NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #QLD #SA #VIC #ACT #NSW #WA #NT #Tas

1.1 VIC : Congrats to Laura Thompson at Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, HESTA Team Excellence finalist.

1.2 VIC : VAHS hosted by CEO Adrian Carson and The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Team QLD

2.NSW : Aboriginal students were encouraged to think about a future in ACCHO health at a new Careers Expo in Kempsey.

3. Apunipima Cape York Health Council Welcomes New CEO

4. NT : OFFICIAL GARMA 2017 PROGRAM Will go ahead

5. SA Deadly Choices QLD Training in SA Community homelands  

6.WA Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

7. ACT  : The ACT government is ‘patronising, paternalistic’ on Indigenous contracts says Julie Tongs

 8. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training

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1.VIC : Congrats to Laura Thompson at Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, HESTA Team Excellence finalist

Congrats to Laura Thompson at Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Team Excellence finalist in the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards!

Team Excellence Award

The Healthy Lifestyle Team and #HerTribe

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

Preston, VIC

For implementing #HerTribe — a 16-week health and empowerment program improving health and social outcomes for Aboriginal women and their families.

1.2 VIC : VAHS hosted by CEO Adrian Carson  and The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Team QLD

Thanks to The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health for hosting some of our VAHS staff this week and giving us a tour of your deadly clinics and programs!

Great to meet lots of new faces and make new connections whilst sharing the learnings of your services.

Looking forward to showing you around The Health Service when the weather warms up enough for you in chilly Melbourne.

2.NSW : Aboriginal students were encouraged to think about a future in ACCHO health at a new Careers Expo in Kempsey.

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Local Aboriginal Medical Services Werin, Durri and Galambila are partnering with the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) and four local universities to present the inaugural Aboriginal Careers in Health Expo in Kempsey.

Pictured above : Mid North Coast Local Health District Aboriginal Workforce Manager Helene Jones and Workforce Support Manager Lyn Luckie prepare for the inaugural Careers Aboriginal Careers in Health Expo at Kempsey.

The expo provided Aboriginal students from across the Mid North Coast with an opportunity to explore the various career options available in the local health sector.

MNCLHD, Southern Cross University, the University of Newcastle, UNSW Rural Medical School, Charles Sturt University, TAFE NSW and local Aboriginal Medical Services Werin, Durri and Galambila participated.

Interactive activities provided more than 150 students with inspiration and insight into various roles within health. Students were offered the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with health professionals throughout the day and participate in interactive workshops related to specific careers.

Aboriginal students in Years 9, 10 and 11 from all secondary schools on the Mid North Coast were invited to attend.

MNCLHD chief executive Stewart Dowrick said the expo provided a unique opportunity for students to learn what it is like to work in the health sector and the career and study pathways available.

“We are committed to providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people living in this region,” Mr Dowrick said.

“This event provides a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people in our area to consider a career in health.”

3. Apunipima Cape York Health Council Welcomes New CEO

Apunipima Cape York Health Council warmly welcomes new CEO Paul Stephenson who will start his new role on Monday 31 July.

Paul was Apunipima’s Executive Manager: Primary Health Care between 2012 and 2015 before taking on the role of the General Manager for Australian Regional and Remote Community Services in the Northern Territory.

Apunipima Chairperson Thomas Hudson said Paul had an impressive and extensive executive leadership and management record within remote primary health as well as governance through various Board appointments.

‘He brings a wealth of experience in primary health care within Cape York with both Apunipima and with Queensland Health so has an understanding and appreciation of both systems.’

‘Prior to working for Apunipima, Paul was an ex-officio Apunipima Board member while employed as Cape York Health Service CEO and Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Health Service District CEO.  In 2012, Paul took up the position of Executive Manager: Primary Health Care with Apunipima, a role he held for three years. Most recently, Paul has been working in the Northern Territory as General Manager Australian Regional and Remote Community Services.

‘With a registered nursing background, Paul has continued to influence the primary health profession with a track record of advocating and being involved in state level workforce advisory and health service development committees.’

Mr Hudson thanked outgoing CEO Cleveland Fagan for the invaluable contribution he had made to Apunipima.

‘On behalf of the Apunipima Board of Directors and staff I want to thank Cleveland for his commitment and dedication to the organisation.’

‘He has lead the organisation for 10 years and overseen the building of stand-alone clinics, the opening of four Wellbeing Centres, the establishment of the first electronic medical record system on Cape York and the award – winning maternal and child health initiative the Baby One Program and the commitment from government to transition community health care to a community led model.’

Cleveland has made an enormous contribution to Apunipima and will be sincerely missed. We wish him well in future endeavours.’

‘I also want to thank Executive Manager: Primary Health Care Paula Arnol for her support during the CEO recruitment process. Her professionalism and dedication are second to none.’

4. NT : OFFICIAL GARMA 2017 PROGRAM Will go ahead

The Yothu Yindi Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the official Garma 2017 Program Booklet.

The Program Booklet is the comprehensive guide for guests travelling to Gulkula, near the township of Gove in northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

YYF CEO Denise Bowden said it contained the schedules for all activities, forums and workshops taking place over the course of the four days.

“YYF prides itself on offering an innovative program that pushes the boundaries, and we’re excited to again bring new elements to the Garma experience this year,” she said.

“We continue to reflect our Board’s value on learning by devoting the first day of Garma to a day of education, with a cultural curriculum and a specific education forum on the Friday,” she said.

“We’ve put a strong emphasis on literacy by introducing a Poetry Slam competition, overseen by legendary Australian actor Jack Thompson, all of which is open to anyone who wants to participate.

“We’re also pleased to present Garma’s first ever Comedy Night, which will provide some light relief to balance out the serious conversations taking place during the day.

“The Program Booklet also highlights the many talented artists whose work will be on display at the new-look Gapan outdoor art gallery. Guests will find a Garma photographic exhibition on display, our chance to share the images that have been very popular over the many years we’ve hosted Garma.

“The booklet also places in the spotlight the talented musicians set to rock the musical stage when the sun goes down.”

Mrs Bowden said the Program Booklet would also be of interest to those not able to attend Garma this year.

“You can read about the feats of our Yolngu Heroes, the significance of the Gulkula site, an explanation of the Yolngu seasons, the importance of the bunggul performances, and the meaning behind Yolngu clan designs.

“There’s also an introduction to Yolngu matha for those wanting to learn the basics of the local language.”

The Official Garma Program Booklet can be viewed on the YYF site at: http://www.yyf.com.au/pages/?ParentPageID=116&PageID=128

Garma 2017 will take place between 4-7 August, with over 2500 attendees expected to walk through the ticketing gates.

For more information on this year’s event, please visit garma.com.au

*Please note the 4 day program is subject to change due to the very remote nature of this event. Organisers will endeavor to keep to a bare minimum any significant changes.

Media Contact: Jason Frenkel 0402 282 251.

5. SA Deadly Choices QLD Training in SA Community homelands  

Did you know this fact about the word ‘deadly’? Deadly Choices is designed to help improve the excellent health choices made by Aboriginal people in South Australia.

Our Deadly Choices Facilitator training is about to kick off out at beautiful Umuwa, APY Lands

The boys are definitely enjoying themselves out at Umuwa We are lucky to host the training & educate but also learn from the Nganampa team.

Time for our team photo with the Nganampa Health Service team. It’s been a long 3 days but very valuable & enjoyed by all.

6.WA Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

Photos from NAIDOC Weekend “Be at your Best” Basketball Carnival July 2017

7. ACT  : The ACT government is ‘patronising, paternalistic’ on Indigenous contracts says Julie Tongs

Julie Tongs said the ACT government has “done just what governments in Australia have been doing and getting away with for centuries – blame Aboriginal people”.  Photo: Melissa Adams

Written by Julie Tongs chief executive of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service, which tendered unsuccessfully for both the Indigenous housing services and the Step Up for Our Kids Indigenous services.

The decision by the ACT government to extend the contracts, without a public or open process, to mange the ACT’s two Indigenous homelessness services to two non-Aboriginal organisations continues the patronising and paternalistic polices favoured by the government.

It really is quite stunning, in light of the well documented failings of the ACT government to meet the needs of Aboriginal Canberrans, that it stubbornly maintains polices and attitudes that have, for example, led to the ACT having the highest Indigenous incarceration rate and the highest rate of contact of Aboriginal children in the care and protection system in Australia.

The overwhelming weight of evidence across Australia is that optimal outcomes are achieved in dealing with Indigenous disadvantage when the responses are designed in collaboration with and delivered by the local Aboriginal community and the organisations that support and sustain it.

In light of this, it is beyond the understanding of the Aboriginal community in Canberra that the ACT government has disregarded the importance of the local Aboriginal community having a role in the managing or providing of services to the Indigenous Boarding House or the Indigenous Supported Accommodation Service. The government clearly believes these Aboriginal specific, and tiny, services are better provided by Every Man Australia and Toora, two non-Aboriginal mainstream organisations.

As wonderful as these organisations may be, the fact is they are managed, led and in the main staffed by non-Aboriginal Australians. In the case of Every Man Australia, an organisation, to be blunt, set up by anglo-celtic men for anglo-celtic men and managed and led by anglo-celtic men, the government’s decision that it is better able than specialist local Aboriginal managed and staffed organisations to support vulnerable, disadvantaged Aboriginal women and children living in Indigenous specific supported housing is deeply hurtful and insulting to the Aboriginal community.

It is perhaps ironic that the decision by the ACT government to again exclude any Aboriginal involvement in the management of Indigenous specific housing in Canberra was made at the same time as the Children’s Commissioner, Jodie Griffiths-Cook, in responding to questions about the scandalous rate of removal of Aboriginal children from their families in Canberra, said that one of the things that the ACT government needed to do better “is actually engaging with the Aboriginal community in the ACT”. The commissioner said the question that needed to be asked of the government was: “What is needed by the Aboriginal families that are coming to the attention of care and protection that we’re not supporting them with?”

It is clear to the Aboriginal community, and on the basis of the commissioner’s recent comments to the ACT Human Rights Commission, that what is needed is for the government to permit Aboriginal people and reputable and experienced Aboriginal organisations a role in and responsibility for decisions over their lives. This applies most particularly to those Aboriginal people suffering grievously from generations of disadvantage and discrimination. In other words, what is required is a genuine commitment to self-determination.

The ACT government has, however, chosen in relation to its much vaunted Step Up for Our Kids Strategy, despite the fact that between 25 per cent and 30 per cent of children in out of home care in Canberra are Aboriginal (from a population base of 1.5 per cent), that “stepping up for Aboriginal kids” should be undertaken solely by non-Aboriginal organisations.

Attempts by local Aboriginal-managed services to be part of the Step Up for Our Kids Strategy have been rebuffed by the government without cogent explanation. I am sure the ACT is the only jurisdiction in Australia that has deliberately excluded Aboriginal organisational involvement in programs designed to address the shameful over-representation of Aboriginal children in the care and protection system. It can be no surprise then that the ACT is the worst performing jurisdiction in Australia.

The extent to which the ACT government is out of step with the rest of Australia in refusing to engage with Aboriginal people and service delivery organisations in delivering services to Aboriginal people is exemplified by the announcement made by Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion on July 7.

Whereas the ACT government has a practice of unashamedly favouring non-Aboriginal organisations to deliver Indigenous specific services Senator Scullion has announced that from the end of the current financial year the Commonwealth will only disburse funds under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to Aboriginal organisations and businesses. He based his decision on the overwhelming evidence that the best outcomes from services designed to address Indigenous disadvantage are achieved when those services are designed and delivered by Aboriginal organisations.

If only we had in the ACT a government with the same insight and understanding of the needs of Aboriginal people.

8. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training 3rd August 2017 at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove) from 9.00am to 4.00pm : The costs are as follows:

$145- for general person/employee
$90- for students etc
$0- to unemployed Community Members
$0 for staff

 

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #QLD #WA #SA #VIC #ACT

1.QLD :Deadly Kindies give Indigenous children a great start

2.WA : Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) Women have Healthy futures and a yarn

3. SA : Newsletter from the Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

4. VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team solid workout

5. ACT : Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO Julie Tongs Speaking out

6. NSW  : Yerin Newsletter 2nd Edition July 2017

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1.QLD :Deadly Kindies give Indigenous children a great start

“We know that getting kids prepared for and engaged in education directly impacts the health and wellbeing of themselves, their families and their communities long into the future,”

And while these Kindy Kits give kids all the items they need for a day at kindy, making sure they are kindy-ready also relies on providing them with access to the range of services available through the IUIH Model of Care.

Such services include speech therapy, audiology and eye health checks to make sure they can participate and develop the skills they will need when they go to school.

We are already experiencing huge demand for the Deadly Kindykits.

Thanks to the support of ambassadors Johnathan Thurston and Beryl Friday, we are looking forward to this campaign resulting in more kids being up to date with their health checks, more kids being able to access additional health services they need, and more kids enrolling in kindy.”

IUIH CEO Adrian Carson said Deadly Kindies recognised the importance of education as a key social determinant of health.

Education Minister Kate Jones and ambassador Johnathan Thurston today officially launched a new campaign to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments in kindergarten.

Ms Jones said ‘Deadly Kindies’ – launched at C&KKoobara Aboriginal and Islander Kindergarten in Zillmere – was about giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children a better start to health and education.

“We want all Queensland children to get the best start to their education,” Ms Jones said.

“Deadly Kindies will encourage families to register their interest for kindy at their three and four-year-old’s health check.

“Families will be given an opportunity to register their young children for kindy and they will also receive a free Deadly Kindy Kit.

“The Kit includes kindy backpack, hat, blanket, sheet, lunchbox, library bag, water bottle and T-shirt.

“Families will also receive any necessary support and information they need to go ahead and enrol in a local kindergarten.

“The program ensures each child receives any health care required as a result of their eye, ear and other physical health assessment, which in turn ensures they can maximise their learning at kindy.“

Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government had invested $1.5 million to deliver the program through the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

“The campaign’s strength lies in its holistic approach to supporting Indigenous children, by linking better start to health with a better start to education,” she said.

“Deadly Kindies is part of our efforts to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kindergarten participation in Queensland to at least 95 per cent by 2018, up from 93.1 per cent in 2016.

“I thank football star Johnathan Thurston and netball star Beryl Friday for their invaluable support as official ambassadors for the Deadly Kindies campaign.”

More information: www.deadlykindies.com.au

2.WA : Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) Women have Healthy futures and a yarn

Indigenous women from across Geraldton are converging at Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) three times a week to enjoy craft, cuppas, and connection.

The women meet in the GRAMS ‘shed’ from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to make items ranging from wreaths and quilts to bunting and bags.

GRAMS CEO Deborah Woods welcomed all Indigenous women to join the craft sessions, regardless of their artistic ability.

“The craft group is a really lovely way for Indigenous women to come together, to not only be creative but also to enjoy the camaraderie of working together creatively,” Ms Woods said.

“There are real social and mental health benefits in bringing people together to enjoy each other’s company while working on something creative and productive.

