position of CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative at Redfern, New South Wales.

She has been a state representative on a number of working parties and committees concerning Aboriginal health. LaVerne has a Bachelor of Business, a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research in Training and Practices and is studying a Master of Public Health at The University of New South Wales.

4.TAS: Raylene Foster Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation

Raylene Foster is a palawa women from the Cygnet area. She commenced her career in hospitality, becoming a chef, and then moved into adult teaching within the TAFE institute.

Raylene took on a six-month secondment to Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in 1995 and stayed; she has now been with the TAC for over 20 years

She’s had varying roles within the TAC, including the Director of the Aboriginal Community School, Workforce Development Officer, Emotional and Social Wellbeing Coordinator and over the past 15 years the Manager of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in the South, which includes the Aboriginal Health Service.

Raylene has a Graduate Certificate in Administration and an Advanced Diploma in Human Resources, as well as Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health and a facilitator in the SMART Recovery program. Raylene is passionate about children’s wellbeing and keeping families connected to break the cycle of institutionalisation, separations and trauma-related illnesses.

Raylene’s Abstract For This Months Rural Health Conference in Hobart 

See Website 

The Aboriginal cultural camp was an initiative that commenced in 2016 for Tasmanian registrars, GPs and members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. We wanted to go beyond the basic requirements of attendance at cultural training, to offer an immersion in to Aboriginal culture, on Aboriginal country, with mutual benefit for the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

The camp is held annually at trawtha makuminya, Aboriginal-owned land in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, from a Friday afternoon until a Sunday afternoon. Registrars, General Practitioners, Practice Staff and General Practice Training Tasmania staff and family members attend, in addition to the TAC staff Camp Organisers and Caterers, Cultural and Land Educators, Elders and community members.

The weekend involves an official welcome speech, dance and music, yarning around the campfire, guided walks with discussion about Aboriginal history, the land and stone tools, kayaking, basket weaving, hand stencilling, clap stick making, and a session of “You Can’t Ask That”. There is a medical education session and participants hear from an Aboriginal Health Worker and Aboriginal Enrolled Nurse about the services offered by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.

There is a lot of informal discussion about culture and life stories shared by both the adults and the children.

The feedback given to date, both informally and through the evaluation forms, is overwhelmingly positive. Participants value the beautiful location, the opportunity to spend time with community members outside the clinical setting, the obvious connection to country displayed by the Aboriginal community and the sharing of stories in a cultural exchange.

5.NT: Olga Havnen CEO Danila Dilba Health Service Darwin 

Olga is of Western Arrente descent and grew up in Tennant Creek. Her great-grandfather was Ah Hong, a Chinese cook who worked on the Overland Telegraph Line[2] whose partner was an Aboriginal woman in Alice Springs.

Their daughter Gloria, Havnen’s grandmother, was the first Aboriginal woman to own a house in Alice Springs. Havnen’s father was a Norwegian sailor who jumped ship in Adelaide and her mother, Pegg lived in Tennant Creek. Havnen went to boarding school in TownsvilleQueensland.[3]

Olga Havnen has held positions as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs Co-ordinator for the Australian Red Cross, Senior Policy Officer in the Northern Territory Government’s Indigenous Policy Unit, Indigenous Programs Director with the Fred Hollows Foundation, and Executive Officer with the National Indigenous Working Group.

And was the Coordinator General of Remote Service Provision from 2011 until October 2012, when the Northern Territory Government controversially abolished the position.[4]

She released one report which detailed deficiencies in Northern Territory and Commonwealth Government’s service provision to remote communities in the Northern Territory.[5]

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.[1]

Havnen gave evidence at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory critical of the outcomes and delivery of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response, commonly referred to as the Intervention stating “the experience of the Intervention was such a debacle you’d never want that repeated, but I do think that there is a role for the federal government in here in the Northern Territory”,

6.VIC: Karen Heap Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative : Chair VACCHO 

Karen Heap, a Yorta Yorta woman, has been the CEO of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative for 12 years and brings with her a vast amount of knowledge and skillsets procured from extensive experience within the Aboriginal Service Sector.

Karen Heap was recently the winner of the Walda Blow Award ( pictured above )

This award was established by DHHS in partnership with the Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, in memory of Aunty Walda Blow – a proud Yorta

Yorta and Wemba Wemba Elder who lived her life in the pursuit of equality.

Aunty Walda was an early founder of the Dandenong and District Aboriginal Cooperative and worked for over 40 years improving the lives of the Aboriginal community. This award recognises contributions of an Aboriginal person in Victoria to the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Karen ensures the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people are always front and centre.

Karen has personally committed her support to the Ballarat Community through establishing and continuously advocating for innovative prevention, intervention and reunification programs.

As the inaugural Chairperson of the Alliance, Karen contributions to establishing the identity and achieving multiple outcomes in the Alliance Strategic Plan is celebrated by her peers and recognised by the community service sector and DHHS.

Karen’s leadership in community but particularly for BADAC, has seen new ways of delivering cultural models of care to Aboriginal children, carers and their families, ensuring a holistic service is provided to best meet the needs of each individual and in turn benefit the community.

7.SA: Willhelmine Lieberwirth South Australia 

 

A Kokatha and Antakirinja woman, Wilhelmine honours her rich family ancestry. She has worked in human services roles, most recently as an Aboriginal Cultural Consultant with Child and Family Health Services and has been instrumental in the Safely Sleeping Aboriginal Babies in South Australia.

Wilhelmine and her family have lived in Whyalla for generations and have been active participants advocating on local health matters, including supporting the local ACCHO Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service Inc.

8.WA: Lesley Nelson CEO South West Aboriginal Medical Service

SWAMS are united by the drive and passion to provide culturally safe, accessible and holistic health care to the Aboriginal people of the South West. WA

As an organisation, they continue to attract and employ culturally appropriate and professional staff members. SWAMS employs over 70 staff members including specialist Aboriginal Health Practitioners, Dietitians, Nurses, Midwives, Mental Health workers and Social Workers and because of this, we are able to provide a large and diverse range of services to the community.

In addition to this, they strive to create Aboriginal career pathways and opportunities across the sector and maintain a positive percentage of ATSI employees

Last year as preparations got underway for the South West Aboriginal Medical Service’s 20th anniversary, centre chief executive officer Lesley Nelson has reflected on how far indigenous health has advanced in the South West in that time.

Ms Nelson said the centre started small with a handful of staff and a desire to improve Aboriginal health outcomes in the region.

Over the next 20 years, it expanded with clinics in Bunbury, Busselton, Manjimup, Collie and Brunswick.

“We started after local elders held discussions with a number of key groups about developing a culturally appropriate service to address the health-related issues of the South West’s Indigenous population,” she said.

“Since then we’ve gone from strength-to-strength, offering a number of employment opportunities in the sector, training programs and improved health outcomes.”

Ms Nelson said the local service played an important role in the community.

“Being based in a number of country towns ensured locals can access our services conveniently, especially if they lack transport options to the bigger cities,” she said.

“We offer an important service because we intervene and manage issues early on and slowly we are improving the health of the South West Noongar people.

“We are also standing out nationally when it comes to maternal and child health.”

Moving forward, SWAMS are keen to continue growing, participating in more research studies and working collaboratively with other similar services to offer a whole of community approach to improved health.

9.ACT: Julie Tongs Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Service

Julie Tongs OAM has been the Chief Executive Officer of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services since 1998.  Julie has more than 30 years experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and in particular has extensive experience in advising, formulating, implementing and evaluating public health initiatives, programs and policy at a local, regional and national level.

Julie has been a national leader and strong advocate of quality improvement initiatives within the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector.

Julie is the recipient of a number of awards, including the ACT Governor General’s Centenary Medal and the ACT Indigenous Person of the Year. In 2011 Julie received the ACT Local Hero Award within the Australian of the Year Awards 2012, and in 2012 Julie was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Julie’s vision is that Winnunga continues to build on its reputation as a national leader in the provision of holistic primary health care services delivered in a culturally appropriate environment that achieves improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Julie is committed to ensuring that Winnunga offers services that are delivered consistent with best practice standards.

10 .QLD: Gail Wason Mulungu Primary Health Care Service

We see the best way to build capacity and capability within our corporation is by encouraging strong leaders, maintaining effective governance, ensuring strong systems, and keeping focused on accountable performance management.

Mulungu help our clients to make informed decisions. We work in health but we also work across education and job opportunities. Our model supports individuals who want to do the best for themselves, their family and their community.’

CEO Gail Wason.

Gail is the Chief Executive Officer of Mulungu Primary Health Care Service in Mareeba. She has over 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs and health, and an unwavering commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of her community.

Gail strives to ensure that the community has access to the full range of high quality, culturally appropriate primary health care services that empowers clients to fully participate in the management of their own health.

She has served as QAIHC’s Far North Queensland Director and Chairperson of QAIHC’s Finance Committee and has worked closely with the Board for many years.

Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre is an Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation working to improve the lives of Indigenous people in and around Mareeba.

The centre was established in 1991 and incorporated under the CATSI Act in 1993.

The rural town of Mareeba—a word from local Aboriginal language meaning ‘meeting of the waters’—is located on the Atherton Tablelands where the Barron River meets Granite Creek. Traditionally Muluridji people inhabited this land.

‘Although the bright lights of Cairns are only 65 kilometres away we feel like a stand-alone, small country town,’ says chair of the Mulungu board of directors (and valued volunteer) Alan Wason. ‘We have a population of 10,000 and our own identity separate from Cairns.’

The town of Mareeba may be a little tucked away but it has much to offer, including Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre—a bright, open, modern building—which employs a large professional staff who work as a team and support each other. Everyone is passionate about providing top quality holistic health care to the community through Mulungu’s programs and services.

Mulungu’s mission is to provide comprehensive primary health care to the community in culturally, socially and emotionally appropriate ways. It’s about handing back power to the people to manage their own health, wellbeing and spiritual needs. So as well as providing clinical health care services Mulungu ‘auspices’ other important primary health care programs, including the Mareeba Children and Families Centre (CFC), Mareeba Parent and Community Engagement (PaCE) Program, and the Mareeba Young and Awesome Project (MY&A).

The MY&A Project tackles the problem of binge drinking in the community. Its aim is to motivate young people (aged 12 to 25) to get involved in constructive activities that they might enjoy—and to get them away from drinking alcohol. This two-year project is funded by the Australian Government.

‘We help our clients to make informed decisions,’ says Gail Wason. ‘We work in health but we also work across education and job opportunities. Our model supports individuals who want to do the best for themselves, their family and their community.’

It’s all about changing and improving lives.

To learn more about Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service visit http://mulungu.org.au.

NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : #National Watch @NACCHOChair 2019 Year in Review Video #NSW Katungul Tharawal ACCHO’s #VIC @VAHS1972 #QLD @Apunipima @DeadlyChoices #NT @Kwhb_OneShield @CAACongress #WA @TheAHCWA #ACT @nimmityjah #Tas #SA Port Lincoln ACCHO

1.1 National : NACCHO Chair and CEO 2019 Year in Review

1.2 National : NACCHO Communique number 2833 ” The Last Post “

2.1 NSW : Katungul ACCHO in Bega buys building to provide culturally safe place health and community services to the Aboriginal community

2.2 NSW : Tharawal ACCHO Art Therapy Program: Creating a Safe Place for Community Members to Heal

3.1 VIC : VAHS holds its annual Youth Leadership Camp to build their leadership skills and increase their knowledge on primary health care.

3.2 VIC : A partnership between the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) has created the nation’s first specialist eye clinic that sits within a community controlled organisation

4.1  QLD : Apunipima ACCHO reports Santa sighted in Aurukun FNQ

4.2 Qld :  Deadly Choices 200 seniors representing 30-plus teams Deadly Choices – IUIH Shield Indigenous Seniors Games

4.3 QLD : Lizzie Adams CEO Goolburri ACCHO to stand for local government elections

5.SA : With Port Lincoln ACCHO support local Aboriginal Youth shine at Nunga Next Generation Carnival

6.ACT : The ACT Justice Reinvestment Trial : A process and outcome review of Yarrabi Bamirr at Winnunga ACCHO

7.1 NT : Katherine West Health Board helps the mums and their bubs at play group at Lajamanu School tie dye their own ”What’s your Smoke Free Story?” t-shirts.

7.2 NT Ampilatwatja Health Centre Aboriginal Corporation history in the making as we welcome our first ever Cert 4 AHP (Aboriginal Health Practitioner)

7.3 NT : Congress Alice Springs helpd to film Milpa the Trachoma Goanna (Clean Faces, Strong Eyes) and Drum Atweme.

8. WA : AHCWA Sexual Health Project Officer Veronica shares her NACCHO conference highlights and a little about the training program she delivers called “The Birds & the BBV’s”.

9.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre is excited to present this interactive map of the Aboriginal names of over 180 places in lutruwita.

How to submit in 2020 a NACCHO Affiliate  or Members Good News Story ?

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday 18 January 2020 by 4.30 pm for publication Friday 20 January 2020

1.NACCHO Chair and CEO 2019 Year in Review

On behalf of NACCHO, the Board and our team, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy festive season.

2019 has been a great year as we continue to see growth and welcome new funding. We have developed into a strong and influential voice, not only in health but in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs more broadly.

View the full report HERE

We thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to improving health outcomes for our people and look forward to working with you in 2020!

Yours sincerely Donnella Mills and Pat Turner

Chair and CEO

1.2 National : NACCHO Communique number 2833 ” The Last Post “

After 2,833 Aboriginal Health Alert post over 7 and half years from www.nacchocommunique.com NACCHO media will cease publishing from this site as from today 20 December 2019 and resume mid January 2020 with posts from www.naccho.org.au

For historical and research purposes all posts 2012-2019 will remain on www.nacchocommunique.com

Your current email subscription will be automatically transferred to our new Aboriginal Health News Alerts Subscriber service that will offer you the options of Daily , Weekly or Monthly alerts

I personally thank all the NACCHO Members and readers who have supported me over this journey

See you in the new format in 2020

For further info contact Colin Cowell NACCHO Social Media Media Editor

2.1 NSW : Katungul ACCHO in Bega buys building to provide culturally safe place health and community services to the Aboriginal community.

Aboriginal health and well-being services in the region are about to be supercharged with an aged care facility in Bega being re-purposed into an Aboriginal health clinic.

The vacant Casuarina facility on Bega Street, Bega, operated by Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care has been sold to Katungul, the region’s Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation.

“We’re so excited to officially share with the community that we have invested in this space. We have so many ideas for this new premises,” says Joanne Grant, Katungul Acting CEO.

“It has so much potential to serve our local community, filling the many service gaps we may have here on the south coast.”

Residents of Casuarina moved out just before Christmas 2017, into new, more modern accommodation at Hillgrove House in Bega.

Built in 1979, the building is designed around four main houses, each house consisted of a lounge and dining areas with its own domestic sized kitchen and a total of 31 motel type suites where residents were provided with care and support.

For two years the well-loved and care for building has sat empty – screaming potential to a range of community organisations.

Under the control of Katungul since Friday (December 13) tradesmen are currently swarming the building getting it ready for its new future – providing health and community services to the Aboriginal community.

Ms Grant says the scale of the building will also provide an opportunity for Katungul to address community needs which aren’t yet being met.

“The thing I’m most excited about however is creating a culturally safe place for our community and a place the Aboriginal community can call their own,” she says.

“I envision the facility as a hub for dynamic collaboration between other like-minded services for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of our broader community.”

The past five years has seen Katungul grow from the strength to strength serving the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla through clinics in Batemans Bay, Narooma, and Bega. Plans for the future take in communities as far away as Young, Yass, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, and Cooma.

Under the control of Katungul since Friday (December 13) tradesmen are currently swarming the building getting it ready for its new future. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Katungul Chairman Ronald Nye Senior believes the new space goes beyond offering health and care services.

“We are confident this Bega Street premises will take on a new cultural significance for the local Aboriginal community offering not only a great sense of pride but a culturally safe environment to access holistic health services.”

The new building offers Katungul a 300% increase in clinic capacity plus the ability to offer both community services and clinical services from one singular location.

Currently, Katungul offers a bulk-billing medical clinic with outreach services including; dental clinics via a touring dental van, eye health services including Aboriginal eye health specialists and visiting optometrists and ophthalmologists, maternal and infant health services, National Disability Insurance Scheme support services, mental health support services including an in-house psychologist, alcohol and other drug use support, social and emotional wellbeing services and cultural programs.

Staff are currently moving from their Gipps Street premises to the new Bega Street site; despite the heavy loads being lifted and shifted, all staff are wearing big smiles and are buzzing about the opportunity the Casurina building offers.

Services from Bega Street will start on January 6 with a smoking ceremony on January 15.

2.2 NSW : Tharawal ACCHO Art Therapy Program: Creating a Safe Place for Community Members to Heal

The Art Therapy Program was created by Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in 2013 for the purpose of providing community members with a safe place to yarn.

It is a non-clinical setting where vulnerable members of the community can open up about their struggles without feeling judged and discriminated against.

The Program also creates a space for community members to express their feelings, using art as a medium. Through art, participants can explore the issues that have affected them in their life and begin viewing them from a different perspective to promote acceptance and healing.

See Photos of all the art HERE

‘We decided there was a need for some of the clients that suffer with mental health in the community. They would disengage with a lot of services, so we thought that we’d look at some ideas and see what they were interested in. We did try a couple of things, but we found that the art therapy really kicked off.’ –

Dannielle Gillette, Mental Health Worker at Tharawal

A large component of Aboriginal peoples social and emotional wellbeing is feeling connected to culture and community.

The Program covers both bases, incorporating traditional Aboriginal art and creating connections between community members who are part of the Program. For generations Aboriginal people have used art for storytelling and to chronicle knowledge of their land and mob.  The Tharawal Art Therapy Program teaches community members traditional art from their Nation, helping them to go back to their family roots.

‘I feel more culturally connected. My mother is Anglo-white, we weren’t really cultural cause my dad was in an orphanage for stolen generations, so we didn’t know much. By coming here, I feel I’m connected. I’m able to connect with him even though we don’t know… Where his mum, where his dad is.’ – Joanne, Tharawal Art Therapy Program Class Member

On Wednesday the 16th of October 2019, during Tharawal’s celebration of Mental Health Week, the Art Therapy Program presented The Journey 2020 Calendar, made up of artworks from 12 of the class members.

The artists each used different symbols and totems originating from their local community to create beautiful artworks layered with meaning. The artworks were all uniquely different, using traditional styles and emotive colours to communicate the individual journey of each of the class members.

‘We made the Calendars with the group to show them what great artists they all are, and they should all be so proud.’ – Ondra Challinger, Tharawal Art Therapy Program Coordinator

The CEO of Tharawal, Darryl Wright and Program Coordinators Danielle Gillette and Ondra Challinger presented the artworks back to the artists. It was an emotional presentation, with artists sharing their struggles with mental health and how they had affected their life trajectories.

Mental health issues that deeply effect Aboriginal communities including domestic violence, suicide and drug and alcohol addiction were themes explored in the artworks. While usually these issues are approached with shame and stigma, many of the artists were proud of the struggles they had faced and overcome in their lives. Through owning their stories and connecting to culture and community, the class members have been able to grow and heal together.

Danielle presenting The Journey 2020 Calendar created by the Tharawal Art Therapy Class

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation is selling The Journey 2020 calendars for $20 each. The funds raised from calendar sales will go towards purchasing resources for the Program. The Journey 2020 Calendars are a thoughtful Christmas gift option for family and friends. Don’t miss out!

Please contact Ondra (ondra.challinger@tacams.com.au) or Danielle (danielle.gillette@tacams.com.au) to learn more.

3.1 VIC : VAHS holds its annual Youth Leadership Camp to build their leadership skills and increase their knowledge on primary health care.

Day 1 – VAHS Youth Leadership Camp.

Over 35 young Aboriginal people from Melbourne and Gippsland are attending.

All week, this group of young people will build their leadership skills and increase their knowledge on primary health care.

See all 20 Day 1 Photos HERE

Day 2

It’s a hot one at the camp, the students ready for a swim. We knew some students will forget their towels for the VAHS Leadership Camp……that’s why VAHS created and gave every young person a new beach towel for the camp.

Day 3 for the VAHS Youth Leadership Camp – Cultural Workshops with Uncle Wayne Thorpe.

The workshop was to identify your role and responsibility as a Aboriginal Person in today’s Society.

Best question all young people at the camp had to think hard about……’Are you going to be Deadly or Demben in life?’

See all Day 3 Photos HERE

3.2 VIC : A partnership between the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) has created the nation’s first specialist eye clinic that sits within a community controlled organisation.

Servicing the First Nations community in Fitzroy, the clinic is delivering gold standard and culturally safe services to those in need of specialist eye care and holds brand new equipment purchased with funding from the Victorian Government.

VAHS has had a relationship with the Australian College of Optometry for two decades, which has enabled the expansion of optometry services within the organisation.

Article originally published in NIT

In the past year, VAHS has worked closely with the Eye and Ear Hospital and the College of Optometry to establish the new ophthalmology clinic.

VAHS General Manager of Operations, Gavin Brown, said VAHS has been a vibrant part of life for the First Nations community in Fitzroy and that this new clinic enables the organisation to continue the work they do.

“Fitzroy is our stomping ground and a spiritual home for a lot of people. We have a relationship with a few hospitals in the area, that have been built over those 46 years,” Mr Brown said.

“The services that are provided and the results are wonderful … It is an amazing program, and we have a lot of visiting specialists. This is a real model for us on how we can do things in our service and have the … relationships outside for the things that are beyond our capability in terms of surgery and so on.”

Many staff within the clinic are of non-Indigenous heritage, however the partnership has enabled teaching and better understanding of how to deliver a culturally safe service.

Dr Rosie Dawkins is a non-Indigenous woman working as the clinic’s Consultant Ophthalmologist.

“Rosie is our ophthalmologist … she has a wonderful understanding. It is wonderful when you get non-Aboriginal people who are the right fit, and have that respect and have a comprehension of our culture and way of life and have respect for community controlled health organisations as well,” Mr Brown said.

Dr Dawkins noted the power of the clinic within VAHS.