“Aside from the satisfaction in producing craftworks, we also enjoy all sorts of conversations – from sometimes deep and profound topics to the outright hilarious.”

Ms Woods said women who were not into craft were also welcome to attend to help produce a hot daily soup.

Attending the craft group is free, and includes access to tea and coffee facilities.

Anyone who takes part must first have completed a full women’s health check, get their flu shots and also have a GRAMS care plan.

The group encourages donations of craft wares, including artificial flowers, material off cuts, broken tiles and any craft equipment.

For more information, or to donate goods please, contact Volunteer Felicity Mourambine on 0484 138 155.

3. SA Newsletter from the Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

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Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti Newsletter

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4. VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team solid workout

Great job to everyone who came in at 7:30am and smashed out a solid workout! You all smashed it And especially good job to Raylene from Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-Operative & Rudy from Mallee District Aboriginal Services who came all the way to have an awesome session!

#vahsHLT #BeBrave #BePositive #BeStrong #StaySmokeFree

Aboriginal Quitline : Victorian Aboriginal Health Service : Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc : National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking

5. ACT : Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO Julie Tongs Speaking out

 ” The Australian Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion announced on 7 July that it was his intention from July 2018 only Aboriginal owned, managed and controlled organisations and businesses would be funded by the Commonwealth to deliver services under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

This decision by the Minister is one of the most profoundly important policy decisions to have been made for years in relation to the delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO Julie Tongs 

Watch NACCHO TV Interview with Julie Tongs

Read download 20 page  Winnunga AHCS Newsletter July 2017

In making the announcement Minister Scullion said it was a decision taken on the back of incontrovertible evidence that the best outcomes being achieved under the IAS were those that were being delivered by local, community focused Indigenous managed and led organisations and businesses.

The Minister effectively asserted that the evidence was in, and that the practice of Governments in turning to mainstream and church based businesses, ahead of Aboriginal organisations, was producing sub-optimal outcomes for Aboriginal people and that the Commonwealth would from the beginning of the next financial year only make funding under the IAS available to Aboriginal businesses.

The next step in this process must be its extension to other programs and funding including of Indigenous specific programs managed by the States and Territories and of funding dispersed through the Public Health Network.

It was perhaps no coincidence that the Minister’s announcement coincided with the tenth anniversary of the disastrous and racist bi partisan ‘intervention’ in the Northern Territory.

Ms Pat Anderson, one of the authors of ‘Little Children are Sacred’ and currently chairperson of the Lowitja Institute has previously summarised the rationale of Minister Scullion’s decision to turn to Aboriginal organisations for the delivery of services as being that one of the most important determinants of health is ‘control’.

She said: ‘Practically this means any policy aimed at reducing the disadvantage of our communities must ask itself how it will increase the ability of Aboriginal people, families and communities to take control over their own lives.’

This is the point I have made repeatedly to ACT Government Ministers and officials, most particularly and forcefully in recent times in relation to the exclusion of any Aboriginal community involvement in programs such as Strengthening Families, A Step Up for Our Kids,

Through care, supported housing, care and protection, childcare, aged care or justice. The default practice in the ACT is for the Government to turn to precisely the organisations that Minister Scullion has said the evidence shows produce sub-optimal outcomes for Aboriginal people, namely non-Aboriginal mainstream businesses and church backed businesses. Organisations which the Minister has now said will, on the basis of all the evidence, no longer be funded by the Commonwealth.

6. NSW  : Yerin Newsletter 2nd Edition July 2017

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Aboriginal Health #NAIDOC2017 Week : Our #ACCHO Members Good News Stories from #SA #NT #WA #VIC #NSW #QLD #Act #Tas

 1.QLD : WuChopperen Health Service new Family Wellbeing Service for Cairns families

2. QLD  :Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service has launched its annual calendar  to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables.

3. NSW : Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service  additional case management services for First Australians in Batemans Bay, Bega and Narooma

      4.WA : Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia and 22 Aboriginal Medical Services across WA. on the agenda during NAIDOC Week      

        5. VIC : Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and Peter Mac, the Women’s, the Royal Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital have come together for a NAIDOC Week

6. QLD : Apunipima Cape York Health Council has been recommended for ISO 9001:2008 recertification for three years to 2020.

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

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1.QLD : WuChopperen Health Service new Family Wellbeing Service for Cairns families

A new Family Wellbeing Service now underway in the Cairns region will strengthen support for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

Minister for Child Safety Fentiman visited the WuChopperen Health Service in Manoora today (11 July) while in Cairns for Governing for the Regions week.

“WuChopperen Health Services has already been supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the region through a range of health services and the addition of the Family Wellbeing Service further strengthens their support,” she said.

The Queensland Government will provide more than $2.6million this financial year to the health service to undertake the Family Wellbeing Service.

The new service will help local Indigenous families in the Cairns region stay safe and together and is part of an overall funding package across the state for new community-run services to better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

“It’s about providing culturally-responsive, community-led support to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families safely care for their children at home,” she said.

“We are committed to reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the child protection system, and we know we will achieve the best results if we work in partnership with Indigenous communities.”

Family Wellbeing Services are rolling out in 20 locations across Queensland, as part of up to $150 million investment over five years, to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have access to the best possible family support.

Ms Fentiman said the services would give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families access to targeted support to improve their social, emotional, and physical wellbeing and safety.

“By 2018, we are aiming to have these services offer more than 6000 families a coordinated approach to support them, address multiple needs and build family and community capacity,” she said.

Ms Fentiman also announced $124,000 in funding over the next two years for WuChopperen to provide an Early Childhood Development Coordinator (ECDC) within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Service to increase early childhood educational access for children in contact with the child protection system.

“These investments will delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families and help to address their overrepresentation in the child protection system,” she said.

The Queensland Government has worked in partnership with key stakeholders, including the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), to capture the voices of community, children, families and Indigenous service providers in the establishment of the Family Wellbeing Services.

For more information go to http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/reform-renewal/child-family

2. QLD  :Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service has launched its annual calendar  to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Bush tucker is being used to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables.

The Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service has launched its annual calendar featuring local bush tucker foods.

Watch video here

The 12-month calendar has recipes featuring native foods such as kangaroo, lemon myrtle, finger lime, lemon aspen, warrigal greens, wattle seed, lilli pilli, pig face and pippis.


Dietician Maxine Daley said the unit had worked alongside Indigenous elders to create the recipes.

“The calendar is based on fruit and vegetables, so we are using the cultural appeal of bush tucker foods to promote fruit and vegies to our clients,” she said.

“Everything in this calendar is from the Gold Coast. It suits our environment, it suits our climate.

“You can grow it in a pot or a backyard or polystyrene box on your balcony.

“The idea was born out of a focus group in which people expressed an interest in knowing more about bush tucker foods.

“There’s been such an impact on Aboriginal culture in general. Food culture has also changed,” Ms Daley said.

“When we did the focus groups people were really interested in learning more about bush tucker foods.”

3. NSW Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service  additional case management services for First Australians in Batemans Bay, Bega and Narooma

’Koori Health in Koori Hands’, is Katungul’s moto and we take the approach of ensuring that not only our clients physical health is being address but also their spiritual and social wellbeing, as without recognising that these go hand in hand we cannot offer true holistic care.

We are truly ecstatic that we have been recognised for our efforts to date and look forward to striving to meet the Governments priority of making a difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians,”

Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service CEO, Robert Skeen (pictured above )  said the injection of funds would go a long way to strengthen their frontline services to help the most vulnerable in their communities.

The Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service will be able to provide additional case management services in Batemans Bay, Bega and Narooma, with a focus on social and health support needs, thanks to a $749,092 grant from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service would receive funding to provide case management services through until 30 June 2019.

“The Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service program will deliver an early detection and intervention health and wellbeing initiative to around 200 preschool and primary school aged children,” Minister Scullion said.

“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable the Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service to provide additional support to people who need it the most.”

Minister Scullion said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Batemans Bay, Bega and Narooma,” Minister Scullion said.

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said: “Thousands of Indigenous Australians call Gilmore home and I thank Minister Scullion for this recognition and investment.”

“Supporting the needs of Indigenous Australians in our region by further resourcing Katungal Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service for another two years, provides certainty and continuity,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

The Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service project is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS. Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.

Existing service providers will share $18,697,510 million in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 million will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.

The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.

Providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.

4.WA : Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia and 22 Aboriginal Medical Services across WA. on the agenda during NAIDOC Week

• Implementation Guide for the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework launched

• Two-year $1 million pilot project to address social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people to help prevent self-harm and suicide

The McGowan Labor Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Western Australia, including helping to prevent self-harm and suicide.

The Aboriginal Family Wellbeing project, a two-year pilot project, aims to address the risk factors to social and emotional wellbeing in Aboriginal people across WA.

The project includes an accredited six-month Certificate II training program, developed by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people, and will be delivered in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission, Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia and 22 Aboriginal Medical Services across WA.

Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook also launched the Implementation Guide for the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030 as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:

“The McGowan Government acknowledges poor social and emotional wellbeing is a significant contributor to the unacceptably high rate of illness and suicide among Aboriginal people in WA.

“The delivery of the Aboriginal Family Wellbeing project with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia will ensure all Aboriginal Medical Services in WA will have at least one representative capable of delivering and administering the program to Aboriginal communities.

“Furthermore, the Implementation Guide for the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030 is a how-to manual to take meaningful, and measurable actions, towards improvements.

“The framework set the agenda for one of the most important challenges we face in this country, improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, and is supported by WA Health’s Strategic Intent, which made Aboriginal health services, and addressing the health inequalities faced by Aboriginal people, a priority.”

5. VIC : Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and Peter Mac, the Women’s, the Royal Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital have come together for a NAIDOC Week

Jill Gallagher AO, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)

Jill Gallagher AO, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), spoke and called on health services to be bold, lead change from within and also support employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people.

“I’d like to highlight an important aspect of the work that will ‘close the gap’, but isn’t as obvious to everyone – This is employment and training,” Ms Gallagher said.

“Aboriginal employment is a critical link in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.”

Ms Gallagher said employing more Aboriginal people would improve the health sector’s “cultural competency” and “when we have a culturally safe place for Aboriginal people, we will improve access to services and improve health for individuals”.

The event included a Q&A session – led by Dr Steve Ellen, Peter Mac’s Director of Psychosocial Oncology – and a panel including Elder and Yorta Yorta woman Aunty Pam Pedersen, Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer Moira Rayner and Peter Mac’s Director of Wellbeing Geri McDonald.

The panel discussed practical measures to reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in a healthcare setting, including the possum skin cloak recently unveiled at Peter Mac. This was made recently by Aboriginal breast cancer survivors and is now available for use by other Aboriginal cancer patients at Peter Mac.

Ms Gallagher described initiatives like this, which brought Aboriginal culture into the healthcare environment, was “medicine for the spirit” for Aboriginal people.

The event provided an opportunity for the precinct partners to renew their joint commitment to providing a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island patients, families and carers.

“NAIDOC week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society,” Peter Mac Chief Executive Dale Fisher said on opening the event.

“It brings together our Parkville Precinct partners – the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital – to talk about the importance of a culturally responsive environment in our health services.”

The Parkville Precinct is committed to healing and closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-indigenous people, and providing health services and information in culturally safe, accessible and welcoming environments.

6. QLD : Apunipima Cape York Health Council has been recommended for ISO 9001:2008 recertification for three years to 2020.

ISO certification means Apunipima’s quality management systems (which underpin best practice business performance) meet the international standard.

The ISO audit took place from 8 – 12 May 2017.

Auditors Scott Walker and Peter Jensen visited Apunipima’s Cairns, Napranum, Mapoon, Aurukun offices and facilities and looked at management systems including roles and responsibilities, risk management processes, document control, internal audit outcomes, continuous improvement processes, resource management, policy and procedures, service planning and records management.

Acting Quality and Risk Manager Elizabeth Whitehead said recertification meant Apunipima was working to an internationally accepted standard.

‘Apunipima has received ISO certification for three year periods before – a reflection of how well we have worked, and how well we are working now. The auditors are able to issue 12 month certificates so ongoing three year certification is a definite achievement.’

‘The auditors recognised the complex environment, difficulties and challenges that we face in delivering services every day and commended Apunipima on the good work occurring in the communities they visited.’

‘The audit results, and the recommendation for a further three years recertification, reflects the passion, commitment and dedication of our staff.’

Image L-R: Primary Health Care Manager Mapoon Debra Jia, Program Support Officer – Baby One Program Daphne De Jersey, Region 1 Primary Healthcare Manager Aletia Twist, Quality and Risk Manager Roberta Newton, Auditor Peter Jensen, Health Worker – Project Officer Jennifer Sellick and Administration Officer Temaleti Matasia

Aboriginal Health #NAIDOC2017 Week : Our #ACCHO Members Good News Stories from #SA #NT #WA #VIC #NSW #QLD #Act #Tas

Intro : History of NAIDOC Week

1.NSW :Coffs Harbour NAIDOC Our Languages Matter – Garla ngarraangiya ngiyambandiya ngawaawa – is the theme for this year

 2.VIC : Smoking ceremony and afternoon tea at VACCHO Celebrating NAIDOC Week.

3.1 QLD New ATSICHS clinic opens NAIDOC week at Loganlea reminds us of those champions in Indigenous health who blazed the trail

3.2 QLD : Carbal ACCHO  leads the way for Indigenous health NAIDOC WEEK

 3.3 Apunipima ACCHO at Laura Dance Festival Cape York Tackling Indigenous Smoking

4.1 W.A New program announced in NAIDOC Week to improve social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people in regional WA

4.2 WA : Sistagirls wearing  NAIDOC design hoodies in Warburton WA Tackling Indigenous Smoking

5. SA Sharon Bilney ACCHO Nurse celebrate and acknowledges NAIDOC Week

6.1 NT : ABC TV Q and A broadcasts from Alice Springs for NAIDOC week

6.2 Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt visits Congress Alice Springs for NAIDOC week

7. ACT : Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service judges choice in NAIDOC damper bake off

8. Tas :  Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (TAC) praised by Premier in NAIDOC week for reviving palawa kani, the Tasmanian Aboriginal language                           

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History of NAIDOC Week

Photo above national launch of NAIDOC week in Cairns

NAIDOC poster  photo in banner Janette Milera🖤🧡

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Download and print the NAIDOC History Timeline (PDF version)

1920 – 1930

Before the 1920s, Aboriginal rights groups boycotted Australia Day (26 January) in protest against the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. By the 1920s, they were increasingly aware that the broader Australian public were largely ignorant of the boycotts. If the movement were to make progress, it would need to be active.

Several organisations emerged to fill this role, particularly the Australian Aborigines Progressive Association (AAPA) in 1924 and the Australian Aborigines League (AAL) in 1932. Their efforts were largely overlooked, and due to police harassment, the AAPA abandoned their work in 1927.

In 1935, William Cooper, founder of the AAL, drafted a petition to send to King George V, asking for special Aboriginal electorates in Federal Parliament. The Australian Government believed that the petition fell outside its constitutional responsibilities.