“It’s shifting power … the community is in control of who comes, how the clinic runs, and the doctors are there to meet the health needs of the community, as the community sees fit,” Dr Dawkins said.

The Consultant Ophthalmologist said the relationship between VAHS and the hospital has enabled a better understanding of the community.

“For the hospital, people have often been thinking … why can’t we get people from Fitzroy to come to the hospital? … But the question is, why do we expect people to come to these institutions?

“The reasons for people unwilling to go to mainstream services, and not everyone is … are well understood, but we need to do something about it. But we can only do that through partnership, so the [Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation] must be willing and the hospital must be willing.

“We’re hoping that this kind of model of gold standard care can apply to everything at the ACCHO and can be a model that other hospitals and ACCHOs could use.”

Mr Brown said the clinic is already having a visible change within community.

“It is very rewarding because a lot of eye health issues, as people know, are curable. You see within a week that someone has their sight back or improved sight – you see the changes it makes in our people’s lives,” Mr Brown said.

With 46 years of service under their belt, VAHS hopes to keep providing community with extensive, culturally safe services that not only maintain healthy lifestyles, but inspire and empower the community.

“The community controlled organisations have been a big part of our lives [since the 1980s] so we are connected. We are so fortunate to have that era of empowerment and building in our community,” Mr Brown said.

“Times change and nowadays whilst we still have that political voice, it’s a lot more intricate in running a large service. We are always striving to improve and we’re always striving to maintain that voice that can be out there with people and government.”

By Rachael Knowles

4.1  QLD : Apunipima ACCHO reorts Santa sighted in Aurukun FNQ

Last Friday the Aurukun Community Christmas Party was held at the Wo’uw Ko’alam Community Centre.

A large crowd of 350 thoroughly enjoyed themselves, particularly all the children who received presents!

Apunipima staff who attended: Vincent Koomeeta, Kim Janus, Dr Darren Fahroedin, Dr Babak Azari and Maggie Robson (pictured above )

Santa had fun dancing with the children and then handing out presents to every child from every age group up to 12 year olds… we can confirm Santa was very tired by the end of the night!!

Another highlight from the night was hearing the beautiful Rochelle Pitt Music perform Carols to the community.

Watch Apunipima ACCHO 2019 Year in Review in 60 Seconds

4.2 Qld :  Deadly Choices 200 seniors representing 30-plus teams Deadly Choices – IUIH Shield Indigenous Seniors Games

A collective 200 seniors representing 30-plus teams from drought-stricken communities including Charleville, Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Mitchell and from across the Darling Downs, joined  coastal and City dwellers from Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, all competing for Statewide honours at this year’s Deadly Choices – IUIH Shield Indigenous Seniors Games at Willawong.

View over 22  Photos of the Event

To ensure the long trip to Brisbane is made all the more worthwhile, Deadly Choices Ambassadors including Australian league legends Steve Renouf, Preston Campbell, Petero Civoniceva, Willie Tonga and Brenton Bowen, plus Olympic sprinter Patrick Johnson and International natural bodybuilder champion Rhonda Purcell were on hand to ensure healthy competition and banter.

Not since 35 teams assembled for the huge 2018 Commonwealth Games commemorative Seniors Games event in Brisbane, have event organisers seen such a wide assortment of regional teams.

The Seniors Games concept has as its key directives to promote social inclusion among the elderly, while encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle and to ensure regular medical health checks are undertaken by participants. This is a pre-requisite of participation.

4.3 QLD : Lizzie Adams CEO Goolburri ACCHO to stand for local government elections 

5.SA : With Port Lincoln ACCHO support local Aboriginal Youth shine at Nunga Next Generation Carnival

Aboriginal youth from Port Lincoln community travelled to Adelaide to take part in the Nunga Next Generation Carnival held at Alberton Oval on December 6 and 7, which included the Next Generation football competition organised by the Port Adelaide Football Club.

The Port Lincoln Community worked together with many services such as Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Services, Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council, Port Lincoln City Council, West Coast Youth and Community Support and Mallee Park Football Club along with many individuals and families who volunteered their time over the weekend.

The young footballers did the community proud with a team of 23 young men participating in the football carnival and winning it.

The team was coached by Graham Johncock with Hippy Wanganeen Jnr as assistant coach, Ronald Carbine as team manager and Alan Dodd III (CJ) as supporting team assistant.

The team played well after travelling throughout Friday and on arrival in Adelaide had their first game at Alberton Oval that night.

They took out the trophy on Saturday after defeating Koonibba in the final game.

Jace Burgoyne (Son of Ex Port Adelaide Power player) was judged best in final and best player overall.

His skill and football knowledge was a standout throughout his performances over the weekend and will no doubt follow in his father’s footsteps.

The players had a great time, caught up with friends and family, supported each other and come home winners in more ways than one.

6.ACT : The ACT Justice Reinvestment Trial : A process and outcome review of Yarrabi Bamirr at Winnunga ACCHO

The Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury today released an evaluation of the Winnunga Justice Reinvestment Trial conducted by the Australian National University Centre for Social Research and Methods.

Minister Rattenbury said that the aim of the Trial, funded by the ACT Government and implemented by Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services, was to empower families to be self-reliant in navigating the system to get the right help from the right place at the right time.
“The evaluation confirmed that the Trial is meeting its objectives. It is providing strong benefits to families including keeping families together, preventing homelessness and keeping people out of prison,” Minister Rattenbury said.

During the Trial, drug and alcohol counselling, midwifery services, dental services, psychologist and psychiatrist services, and advocacy services were significantly increased for participants.

Winnunga AHCS CEO Ms Julie Tongs said ‘Winnunga is an Aboriginal community controlled and managed organisation, an integral and trusted part of the community, and this is why the JR Trial worked and could not be duplicated by a mainstream community or government service provider’.

‘The need for after-hours support continues to be an issue Winnunga has identified over many years, and it is good to see this has emerged as a key theme through the evaluation, which should be considered as an opportunity for improvement. Crisis is not limited to business hours and so after-hours support would be a logical step for support that seeks to address family and personal issues as they emerge, before they escalate further’ Ms Tongs added.

“The evaluation concluded that Winnunga provided a proactive, intensive and problem-oriented system of case management and the participants reported significant improvements in their family, personal and social well-being,” Minister Rattenbury said.
The outcomes and recommendations from the evaluation have been used to inform the funding and operating model for future service provision.

The Trial is a product of the whole-of-government commitment to the provision of intensive family-centric case management for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families as part of the ACT Government’s Justice Reinvestment Strategy.

7.1 NT  : Katherine West Health Board helps the mums and their bubs at play group at Lajamanu School tie dye their own ”What’s your Smoke Free Story?” t-shirts.

The Kids

7.2 NT Ampilatwatja Health Centre Aboriginal Corporation history in the making as we welcome our first ever Cert 4 AHP (Aboriginal Health Practitioner)

Today is history in the making! We welcomed our first ever Cert 4 AHP (Aboriginal Health Practitioner) to the clinic! Jason King is an Alyawarr man.

From everyone here at the clinic welcome to Ampilatwatja and the clinic!

7.3 NT : Congress Alice Springs helpd to film Milpa the Trachoma Goanna (Clean Faces, Strong Eyes) and Drum Atweme.

Yesterday the ICTV crew was on set at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station & Trail Station Cafe filming with Milpa the Trachoma Goanna (Clean Faces, Strong Eyes) and Drum Atweme.

It was early start to the day to beat the 42 degrees heat but the kids were ready to go and they had so much fun! 🦎

8. WA : AHCWA Sexual Health Project Officer Veronica shares her NACCHO conference highlights and a little about the trianing program she delivers called “The Birds & the BBV’s”.

Veronica Walshe from Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia – AHCWA (AHCWA) tells us some of her NACCHO conference highlights and a little about the trianing program she delivers called ‘Birds and BBVs’. 👍

Veronica ran some workshops around the Birds and BBVs program with our young proffesionals at this years NACCHO Youth Conference which was held on the first day of our conference.

9.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre is excited to present this interactive map of the Aboriginal names of over 180 places in lutruwita.

Click here to open the map. The map can be used on computer, phones or tablet.

To mark 2019 International Year of Indigenous languages, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre is excited to present this interactive map of the Aboriginal names of over 180 places in lutruwita.

The names are shown in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

Scroll over each name to hear it said, and open to learn some history of each name.

Only a handful of places in lutruwita still bear their original names, although in English spellings which do not convey the original sounds – Triabunna, Ringarooma, Boobyalla are some.   What seem like ‘Aboriginal names’ on signs and maps – Yolla, Marrawah, Poatina etc –  are all in English spellings too, and were plucked straight from wordlists by various municipal authorities.  None of those names are the original names for those places, and are not from the language of that place or area.

But the original names of our beautiful country have been retrieved over many years work by the palawa kani Language Program, to be spoken once again by Tasmanian Aborigines.

We are proud to now share these names with all residents of lutruwita, and beyond. We encourage you all to speak and use them to acknowledge the Aboriginal history of this island, and to honour the resilience of Aboriginal languages. The Aboriginal community makes this gesture in the spirit of generous cultural sharing: it is not an invitation to appropriate any of the names for any commercial purpose.

We ask that public uses of the names be accompanied wherever reasonably possible by the acknowledgment ‘In palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.’

You can learn more about the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre at http://tacinc.com.au/

About the palawa kani Language Program and reviving the names at http://tacinc.com.au/programs/palawa-kani/
About the European recorders of the names at  http://tacinc.com.au/tasmanian-aboriginal-place-names/

About Aboriginal and dual names gazetted by the Tasmanian Government at  http://tacinc.com.au/official-aboriginal-and-dual-names/

About other names of lutruwita  http://tacinc.com.au/11-more-aboriginal-dual-names-to-go-to-nomenclature-board-in-june-2017/

This site is still a work in process, with some histories still to be added and technical glitches dealt with as they arise. More names will be added they are revived.

Please send us your feedback on any aspect of this site, as our aim is to make it as accessible and useful as possible. palawa kani Language program can be contacted at language@tacinc.com.au

 

NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : #National #QandA @NACCHOChair @SandraEades #VIC @VACCHO_org #Treaty @VAHS1972 #NSW @ahmrc #Bulgarr #NT @Kwhb_OneShield @MiwatjHealth #QLd @QAIHC_QLD @DeadlyChoices #ACT @nimmityjah #TAC

1.1 National : NACCHO Chair says National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey outcomes confirm that the ACCHOs smoking cessation programs are working

1.2 National : Our CEO Pat Turner appears on final ABC TV Q and A for 2019 : Watch on IView

1.3.National : NACCHO Congratulates Professor Sandra Eades Australia’s first appointment of an Indigenous Dean to a medical school.

1.4 National : NACCHO Communique to generate off new platform in 2020

2.1 VIC : VACCHO : Self-determination and sovereignty inseparable from health and socio-cultural wellbeing says peak Aboriginal health body

2.2 VIC : VAHS acknowledges the legendary Dr. (Uncle) Bruce McGuinness by unveiling of the plaque of recognition

3.1 NSW : AH&MRC hosts the Deadly Doctors Forum as part of the Rural Doctors Network for our Member Services

3.2 NSW : Bulgarr Ngaru ACCHO Casino NSW develops the clinical skills of their Aboriginal Workforce

4.1 NT Katherine West Health Board ACCHO are in the middle of a SEWB community mural painting project.

4.2 : NT : Miwatj Health ACCHO values the commitment and dedication you have to your work, Rrapa Elizabeth Dhurkay.

5.1 QLD : QAIHC legend Aunty Mary Martin AM awarded QUT’s highest award – the Doctor of the University.

5.2 : QLD Deadly work by our DC Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service ACCHO Brisbane team acknowledged for their dedication and support of Marsden State School

6. ACT : Winnunga ACCHO promotes and supports HIV awareness to clients through promoting and supplying condoms 

7.TAS : The Australian Digital Health Agency meets with representatives from state and territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services at TAC

8.WA : Congratulations to our very own Keisha Calyun AHCWA Youth Committee Member winning the Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award at the WA Youth Affairs Council annual WA Youth Awards

How to submit in 2020 a NACCHO Affiliate  or Members Good News Story ?

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday 18 January 2020 by 4.30 pm for publication Friday 20 January 2020

 

1.1 National : NACCHO Chair says National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey outcomes confirm that the ACCHOs smoking cessation programs are working

“The latest NATSIHS report demonstrates the ACCHO smoking cessation programs and health promotion activities are working.

It is encouraging to see fewer younger people are taking up smoking in the first place, with a decrease in people ages 15 years and over who smoked every day, falling from 41 per cent in 2012 – 13 to 37 per cent in 2018 – 19. 

“The results unfortunately also show an increase in many chronic diseases for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with 46% reporting one or more chronic condition (up from 40% in 2012-13).

Thus, providing more evidence that additional funding is needed to Close the Gap in health outcomes as chronic diseases are the major contributors to the mortality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

It is positive to see more than four in 10 people rated their health as excellent or very good, up from 39 per cent in 2012 – 13 to 45 per cent and more than half of children aged 2-17 years had seen a dentist or dental professional in the last 12 months.”

Donnella Mills NACCHO Chair

Read or Download the full NACCHO Press Release HERE

Read our full coverage of the ABS Health Report

1.2 National : Our CEO Pat Turner appears on final ABC TV Q and A for 2019 : Watch on IView

End of an Era : The 2019 finale of Q&A. Joining Tony Jones on the panel Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Indigenous leader Pat Turner, author Sisonke Msimang and ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt.

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/qanda

1.3.National : NACCHO Congratulates Professor Sandra Eades Australia’s first appointment of an Indigenous Dean to a medical school.

“Curtin has successfully expanded its healthcare and medical profile within Western Australia and nationally. I am honoured to be appointed as Dean and look forward to collaborating with colleagues, industry and students to ensure the Curtin Medical School continues to thrive,

From a leading public health academic and respected Noongar woman Professor Sandra Eades, who has been influential in improving the health of Aboriginal communities across Australia has been appointed the new Dean of the Curtin Medical School, commencing in March 2020.

Read full Report Here

1.4 National : NACCHO Communique to generate off new platform in 2020

After 2,800 Aboriginal Health Alerts over 7 and half years from www.nacchocommunique.com NACCHO media will cease publishing from this site as from 31 December 2019 and resume mid January 2020 with posts from www.naccho.org.au

For historical and research purposes all posts 2012-2019 will remain on www.nacchocommunique.com

Your current email subscription will be automatically transferred to our new Aboriginal Health News Alerts Subscriber service that will offer you the options of Daily , Weekly or Monthly alerts

For further info contact Colin Cowell NACCHO Social Media Media Editor

2.1 VIC : VACCHO : Self-determination and sovereignty inseparable from health and socio-cultural wellbeing says peak Aboriginal health body

VACCHO has long argued that self-determination and sovereignty is inseparable from health and sociocultural wellbeing, and welcomes treaty negotiations as another step forward in ensuring basic respect for the rights, dignity, and sovereignty of Aboriginal people, but as a fundamental determinant of health outcomes for the Aboriginal community.

“Establishing a Treaty process will be of benefit to all Victorians. It is a vital step in transforming the relationship and power dynamics between Aboriginal Victorians and non-Aboriginal Victorians.

Any change must embed values and actions that create equality for all, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and not as colonised and coloniser. The culture of Victoria will be richer when Victoria embraces its entire history and not just parts here and there. “

Acting VACCHO CEO, Trevor Pearce

The inaugural meeting of the First Peoples’ Assembly for a Treaty and Treaties between the Aboriginal Community and Victorian Government which took place today is a watershed moment in Australian history and society concerning the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples said VACCHO, the peak body for Aboriginal health in Victoria.

Acting VACCHO CEO, Trevor Pearce said as an historic moment, it is comparable to the 1939 Cummeragunja Walk-Off, 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions, 1966 Wavehill Walk-Off by Gurindgi, 1967 Referendum and the 1992 Mabo v QLD case that challenged and overturned the concept of Terra Nullius, to name just a few.

VACCHO is the leading advocate for the health of Aboriginal peoples in Victoria and a peak organisation to its Membership with a membership of 30 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations. VACCHO also works closely with partner organisations, Government, non-Government Community sector organisations across Victoria and nationally.

“This next part of Australian history marks the first time an Australian Government will enter into treaty negotiations with any Aboriginal people. Australia is the last colony of Great Britain to start the process,” said Mr Pearce.

“As Victorians we must acknowledge the challenges experienced by our community and the tireless work of many generations of the Aboriginal community who have participated and contributed to standing up for our basic human rights since colonisation,” he continued.

“Truth-telling and not sanitising our shared history can lead to the first steps of healing our nation. We are optimistic that it will create momentum for the adoption of Treaty negotiations and truth-telling to begin at a national level,” said Mr Pearce.

2.2 VIC : VAHS acknowledges the legendary Dr. (Uncle) Bruce McGuinness by unveiling of the plaque of recognition


Plenty of the old warriors and many of the new and upcoming warriors attended the unveiling of the plaque of recognition

Dr. (Uncle) Bruce McGuinness a NAIHO/NACCHO pioneer

He has been described as the “ideological godfather of the Black power movement”, but he was also a pioneer in the development of a national network of Aboriginal “community-controlled health services”.

Bruce was also instrumental in the later emergence of the National Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation (NAIHO) in the 1970s. NAIHO was ostensibly a national “umbrella organisation” established to represent the interests of the new national network of community-controlled health services.

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3.1 NSW : AH&MRC hosts the Deadly Doctors Forum as part of the Rural Doctors Network for our Member Services

On the 28th of November 2019, the AH&MRC hosted the Deadly Doctors Forum as part of the Rural Doctors Network for our Member Services. A range of topics were presented by many wonderful speakers. The overarching objective of the Forum was to provide Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) with a Forum to gain insight into what’s happening in the ACCHS sector and a chance to network with peers.

Member Services from throughout NSW gathered in Manly to hear about various topics in the health space from a range of speakers.

Kyla Wynn, Trish Levett and Dr Rowena Ivers discussed cancer and palliative care and how their team is assisting community members to attend appointments and grief counselling, as well as talking about some great initiatives from their Illawarra service.

Dr Clayton Spencer, Chief Medical Director of Western NSW Local Health District discussed the importance of accessing traditional healing practices from the Ngangkari Aboriginal healers and building career pathways using this scope of healing. Traditional approaches to healing are holistic taking into account the mind, body and spirit. In this sense, health is not just physical wellness but also connects kinship of the culture and community.

Dr Laila Tabassum provided an update on My Health Record, explaining the procedures behind providing better-connected care between patients and health organisations with the ability to upload clinical documents.

Donna Parks from the Agency of Clinical Innovation (ACI) spoke in detail about the use of Telehealth where clinically appropriate.

Ely Taylor from the Ministry of Health provided insights into the modification of the Influenza Season Preparedness toolkit, ensuring the document is culturally appropriate.

AMS Redfern’s Dr Kath Keenan discussed the effects, screening, diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis C.

Dr Vlad Matic provided an informative presentation on Clinical Governance and the role of the GP, in which we discovered a continuing theme of W Edwards Deming quotes including the System of Profound Knowledge in relation to data collection and use.

Our Public Health Medical Officer (PHMO) Dr Kate Armstrong discussed the recently held PHMO meeting and introduced other PHMOs from around Australia.

Liz Moore from AMSANT in NT, Lucy Morris QAIHC in QLD and Sarah McLean VACCHO in VIC provided an update from their regions.

Nathan Taylor and Janeen Foffani presented on the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA), where they discussed their approach to education and training of the health workforce and delivery of programs to primary, secondary and tertiary health care provider groups.

The Your Health Your Future (YHYF) campaign was discussed by our Public Health Manager Lee Bradfield who spoke about member collaboration, the Ambassador program with the Deadly Ninja Jack Wilson, and Illawarra Hawks Tyson Demos, plus funding plans for 2020 and available resources.

Information regarding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation was provided by Dr Jennifer Alison and David Meharg. Details on guidelines, GP action plans and upskilling on medication use were discussed in detail.

Dr Karin Jodlowski-Tan from the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) highlighted the model of training their organisation provides. Susan Anderson presented on the NSW Aboriginal Cancer Scoping Project, with statistics to be released in 2020.

Overall the day was highly informative, and we look forward to future Deadly Doctor Forums.

For more information about future Deadly Doctors Forums, please don’t hesitate to contact AH&MRC Public Health Officer Imran Mansoor IMansoor@ahmrc.org.au

Author – Zoe Mead, AH&MRC Public Health Team

3.2 NSW : Bulgarr Ngaru ACCHO Casino NSW develops the clinical skills of their Aboriginal Workforce.

This week Bulgarr Ngaru partnered with the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) and the NSW Rural Doctors Network to run the first workshop of a series to further develop the clinical skills of our Aboriginal Workforce.

This weeks workshop focused on Health Assessments (715s) and Triage.

4.1 NT Katherine West Health Board ACCHO are in the middle of a SEWB community mural painting project.

So far we have done a community mural at Timber Creek, Yarralin and Lajamanu communities. All are painted over a week with KWHB Board Directors, community members and staff involved in designing the mural, the message behind the mural and assisting with the painting.

The Kalkaringi communities mural will be completed early next year.

The results of the community mural project have been fantastic – both the community participation and awareness of SEWB and the results of the painting.

“The Lajamanu #SpeakUp mural week would have to be the most amazing week I’ve had in my 10 years at KWHB!

It was a pleasure working with the community, the program and clinic team as well as Andrew, Georgie & Cal, the artists.

Everyone pitching in and working as a team is what makes these projects successful. Shout out to KWHB Directors and all the community members who assisted with painting of the mural as well as the CDEP mob, without them the mural would not have been finished. We are all very blessed to have community members share their culture and stories with us.” KWHB Health Promotion Coordinator

Feedback for one community member – “It’s good to have ‘Share your worries’ written on the front of the clinic because it is a place to go and share your worries and get help.”

4.2 : NT : Miwatj Health ACCHO values the commitment and dedication you have to your work, Rrapa Elizabeth Dhurkay.

Congratulations on all your inspiring achievements! Thanks also to ALPA for sharing this wonderful story. #MiwatjHealth

 

 

5.1 QLD : QAIHC legend Aunty Mary Martin AM awarded QUT’s highest award – the Doctor of the University.

“Introducing Dr Mary Martin AM.