1938

On Australia Day, 1938, protestors marched through the streets of Sydney, followed by a congress attended by over a thousand people. One of the first major civil rights gatherings in the world, it was known as the Day of Mourning.

Following the congress, a deputation led by William Cooper presented Prime Minister Joseph Lyons with a proposed national policy for Aboriginal people. This was again rejected because the Government did not hold constitutional powers in relation to Aboriginal people.

After the Day of Mourning, there was a growing feeling that it should be a regular event. In 1939 William Cooper wrote to the National Missionary Council of Australia to seek their assistance in supporting and promoting an annual event.

1940 – 1955

From 1940 until 1955, the Day of Mourning was held annually on the Sunday before Australia Day and was known as Aborigines Day. In 1955 Aborigines Day was shifted to the first Sunday in July after it was decided the day should become not simply a protest day but also a celebration of Aboriginal culture.

1956 – 1990

Major Aboriginal organisations, state and federal governments, and a number of church groups all supported the formation of, the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC). At the same time, the second Sunday in July became a day of remembrance for Aboriginal people and their heritage.

In 1972, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs was formed, as a major outcome of the 1967 referendum.

In 1974, the NADOC committee was composed entirely of Aboriginal members for the first time. The following year, it was decided that the event should cover a week, from the first to second Sunday in July.

In 1984, NADOC asked that National Aborigines Day be made a national public holiday, to help celebrate and recognise the rich cultural history that makes Australia unique. While this has not happened, other groups have echoed the call.

1991 – Present

With a growing awareness of the distinct cultural histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, NADOC was expanded to recognise Torres Strait Islander people and culture. The committee then became known as the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). This new name has become the title for the whole week, not just the day. Each year, a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC Week.

During the mid-1990s, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) took over the management of NAIDOC until ATSIC was disbanded in 2004-05.

There were interim arrangements in 2005. Since then a National NAIDOC Committee, until recently chaired by former Senator Aden Ridgeway, has made key decisions on national celebrations each year. The National NAIDOC Committee has representatives from most Australian states and territories.

Since 2008, Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell have been serving as co-chairs of the National NAIDOC Committee.

NAIDOC Week posters from 1972 to the present see link here

National NAIDOC Posters are available for public use to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week

1.NSW :Coffs Harbour NAIDOC Our Languages Matter – Garla ngarraangiya ngiyambandiya ngawaawa – is the theme for this year

The NAIDOC Ready Mob Road Show Kempsey , Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour

Aboriginal Health Services aim to be the peak providers of high quality, culturally appropriate holistic primary health and related care services throughout the Mid North Coast.

The services operate from Monday to Friday and provide access to General Practitioners, Aboriginal Health Workers, various medical specialists and allied health professionals.

The following Aboriginal Medical Services provide services to communities within the boundaries of the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Please contact them directly for further information:

02 6652 0800 Galambila Aboriginal Medical Service, Coffs Harbour

02 6560 2300 Durri Aboriginal Health Service Inc, Kempsey

02 6958 6800 Darrimba Maarra, Nambucca

02 6589 4000 Werin Aboriginal Corporation Medical Clinic, Port Macquarie

 2.VIC : Smoking ceremony and afternoon tea at VACCHO Celebrating NAIDOC Week.Photos Eddie Moore
 
Flag raising Federation Square
3.1 QLD New ATSICHS clinic opens NAIDOC week at Loganlea reminds us of those champions in Indigenous health who blazed the trail

 As NAIDOC Week is celebrated nationwide, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Loganlea can also celebrate access to health treatment closer to home with the opening of a new primary healthcare clinic.

The new clinic, which Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick opened today, received more than $900,000 in funding from the Palaszczuk Government.

Mr Dick said the facility was a step in the right direction in addressing the healthcare needs of the local community.

“The large and growing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the Logan area has increased demand for culturally appropriate and accessible health services,” Mr Dick said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane’s new Loganlea Clinic provides community based patient care, allowing for conditions, such as chronic disease, to be managed close to home and within a community setting.

“Spending less time in a hospital is always a better outcome for everyone, and eases the demand on resources for the hospitals in the area.”

Under the Making Tracks Investment Strategy 2015-2018, Queensland Health provided about $920,000 to ATSICHS Brisbane to establish the Loganlea clinic with the help of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH).

Mr Dick said investing in evidence-based multidisciplinary services for Indigenous Queenslanders was a key aspect of the Palaszczuk Government’s strategy.

“In addition, ATSICHS Brisbane currently receives $1 million annually to deliver comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary healthcare services at their Woodridge clinic and $220,000 to employ two child health workers at their Northgate clinic,” he said.

Member for Waterford and Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said it was great that the clinic could be opened during NAIDOC Week.

“The Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $200 million over three years into services and programs targeted at closing the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people in Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Our goal is to close the life expectancy gap by 2033 and halve the child mortality gap by 2018.

“Partnering with community-based organisations to provide accessible and efficient primary healthcare services will go a long way to achieving this.”

ATSICHS Brisbane is a not-for-profit community owned health and human services organisation, now with seven medical clinics across greater Brisbane and Logan.

“The Loganlea community will benefit greatly from this clinic, which will have a tangible impact on the health and wellbeing of our clients and the strength of our community,” ATSICHS Brisbane CEO Jody Currie said.

“This week as we celebrate NAIDOC, our hope is that our people and our community, not just in Logan but across the state can say: I make good choices and decisions about my health and wellbeing and get the treatment and care that is best for me and my life. This can happen through clinics such as these.

“Together with the IUIH we are determined to advance the Indigenous healthcare sector, delivering positive and practical responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing needs.”

IUIH CEO Adrian Carson said the clinic would meet the increased demand, with the release of the 2016 Census

3.2 Carbal ACCHO  leads the way for Indigenous health NAIDOC WEEK

AS NAIDOC Week 2017 swings into celebration, Carbal Medical Centre in Warwick is at the front-line, keeping our indigenous community fighting fit.

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Clinic manager Kerry Stewart said Carbal was a one-stop shop for indigenous health in Warwick.

“We look after it all here, all health concerns, be they physical, mental, emotional and social,” Mrs Stewart said

She said the main health concern among Warwick’s indigenous population was chronic disease.

“This is something we see a lot of – diabetes, cancer, respiratory problems and renal failure are the main issues,” she said.

“To help we have a large team of doctors, nurses, allied health and Aboriginal health workers, indigenous team care co-ordinators, who can assist with support, care and comfort.

“We also have a worker whose job is to tackle indigenous smoking.

“With funding we receive we’re able to pay for things like sleep apnoea machines, mobility aids, blood sugar monitors, nebulisers, items that help keep our patients healthy. We also provide transport and accommo- dation services for those who need them to assist patients to get to appoint- ments in Warwick and further afield.”

Carbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services chief executive officer Brian Hewitt said under the Closing the Gap initiative the Federal Government decided in 2006 the best way to approach indigenous health was by starting community indigenous health centres.

“So various Aboriginal Medical Services were developed and Carbal has been hugely successful, so much so we became a company 12 months ago,” Mr Hewitt said.

“We run five clinics, employing 80 staff that encompass Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi. We look after about 6000 clients, 5000 who identify as indigenous.”

 3.3 Apunipima ACCHO at Laura Dance Festival Cape York Tackling Indigenous Smoking

4.1 W.A New program announced in NAIDOC Week to improve social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people in regional WA

New Aboriginal family wellbeing training will be prioritised across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields regions, in a West Australian first to address social and emotional health risks in indigenous communities.

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA welcomed today’s State Government announcement to contribute $1 million over two years towards the pilot Aboriginal Family Wellbeing project to help prevent self-harm and suicide in the regions by strengthening families.

The project includes an accredited six-month Certificate II training program, which will be delivered jointly by the WA Mental Health Commission, AHCWA and the 22 Aboriginal Medical Services across the state.

AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson Cox said the initiative would ensure all Aboriginal Medical Services in WA had at least one key staff member skilled in delivering the program.

“This is about building the skills and confidence of our social and emotional wellbeing teams across all Aboriginal Medical Services so they can identify communities where there is real need to strengthen family wellbeing and, in turn, self-harm and suicide prevention strategies,” Ms Nelson Cox said.

“Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Aboriginal communities.

“Statistics show that the suicide rate for indigenous Australians is almost twice the rate for non-indigenous Australians. And concerningly, the suicide rate of our young people aged 15 to 19 is five times as high as non-indigenous Australians.”

At least six trainers will be educated in the program in the first year, with a focus on the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields regions. Other services and regions will be invited to participate in the second year.

“This is the first time that this training has been delivered in WA and we feel proud to have built a partnership with the Mental Health Commission to share this important initiative,” Ms Nelson Cox said.

“Until now, there has been a lack of specific Aboriginal family wellbeing training. We hope that by providing this new program it will lead to more and more trainers in the regions and real health benefits to our communities.”

AHCWA is the peak body for Aboriginal health in WA, with 22 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) currently engaged as members.

4.2 WA : Sistagirls wearing  NAIDOC design hoodies in Warburton WA Tackling Indigenous Smoking

5. SA Sharon Bilney ACCHO Nurse celebrate and acknowledges NAIDOC Week

“Deciding to become a nurse is a decision that I’ve never regretted,

It’s a career that you can have around children and I’ve loved the opportunities that have come with it as well – I loved that I’ve worked in a hospital setting but also been able to lecture and have the chance to mentor and support young Aboriginal students on their path into nursing.”

The mother of four, who is Manager of Client Services for Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, began her early career working at Port Lincoln Hospital.

Going home with the feeling that she’d made a difference in someone’s life that day is what Sharon Bilney says is the best part of being a nurse.

“When I was working at the hospital, it was just so nice to feel as though I’d made a difference,whether it was to an Aboriginal patient that day or educating a non-Aboriginal person about Aboriginal culture,” Ms Bilney, who belongs to the Kokatha family group, said.She also had a two-year stint lecturing in nursing at TAFE South Australia’s Port Lincoln Campus.

Ms Bilney is speaking about her nursing career to help highlight NAIDOC Week, which runs from Sunday, July 2-9, and is urging young Indigenous people to explore nursing as a career option.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is Our Languages Matter.

“I highly recommend nursing. Even if you don’t want to work in a hospital, the possibilities and options are endless. Take every opportunity that comes your way,” Ms Bilney said.

“NAIDOC week is an important week to celebrate our history and culture. If not for anything else, it is just a wonderful opportunity to recognise our people for one week.”

Ms Bilney said the best thing she had ever done was switch from her previous career in office work to nursing.

“Once I knew that I would be able to study at home part-time while I still had my youngest little boy at home with me, I thought the opportunity was just amazing,” she said.

“Once I was enrolled, I just wanted to focus on getting through the next five years of study and really achieve that goal of becoming a nurse.”

In her final year of study, Ms Bilney received the Federal Government-funded Rural and Remote Undergraduate scholarship, through the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). ACN Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said Ms Bilney was a perfect example of how diverse a career in nursing could be, and how it could be explored at different stages in life.

“Sharon was a mum at home caring for her young son when an opportunity came her way to be able to study nursing,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.

“On completing her studies, she has had the opportunity to work in a hospital and experience theatre work, accident and emergency, the surgical and medical wards and has also had the chance to work in palliative care and mental health.

“She has also lectured in nursing and been able to mentor young Indigenous students and is now leading the way in providing health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Port Lincoln.”

6.1 NT : ABC TV Q and A broadcasts from Alice Springs for NAIDOC week

Features William Tilmouth Chair of Congress ACCHO

 

6.2 Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt visits Congress Alice Springs for NAIDOC week

  Aboriginal Health #NAIDOC2017 : New Aboriginal-led collaboration has world-class focus on boosting remote Aboriginal health

7. ACT : Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service judges choice in NAIDOC damper bake off

It was made with love, hope and a bit of glitter.

A dozen teams battled it out in a damper cook-off at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on Tuesday as part of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee week celebrations.

The Glamper Damper Campers represented Reconciliation Australia and were the overall winners. The team created a unique damper, which they described as being made with love, hope and glitter. The three-cheese damper also featured pumpkin, spinach and buttermilk – which they said was the secret ingredient.

Damper, also known as bush bread or seedcake, was originally made from flour of ground seeds, grains, legumes, roots or nuts. But the introduction of pre-milled white flour and white sugar has mostly replaced the use of native ingredients to make the damper.

Competition judge and Ngunnawal man Richie Allan, of the Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, said the competitors were judged on a number of criteria, including taste, flavour, texture and creativity.

“The boys went a bit fancy on all the criteria, looks like MKR or something,” Mr Allan said, laughing.

Next year’s competition might go back to the “old ways” of baking damper, where contestants have to grind seeds to make their own flour, he said.Joining Mr Allan on the judging panel were Reconciliation Australia deputy chief executive officer Karen Mundine and event organiser Derek Hardman.

There were winners in four categories:

  • Judge’s choice – Mozzarella, ham and chive, created by Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.
  • Best flavour – Nutella centre, created by Indigenous Business Australia.
  • Encouragement award – Choc chip, created by Lynley, 5, and Kennedy, 8.
  • Reconciliation Australia NAIDOC overall winner – Pumpkin, three cheese and spinach created by the Glamper Damper Campers from Reconciliation Australia.

Reconciliation Australia organised the event and had two teams competing. The other teams were made up of people from various organisations and public service departments, including the ACT Health Directorate and the ACT Finance Directorate.

Reconciliation Australia chief executive officer Justin Mohamed said the aim of the event was to focus on “sharing culture, having relationships, talking [and] getting to know each other better”.

The event was a first for the organisation and Mohamed said he enjoyed being out of the boardroom and around the campfire.

Information on other NAIDOC events happening this week can be found here.

8. Tas :  Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (TAC) praised by Premier in NAIDOC week for reviving palawa kani, the Tasmanian Aboriginal language.

June Sculthorpe is passionate about palawa kani.

In the 1990s she was one of the first people to work on a program to revive the Tasmanian Aboriginal language, alongside linguist Terry Crowley at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Palawa kani words to learn

  • ya — Hello
  • lakapawa nina — See you
  • mina — I, me
  • nina — You
  • ya pulingina — Welcome
  • nina nayri? — How are you going?
  • mina nayri — I’m well
  • lutruwita — Tasmania

They used as their base written documents from early explorers who had transcribed Aboriginal words.

Professor Crowley also had some recordings of the language being spoken, and it turned out those recordings had a connection to Ms Sculthorpe.

“As he played that [recording], I knew the lady who had spoken to it,” she said.

“Her name was Dot Heffernan who was Fanny Cochrane Smith’s grandchild.”

Ms Sculthorpe is also a descendant of Fanny Cochrane Smith, who famously recorded Aboriginal songs on wax cylinders in the 1800s.

“I had never known that the language had been passed down in our family,” she said.

Hearing a voice she knew say “tapilti ningina mumara prupari patrula” (go and get a log and put it on the fire) was a life-changing moment for Ms Sculthorpe.

“I’d never known that those words had been used in Tasmania in my family and it was very moving. That was the beginning of my involvement with palawa kani.”