An honour to attend the 2019 QUT Graduation Ceremony at QPAC today to watch Aunty Mary Martin AM be awarded QUT’s highest award – the Doctor of the University.

Aunty Mary is a Health trailblazer training as a Registered Nurse in the 1970’s before dedicating over 40 years of her life to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A QAIHC employee for over 22 years; and a strong advocate for community control and better health outcomes, we congratulate Aunty Mary.

We also congratulate QUT for acknowledging Aunty Mary and awarding her this prestigious Doctorate.”

REPOST – QAIHC CEO Neil Willmett ( Pictured Above )

5.2 : QLD Deadly work by our DC Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service ACCHO Brisbane team acknowledged for their dedication and support of Marsden State School

Congrats to our Browns Plains staff and the Deadly Choices team who were recognised for their dedication and support to Marsden State School. Bree, Skye, Brandon, Ray and Brenton attended a VIP Breakfast of Champions to receive the community partnership award. Well done!! #deadly

6. ACT : Winnunga ACCHO promotes and supports HIV awareness to clients through promoting and supplying condoms 
Thanks team Winnunga for promoting and supporting HIV awareness to our clients through promoting and supplying condoms
And big thanks also to Sarah Martin and the team at the Canberra Sexual health clinic for the care you provide for clients with HIV and other STI’s #you and me can stop HIV#

7.TAS : The Australian Digital Health Agency meets with representatives from state and territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services at TAC 

“It’s vital that Aboriginal health services are involved in the work of the Digital Health Agency as our holistic approach to the health of our people ensures those who will benefit most from engaging with digital health have the information to enable them to do so.”

Heather Sculthorpe, CEO of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.

The Australian Digital Health Agency met with representatives from state and territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services on 4 December to support improvements in digital health literacy.

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8.WA : Congratulations to our very own Keisha Calyun AHCWA Youth Committee Member winning the Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award at the WA Youth Affairs Council annual WA Youth Awards

The Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award

Keisha Calyun

Keisha was born the eldest of five with cultural heritage mix of English, Dutch and Ballardong Noongar. Her family life has been difficult. With her father rarely present, her mother fought breast cancer twice in ten years, unfortunately losing her battle when Keisha was just 23. After stays with extended family, Keisha and her 20-year-old sister decided to become guardians for their three younger siblings.

Alongside her family responsibilities, Keisha works at the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, where she is helping to develop an online mapping platform that shows availability of health services for regional and remote communities. She is also a Youth Representative on the WA Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee.

She ensures that her family continue to embrace their Aboriginal culture through involvement in cultural groups and activities.

NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : #National Our CEO Pat Turner on Final 2019 #QandA Mon 9 Dec Plus #NSW Dubbo ACCHO #VIC #VACCHO #QLD @QAIHC_QLD @DeadlyChoices Goodnir #NT @MiwatjHealth @NDIS #ACT @nimmityjah #SA Port Lincoln ACCHO

1.National : Our NACCHO CEO Pat Turner to appear on the final 2019 ABC TV Q and A Monday 9 December

2.NSW : A doctor who helped establish the Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) has been honoured for long-standing service to country NSW.

3.Vic : VACCHO partners with  BreastScreen Victoria to win the 2019 VicHealth IMPROVING HEALTH EQUITY award for our Aboriginal Breast Screening Shawl project, which means our beautiful women win!

4.1 QLD : QAIHC hosts the annual Awards for Excellence, celebrating leaders, organisations and communities within the Sector.

4.2 QLD : Steven Miles – Health & Ambulance Services Minister & MP for Murrumba launches the Deadly Choices FIT

4.3 QLD : A personal reflection from Steve Conn Mobile Clinic Coordinator at Goondir ACCHO

5. NT Miwatj ACCHO  NDIS have begun delivering Capacity Building Community Access services

6. ACT : Work underway to build new clinic at Winnunga ACCHO 

7.SA : Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service kids take part in the Woolworths Cricket Blast Test Match Training session

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Friday

1.National : Our NACCHO CEO Pat Turner to appear on the final ABC TV Q and A Monday 9 December

Malcolm Turnbull, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Anthony Albanese, Opposition Leader

Sisonke Msimang, Author

Patricia Turner, CEO of National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Brian Schmidt, Nobel laureate and Vice-Chancellor, ANU

See More Details Here

2.NSW : A doctor who helped establish the Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) has been honoured for long-standing service to country NSW.

The NSW Rural Doctors Network presented Dr Rick Aitken with a prestigious 2019 Rural Medical Service Award during its annual conference at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific at the weekend.

From HERE

Dr Aitken was among 20 GPs to be honoured for more than 700 years of combined service to rural NSW communities.

The award recognises GPs who have spent the past 35 years or more providing healthcare to people in remote, rural and regional communities.

Dr Aitken has clocked up 35 years of service in Orange, Culburra Beach, Dubbo, Millthorpe, Moss Vale and Bundanoon.

In 2013 he was the senior medical manager during the establishment of the Dubbo AMS, also known as the Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Health Service.

Between 2012 and 2016, Dr Aitken was the regional GP educator for Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Service in Western NSW

3.Vic : VACCHO partners with  BreastScreen Victoria to win the 2019 VicHealth IMPROVING HEALTH EQUITY award for our Aboriginal Breast Screening Shawl project, which means our beautiful women win!!

The project was piloted by VACCHO and Victorian Aboriginal Health Service -VAHS, this initiative is a culmination of months of hard work and planning by project partner BreastScreen Victoria, with Dhauwurd Wurrung DwechWinda-Maraa, Gunditj CorpKirrae Health Service Inc.Wathaurong Aboriginal Co OpRumbalara Aboriginal Co-OperativeRamahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation- SaleVictorian Department of Health & Human Services and Deakin University.

In October BreastScreen Victoria vans visited regional Aboriginal women with free beautiful handmade cultural screening shawls as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This Aboriginal community-led initiative addresses the barriers preventing Aboriginal women participating in breast screening by creating a culturally safe service.

The shawls, designed by Aboriginal women, were made for Aboriginal women in the trial to wear during their breast screen. They are a culturally safe alternative to being naked from the waist up or asking for a standard screening gown.

The shawls aim to improve Aboriginal women’s experience with breast screening. 100% of the women who participated strongly agreed the shawl increased their feeling of cultural safety, of comfort, and that it was easy to use.

Congratulations everyone.

4.1 QLD : QAIHC hosts the annual Awards for Excellence, celebrating leaders, organisations and communities within the Sector.

Established to recognise the hard work, determination and growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector, the awards acknowledge those that are making a real difference throughout their communities.

Congratulations to the winners:

– QAIHC Partnership Excellence Award – Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

– QAIHC Innovation Excellence Award – Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health

– QAIHC Patient Satisfaction and Service Excellence Award – NPA Family and Community Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation

– QAIHC Leader of the Year Award – Veronica Williams and Gary White

– QAIHC Member of the Year Award – Galangoor Duwalami Primary Healthcare Service.

4.2 QLD : Steven Miles – Health & Ambulance Services Minister & MP for Murrumba launches the Deadly Choices FIT

 

Let’s see how he pulled up after his first DC FIT session after launching the program at the Brisbane Broncos this morning.

If you’re aged 16-25 and want to kickstart your way towards a healthier lifestyle join DC FIT today: https://bit.ly/2P9uVcD

4.3 QLD : A personal reflection from Steve Conn Mobile Clinic Coordinator at Goondir ACCHO 

This photo was taken in the Mobile Medical Clinic’s outdoor waiting room.

It is a picture of myself, Steve Conn (Mobile Clinic Coordinator) enjoying an amazing didgeridoo from Gove with a baby and his Mother.

So much can and should be said about moments like these, so rather than letting it go or just giving it a caption, the following is brave admission of what it signifies to me.

The last twenty years of clinical work for me has been focused on emergency work.  Aside from continually experiencing the highs and lows of humanity, emergency work is fast-paced, mentally and physically draining and above all and relevant to this conversation, it is focussed on fixing the broken.

My new role as the MMC Coordinator keeps giving to me in ways I could not have anticipated.   The clinical focus is on primary health, essentially managing clients health with a view to preventing illness and disease and in doing so, help to ‘close the gap’.

It is a demanding job.  I perceive a massive responsibility, not just as a Registered Nurse but as a privileged white citizen of this country.  I have a head full of emergency type stories; naturally there are a few that seem never to leave me, stories of extreme loss and grieving.

Then this moment in the photo happened, it could have just been part of another day at ‘the office’, it could have only been let go or passed over except for the fact that it got beneath my thick clinical skin.

This beyond cute indigenous baby is sitting on his country. A natural connection.  He is listening to white man play didgeridoo as he taps his hands on the earth roughly to the beat.

His mother sits calmly waiting to see the doctor as this hardened emergency nurse takes two minutes out to connect.  For me, although a little brave as in out of the normal behaviour for a Registered Nurse I felt totally comfortable and I know the baby did too by his actions.

In my mind, we (Mother, child and I) shared a judgment-free connection, a genuinely human moment not tainted by skin or socioeconomic status but created by mutual respect, mutual admiration and most powerfully, hope.

All too often we are so consumed by our jobs that we in a way we forget what we are doing.  Working with our Indigenous people in remote areas has enriched my personal and professional life.  It has reminded me of why I became a nurse in the first place.

Thank you to our deadly Mob and thank you to the fantastic organisation and community that is Goondir ACCHO

Steve Conn

MMC Coordinator

As a First Nations visitor here in St George Qld, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, I too recognise the privilege I hold as a professional but also the privilege I experience in receiving the Strong Stories of Indigenous community members that are often hidden under the stories of loss, grief, pain and the like.

To receive your story is an excellent reminder of how humbling it is to be in this position.

Thanks, Bro

Leonard.

5. NT Miwatj ACCHO  NDIS have begun delivering Capacity Building Community Access services

In Galiwin’ku a second hand 4×4 HI Ace Bus was purchased and then modified by Darwin based company Keep Moving to add a wheelchair lift. This Specialised Disability Transport will allow NDIS Participants to have greater access to community based activities and increase independence. The 4×4 Bus includes a snorkel and lift kit, which allows the bus access to more secluded areas in and around Elcho Island, ideal for hunting and fishing!

NDIS is latju! In celebration of International Day of People with Disability earlier this week, we would like to share some words from the owner of the very first motorised scooter on Milingimbi – an island located 440km east of Darwin.

“I am very happy getting more support. I can ask for help, especially with equipment. I can get help quickly and I have the choice in that type of equipment.

With my new scooter I have a lot of freedom and I can make my own decisions. I didn’t think I would ever get an electric scooter, I thought I would always have to use my small wheelchair and it was very hard for me to use all the time

When I had my stroke, I was very sad because I couldn’t do everything I used to do when I was strong. It helped a little bit when I got my wheelchair, but now I have my new scooter, which is better. I get lots of therapy like OT and physio too, I like doing my exercises.”

6. ACT : Work underway to build new clinic at Winnunga ACCHO 

Progress at Winnunga photos from site tour this week and they are currently on track to have building completed November 2020 . The veranda at the front of admin reception and Rec 2 gone and the boardroom is a shell existing walls and roof will come down in the next couple of weeks

7.SA : Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service kids take part in the Woolworths Cricket Blast Test Match Training session

Aboriginal children from Port Lincoln got the chance to be a part of a celebration of Aboriginal culture, and have some fun with cricket at a Woolworths Cricket Blast event at Adelaide Oval on November 28.

Twenty five Aboriginal children from the Woolworths Community Fund program, including from Port Lincoln took part in the Woolworths Cricket Blast Test Match Training session which included the launch of a new Aboriginal-designed shirt.

Designed by 16-year-old Aboriginal artist and Dharawal man Billy Reynolds, the shirt features Aboriginal art and depicts a goanna.

SACA northwest country cricket manager Peter Brown said children involved with Mallee Park Football Club had been involved with Woolworths Cricket Blast thanks to work with Jermaine Miller at Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service.

“Cricket Australia and SACA have been doing a lot of work in the indigenous space in the last few years and recognising the contributions of Aboriginal people,” he said.

Cricket Australia community cricket executive general manager Belinda Clark said the launch of the shirt shined a light on cricket’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation and providing options for young cricketers to celebrate First Nations cultures.

Children involved in Woolworths Cricket Blast will have the chance to wear the new shirt from February next year.

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.

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 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Friday

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.


 

 

 

 

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

NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : #National Download the NACCHO 2018-2019 Annual Report #NSW @ahmrc #VIC @VACCHO_org Ballarat @VAHS1972 #QLD @QAIHC_QLD #NT @CAACongress #SA @AHCSA_ #WA @TheAHCWA

1.1 National : Download the 2018-19 NACCHO Annual Report

1.2 National : Our CEO Pat Turner presents to the Joint standing committee on the NDIS 

1.3 National : NACCHO Deputy CEO Dr Dawn Casey chairs a round table to discuss medicines priorities and challenges for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

2. NSW : The November Edition of AHMRC Message Stick is out now!

3.1 VIC : In a Victorian first, the Andrews Labor Government has agreed with Aboriginal health organisations and Health Services to create a new forum to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians across the state.

3.2 VIC : Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative welcomes first patients into new $8 million medical and regional health hub

3.3 VIC : Deadly opening ceremony for new VAHS Epping Clinic in Melbourne’s northern suburbs

4. QLD : The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) hosted their third annual Awards for Excellence , celebrating leaders, organisations and communities within the Sector.

5. NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs Care Coordination Team awarded Administrator’s Medal in Primary Health Care 2019

6. SA New traineeship pathway for AHCSA Aboriginal Health Practitioners

7. WA AHCWA’s Mappa team and Ash from Waitj Productions are on set at the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service shooting the Mappa Promo video.

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : Download the 2018-19 NACCHO Annual Report 

Download  in PDF from HERE 

1.2 National : Our CEO Pat Turner presents to the Joint standing committee on the NDIS 

Ms Turner:  Thank you for the opportunity to appear. We have already made a written
submission to the committee, so I hope that that answers most of your questions.

We are here to elaborate on any other points that the committee may wish to put to us.
It’s important that we point out that we serve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through our local and regional Aboriginal health services that are community controlled, with some 145 organisations spread throughout Australia.

We represent their interests in terms of policy and leadership. We work closely with both
the bureaucracy in Canberra and the minister responsible, where we have a very professional and productive ongoing relationship.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are twice as likely to experience disability as other Australians. So there are nine per cent with a severe condition compared to four per cent for non-Indigenous people. Currently, 5.7 per cent of NDIS participants are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with 16,417 active participants as of 30 June this year, which is considerably less than the percentage thought to have a significant disability.

The percentage of NDIS participants who are Aboriginal is indicative of the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with plans; however, it is not necessarily representative of the extent to which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are receiving assistance under those plans as a result of appropriate services not being readily available.

See pages 7-11 for Pat Turners presentation 

NACCHO Pat Turner NDIS

1.3 National : NACCHO Deputy CEO Dr Dawn Casey chairs a round table to discuss medicines priorities and challenges for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

On Friday November 15th, NACCHO – the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations – hosted a round table with Medicines Australia and representatives of its respective members to discuss medicines priorities and challenges for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The roundtable was also attended by Jo Watson, Chair of the Commonwealth HTA Consumer Consultative Committee.

NACCHO Deputy CEO Dr Dawn Casey  chaired the meeting and Evo Health consultants Renae Beardmore Sharon Musgrave acted as facilitators for the workshop.

The group discussed challenges and solutions to enhance medicines access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by improving how PBS medicines are listed and how medicine supplies are maintained. The group also considered how quality use of medicines materials and activities may be improved.

Participants worked constructively to develop a list of co-designed solutions that will be taken back to their respective organisations for

2.1 NSW : The November Edition of AHMRC Message Stick is out now!

Read about Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, success stories from Waminda – South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corp. and The Glen Rehab, as well as how to prepare your service for #HIVAwarenessWeek2019.

Read more >> http://bit.ly/34alu2Y

3.1 VIC : In a Victorian first, the Andrews Labor Government has agreed with Aboriginal health organisations and Health Services to create a new forum to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians across the state.

Establishing a state-wide body has been identified by Victorian Community as a vital step towards ensuring all parts of the Victorian health system are working together to improve health outcomes for Victoria’s Aboriginal people.

At last week’s roundtable senior representatives from the Victorian Government met with Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (including our Acting CEO Trevor Pearce), other health associations, peak bodies and the Australian Government.

It was a chance for Government to hear from leaders in Aboriginal health about their key priorities and to discuss how a future forum could work to advance initiatives that will have a real impact on Aboriginal lives.

VACCHO Chair and CEO of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative Karen Heap said “Finding effective solutions to the issues facing Aboriginal people must be driven by Aboriginal people working closely with Government and I am confident the new Forum will provide a much needed, high-level voice to ensure the most appropriate and effective way forward.”

3.2 VIC : Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative welcomes first patients into new $8 million medical and regional health hub

The new dedicated stand-alone medical clinic and district health hub has welcomed its first patients and is now bringing communities throughout the greater western region of Victoria together.

With Aboriginal themes at the forefront of the design, this hub brings together high quality medical, health and community services under the one roof, so patients can get the treatment they need in a culturally welcoming environment.

Featuring ceiling lights curved in linear snake patterns, the facility also boasts a range of Aboriginal art as well as portraits of Elders and Founding Members to celebrate Aboriginal culture and promote understanding and respect within the community.

 

Integrating general practice rooms with specialist mental health and alcohol and other drugs consulting rooms allows for better coordinated care planning and greater interaction of services, including smoother cross referrals to the different services and programs offered by the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative.

Funding regional health infrastructure

The Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund invested $6m towards this project, with the remaining $2.5m contributed by the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative to purchase the adjoining land.

The total investment allowed for the expansion of the existing premises and the build of the new facility to expand and create additional space for specialist medical and health-related services.

The Victorian Government established the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to rebuild and refurbish rural and regional health facilities, ensuring all Victorians can access high quality care and facilities, no matter where they live.

3.3 VIC : Deadly opening ceremony for new VAHS Epping Clinic in Melbournes northern suburbs 

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Deadly opening ceremony for VAHS Epping Clinic. Officially opened by Life Member, Alan Brown, Long term board member, Tony McCartney and long term local community member resident, Tina Wright.

On behalf of VAHS, we acknowledge our ancestors work and in the spirit of community control, this clinic owned by the community, for the community.

4.QLD : The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) hosted their third annual Awards for Excellence , celebrating leaders, organisations and communities within the Sector.

Established to recognise the hard work, determination and growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector (ATSICCHS), the awards acknowledge those that are making a real difference throughout their communities.

QAIHC Chairperson Gail Wason said the organisation was impressed by the number of nominations in each category for this year’s awards.
“The volume of nominations received by the Sector this year demonstrates the growth and success experienced in rural and remote communities across Queensland,” said Ms Wason.

“I am truly inspired by the dedication and commitment of the people who work within our Sector.”

“It is important to acknowledge individuals and organisations for the work they do in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland,” she said.

QAIHC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Neil Willmett is proud of the Sector and acknowledges the tireless work of individuals working for ATSICCHS in Queensland.
“Staff at our Member Services often go above and beyond to work towards providing their clients with exceptional care through every stage of their life,” said Mr Willmett.

The winners of the QAIHC 2019 Awards for Excellence are:

  • QAIHC Partnership Excellence Award – Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • QAIHC Innovation Excellence Award – Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health
  • QAIHC Patient Satisfaction and Service Excellence Award – NPA Family and Community Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
  • QAIHC Leader of the Year Award – Veronica Williams and Gary White
  • QAIHC Member of the Year Award – Galangoor Duwalami Primary Healthcare Service.

The QAIHC Awards for Excellence were proudly sponsored by CheckUP, Health Workforce Queensland, Mazars, Hunter Promotional Products & Uniforms and Griffith University First Peoples Health Unit.

5. NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs Care Coordination Team awarded Administrator’s Medal in Primary Health Care 2019

Pictured (L-R): Rachel Godley and Balpalwanga Louise Maymuru (Laynhapuy Homelands Health), Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, Kathleen Hauth (Central Australian Aboriginal Congress) and Michelle Dowden (One Disease).

These awards celebrate and recognise the Northern Territory’s exceptional health workforce.

The Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care 2019 were presented on Thursday 21 November by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory, at an official awards ceremony at Government House.

These medals recognise and reward health professionals, teams and whole practices/health services that have contributed significantly to the provision of primary health care in the Northern Territory.

The 2019 recipients are:

Individual Medal – Michelle Dowden, One Disease

Team Medal – Care Coordination Team, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Whole of Practice/Health Service Medal – Laynhapuy Homelands Health

Nominations were received for people, teams and practices/services from right across the Territory, including Darwin, Alice Springs and surrounding communities, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Galiwin’ku. The nominations also covered a diverse range of specialty areas, including nursing, dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, physiotherapy, mental health, health promotion and health literacy.

‘Effective collaboration between individuals and teams working in primary health care in the Northern Territory is particularly important due to the inevitable challenges that remoteness poses to the delivery of high-quality health care,’ said Northern Territory PHN CEO Nicki Herriot.

‘The medal recipients are all fine examples of how to adopt innovative service delivery models to overcome these challenges.’ She continued, ‘it’s wonderful to have this annual opportunity to recognise them.’

More information on the winners:

Michelle Dowden – CEO, One Disease

Michelle has worked for 25 years in primary health care in the Northern Territory. Prior to her current role as CEO of One Disease, Michelle spent time managing the Ngalkanbuy Health Clinic and held the position of Director of Primary Health Services at Sunrise Health in the Katherine region. Michelle is admired for her innovative management style and people-centred approach to health care. She passionately delivered health promotion in the early days at the grass-roots level, travelling door-to-door in remote communities. She has worked on initiatives ranging from infant nutrition strategies to awareness campaigns designed to eliminate scabies and RHD. Michelle is commended for her long-term commitment to primary health care and her breadth of experience within the Northern Territory.