Ms Sculthorpe has built up knowledge of palawa kani to the point where the community can now relearn and reclaim their words and culture.

“Because our culture had been so taken away from us, we want to learn the language, we want our community to learn the language,” she said.

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Introducing dual place names for landmarks such as kunanyi/Mount Wellington has slowly seen palawa kani introduced to the whole of Tasmania.

“As we learn it more, it’s good to hear people … to be using the place names and basic greetings,” Ms Sculthorpe said.

“We’re in Tasmania and these are Tasmanian places and it just sort of connects us more to the long history of people living in Tasmania.”

During this year’s NAIDOC Week, Ms Sculthorpe has read the weather forecast each morning in palawa kani on ABC Radio Hobart Breakfast.

“It was a good way to learn, by being forced to go down and read the weather,” she said.

“Because we have all those words for hot and cold, sunny and cloudy, icy and foggy, and the language program puts all those words around here on a poster to try to get people to read them.

“But unless you actually have to use them every day it is hard to remember them.”

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said NAIDOC Week served as an “an important reminder of the need for continued, concerted efforts towards reconciliation”.

He acknowledged the work of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (TAC) for its efforts researching and reviving traditional languages, particularly palawa kani, the Tasmanian Aboriginal language.

“Using palawa kani, 13 geographical features and places have now been given traditional language names, including Hobart’s mountain kunanyi/Mount Wellington,” he said.

It is estimated about 250 distinct Indigenous language groups once existed in Australia and most would have had several dialects, so the total number of language varieties is likely to be far more.

Tasmanian school students have joined in song and movement as part of their 2017 NAIDOC week celebrations, recognising the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous peoples.

The week’s theme of Our Languages Matter is focused on the importance, richness and resilience of Indigenous language, highlighting the role language plays in cultural identity and linking people to their land and water.

It also explores the way in which Indigenous history, spirituality and rites are shared through both story and song.

Moonah Primary School students celebrate NAIDOC

Aboriginal students from Moonah Primary School formed a NAIDOC committee and hosted a whole school assembly to mark the week.

They asked the school community to wear red, yellow and black in tribute to the Aboriginal flag.

“Every colour on the flag has its own meaning and representation,” Grade 6 student Heidi Farnell explained.

“The yellow circle in the middle represents the sun [which] is our protector and giver of life,” Grade 5 student Matilda Hopper said.

They told the audience the flag was designed to bring the Aboriginal community together in a bid for land rights.

“But today it represents more than that,” Caleb said.

“It is a widely recognised symbol of the unity and identity of my Aboriginal people.”School principal Kathy Morgan said it was a valuable experience for all students but especially those in the NAIDOC committee.

“They’ve just loved it. To start off with they were in awe of having this responsibility,” she said.

“They felt really special.”According to the national NAIDOC committee, there are now only about 120 languages still spoken, with many “at risk of being lost as elders pass on”.

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our #ACCHO Members Good News Stories from #SA #NT #WA #VIC #NSW #QLD

1.QLD Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’s (IUIH) Sports Health Carnival attracts 600 kids

2. NSW Coffs Harbour Aunty Mary ” 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable

3. SA : Sharon Bilney ACCHO Nurse celebrate and acknowledges NAIDOC Week

 4.SA : Community Controlled Health Service works to close the life expectancy gap in Murray Bridge

5. WA : AHCWA In battle ” meth use problems rival alcohol abuse

6. NT  : The NT ‘Intervention’ led to some changes in Indigenous health, but the social cost may not have been worth it

7.VIC : VAHS Indigenous superhero empowering the next generation of ‘smoke-free ambassadors’                                  

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1.QLD Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’s (IUIH) Sports Health Carnival attracts 600 kids

The University of Queensland has welcomed the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’s (IUIH) Deadly Choices Junior Murri Carnival to the St Lucia campus.

From 26-29 June, the carnival is showcasing the strong links between health, wellbeing, sport and education.

More than 600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 6 to 12 have nominated to participate in rugby league and netball games, in addition to a tour of the campus, demonstrations from Faculties, and meeting some of their sporting heroes, including the Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Firebirds.

UQ is supporting the IUIH event through the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Director of the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, Shane Drahm, said the carnival demonstrated strong links between UQ and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight our partnerships and the fantastic work of IUIH and the Deadly Choices program in community,” Mr Drahm said.

Deadly Choices General Manager Keiron Lander said the event focused on promoting positive messages for the young participants and their families.

“A healthy choice is a deadly choice,” Mr Lander said.

“The carnival is a smoke-free, sugar-free and alcohol-free event. All the children here this week have been attending school and have undergone a health check through their local services.

“The event is about bringing little people together in a safe environment focused on health, education and physical activity.”

2. NSW Coffs Harbour Aunty Mary ” 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable

“I think it’s important for other Aboriginal people to hear my story and understand it is important to take your health seriously and listen to your doctor,

“Most cases of blindness in Aboriginal people are preventable and I want to prevent others losing their sight like me.”

Aunty Mary lost her sight to diabetes and will speak about the importance of maintaining a healthier lifestyle to prevent this illness.

INDIGENOUS elder Aunty Mary Hooker has a full dance card for her upcoming visit to the Coffs Coast for NAIDOC Week.

The Bundjalung woman will be at Coffs Harbour Showground on July 5 as a guest in the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT information stand at the Who Ya Gunna Call forum.

She will also visit family fun days in Nambucca Heads and Grafton during her stay.

A keen knitter and painter, she will be bringing along a giant 5.5 metre scarf she knitted in the colours of the Aboriginal flag as an example of how she keeps busy.

“Guide Dogs came to my home to teach me cane training, how to get to the shops, cross the road safely and move around my community on my own.

“I wouldn’t have gained my confidence without the free training and support.

“Now I have a cane in Aboriginal colours and it makes me feel proud.”

Guide Dogs orientation and mobility specialists will be on hand at the forum to speak to anyone who may be experiencing or know someone experiencing sight loss.

Regional manager Jeremy Hill said Aboriginal adults are six times more likely to be blind than other Australians.

“Yet 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable,’ he said.

“We’re hoping our information stand will help to reduce these worrying statistics by providing eye health advice and practical solutions if they are having trouble getting around due to vision loss.”

3. SA Sharon Bilney ACCHO Nurse celebrate and acknowledges NAIDOC Week

“Deciding to become a nurse is a decision that I’ve never regretted,

It’s a career that you can have around children and I’ve loved the opportunities that have come with it as well – I loved that I’ve worked in a hospital setting but also been able to lecture and have the chance to mentor and support young Aboriginal students on their path into nursing.”

The mother of four, who is Manager of Client Services for Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, began her early career working at Port Lincoln Hospital.

Going home with the feeling that she’d made a difference in someone’s life that day is what Sharon Bilney says is the best part of being a nurse.

“When I was working at the hospital, it was just so nice to feel as though I’d made a difference,whether it was to an Aboriginal patient that day or educating a non-Aboriginal person about Aboriginal culture,” Ms Bilney, who belongs to the Kokatha family group, said.She also had a two-year stint lecturing in nursing at TAFE South Australia’s Port Lincoln Campus.

Ms Bilney is speaking about her nursing career to help highlight NAIDOC Week, which runs from Sunday, July 2-9, and is urging young Indigenous people to explore nursing as a career option.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is Our Languages Matter.

“I highly recommend nursing. Even if you don’t want to work in a hospital, the possibilities and options are endless. Take every opportunity that comes your way,” Ms Bilney said.

“NAIDOC week is an important week to celebrate our history and culture. If not for anything else, it is just a wonderful opportunity to recognise our people for one week.”

Ms Bilney said the best thing she had ever done was switch from her previous career in office work to nursing.

“Once I knew that I would be able to study at home part-time while I still had my youngest little boy at home with me, I thought the opportunity was just amazing,” she said.

“Once I was enrolled, I just wanted to focus on getting through the next five years of study and really achieve that goal of becoming a nurse.”

In her final year of study, Ms Bilney received the Federal Government-funded Rural and Remote Undergraduate scholarship, through the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). ACN Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said Ms Bilney was a perfect example of how diverse a career in nursing could be, and how it could be explored at different stages in life.

“Sharon was a mum at home caring for her young son when an opportunity came her way to be able to study nursing,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.

“On completing her studies, she has had the opportunity to work in a hospital and experience theatre work, accident and emergency, the surgical and medical wards and has also had the chance to work in palliative care and mental health.

“She has also lectured in nursing and been able to mentor young Indigenous students and is now leading the way in providing health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Port Lincoln.”

4.SA : Community Controlled Health Service works to close the life expectancy gap in Murray Bridge

Imagine two newborn babies lying next to each other, one Aboriginal, one white.

Their whole lifetimes lie ahead of them.

But on average, one can expect to live about 10 years longer than the other.

That is the problem the Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service hopes to solve in the Murraylands and Fleurieu areas of South Australia.

Photo above Clinton thanks  Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service for donating $500 dollar’s to our go fund me page and also Murray bridge community for helping to by donating to our walk. Thank you Moorundi and Murray bridge community for helping us by donating to keep us going on our walk

The service held an open day, with a free lunch and health checks, on Wednesday at its Standen Street, Murray Bridge premises as part of wider Reconciliation Week celebrations.

But closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians would take a much wider effort, said Aboriginal health Director, Damian Rigney.

He hoped Moorundi staff could scan every person in the Murraylands’ Aboriginal community for the common conditions which tended to affect them more than the general population: diabetes, heart problems and chronic obstructive diseases of the lungs and airways.

‘A lot of what we’ve got to talk about is tobacco cessation, staying active, eating the right foods,’ he said.

‘We hit risk factors at quite a high level in the Aboriginal community.’

‘Regular testing played an important role in preventing chronic disease,’ he said.

‘Better to run a urine analysis and find out about kidney disease at an early stage, before a patient became tied to a dialysis machine for the rest of his or her life.’

But Mr Rigney said the service was still a long way away from connecting with every member of the Aboriginal community.

Many Aboriginal people still centred their health care on their everyday General Practitioner, he said, perhaps not realising that more holistic help was available.

‘Our goal would be that every Aboriginal person in our catchment has an annual health check, and if they have a chronic disease they have a care plan to help with that disease,’ he said.

Source: The Murray Valley Standard

5. WA : AHCWA In battle ” meth use problems rival alcohol abuse

“While there is evidence that alcohol use is still higher than methamphetamine use, from the Aboriginal community perspective, we are certainly seeing methamphetamine use becoming just as significant as alcohol use.”

AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox

Read more in this story from Page 6 in the North West Telegraph

6. NT  : The NT ‘Intervention’ led to some changes in Indigenous health, but the social cost may not have been worth it

The measurable health outcomes of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response (NTNER), better known as The Intervention, have scarcely been documented. Health-related assessments have focused on the process itself, perceptions of those affected and some limited data regarding eventual dental and hearing health.

From the Conversation

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association released a “health impact assessment” of The Intervention in 2010. But the report did not seek to evaluate health impacts and instead attempted to predict what these might be. At that stage, three years after the start of the NTNER, the message was:

the intervention could potentially lead to profound long-term damage, with any possible benefits to physical health largely outweighed by negative impacts on psychological health, social health and well-being, and cultural integrity.

Direct health care activities were a limited component of the NTNER, accounting for less than one-tenth of its A$1.4 billion budget from 2007-2012. Any enduring health benefits stemming from the policy were always likely to relate to the focus on housing and education – key social determinants of health.

Policies directed at the social determinants, as well as child health checks, certainly played a part in some health-related changes. But the overall implementation of the NT Intervention was so coercive that the negative feelings associated with it would likely outweigh any of the measurable health impacts.

Community-based child health checks

The major defined health care initiative of the NTNER were the community-based child health checks.

These were closely aligned with the government’s initial driver of The Intervention, which was to “protect Aboriginal children in the NT” – in part a response to the earlier “Little Children are Sacred” report. When initially implemented, the health checks were compulsory for all Aboriginal children aged 0–15 years. While these aimed to identify and treat health problems, their purpose was also to investigate for effects and evidence of sexual abuse.

Like much of the NT Intervention, the initially compulsory, intrusive and contentious nature of such assessments of children without carer consent ensured a difficult reception.

The policy also suffered from staffing issues. Although detailed numbers are difficult to ascertain, it was clear many of the 1,080 well-meaning clinicians who responded to the NTNER staffing hot line had little or no experience of Indigenous or remote health.

The child health checks failed to integrate with and support existing primary health care (such as GP clinics). A “fly-in, fly-out” workforce created the perception existing health providers were in some way inadequate, or complicit in the health issues the checks were detecting. Whether this undermined existing staff morale or contributed to already high turnover of remote primary health care staff is difficult to assess.

On the plus side, many Indigenous children had health screening in association with the NT Intervention. More than 10,000 children up to 15 years of age, representing more than 50% of the population, had health checks over the first 18 months. The fact that half did not is perhaps testament to the limited value local communities placed on such screening. Whether such screening would have occurred irrespective of the NTNER remains unclear.

There were other benefits too. Two-thirds of children were referred for follow-up review, including 39% to local primary health care, 35% to a dentist, 14% to audiology, 12% to paediatricians and 9% to ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists.

Reassuringly, by 2012, the majority (94%) of children identified as requiring referral had been seen, including 94% for dental, nearly 100% for audiology and 97% for ENT care. This appeared to have measurable health impacts. Oral health problems decreased by 12%, hearing loss by 10% (and 60% in those with documented hearing loss at initial review) and ear disease by 21%.

Whether this translates to sustained improvement remains to be seen. Without change in the underlying social determinants of health, this is unlikely.

Social determinants

While the NTNER did not include measures for new housing, it occurred in close association with the Strategic Investment Housing and Infrastructure Program, a partnership between the NT and federal governments. The emphasis this program placed on secure tenure of properties made the negotiation and provision of long-term leases to the government a core requirement for housing support.

In close parallel with the health care component of the NTNER, people and organisations had to cede autonomy and ownership to the government to access adequate accommodation.

Unlike many elements of the NTNER, this received some initial cautious support from the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association’s health impact assessment. Nonetheless there remains little evidence this government takeover of Indigenous Australian housing has improved the quality of housing or overcrowding. Indeed, measures of household overcrowding have barely changed over the time of the NTNER.

The NTNER had the initial plan of encouraging education attendance by linking income support and family assistance payments to school attendance for everyone on Aboriginal land and providing meals for children at school at parents’ cost. Unfortunately Indigenous school attendance rates for years one to ten remain stubbornly fixed at 80% nationally and 69% in the NT.

The right thing, the wrong way

While the NTNER may have brought about improvements in the ear and dental health of children, the process was associated with disenfranchisement of Indigenous Australian communities. Broader change in the underlying health determinants relating to education and housing have not been seen. The experience has also created further mistrust in the relationship between Indigenous Australians and governments.

The overall message is that investment and resourcing of initiatives to improve Indigenous Australian health can bring about measurable improvements. These must nonetheless occur in partnership with stakeholders and communities and empower services that already exist and, as in the case of primary health care, are functioning well.

The NTNER has both demonstrated how increased resourcing of health care for Indigenous Australians can lead to positive measurable change while, at the same time, showing how not to do it.


 7.VIC : VAHS Indigenous superhero empowering the next generation of ‘smoke-free ambassadors’                                  

“You smoke, you choke!” That’s the message to the youngest members of our Indigenous community.

And the messenger is a fictional anti-smoking superhero by the name of ‘Deadly Dan’.

Cloaked in possum fur – and using a boomerang, ‘Deadly Dan’ highlights the dangers of smoking, in a new book.

“I can smell cigarette smoke all over Wurundjeri country,” ‘Deadly Dan’ shouts from the pages.

“And if my people call me, I can fly as fast as Bunjil.”

For the three and four-year-olds at Yappera Children’s Services in Melbourne northern suburbs, the message seems to have had an impact.

“Smoking is bad,” little Maya told SBS World News.

Aliyah added” “It makes you sick.”

‘Two fruit, five veg’

A collaboration between the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and Quit Victoria, ‘Deadly Dan at the League’ also aims to spread the word about healthy living.

During a visit to Yappera, the children sing along to the super hero’s song:

“Two fruit, five veg, they’re the bomb. They keep our bodies, healthy and strong.”

“Let’s tell our mob, let’s tell them quick – cigarettes, they make you sick!”

The book is set in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, using local landmarks the children are familiar with.

Laura Thompson, the regional coordinator at ‘Tackling Indigenous Smoking’, said the aim was for the children to then initiate a conversation with their families.

“We found that they’re our best smoke-free ambassadors, and that they’re able to go back into their homes and have a Quit conversations with their parents actually, and advocate for smoke-free environments.”

Quit Victoria Director, Dr Sarah White, said young people were the strongest advocates of anti-smoking campaigns.

“A lot of people are surrounded by adults and their role models smoking, around them.”

“If you look at the community, about 60 per cent, or a bit over 60 per cent, are 30 and under. So if we reach the children, we’re actually reaching a big proportion of Indigenous communities in Australia.”

Having an impact

The Aboriginal Health Service has seen an increase in the number of adults visiting its clinic, wanting to quit.

But there’s still a way to go.

While the smoking rate is declining among the Indigenous community, it’s still high, at 39 per cent.

That’s compared to 12.2 per cent, for the overall Australian community.

The ultimate aim of the ‘Deadly Dan’ book is to ensure the smoke-free message has a lasting legacy in these youngest of ambassadors.

“When they go to any environment, it’s a healthy, smoke-free environment, that they can enjoy,” Ms Thompson told SBS.

“And that our next generation of kids, choose not to smoke, and that their elders and parents, before them, are on their quitting journey.”

 

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our #ACCHO Members Good News Stories from #SA #NT #WA #VIC #NSW #QLD

1.SA Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service Whyalla SA awarded $500,000 New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services grant

2. NSW : Awabakal Medical Services “Tackling Indigenous Smoking” health workshops for students

3.1 QLD New partnership between AFL Gold Coast Suns and Deadly Choices 715 Health Checks

3.2 QLD : 90th anniversary of 270km walk to be marked by ceremony and re-enactment

4.VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team , Deadly Dan and Smoke Free Super Heroes

5.WA : First National first Aboriginal Affairs roundtable meeting in seven years to discuss their progress .

6.NT  Additional $1.6m for Indigenous language interpreters

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1.SA Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service Whyalla SA awarded $500,000 New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services grant

Local Aboriginal families with young children will benefit from new services after Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service was successful in gaining a $500,000 grant earlier this month.

FROM Whyalla News

The New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services program is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Health, and aims to deliver antenatal, postnatal and early childhood services targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children under five yearsn old. Nunyara plans to use the funding to improve the health care of children from antenatal care right through until they attend primary school.

The health service currently have a part time Aboriginal Maternal Infant Care (AMIC) Practitioner and access to a Midwife one day per week.

The funding would increase the hours of these two positions as well as create four new jobs.  Nunyara will employ a Child Health Coordinator, Child Health Nurse, AMIC Trainee and Transport Officer to support the new program.

Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service chief executive officer Cindy Zbierksi said the team anticipates they can “more than double” Nunyara’s service delivery outputs relating to improved access and outcomes for under five-year-olds.

“We can increase the child health checks by at least doubling them in the first six months and increase childhood immunisation by 20 percent,” she said.

The provision of a Transport Officer in the new program will also assist clients to attend specialist appointments in Port Augusta, who have more Paediatric and Obstetric services than Whyalla.

Mrs Zbierski said this has been an issue in the past, as travelling to Port Augusta is less than 100 kilometres away so clients do not qualify for the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme.

Nunyara is working on converting one of its buildings into a space for this service and plans to have the team fully operational by the end of 2017. Nunyara is located at 17/27 Tully St, Whyalla

2. NSW : Awabakal Medical Services “Tackling Indigenous Smoking” health workshops for students

IRRAWANG High School Indigenous students were treated to some famous faces this week, with some Indigenous stars visiting the school to run a health workshop with the students

From News of the Area

The workshop was all about “Tackling Indigenous Smoking” and has been generously funded by the Awabakal Medical Services and facilitated by No Limit Management.Students were treated to three special guests who spoke to the crowd.

Cody Walker, a professional footballer in the NRL with the Sydney Rabbitohs is a proud man of Bundjalung and Yuin Heritage.

George Rose, a former NRL player, played for Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 2011 NRL premiership, and also Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters.

He played for the Walgett Aboriginal Connection in several Koori knockouts and is a proud Kamilaroi man.

International Indigenous model Samantha Harris, a respected Dunghutti woman, joined the football stars to run the workshop group for the morning.

Each of the guests spoke of their life journeys and reinforced to the students the dangers of smoking, encouraging them to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle and stand up to peer pressure.
The students took part in fun, but physical team and confidence building activities, working together to reach outcomes.

The guest stars gave the students an opportunity at the end of the workshop for photos and autographs.

Matt Chaffey, Year 10 student from Medowie said “I really appreciated the mentors coming to our school.”

“From what they told us, it makes me more determined to never smoke.”

Well done to the staff and students for another unique and creatively managed experience for the students at Irrawang High School.

3.1 QLD New partnership between AFL Gold Coast Suns and Deadly Choices 715 Health Checks

The Deadly Choices  Gold Coast SUNS jersey will be free for community members when they have a full 715 Health Check Kalwun on the Gold Coast

The Deadly Choices  Gold Coast SUNS jersey will be free for community members when they have a full 715 Health Check Kalwun on the Gold Coast

3.2 QLD : 90th anniversary of 270km walk to be marked by ceremony and re-enactment

On Wednesday 28 June more than 100 people, including a support crew of cooks, a nurse, counsellor, community workers and volunteers, will set out to walk from Taroom, 290km west of Maryborough, to Woorabinda – more than 270km to the north – over eight days.

The Trek will be kicked off by a Healing Ceremony on Bundulla Station, the site of the former Taroom Aboriginal Settlement, which was closed down in 1927 because of the threat of flooding from a nearby irrigation scheme.

See full history HERE

The Taroom Aboriginal Settlement, also known as Taroom Aboriginal Reserve, was established as a government-operated reserve on a site on the Dawson River, east of the township of Taroom in 1911. The settlement was established under the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897, which enabled direct government control over the lives of Aboriginal people in Queensland, including forced removals to designated reserves. Under the direction of a superintendent, the settlement housed Aboriginal people from different language groups and regions of Queensland, who lived within a highly regulated and tightly controlled institutional environment until its closure in 1927.[1]

Inhabitants at the time were forced to move to what is now Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire, 170km south west of Rockhampton.

Most of them walked.

The purpose of the Healing Ceremony is to pay respect to those hundreds of Elders, men, women and children and to lay wreaths at a memorial at the site.

Trek walkers are expected to travel from Woorabinda, Yarrabah, Palm Island, Cherbourg and other central Queensland communities, and will include non-Indigenous participants.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the walk and the third year of re-enacting the walk.

Media is welcome to attend. For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Christine Howes on 0419 656 277.

4.VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team , Deadly Dan and Smoke Free Super Heroes

This week the VAHSHLT were hanging out at Yappera Children’s Service Co-Operative reading Deadly Dan at the League and talking about the importance of staying smoke free!

At our Coach program we are educating the kids about healthy lifestyles and are creating a next generation of smoke free super heroes!!

#youSmokeYouChoke #StaySmokeFree Aboriginal Quitline Quit Victoria Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria

 

 5.WA : First National first Aboriginal Affairs roundtable meeting in seven years to discuss their progress .

State and territory Aboriginal affairs leaders say it is inevitable the federal government will need to have treaty negotiations with indigenous people.

Representatives from Western Australia, the ACT, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria met on Friday for the first roundtable meeting in seven years to discuss their progress on Aboriginal affairs.

WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt, who is indigenous, said each state faced similar issues including housing, treaties, Aboriginal representation and land tenure.

“It’s an opportunity now for states and territories to have a much better understanding of what we’re all doing, and co-operate a lot more to create more opportunities for Aboriginal people,” he told reporters on Friday.

“We’re seeing a lot more happening in the space of Native title, constitutional recognition and closing the gap.”

Mr Wyatt met with SA Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher, ACT MLA Rachel Stephen-Smith, NT MLA Chansey Paech and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens.

Roundtable meetings are expected to continue once or twice a year, with discussions towards the end of 2017 to focus on how states and territories will use land vested in Aboriginal communities to better create economic development.

Mr Wyatt said treaty conversations were occurring with Nyoongar people from WA’s South West region, and acknowledged this was happening across Australia.

“What Uluru has shown is that Aboriginal Australia is very keen to have this conversation about treaties elevated,” he said.

“It has created a new pressure on the commonwealth government to engage in an area that perhaps, may be new to them.” Mr Maher said a state treaty could be announced by the end of the year and that bilateral agreement would have a federal impact.

“When states and territories talk with one voice it helps solve problems,” he said.

 

6.NT  Additional $1.6m for Indigenous language interpreters

The Coalition Government is providing the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) with an additional $1.6 million to expand its successful Indigenous Interpreting Project.

See Background  Health NT Research TeleinterpretingServices

Indigenous language interpreters play an essential role in ensuring First Australians have access to a fair legal system, as well as government and community services. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said 11 per cent of First Australians spoke an Indigenous language as their main language at home.

“In some parts of Australia, English is the third or fourth language spoken, clearly demonstrating the need for widely available interpreting services,” Minister Scullion said.

“This $1.6 million investment will ensure the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters is able to meet the growing need for accredited Indigenous language interpreters in regional and remote Australia, particularly in the health and justice sectors.

“The authority’s Indigenous Interpreting Project has already enjoyed considerable success.

Since 2012, it has led to 96 accreditations being awarded to Indigenous interpreters across 25 languages.

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our #ACCHO Members Deadly Good News Stories from #WA #VIC #NSW #QLD #NT #TAS

1.NSW : AH&MRC  Meeting Ground farewells CEO Sandra Bailey

2. QLD : Charleville and Western Areas #IAS Health mob rewards students

3. TAS : Flinders Island AAI Tackling Tasmania’s Indigenous Smoking Program

4. NT : Stolen Generations’ oldest living member, Harry Bennett, reflects on his life after 100 years

5.VIC : Clinton get warm welcome from VAHS and VACCHO on his walk Perth to Canberra

6.WA : AHCWA : Successful, WA child health programs highlighted in Indigenous health report

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1.NSW AH&MRC  Meeting Ground farewells CEO Sandra Bailey

The AH&MRC of NSW invited all it’s members to Meeting Ground 2017 – “Renewal, Unity & Strenght”.

Meeting Ground is one of AH&MRC’s ways of engaging our members to provide feedback, identify current and future needs and develop strategies to address these needs

Download the 3 day Program file

A warming Welcome to Country by Aunty Anne Weldon

A thought provoking Chairpersons address responding to a change, self determination is key to Aboriginal Health

Summary Sandra Bailey CEO 1992-2017

Sandra Bailey, a member of the Yorta Yorta nation from southern NSW and Victoria, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW after 25 years .

AH&MRC, the peak representative organisation and advocate for Aboriginal communities on health and has a membership comprising of nearly 50 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) who deliver culturally appropriate primary health care services to Aboriginal people across NSW.

Sandra’s current role incudes representing members interests through the provision of member services support, effective policy and program development within the sector and building on State and Commonwealth partnerships to ensure appropriate Aboriginal primary health care service delivery to achieve better health outcomes for Aboriginal people. Another significant role includes working in the broader health system with external partners in government and non-government agencies to promote engagement with the AH&MRC and ACCHSs in policy planning and service delivery at state, regional and local levels.

Sandra has held her current position since 1992 and with the support of an Aboriginal community-elected Board of Directors, the AH&MRC has expanded to include support for nearly 50 ACCHSs through various activities delivered through Public Health Units which assists members with clinic services, cancer care, child & maternal health services, chronic disease management, tobacco cessation, drug/alcohol use and harm minimisation; a Business Development Unit supporting members with service and clinical accreditation, governance, IT infrastructure & information management systems; a Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workforce Support Unit assisting AHWs; Research & Data Support; an Aboriginal Health College to provide education and training for current and future sector workers; and auspicing an Aboriginal Ethics Committee that ensures culturally appropriate ethical review of Aboriginal health research projects in NSW.

Sandra was a co-chair of the NSW Aboriginal Health Partnership, which is strengthened by a formal agreement between the NSW Government and the AH&MRC, and has served on a number of Ministerial Advisory Committees and boards. She has also been involved in a number of research projects in Aboriginal health including in the areas of child health and resilience.

In recognition of her service in the Aboriginal health sector, Sandra was awarded the Australian Government Centenary Medal for Contribution to Health in 2003. In 2014 Sandra was again acknowledged for her service to the Aboriginal health sector, receiving the Hall of Fame award at the 2014 NSW Health Aboriginal Health Awards

2. QLD : Charleville and Western Areas #IAS Health mob rewards students

The Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Health  IAS Team has found a new way to get our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young children and youths through the school gates of the Charleville State School, Charleville State High School and St. Mary’s Catholic School with the help and assistance of an incentive program.

Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Health was founded in 1993 and incorporated in April, 1994 and the objects for which the Company was established include all or any of the following, which is in relation to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the Charleville and Western Areas.

The primary objective for which the Company is established is for the public charitable purpose of the relief of sickness, poverty and disadvantage amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the Charleville and Western Area.

The IAS Program rewards students with awards for good attendance of 90% or above as well as good behaviour, improvement in academic and respect in the school system towards fellow student and teachers.  The 1st new initiative commenced in February this year and finished at the end of last term at the Charleville State High School.

It has been identified that school attendance was relatively low in the past five years ago, however school attendance has improved thanks to new ideas and strategies with input from all schools as well as parents and community.

The Charleville State Primary School & St Marys will be decided after June Holidays. They reward  system will be 6 monthly.

This 1st presentation was held at the Charleville State High School on 20th April, 2017. The students below have received a Deadly Choices Pack and the other students received a Certificate for 100% attendance for Term 1– Congratulations and well done to the students.