Care Coordination Team, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

The Congress care coordinators go the extra mile in providing culturally appropriate and safe health and social services to their clients in Central Australia. They focus heavily on involving clients’ family and carers as this is central to providing holistic comprehensive primary health care. The care coordinators often bring up issues and identify gaps in service provision for their most vulnerable clients. For example, appropriate housing is an obvious and long-standing issue for many of the complex and often elderly clients. The care coordinators advocate heavily for those clients to ensure that their social needs are met, which is an essential step to improving their health outcomes.

Laynhapuy Homelands Health

The team at Laynhapuy Homelands Health is holistic, friendly and extremely passionate about their job. They service the homelands of East Arnhem Land for all primary health care needs. They drive hundreds of kilometres to service Homelands and deliver up to date clinical care, building incredible rapport with patients. Laynhapuy are commended for always searching for innovative ways to improve the health of those living in the Homelands. For example, they have begun running local grocery stores in homelands, keeping prices as they are at Woolworths. This allows people better access to food without paying up to a large taxi bill to get into town.

More information
The Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care are proudly sponsored by Northern Territory Primary Health Network, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, Health Providers Alliance Northern Territory, the Centre for Remote Health, CRANAplus, Northern Territory General Practice Education and the Northern Territory Government Department of Health.

6. SA New traineeship pathway for AHCSA Aboriginal Health Practitioners

 

7. WA AHCWA’s Mappa team and Ash from Waitj Productions are on set at the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service shooting the Mappa Promo video.

NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : #National @Mayi_Kuwayu #NSW Durri ACCHO #VIC @VACCHO_org #NSW Durri ACCHO #QLD @GurrinyHealth @Apunipima #Closingthegap #HaveyoursayCTG dates

1.1 National : Our NACCHO CEO Pat Turner joins the senior advisory group co-designing an Indigenous Voice to Government 

1.2 National Our NACCHO Deputy CEO Dawn Casey at Vision 2020 AGM

1.3 National : NACCHO is a proud partner of the Mayi Kuwayu Study

2. NSW : Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service facility to undergo $3.1 million major refurbishment

3. VIC : On World Diabetes Day, VACCHO celebrated our 12 year partnership with Diabetes Australia Vic

4.1  QLD : The Yarrabah ACCHO has an opportunity to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the community with the launch of a new health centre.

4.2 QLD  Apunipima ACCHO at the  Mapoon Health Summit on Cape York

4.3 New National Agreement on Closing the Gap community engagement dates in Queensland

Please note #SA #WA #NT #TAS and #ACT continued next week 22 November

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : Our NACCHO CEO Pat Turner joins the senior advisory group co-designing an Indigenous Voice to Government 

” Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt has urged the senior advisory group co-designing an Indigenous Voice to Government to take hold of the “moment in time” before them to change the lives of Indigenous Australians.

The minister led the first meeting of the consultation body made up of 19 people at Old Parliament in Canberra on Wednesday.

The senior advisory group is seeking to shape a framework towards developing options for an Indigenous voice to all levels of government. 

But his actions have earned some backlash for already taking enshrining the voice in the constitution off the table.

Mr Wyatt called on the leadership group to embrace their opportunity to “enact meaningful” and “long-lasting change” for Indigenous Australians and the entire nation.

“All of us have been around for a long time – we have seen communities grow but we’ve seen them struggle,” he said.

“We talk about community control – but I don’t see it on the ground.

The bottom line is for the elder in the community, the child … the family – that’s where we have to make the difference.”

Introduction and photos from NITV Online

Download the Ministers press release and opening speech HERE

Minister Wyatt Press Release speech the Voice

Read all 30 plus articles Aboriginal Health and the Uluru Statement 

1.2 National Our NACCHO Deputy CEO Dawn Casey at Vision 2020 AGM

Dawn Casey Chair of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Committee providing the Committee update, Vision 2020 AGM.

Commending all committee members, sector & Minister Hunt (support for eye health & ACCHOs)

At the AGM, Chair Amanda Vanstone described Vision 2020 Australia as a vital and financially stable organisation. She highlighted the significant support received from both the Australia and Victorian governments and thanked all member organisations, including major financial supporters, for their contributions.

Vision 2020 Australia Chief Executive Officer Judith Abbott spoke to some of the highlights of the year, including development of 10 submissions to government, high levels of member and stakeholder engagement, a growing social media presence and sustained efforts and impact through the Victorian Government funded Vision Initiative.

1.3 National : NACCHO is a proud partner of the Mayi Kuwayu Study

Mayi Kuwayu is the National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing, based at the Australian National University in Canberra.

This project is a major longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults that examines the connection between culture, health and wellbeing.

You can participate in the survey by visiting: https://forms.savant.net.au/lfserver/mkstudy

2. NSW : Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service facility to undergo $3.1 million major refurbishment

The Macleay and Nambucca Valley Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community will receive a massive health boost, with Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (ACMS) announcing a $3.1 million funding package to undertake a major refurbishment of its Kempsey facility.

The funding package, which was awarded through the Federal Government’s Indigenous Health (Major Capital Works) Program, has been deemed one of the most noteworthy achievements in the organisation’s 40-year history.

The grant will see Durri ACMS undertake a much-needed refurbishment of its existing medical service building on York Lane, which provides a dedicated range of health care services for the local Indigenous community.

The refurbishments, which are scheduled to commence in May 2020, will reap great benefits for current patients, staff and the broader community.

Initial plans reveal a complete transformation of the original front and reception area into a sleek, modern and accessible space, with a focus on providing both indoor and outdoor spaces to create a welcoming environment for patients and staff.

Durri ACMS Chief Executive Officer Tim Aguis thanked the Government for its generous support, which will greatly benefit the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

“As the second largest Aboriginal medical service in New South Wales, Durri has been proudly serving the local community for 40 years,” said Mr Aguis.

“These long-overdue refurbishments will help improve our delivery of vital Primary Health Care Services to this community. We deeply appreciate the Federal Government’s support, as we enter this exciting new phase in the organisation’s history.

“I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the Durri ACMS Board, whose members committed a great deal of time and commitment to put forward the successful application.

“This funding is one of the biggest achievements for Durri ACMS since the Board’s appointment three years ago.”

The funding announcement comes as an early birthday present for Durri ACMS, which is due to celebrate its 40th anniversary later this year.

3. VIC : On World Diabetes Day, VACCHO celebrated our 12 year partnership with Diabetes Australia Vic.

Through this partnership we have had a significant impact on prevention and management of diabetes in Victorian Aboriginal communities.

The famous ‘Feltman’ and the recent addition of ‘Feltmum’ were developed through this partnership and have been educating our mob about diabetes for over 10 years across Australia.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate this long standing and successful partnership

4.1  QLD : The Yarrabah ACCHO has an opportunity to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the community with the launch of a new health centre.

“The whole community is lifted when its youth have a bright future and Yarrabah is doing great things to provide the best opportunities for the next generation,”

Minister Wyatt says making support services more accessible in remote regions will have a flow-on effect

The Indigenous community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland has a new Aboriginal community-controlled Youth Hub.

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, attended the opening and said he hopes the hub will have a positive effect on the community.

“This great facility is a safe-space for young people to meet up and connect with each other and access support services that promote wellbeing, resilience and responsibility,” he said.

“It is a place that shows young people facing challenges in Yarrabah that they don’t need to do so alone.”

Under the broader Yarrabah Youth and Family Social and Wellbeing Project, the facility will aim to help disengaged and at-risk youth and families aged 15-25.

Located 55 kilometres east of Cairns, the community is home to over 2,500 people.

According to the latest ABS statistics, 97% of Yarrabah residents are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander with more than 50% under the age of 25.

The Hub, operated by Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation, includes a community kitchen, laundry facilities and bathrooms as well as counselling rooms, office space and more social areas.

It follows a new report from the Productivity Commission that says Indigenous people are three times as likely to suffer from high levels of psychological distress compared to other Australians.

It also recommends Indigenous-controlled organisations to operate Aboriginal suicide prevention programs, online navigation programs, and additional funding for mental health nurses in Indigenous communities in particular.

Minister Wyatt says making support services more accessible in remote regions will have a flow-on effect.

“The whole community is lifted when its youth have a bright future and Yarrabah is doing great things to provide the best opportunities for the next generation,” Minister Wyatt said.

Days after announcing the federal government will begin 12 months of consultations on an Indigenous voice to government, the Minister spent his time in far North Queensland visiting the Yarrabah State School and the Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco-Cultural Tourism project

4.2 QLD  Apunipima ACCHO at the  Mapoon Health Summit on Cape York

4.3 New National Agreement on Closing the Gap community engagement dates in Queensland

Thursday Island: Monday 11 November ( Closed )
Townsville: Tuesday 19 November
Cairns: Wednesday 20 November
Mt Isa: Tuesday 26 November
Ipswich: Thursday 28 November
Rockhampton: date t.b.c.

More information available HERE

NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News #ClosingTheGap #HaveYourSayCTG survey closes 8 Nov: Registrations for #NACCHOAgm19 #NACCHOYouth19 Close today 25 October Plus This months @ahmrc featured ACCHO Riverina Medical

1.1 National : Registrations to this year’s Youth Conference and the NACCHO National Conference Close today 25 October 2019. 

1.2 National : Closing the Gap / Have your say CTG deadline extended to Friday, 8 November 2019.

1.3 National Indigenous Health MedTalk podcasts launched

2. This Months Feature ACCHO Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corp 

Yandarra, a Wiradjuri word that means “coming together”, captures the essence of Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal community-controlled health service that was established by a dedicated group of Elders some 30 years ago

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

 

1.1 National : Registrations to this year’s Youth Conference and the NACCHO National Conference Close today 25 October 2019. 

Monday 4th November 2019 NACCHO Youth Conference *Youth Registration is Free of Charge

The central focus of the NACCHO Youth Conference Healthy youth, healthy future is on building resilience.

For thousands of years our Ancestors have shown great resolve thriving on this vast continent. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who make up 54% of our population, now look to the example set by generations past and present to navigate ever-changing and complex social and health issues.

Healthy youth, healthy future provides us with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of importance to us, our families and communities, and to take further steps toward becoming tomorrow’s leaders. We hope to see you there!

Registrations are now open for the 2019 NACCHO Youth Conference, which will be held November 4th in Darwin at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Register More Info HERE 

5 – 7 November NACCHO Conference and AGM  -Darwin NT

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November 2019

7th November 2019 NACCHO AGM

This year, NACCHO’s Members’ Conference focuses on the theme –

Because of them we must: improving health outcomes for our people aged 0-29 years.

We have chosen this focus because we know that investing in the health and wellbeing of our babies, children and young people can help prevent ill health, disease and disability. Strong investment in this age group will help them to thrive, help them build strong and healthy families and communities, and help to positively influence their future health outcomes and life expectancy measures.

Because of them we must provides an opportunity to place our future generations at the forefront of our discussions, to hear about the innovative work that is happening in our community controlled and other sectors, to exchange ideas and share our knowledge.

Registrations to this year’s Youth Conference and the NACCHO National Conference will close on 25th October 2019.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

We hope you can join us!

Register HERE

If you have any questions or would like further information contact Ros Daley and Jen Toohey on 02 6246 9309 or via email conference@naccho.org.au

1.2 National : Closing the Gap / Have your say CTG deadline extended to Friday, 8 November 2019.

 

The engagements are now in full swing across Australia and this is generating more interest than we had anticipated in our survey on Closing the Gap.