Senior School Presentation

Principal Mr Sampson, Gregory Suhan (IAS Team Member), Dylan Holley Year 12 , Jolene Russell CEC, Latesha Leleca Year 11, and Robert Geebung (IAS Team Member)

Junior School Presentation

Mr Sampson (Principal), David Wakefield Year 8, Jolene Russell CEC, Destiny Holley Year 7, Gregory Suhan (IAS Team Member), Lacy Cavanough Year 7, Robert Geebung (IAS Team Member), and Bailee Melano Year 7

3. TAS : Flinders Island AAI Tackling Tasmania’s Indigenous Smoking Program

FIAAI Tackling  Smoking Team is a statewide program based in Launceston and funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing. The program is part of the Australian campaign to close the gap in Indigenous health by reducing smoking and improving nutrition and physical activity levels.

The Tackling Smoking Team works with organisations, community groups and individuals to provide activities, resources and knowledge that can assist in achieving these goals.  Newsletters can be found in the Resources section of our website.

www.WontCrushUs.org.au

The Tassie mob are out and about spreading the no smokes message in local schools. They have developed activities that cover different aspects of smoking including activities that focus on peer pressure to smoke, the ingredients of a smoke and how smoking affects the body.

These events promote the prevention of smoking in our target group (11- 12yr olds). Prevention is the key!

The team have had a fantastic response since their first presentation in 2014 with great feedback from teachers including “great presentation” and “very engaging with relevant content!”

The team will continue to spread the word, being nearly booked out for the whole of 2017!

4. NT : Stolen Generations’ oldest living member, Harry Bennett, reflects on his life after 100 years

Harry Bennett has just turned 100 years old but he was not meant to be born at all.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

“I was born in Tennant Creek at Old Telegraph Station,” he said.

“My mum and dad had a feeling for one another, you know what I mean? And I’m the result.”

Mr Bennett’s father was white and his mother Aboriginal.

But when his mother got pregnant, his grandmother told her to kill the baby because she did not want her family to be shamed for having a black child.

“They said when you have the baby you kill him … so my parents said alright, instead of going back to Helen Springs they went to Tennant Creek and I’m the result.”

Children buried in sand to hide them from troopers

At the time it was a crime for a white man to be with an Aboriginal woman, so Mr Bennett’s father left to avoid going to jail for seven years.

But his mother faced more obstacles.

She was forced to protect him from police troopers looking for Aboriginal children of mixed descent.

“When the troopers used to come through, my grandma and granddad, along with all the parents, used to bury the children in the loose sands,” said Bernadine Hooker, Mr Bennett’s daughter.

“They had a straw from a bush sticking out and that’s all they had to breathe through.

“[The kids] were terrified actually but it had to be done otherwise the troopers would have taken them there and then,” she said.

This method worked until Mr Bennett was four and he was finally taken away.

He is the oldest living member of the Stolen Generations and now lives in Katherine, about 600km north of Tennant Creek.

‘My mum would have had it worse than me’

“I was told that he was put in an old blitz-truck-type thing … with a lot of other children and they were just taken away from their parents,” Ms Hooker said.

“But he told me about his mum and how she hung onto that truck and how she was dragged for quite a few miles in the dirt and she couldn’t hold on anymore.

“She let go, she was wailing, screaming out for him but that’s as far as he could tell me … he couldn’t tell me anymore. It was too hurtful.”

Harry Bennett never saw his mother again.

“I was worried about my mother. What am I being taken for?” Harry said.

“She would have been worse than me thinking about me and how I was growing up.

“She’d be thinking about me getting bigger and wondering if I was getting tall or fat or what.

“I haven’t seen my mother since that day.”

Deaf from being boxed in ears

He was taken north to a mission in Darwin then down to Pine Creek and ended up at The Bungalow in Alice Springs for children who had been taken away.

“I know my dad was ill-treated there by a certain person,” Ms Hooker said.

“Every time he used to walk past my dad, he’d box his ears for him and my dad ended up going deaf altogether because of this.”

Mr Bennett now has three children, 13 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

They have to use a small whiteboard to communicate with him.

‘I don’t think I’m that old’

Although the injustices are from so long ago, Ms Hooker said they still hurt the family.

“It’s affected the whole family … there’s a lot he doesn’t talk about, there’s a lot we’d like to know about,” she said.

“There’s still a lot out there we’d still like to know and the biggest hurt of all is not knowing any of my dad’s side of the family.”

But Mr Bennett is anything but bitter despite a life riddled with tragedy.

“I don’t worry about anything, nothing worries me,” he said.

“When I wake up in the morning it’s another day, just an ordinary day.

“I don’t even think that I’m that old!”

5.VIC : Clinton get warm welcome from VAHS and VACCHO on his walk Perth to Canberra

 

His destination is Canberra, via the Victorian and NSW coasts and Sydney, where he hopes to confront politicians and policymakers with stories he’s gleaned across the country.

A bitter wind scoured Melbourne’s western plains on Tuesday as Pryor walked from Melton towards the city. His route took him past hobby farms, replica windmills and new estates sprung forth from basalt-studded soil.

Pryor has worn through five pairs of shoes on asphalt and earth roads of every hue.

Sometimes his route has taken him along the ancient songlines that Aboriginal people have always used to navigate their continent, Pryor says. Many of these were turned into roads by Europeans colonisers reliant on Aboriginal guides.

His feet are in great condition now, but he suffered a setback after the first month when the camber of the road caused him to walk in an uneven way, triggering an infection and large swelling in his knee.

Most precious to him were the 16 days he walked through the Gibson Desert (up at 4.30am each day to beat the summer sun), meeting with communities and seeing Uluru for the first time.

Born in Subiaco, in Perth, Pryor grew up “in the community life”, living in Carnarvon, Halls Creek, Kununurra and the Mulan Community, before moving to Perth to live with his father.

Elders and Indigenous communities have welcomed him at every pit stop, and Pryor and his three support crew have been given material and cultural help to continue their journey.

Pryor and his two-car convoy, all supported through crowdfunding, have also been stopped constantly by non-Indigenous locals wanting to say hello, take photos and offer donations.

Each day, the crew eats breakfast and Pryor begins walking. Aside from a lunch stop, he walks until about 8pm at night.

Clinton and his convoy arrived at Melbourne on last Tuesday afternoon to visit VAHS and attend a rally at Parliament House.

With over 5000 kms down and 1000 kms to go, Clinton has walked for justice from Perth to Melbourne. With his ultimate destination being Parliament House in Canberra, he received a warm reception from the Community and a had lovely feed at the Health Service.

Our Board Member, Doreen Lovett welcomed him and presented Clinton with a donation from VAHS to support him on the rest of his journey. They got a photo outside the VAHS hero cabinet in the foyer, which was most fitting 🙌🏾 #WalkForJustice #clintonsWalk @Clintonswalk Clinton’s Walk for Justice thanks to Victorian Naidoc and Aunty Pam Pederson for you words of encouragement and presenting Clinton with a cosy Koorie Flag Hoodie!

Dear PM: My name is Isiah and I am 6 years old. I hope you have a yarn with Clinton.

Expect six-year-old Melbourne boy Isiah Hobba – now dubbed a ‘Gunditjmara warrior’ – to be walking in Clinton Pryor’s footsteps one day.

Clinton is a Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and Yulparitja man whose #WalkforJustice has so far taken him nearly 4,500 kilometres by foot across Australia, through scorching desert heat and bitter morning chill from Perth to Melbourne.

Isiah, whose family are Gunditjmara people from the western districts of Victoria, was so inspired by Clinton’s walk that he handed over his pocket money to buy a new pair of boots to help get him to Canberra.

On Sunday he gave Clinton a letter, wrapped in possum skin, to deliver to the Prime Minister. It says:

“Dear Prime Minister. My name is Isiah and I am 6 years old. I live in Melbourne.

My great grandmother was a part of the Stolen Generations and this still affects my people today. Please don’t close our communities. Our people have a strong connection to the land. I hope you have a chance to meet with Clinton and have a yarn and listen to all the messages he received across Australia.

Isiah last year emptied his money box – $140 of his pocket money – to put on a barbecue for homeless Aboriginal people in inner Melbourne, and then emptied it out again last weeks for the boots he presented to Clinton on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne.

In return, Clinton co-hosted a public event on Sunday with Democracy in Colour, in honour of Isiah, providing free food for anyone in need.

Watch this interview below with Isiah, his mum Shakara Montalto, who is a Project Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), and his grandmother Tina Wright.

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6.WA SUCCESSFUL WA CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTED IN INDIGENOUS HEALTH REPORT

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia says a new Federal Government report about the state of indigenous health is encouraging, but evidence that an increased focus is needed in investing in Aboriginal community-controlled health services.

The 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework, released by the Federal Government on May 30, monitors health outcomes, health system performance and broader health factors across Australia.

AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the key findings of the report reflected several improvements in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but also found there was overwhelming need for continued progress.

“Improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people requires a focus on community-led programs,” Ms Nelson-Cox said.

“We are pleased to see a number of West Australian community-based programs highlighted in this important report, specifically strategies to improve child and maternal health in regional WA.”

The report cites the success of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders prevention program run by the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service in Kununurra that provides education and support to antenatal clients and their families, as well student education sessions.

“The success of the program can be attributed to both community investment and ownership and the willingness of the Aboriginal community to embrace change,” the report states.

Another positive strategy highlighted in the report is the Birth to School Entry project in the Pilbara region, in which the Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation was allocated funding to provide primary prevention activities.

About 400 child health checks and 1000 immunisations are conducted each year in Port Hedland, South Hedland and surrounding communities through the program, which also offers hygiene sessions, ear health education, an alcohol in pregnancy intervention and an outreach service.

“We are proud to support some of the most innovative and effective grassroots health programs in the country,” Ms Nelson-Cox said.

“The success of these projects not only provides better health outcomes for our people living in remote WA, but gives others the motivation to build similar initiatives in their own communities.”

Across the board, the report found that the amount of care delivered through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services had tripled, increasing from 1.2 million in 1999–2000 to 3.5 million in 2014–15.

In addition, there has been a significant decline in the mortality rate for indigenous children up to the age of four, which dropped 33% between 1998 and 2015.

While the report found significant health improvements in some areas, indigenous Australians are still more prone to disease and chronic illnesses – 2.3 times the rate of non-indigenous Australians in 2011.

It also found the life expectancy of indigenous Australians had improved slightly in recent years but progress is needed to close the gap if the target of 2031 is to be met.

AHCWA is the peak body for Aboriginal health in WA, with 22 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) currently engaged as members.

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our #ACCHO Members Deadly Good News Stories from #ACT #WA #VIC #NSW #QLD #NT #TAS @KenWyattMP

1.Winnunga ACCHO elders garden has healthy future for community

2. SA : Nathan Krakouer  no more bad choices now Deadly Choices

3.1 The new Murray PHN Indigenous Health Advisory Council will bring together six different ACCHO’s  across North East Victoria

3.2 VAHS hosts Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima 

4.AHCWA calls for “ICE “ intervention and prevention ACTION

5.1 NSW 60 Students graduate AHMRC Aboriginal Health College

 5. 2 NSW Awabakal’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking program hits the road.

 6.QLD ‘No Smokes’ one-day training 

7. NT Uncle Jimmy and NT ACCHO’S helps to stop Trachoma

8.Tasmania Culture Centre employment assistance service

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1.Winnunga ACCHO elders garden has healthy future for community

When you think of a garden and gardening, most of us wouldn’t think of it as a gift of life. But for 74 year old Uncle Brian Demery this is exactly what it did for him. ‘I went to Winnunga coz I was sick but when I went to Winnunga a new chapter of my life was opened. Winnunga just cares, not only about me but about lots of our Elders’ Uncle Brian said.

Twelve years ago Uncle Brian and his late wife, who passed away 11 years ago, operated a community garden but when the funding stopped, the couple found themselves struggling to keep it going due to the ongoing costs.

‘I was speaking to Julie Tongs at Winnunga. I told her, what had happened and how I was paying for it out of my own pocket. Julie said ‘how can we help you’, Uncle Brian explained. ‘I couldn’t do it without Winnunga. It’s expensive with the seeds and punnets’ he added.

From humble beginnings in its current Queanbeyan location, the Winnunga Elders Garden became what it is today – a thriving community garden with a variety of seasonal vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beans, capsicum, lettuce, corn, turnips, chilli’s and some grapes.

The Ngemba Elder from Bourke said although it’s a lot of hard work taking care of 10 large garden beds, a green house, a number of sleepers and five trellises, he said it gives him a purpose, a reason to get up each morning. ‘I just love it, it’s satisfying. You just feel good within yourself. If you don’t do anything, you get bored, you drink, you do bad stuff but this keeps you on track. It’s also good exercise’ Uncle Brian explained.

Uncle Brian who works in the garden two hours a day and for four to five hours on a Saturday and Sunday was keen to describe the feeling he gets from seeing the plants grow. ‘You put the seeds in and wait to see it grow, see it sprout. Every day, it’s exciting. You then get to pick it and taste it’ he said.

Those who know the keen golfer, father of two, a grand-father and great-grandfather, can’t speak highly enough of his character. One of these people is Ian Bateman, Manager of Winnunga’s Social Health Team. ‘Uncle Brian is not only a great role model but also an interesting character with a great sense of humour. He brings a lot of knowledge and passion and we couldn’t think of a better person for the garden. It’s also good to see someone his age still being so active. He gives back to the community’ Mr Bateman said.

The Elders Garden has had a significant impact on the community.

‘I do up vegetable packages for families and Elders. There are about 15 families with kids, we give to. I like helping these families and Elders as they are battling to make ends meet, it saves them money’ Uncle Brian said. Mr Bateman also echoed Uncle Brian’s thoughts on the important role of the garden. ‘It’s a big benefit to the community. There are people struggling especially our Elders and pensioners. A lot of the pensioners are supporting extended families with serious social issues. So the garden and its produce are of a great benefit to the community’ Mr Bateman explained.

Uncle Brian also added ‘People are so grateful. For me, it’s mainly for the kids. Everything I grow isn’t sprayed, no pesticides, it’s all organic. This way, they get fresh vegetables, it encourages the kids to eat vegetables’ he said. Uncle Brian said although he is getting on in age, he still plans to keep working the garden for a little longer but welcomes any volunteers to help him out.

‘I reckon I’ve got two years left in me to keep doing this. It’s getting hard but I’ll still do it. I’d love to hear from any Koori fellas who’d like to help out. They could start out with one garden bed, I’ll help. I’ll give them the seeds’ he said.

If you would like to assist with the Winnunga AHS Elders Garden, please contact the Social Health Team at Winnunga on 02 6284 6222.

2. SA : Nathan Krakouer  no more bad choices now Deadly Choices

Port Adelaide Power journeyman Nathan Krakouer opens up on bad choices that almost ended his life READ Story Here

Nathan Krakouer speaks out about his past choices and how he turned his life around. Now Nathan wants to help others by using his lessons from binge drinking and drugs to advise indigenous youth to not go down the path he did.

Power signs on to boost health care

PORT Adelaide will have its indigenous players — such as Nathan Krakouer — become powerful role models in Aboriginal communities to promote better health.

And Power chief executive Keith Thomas explains the bold move from “the core business of football” as part of the Port Adelaide Football Club taking on greater responsibility with indigenous issues.

“We have a role to play in Aboriginal health care,” said Thomas, who this week challenged the AFL and its clubs to broaden the indigenous agenda beyond a celebration of Aboriginal culture with the Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

Port Adelaide yesterday signed an agreement with the Aboriginal Health Council of SA to be part of the “Deadly Choices” program that will encourage indigenous communities to have health checks.

The Deadly Choices program aims to advise indigenous youth the impact of poor lifestyle decisions by empowering them to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.

The Deadly Choices team from Queensland were in Adelaide last week to bump heads with us before the big launch day on July 1st.

(L-R) Thomas Gilles, Ian Lacey, Wade Thompson, Trent Wingard, Nathan Appo, Marlon Motlop

Deadly Choices is a school-led, 8-week health and lifestyle program will encourage young people make the right choices to look after their own health.

And if they complete the health check at one of our member clinics, they will be able to win the Deadly Choices Guernsey.

Our member clinics are at Pipalyatjara, Amata, Umuwa, Fregon, Ernabella, Mimili, Indulkana.

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3.1 The new Murray PHN Indigenous Health Advisory Council will bring together six different ACCHO’s  across North East Victoria

Six Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will collaborate with Murray PHN to help improve access to health services and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our area.

They will form the newly-established Murray PHN Indigenous Health Advisory Council, committed to improving indigenous health outcomes in the region, in line with the operational principles of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Matt Jones, CEO of Murray PHN, said the organisation was the first Primary Health Network in Australia to establish an Indigenous Health Advisory Council.

“Our goal is to ensure that primary health services and the health service system across the Murray PHN catchment area are responsive to the needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” Mr Jones said.

“This is part of wider efforts to close the gap in life expectancy and health outcomes in the Indigenous population.

“As a representative voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our region, the Indigenous Health Advisory Council will allow for the authentic participation of indigenous people in designing and developing models of care,” he said.

The Murray PHN Advisory Council membership will consist of:

  • Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS)
  •  Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC)
  •  Mallee District Aboriginal Service (MDAS)
  •  Mungabereena Aboriginal Corporation
  •  Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative (MVAC)
  •  Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
  •  Murray PHN

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is one of the key health priorities for the region. Murray PHN has more than 14,800 people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (14,800+), and whose health status continues to be considerably lower than the wider population.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a burden of disease two-and-a-half times that of other Australians, with 70 per cent of the health gap due to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease and mental health issues.

The Murray PHN Indigenous Health Advisory Committee will meet quarterly.

3. VAHS hosts Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima 

 

“What inspires me and what I’m taking away is the love, I always have faith In community. Its powerful and has touched my heart and I’m taking that away with me.

I felt the love of community in this building and in this work, faith/belief in community, past present and future, I felt that within myself powerful. 

Oxfam fights alongside Indigenous communities. The power is in the love of community.”

After hearing Gary Foley’s  powerful recount of the rich and proud history of VAHS , Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima made this statement to the VAHS board, staff and community.

Thank you to Uncle Bill Nicholson, Aunty Janice Austin, Gary Foley, Jimmy Peters and the Board, Uncle Phil Ah Wanh, and Ngarra, Justin and the Oxfam team for making today happen.

4.AHCWA calls for “ICE “ intervention and prevention ACTION

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia has called for better access to early intervention and prevention programs to help address increasing methamphetamine (ice) use in regional WA. AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson Cox said “beggared belief” that there had not been any significant investment into grassroots community intervention programs despite ice use continuing to increase over the past decade.

“It is frustrating that despite several state and federal strategies highlighting the need to increase investment in community-led and culturally appropriate early intervention prevention, treatment and support services, we are yet to see any significant amounts of funding directed to our sector and other Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, “she said.

Ms Nelson Cox said there had been a concerning shift with ice use overtaking excessive alcohol use in some communities, resulting in services being unprepared and lacking the appropriate programs and services to provide care to those using the illicit drug.

“There is a growing presence of illicit drugs in the regions,” she said.

“While there is evidence that alcohol use is still higher than methamphetamine use, from the Aboriginal community perspective we are certainly seeing methamphetamine use becoming just as significant as alcohol use.

“Our people are crying out for help. They want community-led solutions and want to work with government departments but all they are getting is lip service.”

Ms Nelson Cox said there was no conclusive evidence that cashless welfare cards had made any impact in minimising drug use.

“Our Elders are gravely concerned about the impact of the cashless welfare card. There is no significant evidence to suggest that cashless welfare cards lead to any reduction in drug use in our regional communities”, she said.

“What we have seen in certain towns is an increase around elder abuse, black market trades of the cards for cash, reports of prostitution and a rapid rise in crime.

“Regional communities are trying to take practical approaches and strategies to deal with this problem.

“Penalising people through their Centrelink payments is not the solution. This approach will not deal with the crux of the problem. It will not empower our people and we are also yet to see investment into additional support services as was promised with its introduction.”

AHCWA is the peak body for Aboriginal health in WA, with 22 Aboriginal health services currently members.

5.1 NSW 60 Students graduate AHMRC Aboriginal Health College

 

A big day for 60 Students graduating today from courses at the AHNMRC Aboriginal Health College. Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands

Congratulations Aboriginal Health College 2017 graduates. Equals more Aboriginal health workers & culturally appropriate care

5.2 NSW Awabakal’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking program hits the road.

Awabakal’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking program hit the road last week with the help of some familiar faces.

We ran a workshop with the students to educate them about smoking and the effects the habit can have.

We would like to say a big thank you to our special guests for the day who were on hand to share some important messaging – George Rose, Samantha Harris, Latrell Mitchell, Connor Watson and Will Smith.

 6.QLD ‘No Smokes’ one-day training 
 

Please see the attached invitation to ‘No Smokes’ one-day training which will be delivered at Apunipima Cairns office on Thursday 15 June 2017 from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

The training provides an introduction to the ‘No Smokes’ resources, which include a variety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific tools, as well as resources to inform people of the dangers of smoking and to assist them to quit.

The main resource used with the training will be a flipchart, which can be viewed here: http://nosmokes.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/TobaccoFlipchart_Sept2012_A4.pdf

The training is FREE and lunch and morning tea will be provided.

Please RSVP to Nina Nichols nina.nichols@apunipima.org.au or Kelly Franklin kelly.franklin@nintione.com.au.

7. NT Uncle Jimmy and NT ACCHO’S helps to stop Trachoma

 

Day one of the Barkly Desert Culture tour in Tennant Creek…For the past three years local artists the E town Boyz, Hill Boyz and The Sand Hill Women have been making inspirational music under the mentorship of Monkey Marc, Beatrice Lewis and Sean Spencer with support of the Barkly Shire Council.

The artists have collaborated to write and perform a great song to make their community aware of Trachoma and how to stop it.

Here is a sneak preview of the song and video that we will share with you all very soon.

OR WATCH VIDEO HERE

The tour goes to Elliott tomorrow, then Alpurrulam, Ampilatawatja, Ali Curung, Alparra and a big finale concert in Alice Springs on June 16th. Clean Faces, Strong Eyes Indigenous Eyehealth Caama Alice Springs CAAMA Music See Desert Hip Hop for all tour dates…..

8.Tasmania Culture Centre employment assistance service

“Interested in these jobs at IBIS Styles Hobart, or other jobs coming up?

Not sure how to apply?

Come along to the Aboriginal Health Service this Friday June 9 from 10.30 am to get some tips and help with updating your resume, writing your application and get some interview tips.

Let Sally know if you are interested in attending.. hobart@tacinc.com.au or ring 62340700”

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #Smoking : #Deadly #WorldNoTobaccoDay Good News Stories from our #ACCHOs

This week we feature Deadly Good NEWS Stories from #WNTD events at our Affiliates and 302 ACCHO clinics yesterday

Intro from Matthew Cook NACCHO Chair, Videos from  David Gillespie Rural Health Minister and Tom Calma

1.New South Wales

2.Victoria

3.Queensland

4.Western Australia

5.South Australia

6.Tasmania

7.Northern Territory

8. Canberra ACT

If you have an event you want added send

Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

 nacchonews@naccho.org.au

Watch Video David Gillespie

National ACCHO Launch See 8 Canberra for more photographs

Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM (4th from right) attended the 2017 World No Tobacco Day function at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah, ACT.

He is pictured with the Winnunga CEO, Julie Tongs, OAM (to his left), the Winnunga team, and Prof Tom Calma, AO, National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking, and Ngambri – Ngunnawal Elder, Aunty Louise Brown who gave the Welcome to Country (2nd and 3rd from left).

Watch Video Tom Calma

1.New South Wales

Today is WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY!! #dontquitqutting Yerin is working with community to reduce smoking! Come in and see our wellbeing team and join our #dontquitquittingteam

Yerin Facebook Page

2.Victoria

SO good to hear Aunty Rieo Ellis, Jimi Peters and Rhee Kennedy share with us this morning about their quitting journeys as we celebrated World No Tobacco Day!

As Aunty Rieo says, never quit quitting! If you would like to have a yarn with someone about quitting smoking, you can call the Aboriginal Quitline right now on 137848.

You can also talk to someone like your doctor, health worker, pharmacist or a tobacco cessation specialist!

Did you know that VAHS has two wonderful quit specialists that hang out at VAHS Preston regularly? Margot and Christine from Darebin Community Health and Merri Health are the experts in the game and a great resource. Come and meet them!

Really excited for everyone that has made today the day they throw it away. You’ve got this and we’re all here to support you!

“Never quit quitting!”

Aunty Rieo Ellis shared her Quitting Journey with us today at our World No Tobacco Day morning tea.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Aunty Rieo and for being a great encourager of anyone thinking about giving up smoking. You’re an inspiration!

WATCH VIDEO HERE

If you would like to talk to someone about quitting smoking you can call the Aboriginal Quitline on 137848. Or you could book in to see your doctor or health worker to talk about the options that you have for support. You can call the VAHS Medical reception on 9419 3000 to make an appointment.

Go on, make today the day you give it away!

3.Queensland

Cairns Staff celebrate those who have quit smokes and those who are trying to quit smokes.

If you want to quit you have our support! Have a yarn to your local Health Worker.

#WNTD2017 #DMSYS #Tacklingindigenoussmoking #TooDeadly #HealthyCommunities #Healthystaff

What’s Your Story, Cape York?

Sean has signed up 3 community members 2 our Deadly Smoke Free Pledge, this will see 15 people benefit

What a deadly day for our team out in community today Tackling Tobacco. Nothing better seeing our community taking control of their health.

Sue from Gold Coast just signed the Smoke-free Pledge and completed a quick lung health check

4.Western Australia

Today is World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

More info pictures here

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.”

AHCWA’s Tobacco Action team, in conjunction with the Health Promotion team at Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) set up a display and ran activities at DHYS’s East Perth Clinic to promote awareness and the benefits of quitting smoking.

Port Headland WA

5.South Australia

Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

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Here’s a message from former Tennis World number 1 Evonne Goolagong Cawley “Please be safe and don’t smoke”. If you would like to find out more visit http://www.evonnegoolagongfoundation.org.au/

6.Tasmania

7.Northern Territory

 

 

Tennant Creek and the Barkly Region’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team from Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation in the NT had a deadly day out yesterday in support of World No Tobacco Day.
 
Locals and organisations from in and around Tennant Creek come down to show their support of Tackling Indigenous Smoking. The Public Health team was also present to ensure a holistic approach was presented such as our dietician and nutritionist with a healthy feed for all with nutritional salads and meat options in tasty wraps.

The Grow Well team supporting mums and bubs program had a yarning tent and lots of give aways. Anyinginyi Health’s Clinical Diabetes Nurse was present throughout the day taking blood pressure levels and sugar/glucose checks and of course the TIS team was actively voicing health promotion and awareness to community around the dangers of smoking, passive smoking, the expenses of smoking and ways of quitting/cutting down. We had a smoke-a-lizer to test the levels of carbon monoxide of individual’s even non-smokers, conducting smoke-a-lizer tests on non-smokers showed a great example of how second-hand smoke effect and still makes its way into someones lungs, we had great conversations and engagement as to how to prevent second hand smoke effecting families.
Having such a great outcome makes our TIS and Public Health teams motivated to create more health promotional materials and awareness to the Barkly Region!
 

Watch video here

It was so exciting to see everyone together in Nhulunbuy for #WNTD2017, bukmak rrambangi, addressing this important issue.

Aboriginal people in remote regions suffer from the highest smoking rates in the country. Smoking in East Arnhem is estimated to be anywhere between 67% and 80% of the adult population. It is really important that we all get behind reducing these rates! Miwatj Health, Nhulunbuy Corp & Cancer Council NT

 

Julie Gapalathana, Rarrtji Mel Herdman, Burrkitj (Boogie) Ngurruwutthun & Glen Gurruwiwi – Tackling Indigenous Smoking team #WNTD2017 — in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory

8. Canberra ACT

Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM attended the 2017 World No Tobacco Day function at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah, ACT.

Above :  congratulates the Winnunga Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team: Chanel Webb, Perri Chapman and Caitlin Towart

© Geoff Bagnall

Prof. Tom Calma, AO, National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking addresses the gathering.

Winnunga CEO, Julie Tongs, OAM shows Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM the universal room, which houses optometry and the Otitis Media Programme (Ear health).

Federal Minster for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM congratulates Beth Sturgess, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Winnunga Nimmityjah, on 293 days, 13 hours and 25 minutes of successful quitting (but who’s counting?).

As of World No Tobacco Day, 2017, Beth’s Drop It app calculates that in that time she has NOT smoked 7,338 cigarettes, saving her $5,870.40.

 

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #IHMayDay17 : Our #ACCHO Members Good News Stories from #WA #VIC #NSW #QLD #NT #TAS @KenWyattMP

1.1 NSW Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service commemorated Bringing Them Home report 20 years

1.2 NSW : Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) Holistic Wellbeing Centre planned

2. ACT Aspiring marathon runner Cara Smith has a healthy future

3. QLD : Apunipima Stands Up Against Domestic and Family Violence in Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw

4.SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

5. WA Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia – AHCWA

6. Tas : The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC)

7.VIC VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team celebrates NRL Indigenous Round

 8. NT Miwajtj Health : Unfolding public health emergency in north-east Arnhem Land

 

How to submit 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 each Thursday

1.1 NSW Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service commemorated Bringing Them Home report 20 years

Two decades have passed since the Bringing Them Home report, but the healing continues for the Eurobodalla’s Indigenous community.

From the local News

Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and Medical Service commemorated the anniversary on Monday with a formal gathering and smoking ceremony at their Batemans Bay centre.

Guest speakers Shanna Provost and Muriel Slockee shared their experiences as part of the hidden and stolen generations.

Ms Provost said sharing personal stories was vital to healing the trans-generational scars.

“These events are really important for community members to get together to provide support to each other,” she said.

Many still felt the effects of the damage done to the stolen generations.

“It is a sad story and this is a safe place for all people to sit in the sadness of that story,” she said.

It’s a long journey, it’s a long road to travel. As a nation, we are only starting on that journey. – Shanna Provost

The report was tabled in the Australian Parliament in 1997 and documented the effect of the stolen generations on Indigenous communities. The report handed down more than 50 recommendations in response to the findings, but many are yet to be implemented.

“It’s a long journey, it’s a long road to travel. As a nation, we are only starting on that journey,” Ms Provost said.

She hoped the next 20 years would see young Indigenous people continue to rise to more prominent roles in the community.

Mrs Slockee, a child of the stolen generations, said it was painful to witness the lasting effect of forcible removal.

“Bringing Them Home still is really sore,” Mrs Slockee said.

“Children are still being stolen, it still hurts, it’s just happening in a different way.

“I hope that when we have our jubilee, we can celebrate by stopping all this rubbish and being open and honest as a nation to our first people.

“We need a fair go.”

Katungul’s commemorations will conclude on Friday, May 19, with a day of coil weaving, oyster shucking, ochre face painting, possum cloak photos and a communal canvas painting. Activities start 10am.

1.2 NSW : Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) Holistic Wellbeing Centre planned

THE Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) is charging ahead to expand its offerings, all it needs now is a little more funding.

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OAMS has received development approval from Orange City Council for an $780,000 wellbeing centre at Cameron Place.

It will be located next to its existing $4 million premises at Perc Griffith Way, which was completed in 2014.

Chief executive officer Jamie Newman said the centre would incorporate nutritional and exercise services for those recovering from an operation or illness, mothers before and after pregnancy and those with mental illnesses.

He said the idea had come from clients’ requests

2. ACT Aspiring marathon runner Cara Smith has a healthy future

“Indigenous people face health and education issues. Young females, young mothers with two, three, seven children. It’s so easy to fall into a trap but there’s no excuse not to exercise, not to walk or run,”

Cara Smith is one of only six women selected for the Indigenous Marathon foundation program and will compete in the New York City Marathon at the end of the year. Photo: Rohan Thomson from Canberra Times

Aspiring marathon runner Cara Smith braves the Canberra cold to train at 3am so she can spend more time with son Zac, but her desire to change a family history of diabetes and obesity is her No. 1 motivation.

The 29-year-old is one of 12 athletes as part of the latest intake for the Robert de Castella inspired Indigenous marathon project.

They will train for six months before targeting a goal of completing the New York marathon on November 5.

The Queanbeyan mother of one wants to be the trigger for family change for one-year-old Zac to ensure he lives a healthy life.

“I have a family history of diabetes and obesity and I don’t want that for my son. I want to be healthy and I want to be active and I want it to be a part of his [Zac Jnr] daily life,” Smith said.

Former marathon world champion de Castella started the project in 2011 as a vehicle to promote healthy lifestyles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Smith will balance full-time work with family duties as she begins a tough training schedule to be ready for the 42-kilometre run.

She has never run a marathon, having only completed a half marathon in New Zealand 13 months ago, and will again test herself in another half marathon on the Gold Coast in July.

She is running up to 30 kilometres a week in preparation for not only the Gold Coast but to run her first full length marathon.

“It was scary and exciting to be honest, when [coach] Adrian Dodson-Shaw gave me the call I couldn’t believe it,” Smith said.

“My husband Zac [Snr] is so supportive so that helps a lot and I try not to think about my son [Zac Jnr], otherwise I get caught up and just want to spend time with him.”

Although in the early stages of the program, Smith is already feeling the intensity. She trains four times per week and draws motivation from her family as the work load looks to increase.

“My baby [Zac], he’s my driving force and motivation, he’s a reminder of what I can achieve. ” Smith said.

Running her first marathon, Smith also looks to inspire all indigenous females to get active and improve their health.

“Indigenous people face health and education issues. Young females, young mothers with two, three, seven children. It’s so easy to fall into a trap but there’s no excuse not to exercise, not to walk or run,” Smith said.

Smith will be one of 50,000 to compete in the New York marathon when she completes her journey with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation and knows exactly what will be going through her mind.

“Butterflies, don’t fall, don’t stop, my son, my husband, mom, dad , brother, sister. It’s exciting but I’ve worked hard to get here, I want to show everyone from Northern NSW [New South Wales] what we can do,”

3. QLD : Apunipima Stands Up Against Domestic and Family Violence in Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw

May is Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Domestic violence prevention is always a part of Apunipima’s wellbeing conversation, and for the month of May Apunipima is advocating and supporting capacity in Community to have the conversation around domestic violence and prevention.

Picture above from White Ribbon Day

Domestic and family violence can be both in the form of physical and emotional abuse. The messages are:

  • Learn to identify domestic violence and when it could be taking place
  • Create a supportive environment, know who you can go to and where safe places are in your community
  • Be prepared to leave, have a bag packed, know how to exit and if children need to exit too
  • Both men and women can be a victim of domestic and family violence

A number of events in community will be marking the importance of preventing domestic and family violence.

Kowanyama

Apunipima is partnering with the Women’s Shelter and community in Kowanyama to facilitate yarning circles, candlelight vigil, and a march to raise awareness about Domestic Violence Prevention. Men and women from the Men’s Group, Women’s Group, school, Apunipima, and other organisations in the community will be participating in the March. A Reflections session will be held to make time to think about those who have been lost to domestic violence in Community.

  • May 16th & May 25th Women’s Shelter Yarning Circle
  • May 29th Women’s Group and Candlelight Vigil and Reflections Session
  • May 30th Domestic Violence Prevention March

 

Pormpuraaw

Apunipima is partnering up with the school and Women’s Shelter to deliver Domestic Violence Prevention education through the Pormpuraaw Healthy Kids programme.

  • May 23rd Healthy Kids Domestic Violence Education Session

Help is available. If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is available. You can:

  • Go to a Women’s Shelter
  • Call the 24/7 confidential helpline – 1800 RESPECT
  • Call 000 (or 112 from a mobile) in an emergency
  • DVConnect Womensline – phone 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • DVConnect Mensline – phone 1800 600 636 (9am to 12 midnight, 7 days)
  • Kids Helpline – phone 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Elder Abuse Helpline – Queensland phone 1300 651 192, rest of Australia phone (07) 3867 2525 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • State-wide Sexual Assault Helpline – phone 1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days)

4.SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

Time to Join The Movement. Get ready for World No Tobacco Day on the 31st May and make a pledge http://tacklingtobacco.nunku.org.au/join-the-movement/

5. WA Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia – AHCWA

The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia are conducting a final survey on the Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reform process in WA.

It is important for the sector to provide feedback on our understanding of the Reforms, so that future processes can be improved. If you are or your organisation has been involved, please follow the link – it will take 20 to 25 minutes to fill out.

Please share! 🙂

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SX85KWV

6. Tas : The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC)

Three Tasmanian Aboriginal children have starred in a new animated television series, broadcast in one of the state’s Indigenous languages.

The new animated television series Little J and Big Cuz is set in “nana’s backyard” and looks at everyday situations for Aboriginal children.

The 13-episode series has been recorded in both English and several of Australia’s Indigenous languages, including Tasmania’s palawa kani which is made up of nine dialects.

It was spoken across Tasmania until colonisation, when the Indigenous community was forced to speak English.

The language was revived in the 1990s and has been taught across the state ever since.

Three local school children, who have been learning the language, were chosen to be involved in the series.

Seth Gardiner, 11, has been learning palawa kani for three years.

“[I find it] fun because you get to interact with other people and speak our own language,” he said.

“Our alphabet is different to English, we don’t have some of the letters.

“We went to the studio and we had to stand in front of the microphones and we had to go over our script again and again until it was perfect.

“The character I’m playing is … in a wheelchair and his favourite animal is kangaroos and he’s doing show and tell.”

Peta Cabalza, 10, has also been learning the language for several years.

“It can be a tricky language,” she said. “It was really nice to be able to do the voices.”

Twelve-year-old Skye Cox was also involved.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) describes palawa kani as being “the revived form of the original Tasmanian Aboriginal languages. It incorporates authentic elements of the original languages remembered by Tasmanian [Aboriginal peoples] from the 19th to the 21st centuries. It also draws on an extensive body of historical and linguistic research”.

“There are no living speakers of the original Tasmanian languages.

“Spoken records of the original sounds are limited to a few sounds that can only just be heard when Fanny Cochrane Smith spoke on the records of her songs in 1899.

“So to attempt to recover the original sounds and meanings, we have to start from written records made by early Europeans of the sounds they heard, and the meanings they thought they understood when they heard our ancestors speak.”

Keeping the language alive

Rosetta Thomas, a youth language worker at the TAC’s Launceston office, is one of several Tasmanian adults who voice the other characters in the episode.

She started learning palawa kani on Cape Barren Island when she was 12, and is now passing on her language skills to school children.

“Language is a really big part of our history and our culture and it means a lot to us and it’s great to pass on to the children, so it can be happening for future generations,” she said.

Ms Thomas said the cartoon was a great opportunity for the kids to showcase the language to a wider audience.)

“They’re famous, so they say. They’re super-excited. The kids who’re involved have worked really hard for years,” she said.

“I think it’s fabulous for the community, for families, for children to be able to view this for future years and see how far we’ve come from starting language learning in the late 1990s to where it is today.”

The lack of a cartoon speaking to Indigenous kids in Aboriginal language had irked the show’s director, Tasmanian Tony Thorne.

“Never before has an Australian animated show targeted an Indigenous four- to six-year-old audience. As an Indigenous person this seemed wrong,” he said.

The series, being screened on NITV, involved animators from Hobart company Blue Rocket and received financial support from Screen Tasmania.

7.VIC VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team celebrates NRL Indigenous Round

 

The Healthy Lifestyle Team celebrated the Indigenous round at the NRL in Brisbane with a joint Deadly Choices and Victorian Aboriginal Health Service guernsey worn by the kids at the half time entertainment! #DeadlyChoices #VAHSHLT #StaySmokeFree Brisbane Broncos #IndigenousRound Melbourne Storm Gold Coast Titans Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

8. NT Miwajtj Health : Unfolding public health emergency in north-east Arnhem Land

“If these children don’t stop, they will have a very serious brain damage issue,” 

In an effort to educate young people about the dangers of sniffing, Miwatj’s mental health team has been meeting with the families of those involved.

It has also developed a poster in English and Yolngu Matha, which explains that continued sniffing could lead to death.

“The community has taken steps and are still looking at other steps to stop what is happening,”

Joan Djamalaka Dhamarrandji, an Aboriginal health practitioner at Miwatj Health ( Member of AMSANT and NACCHO ) which runs clinics across north-east Arnhem Land.

Authorities are warning of an unfolding public health emergency in north-east Arnhem Land, where dozens of young people are recording dangerously high lead levels after sniffing aviation fuel.

Security camera vision obtained by the ABC shows children climbing onto the fuselage of planes on Elcho Island and siphoning avgas from fuel tanks in the wings.

Watch vision here

“If these children don’t stop, they will have a very serious brain damage issue,” said Joan Djamalaka Dhamarrandji, an Aboriginal health practitioner at Miwatj Health, which runs clinics across north-east Arnhem Land.

Petrol sniffing is not uncommon in remote communities, but rarely does it involve avgas, which contains lead.

At least 70 young people on Elcho Island are known to have sniffed the volatile substance, with the youngest believed to be seven years old.

About 30 more young people have elevated lead levels at Gapuwiyak.

Children in Milingimbi are also believed to be sniffing avgas.

Nine children and one adult have been transported from the region to Royal Darwin Hospital for medical treatment.

“This is a public health emergency,” said Dr Lucas de Toca, the chief health officer for Miwatj Health.

“We are talking about a high number of children with high blood lead levels.”

Yolngu leaders on Elcho Island are deeply concerned and have held community meetings in an effort to end the problem.

“Our kids are ending up in hospital by getting infected by chemicals which is bad for them,” said John Gurrumgurrum Burarrwanga from Makarr Dhuni, an organisation which represents clan groups on Elcho Island.

Lead levels of sniffers well above health guidelines

National health guidelines require investigations of blood lead levels higher than five micrograms per decilitre.

The majority of Elcho Island sniffers have levels six to 10 times that amount.

“We are seeing levels that are almost unprecedented in current society,” Dr de Toca said.

The health risk is particularly great for children, with lead exposure causing long-term physical and behavioural problems, as well as learning difficulties.

Young people have been breaking into the airport and sniffing avgas since March last year.

The behaviour follows a previous sniffing outbreak, which involved aerosol spray cans, in 2015.

“The issue became an absolute crisis because it became a practically every night event,” said Yvonne Sutherland, the chief executive of the local Marthakal Group, which runs the airport.

Concerns of avgas explosion

Ms Sutherland is concerned not only for the health of the children, but also the safety of aircraft.

There is also the real risk of an explosion involving avgas, which is extremely flammable.

“If we are not careful, and this is probably one of my highest concerns … we may have a fireball that will be just devastating for everybody,” Ms Sutherland said.

Marthakal has taken numerous steps to prevent access to avgas, including increased security lighting and CCTV coverage at the airport.

It also tried relocating three of its charter planes each night to Nhulunbuy, hundreds of kilometres away, over a two-week period last year.

But at a cost of $32,000 for the fortnight, it was an unsustainable measure.

Hopes guard dog will curtail break-ins

The Department of Chief Minister has now provided $70,000 for a guard dog and security officer to be stationed at the airport for 10 hours each night over the next three months.

“That’s been extremely successful,” Ms Sutherland said.

“There has not been a single incursion into the airport since the security guard was installed.”

Marthakal believes building a high-secure facility to lock its planes in overnight would be the best long-term solution.

That would cost about $400,000, but Ms Sutherland said it would be money well spent.

“If the avgas [sniffing] continues, the impost on the health and disability budget will be enormous,” she said.

‘Kids are important’

In an effort to educate young people about the dangers of sniffing, Miwatj’s mental health team has been meeting with the families of those involved.

It has also developed a poster in English and Yolngu Matha, which explains that continued sniffing could lead to death.

“The community has taken steps and are still looking at other steps to stop what is happening,” Ms Dhamarrandji said.

Community leaders want extra government funding for local staff to expand health education campaigns in Yolgnu Matha, as well as extra recreational programs to keep young people on the island engaged.

“Kids are very important to our life because they are the future generations,” Mr Burarrwanga said.

“So we don’t want these things happening in the community or elsewhere.”

The Northern Territory Government says it has set up a “critical response” involving all stakeholders affected by avgas sniffing.

“Any volatile substance abuse is very dangerous and concerning,” said Jim Rogers from the NT Department of Chief Minister.

“However the emergence of avgas sniffing and the potential long-term consequences of elevated blood lead levels is a significant concern.”