The Coalition of Peaks has had requests from a number of organisations across Australia seeking, some Coalition of Peak members and some governments for more time to promote and complete the survey.

We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their say on what should be included in a new agreement on Closing the Gap so it is agreed to extend the deadline for the survey to Friday, 8 November 2019.

This will help build further understanding and support for the new agreement and will not impact our timeframes for negotiating with government as we were advised at the most recent Partnership Working Group meeting that COAG will not meet until early 2020.

There is a discussion booklet that has background information on Closing the Gap and sets out what will be talked about in the survey.

The survey will take a little bit of time to complete. It would be great if you can answer all the questions, but you can also just focus on the issues that you care about most.

To help you prepare your answers, you can look at a full copy here

The survey is open to everyone and can be accessed here:

https://www.naccho.org.au/programmes/coalition-of-peaks/have-your-say/

1.3 National Indigenous Health MedTalk podcasts launched

Indigenous Health MedTalk covers topics related to women’s and men’s health, family health and wellness, mental health, sexual health and community innovations related to and affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Hosted by Dr Danielle Arabena: the Medical Educator for the Indigenous Health Training Team at General Practice Training Queensland.

Danielle speaks to innovators, trail blazers and community leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and medicine.

A podcast, not exclusively for Medical Doctors, but anyone with an interest in Indigenous health.

Listen / Subscribe HERE 

2. This Months Feature ACCHO Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corp

Tangerene Ingram, RivMed CEO – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

“Yamma dummarung”  the sign reads.

Welcome to the land of the three rivers. Welcome to Wiradjuri country.

Thank You to AHMRC for this report 

It’s the first thing you see as you walk through any entranceway here, a very special campus of sorts in the centre of Wagga Wagga’s health district. It’s somehow fitting that the Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation – or RivMed, as it’s known to locals – was founded, and is still rooted in, a family home; family is at the heart of what they do, and everyone is greeted as kin.

Yandarra, a Wiradjuri word that means “coming together”, captures the essence of RivMed, an Aboriginal community-controlled health service that was established by a dedicated group of Elders some 30 years ago. These lands have, for tens of thousands of years, been a meeting place for the Wiradjuri, the people of the three rivers, and after British invasion it became a major resettlement community.

Yandarra – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

“They took them and put them all on the missions, and then they decided to move them off the missions and put them into towns,” explains RivMed CEO Tangerene Ingram, a Wiradjuri woman from the community of Brungle between Tumut and Gundagai, with a wry smile. “We have so many different nations living here.”

Ingram gestures at a map of Aboriginal nations as she traces the history of this town on the Murrumbidjeri, or Murrumbidgee, one of three rivers that give the Wiradjuri their name. Such maps are displayed prominently across RivMed, a celebration of and commitment to belonging.

“It’s not just the medical needs that are being met, and the dental needs, it’s also a meeting place,” explains Ingram of what sets RivMed apart. “Because it’s such a culturally safe space, you do feel comfortable. You go there, you see family, you see people you know, you see the Aboriginal person at the counter, it’s that type of service.”

Copies of the Koori Mail and photo albums celebrating events including the annual Yandarra health promotion festival are scattered throughout the waiting room of the Valda Weldon Primary Health Care Centre, named for Aunty Val, one of RivMed’s indomitable founders, whose portrait looks out over the glass doors.

RivMed Clinic Reception – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

The television in the corner broadcasts Aboriginal Health TV (“We didn’t want to show mainstream,” says Ingram). A whiteboard next to the reception desk advertises community events: women’s cooking classes top this week’s schedule.

A tongue-in-cheek artwork depicting nunay ngurruway (bad choice) and marang ngurruway (good choice) has pride of place, with the latter panels featuring the preparation and hunting of traditional foods and a group of Wiradjuri women in ceremonial dress lifting weights around a stereo. ‘It’s your choice to be healthy’ the artwork states.

RivMed clinic art board – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

Though it retains a homely, familial warmth, RivMed has come a long way from humble beginnings in a house near the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital with just a handful of medical and dental staff. It’s now a thriving multidisciplinary service with some 6,000 clients and will soon boast almost 90 staff spanning the region, from Narrandera, Griffith and Leeton through Cootamundra and Brungle right down to Albury on the Victorian border.

“There’s a lot of things happening for RivMed,” says Ingram.

Steph and Sharma – Photo Credit: RivMed

Families in focus

Ingram, whose background spans correctional services, health, social and emotional wellbeing and child protection and welfare, has overseen a remarkable expansion at RivMed in recent years, with a focus on at-risk children and families. She is ambitious and unapologetic about pushing the boundaries, with pride in the service’s work that is both boundless and infectious.

RivMed is one of the only services in regional NSW to offer a strengths-based, in-home program known as Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an early intervention targeting vulnerable families whose children are at risk of being taken into care due to issues ranging from substance use, domestic violence and trauma, through to squalor, grief and loss.

“The therapist goes into the home, and they start at the point at which the family is,” explains program manager Felix Machiridze, a former journalist who fled Zimbabwe as a refugee and has retrained in social work as part of his recovery.

“There is no top-down kind of approach, we say the family itself are the experts of their own issues, but what we try to do is to make the family see these issues in a different way.” – Felix Machiridze, Social Worker

Felix – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

Not every family in the program is Indigenous, but Machiridze says it resonates for Aboriginal people because it focuses on collective responsibility, inherent strengths, and social capital. In the two years it has been running, just one family out of 100 has needed to repeat the program, and it is such a success RivMed has hired staff in Albury, Narrandera and Cootamundra to extend its reach.

In a major win for the service – and a precedent that will now be rolled out statewide – RivMed convinced the NSW Government to broaden the referrals pathway so that it is not only Family and Community Services (FACS) and the Department of Communities and Justice that can refer families to the program. Instead, RivMed’s GPs and other staff, as well as the Family Referral Service, also will be able to direct families into the program.

“We have found for some families, especially most Aboriginal families, because of historical issues they do not want to do through the FACS pathway. They would rather not participate where FACS is concerned” says Machiridze.

Saraya and Latoya – Photo Credit: RivMed

In addition to FFT, RivMed runs an intensive 18-week family-based services initiative for Aboriginal families at risk and has been funded by FACS to offer two-year preservation and restoration programs working with families whose children have been or are at risk of being removed, with the aim of supporting a reunion or keeping a family intact. The project will have staff in Griffith, Narrandera and Leeton.

Following five years of lobbying, RivMed has just secured accreditation to offer out-of-home care to Aboriginal children, something of which Ingram is particularly proud.

“RivMed has always looked at the social and emotional wellbeing of the whole of the family,” she says. “Now we can take care of the health side, whether it’s the mental health, the drug and alcohol, your general GP health needs, to what’s happening with the family in terms of child protection… It’s a whole package, and we’re growing.”

dental ed – Photo Credit: RivMed

Charting community need

Almost as swiftly as they move into a new building, RivMed outgrows it, such is the demand for services. The dentist needs another chair, there aren’t enough consult rooms for the busy roster of GPs, specialists, allied and mental health staff, and the clinic will soon have its very own in-house pathology lab on site.  They have a clinic at Brungle, between Gundagai and Tumut, and have been involved in talks about supporting the Narrandera Aboriginal community with their health needs. Some 6,000 people are on the RivMed books.

Everything they do at RivMed is carefully calibrated to community need. They are one of four AMSs participating in the Sax institute’s longitudinal SEARCH study looking at the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children, and their focus on vulnerable children arises directly from this research. According to the data, the most disadvantaged child in these populations are boys aged between three and nine who are in foster care, Ingram says.

“It’s really making us look at the program and how we can work better with our families.” –  Tangerene Ingram, RivMed CEO

Nat and patients – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

Food security has also emerged as a major pressure point for local people in the Sax study, particularly for people who “live out in the suburbs and can’t get into town because they don’t have the money, or mum’s on a pension, how can they get access”, Ingram says.

“If you’ve only got ten dollars you’re not going to be able to purchase meat and your veggies or whatever, they are going to go and spend it on a big heap of chips and Devon or bread because that’s going to feed all the kids.” –  Tangerene Ingram, RivMed CEO

The service works with Oz Harvest locally to give out fresh food at the clinic and is leading discussions with local NGOs including St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army on how to better support the community.

Yandarra fry up – Photo Credit: RivMed

As part of a multi-AMS consortium in the region caring for those with chronic conditions, RivMed administers Integrated Team Care Program funding, providing transport to specialist consults, accommodation if required, even paying for appointments. In the few years it has been running, this program has been a huge success. A dedicated Aboriginal Health Worker, Patrick Sagigi, does chronic care outreach into the community, following up with patients after procedures and operations. A beaming, burly young Torres Strait Islander who exudes bonhomie, he grins as we talk about his work.

Aboriginal Health Workers are what makes the service special, according to Practice Manager Jane Kearnes, who started her life at RivMed working on reception and now oversees the day to day operations of the medical clinic.

Damian and Jenaiha with clients – Photo Credit – RivMed

Because they are known in the community, and for our community a face that they know in our service, it makes them more comfortable… They have really important roles within the organization”  says Kearnes.

Natalie Smith has been an Aboriginal Health Worker at RivMed for almost ten years and speaks with passion about her work.

“It’s so important to have us, [to overcome] that barrier between our clients and the GPs. Our clients are happier to engage with us, and for us to go out into the community and find them, we’ve got more knowledge of the communities, the families,” she says.

Navigating the mainstream

Helping people navigate the mainstream health system is an essential part of her job, and something thrown into sharp relief by the death of Naomi Williams, 27, and her unborn baby at Tumut Hospital in 2016. The incident sent shockwaves through the RivMed community, with many local people, including Ingram, calling Williams family. “It really impacted on this community,” she says.

An inquest into the young mother’s death found “clear and ongoing inadequacies” in her care and called on the Local Health District to improve the cultural safety of its service by bolstering its Indigenous workforce and addressing implicit bias. Ingram has been in talks with the district on “how we can work better together, and service the smaller communities as well”.

Smith will accompany clients who need escalation to hospital and stay with them until they are triaged, seen by a doctor, and handed over to the care of the Aboriginal Liaison. She will ensure they understand what is going on and feel safe before she returns to the clinic.

Trust of mainstream services is an ongoing issue for the community. Of the four services participating in the SEARCH study, RivMed has the highest percentage rate for mental health presentations to hospital, and Smith says these largely occur after hours and on weekends when RivMed’s team are not available.

RivMed Exterior – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

“I think it’s our clients not wanting to access mainstream services, not having a familiar face from our community in the services,” she says. “For us, it’s about looking at what we can put in place to try and fix that for our community.”

Down the hall, Annika Honeysett’s rooms are a hive of activity, mums with prams exchanging news while their babies squawk happily. Honeysett is the AHW attached to the maternal and child health team, working closely with the midwife and shared care GPs to care for expectant and postpartum mums.

“I love it, especially when you see a mum from when they first come in to when they bring in the babies,” says Honeysett, who has been at RivMed for four years and trained as an AHW “to help my family and my community”.

“If we don’t help our community, nothing gets done… They see our faces and they know who we are out in the community. That makes them feel comfortable, safe” she says.

Annika working – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes