Aboriginal Health #AIDAConf2017 : Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #NT #NSW #TAS #QLD #WA #SA #VIC

1.1 : NACCHO CEO attends AMA’s Indigenous Health Taskforce 

1.2 : National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

1.3 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

2 .1 NSW: Awabakal ACCHO Leading Indigenous doctors visit to inspire the students to pursue their dreams

2. 2 NSW Awabakal is Tackling Indigenous Smoking

3. VIC : VACCHO supports a YES vote for Equality

4. WA: AHCWA : Football benefits Indigenous communities long after the siren

5. QLD : Deadly Choices 2017 STATE QUEENSLAND MURRI CARNIVAL IN REDCLIFFE has kicked off

6. NT : $6 Million Health Centre for Umbakumba,Groote Eylandt

7. TAS : FIAAI ‘No Smokes No Limits’ Public Health Campaign Launched

8.SA : Aboriginal Health Council of SA  and South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium

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1.1 NACCHO CEO attends AMA’s Indigenous Health Taskforce 

NACCHO CEO Pat Turner and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, attended the AMA’s Indigenous Health Taskforce meeting last weekend to discuss the Government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health priorities and actions.

The Taskforce identifies, develops, and recommends Indigenous health policy and strategies for the AMA, and includes Federal Councillors, AMA members, and Indigenous health organisations.

Issues discussed included the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes among young Indigenous people, renal disease, preventable hospital admissions and deaths, mortality rates, and the use of the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

The Taskforce also discussed racism within the health system in Australia, and recognised the need for more programs and strategies to eradicate racism from the entire health workforce

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations : Only 45 days to go

 Last Monday 18 September there was only 45 days to go and we are nearly booked out

This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

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1.3 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

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2 .1 NSW: Awabakal ACCHO Leading Indigenous doctors visit to inspire the students to pursue their dreams

A group of leading Indigenous doctors visited Maitland High School on Tuesday to inspire the students to pursue their dreams.

Eight doctors from the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association told the students their experiences and ran medical workshops, including plastering and handwashing with the use of a UV light to detect germs.

The program was part of AIDA’s visit to the Hunter, which included a stop in at Awabakal in Newcastle.

Maitland High was chosen due to its high Aboriginal population (12 per cent).

AIDA president Kali Hayward said they wanted to show the students the opportunities available and leave a lasting impression. “You can’t underestimate the value of a role model,” she said

2. 2 NSW Awabakal is Tackling Indigenous Smoking

Awabakal is facing the issue of increased smoking rates in the community head on with the launch of their I’m Quitting campaign which took place in September  at Awabakal Medical Service.

The campaign is part of the national Tackling Indigenous Smoking program and aims to reduce smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with Awabakal highlighting the problem on a local level.

 The launch event saw 25 ‘quit kits’ issued to existing smokers who are looking to cut down or completely quit the habit. The kits include a branded shirt to raise awareness, a 30 day progress chart with health information on the first month of quitting, pledge magnets to remind people why they were quitting, Nicotine Replacement Therapy voucher and more.

When discussing the campaign, Chief Executive Officer Raylene Gordon said that smoking rates within the Aboriginal community were continuing to increase and Awabakal was committed to supporting the community in their efforts to quit.

“The I’m Quitting campaign has been introduced to help support members of our community who are wanting to reduce or completely stop smoking all together and it is a program of which I am incredibly proud,” said Raylene.

“Smoking is a real issue for the Aboriginal community it is the most preventable cause of early death, with smoking accounting for one in every five deaths.

“This is an unacceptable figure. The I’m Quitting campaign is designed to assist community members on their quitting journey by providing useful information and quit tips, along with supporting them through our Medical Service to ensure they stay on track,” said Raylene.

Awabakal Project Officer and I’m Quitting participant, Ray Kelly, said he has decided to quit smoking for not only his own health but also for his daughters.

“I have been smoking for about 15 years and I can feel the damage it has caused. I’m mainly quitting for my three daughters, I need to be there for them as they grow and I need to be a healthy role model,” said Ray.

“My goal is to quit completely and while I have attempted to do so in the past, I’m really focussed on making this time stick.

“Even in the last week or so since cutting back I have noticed a difference, I feel healthier while I train and my tastebuds have changed,” concluded Ray.

Awabakal are encouraging anyone that is thinking of quitting smoking to contact Awabakal Medical Service on 02 4907 8555.

3. VIC : VACCHO supports a YES vote for Equality

VACCHO supports the right of every Australian to get married regardless of their gender or sexuality.

We oppose this non-binding postal survey that asks ‘anyone’ to determine the human rights of our LGBTI families and friends, however believe the most powerful act to effect positive change, is to vote yes.

VACCHO will be unequivocally supporting the Equality Campaign, and encouraging our Member organisations to vote yes, as well as ours and the wider community to do the same.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who identify as LGBTI often experience multiple levels of marginalisation and discrimination. VACCHO is significantly concerned about the implications this campaign will have on the social and emotional wellbeing of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTI community, their families and mainstream brothers and sisters. Already we have witnessed deplorable content generated from the No Campaign.

We know LGBTI people suffer uniquely high rates of suicidality, same-sex attracted people are up to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide. This statistic will be compounded in our LGBTI community, especially for our young brotherboys and sistergirls.

It saddens us that in 2017 the Federal Government can stand silent and allow this level of vilification and discrimination to occur.

Discriminatory legislation is an impediment to the LGBTI Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community achieving the highest attainable standard of health, instead this process is widening the health inequalities of First Australians.

We hope that the Parliament will respect the outcome of the Equality campaign, work swiftly to deliver marriage equality, and heal the harm.

4. WA: AHCWA : Football benefits Indigenous communities long after the siren

Football has the ability to build a strong heart and mind, and it is making our kids more disciplined and coordinated with their body skills as well as their mentality.

Indigenous sporting personalities needed to be particularly mindful that they were role models for their communities.

They have kids that look up to them and their competitiveness in the sporting industry, and [players need to recognise their] connection to culture and must not forget that they come from a grass roots level “

Michelle Nelson-Cox is speaking about the positive impact footy has on Indigenous communities in Western Australia

Ms Nelson-Cox, a Whadjuk Noongar woman, is the chairperson of the Aboriginal Health Council of WA.

Originally Published HERE

“[Football] is very important to have around, not only for aspiring young kids who fantasise about being an elite sportsperson, but also because of our elite sportspeople who are creating a positive profile [in the community],” she said

A recent report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre – After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australian Rules Football – has highlighted the physical health, mental well being and community connectedness benefits that flow from playing football.

AFL is the second-most popular team sport among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, with almost 45,000 Indigenous players, and in WA, one in four Indigenous men play the sport.

Indigenous boys living in remote areas and playing football had 20 percent lower rates of truancy from school than those that did not play, according to the report.

In the past year adult Indigenous players reported higher life satisfaction than those who did not participate, and they were twice as likely to rate their health as excellent.

Fifty-six percent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who played football were assessed as being in excellent health, compared to 48 percent of children that had not engaged with the sport

Report co-author and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Sean Gorman from Curtin University’s School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, said the report also found that AFL is an inclusive sport that offers wide accessibility irrespective of socio-economic background.

“Whether it is urban or regional areas, the role of football plays is massive, not just in terms of getting communities engaged, it is massive in terms of the way it presents a positive aspect to people’s lives that are, if we look at social and economic indicators, not great,” he said.

“Football is a really important social mechanism for Aboriginal people to engage their agency, but also to participate in something that all Australians love.”

Dr Gorman also highlighted the important role elite-level Indigenous players held in the community.

“They are seen as significant contributors to the way Aboriginal people feel great pride and great resonance that enables them to see something other than the horrible statistics that we see time and time again,” he said.

“The role they play is completely vital to the way Aboriginal people can feel proud and safe and valued, whether that is in urban, regional or remote Australia.”

Ms Nelson-Cox said Indigenous sporting personalities needed to be particularly mindful that they were role models for their communities.

“They have kids that look up to them and their competitiveness in the sporting industry, and [players need to recognise their] connection to culture and must not forget that they come from a grass roots level,” she said.

Dr Gorman said that for many professional Indigenous players, there was a deeper narrative associated with their participation in AFL.

“When you talk to Aboriginals about why they play they say ‘I am not playing for myself, I am representing my family and my community’,” he said.

“It becomes a deeper narrative, a stronger narrative, which as a broader community we need to appreciate and understand.

“This is where the report becomes so salient because it is how we connect all these disparate narratives up, and we can start to appreciate on a greater level the contribution these men and women have made over time.”

One such role model is the Fremantle Dockers’ woman’s team Vice Captain and Noongar woman Kirby Bentley, who spoke at the launch of the After the Siren report on Thursday.

“I am still one of the most elite Indigenous female footballers in the country and for me that is not so much about saying how good I think I am. It’s more about what I can do with the position I am in,” she said.

The number of women’s football teams has doubled since AFL Women’s League was introduced this year, according to the report.

AFL is also making its mark on remote communities in the far-north of WA.

“It is an integral part of the Western Desert communities,” Michael McMonigal said.

McMonigal is the program manager of Ngurra Kujungka [Inc], an non-for-profit organisation leading the development of the Western Desert’s first community driven, regional sport and recreation program.

“It has a very positive influence on the community, in terms of their overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing,” he said.

“We are hoping to develop programs and pathways for these young footballers to follow in the future.”

In 2003, Newcrest Mining Ltd began sponsoring the annual Western Desert League, a football competition created to benefit and engage the Martu people, the traditional owners of a large part of central WA.

 

5. QLD : Deadly Choices 2017 STATE QUEENSLAND MURRI CARNIVAL IN REDCLIFFE has kicked off

Arthur Beetson Foundation has announced that 2017 Deadly Choices Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Rugby League Carnival will take place at Dolphin Oval Redcliffe from 20th to 23rd September.

The Carnival involves teams from across Queensland and is a real show piece of Indigenous Rugby League Talent.

Three Competitions take place over four days include Under 15’s Boys, Open Women’s and Open Men’s. Some exciting additional events and activities will be announced very soon.

The Carnival is much more than Rugby League as it also has a major focus on Health and Education. All players have to complete a “Health Check” as a requirement to participate and all Under 15’s Boy participants must have attended school 90% of time

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Peter Betros Chairman of QRL stated the “ this Carnival highlights the great reach the game of Rugby League has across Queensland and the Arthur Beetson Foundation should be congratulated in providing this opportunity for so many to get involved”

Brad Beetson, son of the late Arthur Beetson and Board Member of the Arthur Beetson Foundation stated “ Dad through his life had a passion on improving the lives of young indigenous it’s great that the foundation can continue this by using his other great passion of Rugby League the vehicle to do so”.

Murri Rugby League is an annual four day rugby league carnival for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queensland rugby league teams. Queensland Rugby League (QRL) has awarded the Arthur Beetson Foundation with the tender for the next three years. The Foundation has employed MRL (Qld Pty Ltd) to event manage the Murri Rugby League carnival.

Giving Back

A significant portion of Arthur Beetson Foundation generated revenue will be invested back into Indigenous Rugby League programs and structures endorsed by the QRL to establish sports focused sustainable community activities.

Murri Rugby League aims to:

  • Raise the representation of Indigenous players from the current 11% in the National Rugby League to 15%, an overall 4% growth in participation over a 3-5 year time frame.
  • Provide structure in a drug and alcohol free environment for players to have the opportunity to develop a direction into representation at a national level.
  • Work with the network of Indigenous communities in Queensland to promote and develop the carnival as a state event.
  • Develop a sponsorship alliance which will support the participation of all Communities and contribute to the staging of the carnival as an annual event.

About The Murri Rugby League Carnival

The Murri Carnival is a very important date on the Indigenous calendar and is much more than a rugby league event. The Carnival has certain basic rules. An adult person cannot play in the Carnival unless they:
. undergo a health check; and
. enrol to vote or, if enrolled, make sure that their enrolment details are current.

An under 15 player cannot play in the Carnival unless they;
. undergo a health check; and
. have a 90% school attendance record.

Each year a number of people are identified as possible suffers of diabetes a disease that shortens the life span of too many Indigenous Australians.

In 2014 the under 15 side travelled to New Zealand and a Men’s team travelled to Fiji to play and take part in a cultural exchange. The QRL Indigenous under 15 team also played the curtain raiser to the NRL Indigenous All Star Game at Suncorp Stadium last February 2015 against a New South Wales Koori team

6. NT : $6 Million Health Centre for Umbakumba,Groote Eylandt 

The community of Umbakumba on the Territory’s Groote Eylandt is celebrating the opening of a new $6 million health centre.

The Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said the jointly funded facility was sorely needed in the remote island community, 600 kilometres southeast of Darwin.

The community is located approximately 50 km east of Angurugu situated inside Little Lagoon, Point Langton on the northeast coast of Groote Eylandt. Umbakumba is approximately 50 km east of Angurugu on Groote Eylandt, which is 650 km east of Darwin and 50 km off the Arnhem Land coast in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Apart from the fortnightly freight barge service from Darwin, Umbakumba is generally accessed by air.

Groote Eylandt airport, located 1 km from Angurugu, is the main air access point for the island. Owned and maintained by Gemco, the airstrip is sealed and there are flights to and from Nhulunbuy/Darwin most days.

Travel time to Nhulunbuy: 30-50 minutes, to Darwin: 1.5-2 hours. A 50 km dirt road links Angurugu to Umbakumba. Charter flights can also be arranged direct to Umbakumba which has a dirt airstrip that can accommodate twin engine light aircraft.

There is a reasonable dirt road from the airport to Umbakumba. However, a 4-wheel drive is essential and given the number of rivers and streams, travel throughout the island during the wet season can be difficult.

“Groote Eylandt residents want and deserve to access high quality health services,” Ms Uibo said.

“We know that improving the health of Groote Eylandt people, boosts the community and makes the Territory a healthier and stronger place.”

The $6 million build has been funded through a tripartite Regional Partnership Agreement including:

$3 million from Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Enterprises

$2 million from the Northern Territory Government

$1 million from the Australian Government

Ms Uibo said it was a great example of local decision making with the Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Enterprises group working with the Territory and Federal Governments to improve health.

“The original clinic was so run down that the costs of repairs was prohibitive,” Ms Uibo said.

“Local contractor GCC was awarded the contract to build a new facility in January last year and after significant challenges including weather and distance they have delivered a state of the art facility for community.

The new Yinumarra health Centre facilities include:

  • new emergency services with an ambulance bay and a single bed emergency rooms
  • five consulting rooms including men’s, women’s and children’s consulting areas
  • dental room
  • drug storage room
  • multi-purpose room
  • enhanced security and privacy for staff and clients
  • reception and internal and external waiting area

The centre is one of three to be opened, with Ngukurr Health Centre opened last week and Numbulwar Health Centre opening tomorrow

7. TAS : FIAAI ‘No Smokes No Limits’ Public Health Campaign Launched

Flinders Island Aboriginal Association’s Tackling Smoking Program has recently launched their latest ‘No Smokes No Limits’ public health campaign with billboards being revealed across Tasmania. These billboards feature motocross imagery and Aboriginal ambassadors Jay and Josh Woolley from WSM Freestyle.

As part of this campaign, smokers are encouraged to contact their local health service, general practice or the Quitline for assistance in giving up the habit. This campaign seeks to denormalise smoking, and is in stark contrast to some of the messaging typically associated with extreme sports that are often sponsored by energy drinks or other consumables associated with poor health outcomes.

FIAAI CEO Maxine Roughley said “This program especially targets young people who are our future and we are proud to be supporting such an important health issue.”

FIAAI will be looking to expand this campaign to buses and other mediums in the future, with billboards currently being found in several parts of the state including Hobart, Launceston, East Devonport, Burnie and others. FIAAI will also be presenting at the upcoming Oceania Tobacco Control Conference (October 17-19) regarding this campaign.

The FIAAI Tackling Smoking Team can be contacted on 6334 5721 for more information.

 

8.SA : Aboriginal Health Council of SA  and South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium

The South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium (the Consortium) was launched on 18 May 2017, as a collaborative partnership formed between the South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership (comprising of SA Health, Aboriginal Health Council of SA and Department of Health – Commonwealth) and the South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre.

The Translation Centre represents a partnership between SA Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Adelaide Primary Health Network, Country SA Primary Health Network and Cancer Council SA. The Translation Centre has 9 priority areas of which one is Aboriginal Health.

Consortium Vision

The Consortium’s vision is to reduce the impact of chronic disease experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in South Australia through the successful implementation of the priorities identified within 3 plans: The South Australian Aboriginal Cancer Control Plan 2016-2021, the South Australian Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan 2017-2021 and the South Australian Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy 2017-2021.

How will the Consortium Work

The responsibility to oversee the implementation activity of the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium rests within its governance structures. The Consortium has 5 active working groups including an Executive Group, an Aboriginal Community Reference Group and three condition-specific leadership groups representing Diabetes, Cancer and Heart and Stroke. We refer to the people and organisations on these groups as our members.

Who is working in the Consortium Coordinating Centre?

The team comprises of two full time staff. Wendy Keech is the Senior Research Translation Manager and Executive Officer. Wendy is supported by Douglas VJ Clinch, in a Project Officer role overseeing and supporting the various governance groups of the Consortium. Strategic policy and cultural advice and support is being provided by Kim Morey and Neville Fazulla both on a part-time basis to the team, and have particular focus on supporting the community reference group. Andrea McKivett, has been providing her clinical, technical and cultural support to the team since the inception of the Consortium, with Katharine McBride recently joining the team to provide technical support one day a week. The team come from various backgrounds and disciplines required to support the work of the Consortium, and all are passionate people with a strong commitment to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in South Australia.

If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Wendy Keech, on (08) 81284228, email: wendy.keech@sahmri.com or Doug VJ Clinch, on (08) 81284893 or email: douglas.clinch@sahmri.com.

Aboriginal Health #RUOKday: Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #NT #NSW #TAS #QLD #WA #VIC

1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

1.2 National ANSANT Danila Dilba : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

2.NT : Ngukurr remote community and Sunrise ACCHO opens new $5.93 million culturally appropriate delivery of health services

3.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal centre’s new Rrala milaythina-ti (strong in Country Project)improving health and wellbeing 

4. NSW : Armajun Aboriginal Health Service #RUOKDay backs several mental health programs

5. QLD : Apunipima ACCHO : Hopevale and Mossman Gorge Celebrate R U OK

6. WA : AHCWA embarks on leading strategy for Aboriginal youth health

7. VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle mob up for any challenge

 8.SA : Aboriginal Health Council of SA  and South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium

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

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1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

 This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

NACCHO Conference Website

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

DOWNLOAD the Full 2 Day Program released this week

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2.1 NT : Ngukurr remote community and Sunrise ACCHO opens new $5.93 million culturally appropriate delivery of health services

” An absolute privilege and pleasure today to officially open the new Ngukurr health clinic run by Sunrise Health. Great to have the Numbulwar Red Flag dancers help to open the clinic with the Hon. Warren Snowden MP and finishing the opening ceremony was Ngukurr school students who sang a few songs!”

Member Arnhem Selena Uibo

The community of Ngukurr in the Territory’s southern Arnhem Land is celebrating the opening of its new federally funded Health centre .

The Member Arnhem Selena Uibo says the $5.93 million dollar building will improve health services in the region.

“All Territorians are entitled to control over their lives and access to high quality services,” she said.

“Building strong and healthy remote communities is key to developing a stronger Northern Territory.

“Here on the edge of the Roper River the community of Ngukurr will help to lead the way.”

The new build was completed as part of the Commonwealth funded $50.29 million Health and Hospitals Fund Regional Priority program to upgrade 11 remote health centres across the NT.

Northern Territory business Probuild built the new health centre at Ngukurr which features:

  • Culturally appropriate design with separate male and female entrances
  • A drive-through ambulance bay
  • State-of-the-art emergency facilities
  • Dental room
  • Hearing room
  • 8 consulting rooms
  • Secure administration area for improved staff safety and security for drug storage
  • Enhanced security for staff and patients

Ms Uibo said Sunrise Aboriginal Health Service will operate the health centre.

“Separate male and female entry areas and treatment rooms allow for a culturally appropriate delivery of health services,” she said.

“That will encourage more community members to access the health services they need earlier.

“The new improved facilities will also help to attract to staff, offering facilities to deliver primary health as well as acute and emergency care to the Ngukurr community.”

Newly constructed health centres are expected to be opened in Umbakumba and Numbulwar next week.

3.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal centre’s new Rrala milaythina-ti (strong in Country Project)improving health and wellbeing 

 ” The Tasmanian Aboriginal centre’s new Rrala milaythina-ti (strong in Country Project) is getting Aboriginal people from all over Tasmania out on country and improving health and wellbeing as well as strengthening connections to country, people, language and culture.”

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Twenty-one participants have just completed the project’s biggest trip yet- a four-day, at times challenging, trek on the 46 km three Capes Walk, which winds through eucalypt forests, button grass plains and rainforest, over mountains and along the edge of the huge dolerite cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula in Southern Tasmania.

Albeit a fair few stiff pairs of legs, the participants aged from 15 to 65 returned last week inspired to get out more, to keep fitter, to challenge themselves and continue building connections with their people and country.

Participants reported great benefits to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and spoke of belonging and spiritual connections.

Some were experienced bush walkers, while for others it was a first- and now they are hooked.

Lily Castle, from Hobart, was one of them. “It was a challenge I really enjoyed”, the 18-year old said.

“I found I had to push myself harder than I had before. It was a blessing to meet new people and hear some old stories and be part of a great group.

“It was absolutely spectacular to be standing on the top of cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. It’s an experience I will never forget or take for granted.

“I feel like now I have done this, I know whatever I put my mind to or whatever I want to achieve, whatever challenge, it’s just determination and willpower.

There were many times I thought “I can’t keep going”, even the first day.

“I feel more powerful, just with small things that I want to change that I can do it; I believe in myself more.

“I feel more connected to the community. I got to meet people who taught me a lot about my ancestors and about Tasmanian Aboriginal history. I feel more connected to my culture now”.

Ms Castle said the trip was also an opportunity to get away from smokes and grog, and she now feels more equipped to tackle these addictions.

Like other participants, Ms Castle is keen to join in upcoming trips, including some to remote places with significant Aboriginal heritage.

There have also been day trips and smaller overnight adventures to cater for people with different fitness levels, ages, availability and family situations.

Aboriginal heritage worker Sharnie Read, one of the project organisers, said some trips have been tied into Aboriginal heritage consultations and NAIDOC celebrations.

“A lot of the trips are about taking community members out and giving them a strong connection to country and teaching them about the history and cultural landscape and heritage, and also bonding as a group, she said.

Ms Read said the participation of older people had been invaluable, with their generosity in sharing community and family history and knowledge, which provided generational links, and inspired lifelong fitness.

Funded by Primary Health Tasmania under the Federal Government’s Primary Health Networks Program, Rrala milaythina-ti is a ‘Participation Action Research project aiming to show that Aboriginal people ‘s wellbeing increases through contact with country.

“Jilian Mundy was a participant on the three Capes trip.

4. NSW : Armajun Aboriginal Health Service #RUOKDay backs several mental health programs

“I think it needs to be promoted more, because there’s a lot of issues out there that don’t get addressed, there is a great need in the Indigenous community, and that grief, loss and intergenerational trauma added to the struggle.

As a project manager at Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, James Sheather has backed several mental health programs in the region

Originally Published HERE

Take a minute, change a life – that was the call from mental health advocates in the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day

It is a message that resonates with many locals, who are painting the town yellow in anticipation of RUOK Day today – an event that encourages us to ask friends and family if they’re feeling low.

“If something tells you in your gut that something’s not quite right – that is the time to have the conversation,” director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health Jaelea Skehan said.

“As difficult as it might be to start a conversation and to reach out and ask ‘Are you ok?’, it is actually much harder for someone who is currently in distress and despair to put their hand up and ask for help. There’s great power in us as a community learning how to and being brave enough to actually offer help.”

Part of the conversation thinktank for RUOK Day, Ms Skehan encouraged locals to trust their gut instincts. If you notice someone acting withdrawn or ‘not themselves’, she said, it is time to reach out.

Ross Hill senior psychologist education Karina Hutching, who has been championing a series of mental health information sessions for local public schools this month, said the RUOK Day message was for every day.

“It’s an ongoing message that we promote connectedness to others and that we promote our wellbeing and the health of those around us,” she said.

She said the sessions aimed to teach children about the supports available to them in the school environment, and their own ability to improve their mental state.

Sleep, water and exercise was the focus at Inverell Public School on Wednesday, as students learnt about the power they have to improve their mental health. The combined wellbeing and fitness workshop is running in every local school before RUOK Day.

Good SPACE (Suicide Prevention through Awareness, Courage and Empathy) project co-ordinator Fiona Livingstone, who runs Aboriginal suicide prevention workshops with rugby league star Nathan Blacklock agreed. She said unresolved grief due to the consequences of colonisation was one reason Aboriginal people are more likely to suffer from mental illness.

“Our research tells us, and certainly Aboriginal participants in our workshops are in agreement that this all stems from colonisation when the lives and the world of Aboriginal people changed dramatically,” she said.

She said other factors included racism, discrimination, inequality and a shorter lifespan.

Good SPACE runs a number of mental health workshops in Inverell and the region, including two free suicide prevention workshops. If anyone is interested in educating themselves on suicide prevention, contact Ms Livingstone on 0427 072 105 or fiona.livingstone@newcastle.edu.au.

Local RUOK Day activities will be held at Victoria Park today Thursday, September 14.

If you need help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for free, 24 hour crisis support.

5. QLD : Apunipima ACCHO : Hopevale and Mossman Gorge Celebrate R U OK?

The communities of Hopevale and Mossman Gorge will celebrate R U OK? this month.

R U OK? is a national suicide prevention charity inspiring people to check in, listen, encourage action, and check in again.

Hopevale

Hopevale will celebrate national R U OK? Day on 14 September with a community event in the park featuring a suicide prevention talk and community barbeque.

Apunipima’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centre team, with support from My Pathway, are coordinating the event.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Counsellor Dorothy Deshong, who will deliver the talk, said the main message of R U OK? Day was importance of checking in with people and encouraging them to take action.

‘People who are feeling socially or emotionally unwell can often be helped simply by having someone care enough to listen to their problems and direct them on the right path to receiving help,’ she said.

‘The message is also that the best way to know if someone is feeling bad is to take time out, and ask them directly, R U OK?.’

‘We want to encourage people to check in with others as it increases the chances of a person accessing help. This is especially important when someone is experiencing depression and grief. It is also hoped that people will use this day as the perfect opportunity to reach out for help if they need it.’

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge will focus on the R U OK? message throughout September.

Apunipima Social and Emotional Wellbeing Team Leader Donna Henning said she and the team wanted to spread the R U OK? message to community in a variety of ways.

‘We have an R U OK? banner between the Mossman Gorge Wellbeing Centre and Primary Health Care Centre and it will stay up for the month of September,’ she said.

‘Our Youth Worker Ben and Adult Worker Bacho will play touch footy with community with an R U OK? football and be there to have conversations social and emotional wellbeing.’

‘We also have R U OK? information cards to give out to community and even R U OK? serviettes to use in our regular women’s and men’s activities.’

Donna said she hoped R U OK? message would spark conversations about the importance of checking in with friends, family and colleagues.

‘It’s so important to check in, and keep checking in,’ she said.

‘Sometimes people find it hard to share their real feelings but even if it takes a while, keep asking. The person knows you are there and that’s a good thing in itself. Asking, taking the time to listen, encouraging action and checking in are the keys to helping people move through challenging times.’

 

6. WA : AHCWA embarks on leading strategy for Aboriginal youth health

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia youth workers will travel to the Kimberley this week as part of a national first project exploring the most significant health issues facing young Aboriginal people in regional WA.

AHCWA staff will host a series of age appropriate workshops with young indigenous people and health workers across the state, including in the Kimberley, Mid-West, Pilbara, Goldfields and South-West before the end of the year.

Results of the workshops will form part of AHCWA’s Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy – a new blueprint that will document the most important health concerns of young people and the availability of local health services.

“We are excited to undertake the first ever WA Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy in Australia and hear directly from young people in WA about the health issues they are most concerned about,” AHCWA Aboriginal youth coordinator Hayley Thompson said.

“Over the years there have been general strategies conducted about youth health in Australia but this is the first time a strategy has been undertaken exclusively for young Aboriginal people in WA.

“We know that mental health, drugs and alcohol are among the most pressing issues facing young indigenous youth today, along with boredom, which can lead to young people engaging in criminal activity and violent behaviours.

“This plan will help us to navigate the most significant health issues facing young Aboriginal people in remote WA, determine how accessible health services are and the best way forward to provide the support they need.”

On Wednesday, the team will host a workshop with children aged between five and 10 at the Broome Youth and Families Hub before travelling to Derby on Thursday for a workshop with young people at Derby Aboriginal Health Service.

On Friday, they will speak with staff at Headspace and Aarnja in Broome.

Youth workers will gauge health-related information as part of the workshop, asking young people between the ages of five and 24 about health issues in their communities, where they would go for help and what the word “healthy” means to them.

“This is about working with children and young people on an age appropriate level to determine the health issues of most concern and ensure they know where to seek help should they need it,” Ms Thompson said.

“Workshops will be presented in a fun, engaging way and be tailored to a variety of literacy levels, locations and interests of the group.

“Through this project, AHCWA hopes to achieve a better sense of the health issues affecting young people in each region and any potential gaps that may need attention.

“We hope that by chatting face-to-face with young people and service providers in each region it will provide richer data and more comprehensive information.”

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

7. VIC : VAHS Healthy Lifestyle mob up for any challenge

Our Kirrip Challenge Champs in Melton have been going great guns in The Six Week Challenge!

Last night we took on Week 4’s Boxing session at Melton Waves Gym…what a turn out > Welove seeing the young ones bringing their families along and encouraging each other to find that extra burst of energy.

Bring on Challenge night!!

8.SA : Aboriginal Health Council of SA  and South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium

The South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium (the Consortium) was launched on 18 May 2017, as a collaborative partnership formed between the South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership (comprising of SA Health, Aboriginal Health Council of SA and Department of Health – Commonwealth) and the South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre.

The Translation Centre represents a partnership between SA Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Adelaide Primary Health Network, Country SA Primary Health Network and Cancer Council SA. The Translation Centre has 9 priority areas of which one is Aboriginal Health.

Consortium Vision

The Consortium’s vision is to reduce the impact of chronic disease experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in South Australia through the successful implementation of the priorities identified within 3 plans: The South Australian Aboriginal Cancer Control Plan 2016-2021, the South Australian Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan 2017-2021 and the South Australian Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy 2017-2021.

How will the Consortium Work

The responsibility to oversee the implementation activity of the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium rests within its governance structures. The Consortium has 5 active working groups including an Executive Group, an Aboriginal Community Reference Group and three condition-specific leadership groups representing Diabetes, Cancer and Heart and Stroke. We refer to the people and organisations on these groups as our members.

Who is working in the Consortium Coordinating Centre?

The team comprises of two full time staff. Wendy Keech is the Senior Research Translation Manager and Executive Officer. Wendy is supported by Douglas VJ Clinch, in a Project Officer role overseeing and supporting the various governance groups of the Consortium. Strategic policy and cultural advice and support is being provided by Kim Morey and Neville Fazulla both on a part-time basis to the team, and have particular focus on supporting the community reference group. Andrea McKivett, has been providing her clinical, technical and cultural support to the team since the inception of the Consortium, with Katharine McBride recently joining the team to provide technical support one day a week. The team come from various backgrounds and disciplines required to support the work of the Consortium, and all are passionate people with a strong commitment to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in South Australia.

If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Wendy Keech, on (08) 81284228, email: wendy.keech@sahmri.com or Doug VJ Clinch, on (08) 81284893 or email: douglas.clinch@sahmri.com.

 

 

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

1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

2. TAS : No Smokes No Limits” Campaign – Nova Peris up and running for the Flinders Island Aboriginal Association

3. ACT : Latest News and Customer survey at Winnunga AHCS

4. NT Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation In Relay for Life

5.VIC : Better health teaching the aim of VACCHO  summit

6. NSW Celebrations for Awabakal ACCHO 40th anniversary

7.WA : Wirraka Maya Aboriginal Medical Service KIDS LOVE SEEING THEIR EARS ON VIDEO

8.QLD : Deadly Choices Murri carnival to celebrate Big Artie’s life 

9. SA  : Lift’em feet; it’s now fun to run

10. View hundreds of ACCHO Deadly Good News Stories over past 5 years

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. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

 This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

NACCHO Conference Website

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

Register HERE

 

2. TAS : No Smokes No Limits” Campaign – Nova Peris up and running for the Flinders Island Aboriginal Association

Nova Peris was Special Guest Speaker at the Flinders Island Running Festival – brought over by Flinders Island Aboriginal Association .Photo with Nova & FIAAI staff in front of Banner Ads – their new ‘NO SMOKES-NO LIMTS” Campaign

The Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Incorporated (FIAAI) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation established in 1971 by a group of local Aboriginal people and their partners. FIAAI is governed by an Aboriginal Board of Management elected by the community.  The Board provides strategic direction to the organisation and delegates the day to day operations to the CEO.

FIAAI provides a range of services on Flinders Island including: Primary Health and Aged Care,  Housing, Youth Services, a Statewide Tackling Smoking & Healthy Lifestyle Project and three business enterprises.

The Primary Health and Aged Care service employs a full time registered nurse, a number of health assistants/home carers and a range of visiting health professionals including a general practitioner, physiotherapist, dietician and diabetes educator.  Services include the delivery of Aboriginal Flexible Aged Care packages, seniors exercise classes and craft activities, chronic disease early intervention and prevention activities, pharmacy services, development of care plans and a range of health promotion activities including weekly Mum’s and Bub’s program.

The aged care program is designed to support people to stay healthy and living in their own homes and provides in home assistance as well as Meals on Wheels.

The FIAAI Healthy Lifestyle project is based in Launceston and outreaches across Tasmania focusing on delivering health promotion messages around tobacco, nutrition and physical activity.

FIAAI supports enterprise development to improve employment opportunities on the Island and owns Thule Farm, Freckles Cafe and the local Bakery.

‘NO SMOKES-NO LIMTS” Campaign

* To increase the number of Aboriginal smokers who make supported quit smoking attempts

* To de-normalise smoking in Tasmanian Aboriginal communities and to normalise quit smoking behaviour

* To protect children from the harm of second hand smoke and to grow a new generation of children who are smokefree

* To increase the number of smokefree homes and cars in Tasmania

* Develop Flinders Island Smokefree Action Plan

Each of these will have activities, outputs and short, medium and long term outcomes against them.

So far we have thought about utilising our social media in the following ways

* A stronger “call to action” from existing marketing material – identifying by region where people could be directed for the best support.
* Promote a smokefree identity amongst elders and leaders focussing on protecting children and grandchildren from the harms of smoking.
* Signage for smoke free workplaces, homes and cars.

See Facebook Page

Quote from Jay Woolley – AMBASSADOR – No Smokes No Limits”

To summarise your key reasons for not smoking are:

  • Doing such a physically demanding sport, smoking would have stopped me from getting the most out of my body and reaching my potential /dreams.
  • Finances: FMX is expensive, smoking a pack a day could cost you about $7000 a year, that’s a start up motorbike
  • Getting involved early in Motorbike sports creates that expectation you needed to train and be fit to achieve your goals /aspirations – smoking doesn’t support that.

3. ACT : Latest News and Customer survey at Winnunga AHCS

Storage Container – New Addition to the Winnunga AHCS Premises

If you’ve visited Winnunga AHCS recently, you may have seen the latest addition to our premises. Once a plain white storage container, now transformed into an eye catching and culturally safe office and meeting space, was funded by the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) as part of the Justice Reinvestment (JR) Trial Program.

The new space was beautifully painted by talented and respected artists Uncle Mick Huddleston, Buddy Martin and Rayne Huddleston.

The JR Trial Program is a family focussed program which aims to assist in reducing the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT justice system. It is a partnership between Winnunga AHCS and JACS.

Left to right: Buddy Martin, Rayne Huddleston and Uncle Mick Huddleston

Winnunga AHCS 2017 Client Satisfaction Survey

Winnunga conducted the annual client satisfaction survey in June 2017. The purpose of the survey was to seek client feedback over a snapshot period. The survey was disseminated to people at medical reception areas and was made available in hard copy. 84 responses were received with 69% reporting they had used Winnunga services for more than three years, 24% between 1 and 3 years, 1.2% between 1 and 6 months and 6% for less than 1 month.

The services most reported being utilised were doctors/nurses, which stood at 94%. This was followed by   counselling and mental health support at 69%, the dental clinic at 54%, hearing and eye health at 36%, groups (including women’s group, men’s group, no more boondah, diabetes, mums and bubs, healthy cooking, wellbeing/anxiety group, touch football and basketball) at 30%, physiotherapy at 30%, support with Centrelink matters, probation/parole, legal issues, care and protection and or housing/accommodation at 27%, Community days/events at 26%, dieticians at 23%, drug and alcohol support at 23%, transport at 20%, diabetes and liver clinic at 15%, tobacco, midwifery program at 6% and NSP at 4% . Under ‘Other Support’ comments received were: Social Health Team (x1) and Psychiatry (x1).

The low response rates for NSP, could be due to the service being primarily accessed through other points of Winnunga (ie administration entrance).

Three questions were allocated specifically for smoking cessation support, which were answered by 96% of   survey participants. 30% reported they had received support from Winnunga with smoking cessation. Of the 30%, 75% stated the most useful support was Nicotine Replacement Therapy, followed by the No More Boondah Group at 58%, phone contact by workers at 33%, information/education at 33%, counselling at 17%, and visits to workplaces at 13%. One respondent noted under ‘other’: fellowship of others trying to change their lifestyle (ie peer support).

98% of survey participants answered the question ‘overall how satisfied are you with Winnunga’s services?’ with 89% of respondents stating they were either very satisfied or satisfied with Winnunga’s services. 11% reported their satisfaction as being neutral. No one reported being unsatisfied or very unsatisfied.

When responding to ‘Would you recommend Winnunga Services to others?’ 97% reported ‘yes’, and 3% reported ‘no’.

When asked ‘what do you like best about the services provided by Winnunga?’ 

  * Know your doctor personally, health checks, bulk billing              

* Clinics, including Diabetes clinic                                              

*Easy access, no need for appointment                                            

* The friendly service and transport

*Staff are very welcoming and always respond to enquiries                       

* All of it (after hours works well)  

* NSP gives us access to clean packs                                                

* Community involvement                         

 * The range of services available within the comfort of Winnunga           

* Groups                                          

 * Social Health Team helps the community                                    

* Number and type of practitioners

* Level of personal care in times of trauma/severe illness             

* All services are under the one roof

* Winnunga has been a great service for me, helping me with physical and mental health problems. I wouldn’t be doing anywhere near as good without the help I’ve had from Winnunga.

When asked ‘How do you think Winnunga could improve on the services we deliver?’ responses included:

* Bigger building                             

* Less wait time to get into dental                            

* Kids room                                  

* If it isn’t broken don’t fix it       

* More Aboriginal Drs                                                  

* Book appointments                 

* More space                                   

* More mental health services                                  

* More community outreach  

 

Winnunga AHCS would like to thank everyone who participated in the June 2017 survey. This is an important tool for receiving client feedback and the Management Team has carefully considered all feedback provided. As a result Winnunga AHCS has commenced to investigate ways we can start implementing some of the ideas clients raised through the feedback received.

Purpose Built Facility                                                                                                                                                              The demand for current services is forecast to grow significantly in the coming years. In 2019-20, the number of occasions of service is forecast to increase by almost 25,000 contacts from around 46,000 contacts in 2014-15 to around 70,000. Winnunga AHCS agrees the current building is unsuitable for the range of services provided. Winnunga AHCS is pleased to note the ACT Government announced as part of the 2017-2018 Budget, funding will be provided for a purpose built facility over a four year period. We have undertaken some preliminary work in strategic planning for the current and future needs of the organisation and look forward to continuing this work through a feasibility study to assess options for the redevelopment of Winnunga AHCS premises to a modern fit for purpose community health centre facility, similar to latest standards of mainstream facilities.

                                                                                                                                              Winnunga AHCS agrees it is vital to provide opportunities for community engagement and participation in the ACT through Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. As such Winnunga AHCS will continue to deliver groups (ie women’s group, men’s group, cooking group, wellbeing group, mums and bubs group), clinics such as the diabetes, child health, eye care and liver clinic, wellbeing services to detainees at both the AMC and Bimberi, the Boxing Club/fitness gym, touch football and community days including the annual Sorry Day Bridge Walk, NAIDOC event and the Children’s Christmas Party.

Winnunga AHCS will continue to build on opportunities for community engagement. One of which will provide an increased understanding on who our clients are. For example we know clients come to Winnunga AHCS from 246 postcodes around Australia. There are approximately 66 postcodes in the ACT. However, we want to know more about the issues impacting on the approximately 4,500 regular clients who access the service including whether people are on benefits, employed, in contact with the Care and Protection system, have legal matters and their housing situations. This information will build on the robust data collection Winnunga AHCS has undertaken since 2006 and ensure we continue to focus on the areas most needed to respond to and support client need.

Winnunga AHCS has continued to engage with the ACT Government tender process for the management of Boomanulla Oval. We were the only organisation invited to proceed to stage two and are engaged in detailed negotiations with the tender team about the basis on which future management arrangements might proceed. Judd Studio (consultants) have been appointed by Winnunga AHCS to assist with this process whom have been undertaking community consultations and working together with the Boomanulla Oval Steering Committee. We will keep the community informed as the negotiations progress.

4. NT Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation In Relay for Life

Check out our deadly Public Health Unit kitted out in their Relay For Life Australia shirts!

Miwatj Health have nominated a huge team this year, including #YakaNgarali, Raypirri Rom, Admin, Nhulunbuy Clinic, Gunyungara Clinic & Yirrkala Clinic!

We hope to see you all down there supporting such a worthy cause! Thank you to the Relay For Life Gove for all your hard work and effort so far!

5.VIC : Better health teaching the aim of VACCHO  summit

VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher, more work to meet parity. All health workforce & services must be culturally safe.

From the Koori Mail

Improving how Aboriginal health is taught in Victorian universities was the focus of a summit last month in Melbourne.

Led by Weenthunga Health Network with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the summit attracted participants from around the state.

Weenthunga’s Steff Armstrong said thousands of students are graduating from health courses each year, but some still don’t have the skills required to work with Aboriginal people.

“They go into these health professions and the question is not really asked about what can we do for Aboriginal people,” the Gamilaraay woman told the Koori Mail. “A lot of them don’t have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal health from Aboriginal people.

There is a national curriculum framework on Aboriginal health, and it must be made available to all the health degrees.

“Students have to do so many hours of placement, and there’s only so many Aboriginal organisations that can take them to teach them about Aboriginal health.

“Sharing”

“What needs to happen is a sharing of information so all students can access it. Unfortunately, what is happening now is that universities design their teaching material and hold on to it for themselves.”

Ms Armstrong said the representatives from universities at the summit were keen to share their materials to get health improvements, but it is a matter of changing the culture at universities.

“There was a lot of goodwill at the summit”, she said.

“But these big institutions need to share their resources; that’s how we will get better resourced graduates and better health outcomes for our people.”

Weenthunga executive officer Lin Oke said that alongside the aspect of sharing resources, it is essential Aboriginal health is taught with the guidance of Aboriginal people.

“There’s only a small number of Aboriginal academics.” She said.

“They cant teach all of the students coming through health qualifications, and Aboriginal health organisations can only take so many students on for placements.

“Clearly, the number of students outweighs the resources we’ve got and the number of academics.

“There is not a lot of sharing culture between universities.”

6. NSW Celebrations for Awabakal ACCHO 40th anniversary

Major Hunter Valley Indigenous health and community organisation Awabakal has celebrated its 40th anniversary, with about 400 people attending a dinner in Newcastle which featured Aboriginal performer Casey Donovan.

Community members, local businesses and government representatives came together with some of Awabakal’s founding families at the event to take a walk down memory lane and celebrate how far the organisation has come.

Chief officer Raylene Gordon said the event was an opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to Awabakal.

Forty years is an incredible achievement and there have been so many individuals and families who have helped the organisation over the years to make it what it is today”, she said.

“It was wonderful that we were able to recognise and acknowledge their contribution in front of so many important people in our community.

“We had some great speeches throughout the night with some of our Elders sharing their memories with us, and on top of that we had so many great entertainers including the amazing Casey Donovan, Street Warriors, Nu Roads and Jacob Ridgeway.

“I would like to thank everyone who joined us for the event, to our board of directors for helping bring the event to life, to those who supported us behind the scenes and to everyone in our community who has played a part in the growth of Awabakal over the last 40 years

“I look forward to celebrating many more successes in the years to come.”

7.WA : Wirraka Maya Aboriginal Medical Service KIDS LOVE SEEING THEIR EARS ON VIDEO

 

Mining company Fortescue has provided funds to address children’s ear health in Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The Earbus Foundation has received $3800 to help with the purchase of a video otoscope to allow medical staff to help diagnose potential diseases.

Fortescue has also provided $30,000 worth of Qantas flights to help with visits to the Pilbara by medical specialists.

Earbus chief officer Paul Higginbotham said foundation staff spend one week a month in Pilbara communities, providing comprehensive ear screening to Aboriginal children.

“Kids love the (otoscope) device because for the first time they can see inside their own ears,” he said.

“It is an important tool to engage and educate children and makes ear disease real and understandable .”

Mr Higginbothan said the Earbus Foundation worked with Wirraka Maya Aboriginal Medical Service and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to develop a model of continuous care.

Fortescue’s community Support grants program supports a variety of community initiatives with a focus on education and training, Aboriginal engagement, health and wellness, community safety and involvement economic development and environmental responsibility.

The next round of the grants programs opens for applications on September 1. For information, visit http://www.fmgl.com.au

8.QLD : Deadly Choices Murri carnival to celebrate Big Artie’s life 

 “The Carnival is much more than Rugby League as it also has a major focus on Health and Education.

All players have to complete a “715 Health Check” as a requirement to participate and all Under 15’s Boy participants must have attended school 90% of time.

Peter Betros Chairman of QRL stated the “ this Carnival highlights the great reach the game of Rugby League has across Queensland and the Arthur Beetson Foundation should be congratulated in providing this opportunity for so many to get involved”

Brad Beetson, son of the late Arthur Beetson and Board Member of the Arthur Beetson Foundation stated “ Dad through his life had a passion on improving the lives of young indigenous it’s great that the foundation can continue this by using his other great passion of Rugby League the vehicle to do so”.

FROM NIT

NRL legends are lacing up the 2017 Murri Rugby League Carnival, a celebration of Indigenous sport at its very best.

For the first time in the carnival’s seven-year history, a legends game will take place on Thursday, September 21.

More than 30 former NRL greats will line up for the Arthur Beetson All Stars versus Brisbane Broncos Legends match.

They will include Gary Belcher, Steve Renouf, Preston Campbell and Nathan Blacklock for the All Stars and Julian O’Neil, Jharal Yow Yeh, Darren Smith, Cliff Lyons, Petero Civoniceva and Chris Walker for the Old Boys.

The game is set to be a highlight of the Arthur Beetson Foundation Deadly Choices Murri Rugby League Carnival.

The carnival will be held at Dolphin Oval in Redcliffe, Queensland, from September 20 to 23. More than 20,000 spectators and a record 53 teams of more than 1300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players are expected to attend.

Brad Beetson, son of the late Arthur Beetson and board member of the Arthur Beetson Foundation, launched the carnival and legends match.

“Dad was absolutely passionate about young Australians, and particularly young Indigenous Australians, achieving better health, education and welfare outcomes,” he said.

“He would be proud that many of the NRL stars he had so much to do with have come out to play in the Legends game to support the carnival and he would have been so pleased to see the huge number of teams travelling from all over Queensland to compete in the Under 15s, Men’s and Women’s competitions.”

League legend Steve Renouf, who still holds the record for the most tries for the Brisbane Broncos, said the carnival was a key event for raising the representation of Indigenous players in the NRL.

“The Murri Rugby League Carnival is recognised as a showpiece of Indigenous sporting talent and it really does provide an environment that encourages community to take responsibility for looking after their health,” he said.

“We’ve got teams attending from all over Queensland, including from the Torres Strait, Mt Isa and the Gold Coast.

“With so many competitors, I’m really looking forward to watching some really talented players on field.

“I am particularly excited and honored to be playing for the Arthur Beetson All Stars, named after the legend who did so much for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, against many of my former Broncos team mates.”

A three-hour highlights package from the carnival will be broadcast on Fox League during the NRL grand final weekend. Action from each of the fields will also be live streamed for the first time, including the legends match.

9. SA  : Lift’em feet; it’s now fun to run

Would you rather do a long distance run or have a health check ?.

Some people might prefer to avoid both, but not the members of the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network “Lift “Em Foot” team.

Almost 140 Aboriginal people put up their hand – and lifted their feet – to take part in the City to Bay fun run next month, which requires them to either walk or run between 3 km and 12 km.

Getting an Aboriginal Well Health Check was a condition of entry.

Health check coordinator Danielle Lovegrove said participants wanted to take part in the fun run because it combined exercise with catching up with friends and family, providing an opportunity to motivate each other.

“A Lift’Em Foot” Facebook page was established and some participants got together to train for the event,” she said.

“Having a Well Health Check was well received because our clients are interested to know their health status, particularly when there is a family history of medical issues.

“Everything we do as part of a Well Health Check addresses conditions that do affect Aboriginal people, such as the early detection of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and kidney disease.

Ms Lovegrove says that while the check is a tool that uses observations such as blood pressure, blood sugar, waist circumference and body mass index, it’s also a conversation starter.

“The tests lead to conversation about whether the client smokes, drinks alcohol, their diet and if they exercise”, she said.

“We provide information that is often new to them such as the link between waist circumference and heart disease, diabetes and stroke”.

The health checks are run by Watto Perrunna Aboriginal Primary Health Care Service.

Clients and their families are also encouraged to attend health promotion courses such as gym programs, yoga, taichi, vegie growing, healthy cooking and safe preparation.

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #NACCHOagm2017 #NSW #TAS #QLD #VIC #WA #NT #SA

 

1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

2. Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service going strong after recent awards

3. QLD : B.strong training program to help close the gap

 4.WA : South West Aboriginal Medical Service receives funding to establish a dental clinic

5. SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yuntiat Flinders Uni

6. NT : Menzies HealthLAB hits the road for Science Week

7.VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services aims to reach out

8. Tas : Tasmania Aboriginal community and family events

9. View hundreds of ACCHO Deadly Good News Stories over past 5 years

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. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

 This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

NACCHO Conference Website

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

Register HERE

2. Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service going strong after recent awards

Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service says it is going from strength to strength, getting more and more healthy outcomes for the Koori community.

Morale was boosted even further by recent Eurobodalla business and NAIDOC awards, and now the service is being recognised as a shining light in the arena of Aboriginal community health and closing the gap.

Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Business Award at this month’s Eurobodalla Business Awards night, where the service also picked up the People’s Choice Award for the Narooma area.

And then only one month ago, Katungul received the Excellence Award at the Eurobodalla NAIDOC Awards night held in Narooma.

Katungul chief executive officer Rob Skeen said the awards had definitely been a huge boost for staff, particularly receiving the peer-to-peer recognition of both the people’s choice and NAIDOC awards.

“It’s important to all our staff, because even though we work for the organisation, we are still community members and part of the wider family,” Mr Skeen said.

“All our staff have a strong investment in not only seeing Katungul succeed but because of our long community and family history, we also have those ties with the community, so its not only about what’s happening now but also building a strong base for future generations.”

“Those historical family and cultural ties reflects our “Koori health in Koori hands” philosophy.”

Since taking over as CEO last year, Mr Skeen has seen the number of employees grow from 30 to 56 and the health service was getting recognition for its accomplishments from a range of other services and government entities.

Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service now services the entire Far South Coast from Eden to Ulladulla with offices in Bega, Narooma and Batemans Bay, as well as recent moves to service areas west of the ACT.

Only last week, representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet had a lengthy meeting at the service’s Narooma office to find out why the service’s reporting system was so good, and Katungul has been recognised one of the four most accountable Aboriginal organisations in Australia.

“They were impressed and had plenty of questions to ask about how we were meeting our key performance indicators,” Mr Skeen said. “It was a good opportunity for us to reinforce that it’s not just about the numbers but also the narrative and story behind our accomplishments that are equally as important.”

So for example, the work being done by the young outreach workers Sean Kinchela and Dean Heycox in the eyes and ear screening program, who in recent months had screened more than 450 primary school and kindergarten students from Bermagui to Batemans bay, checking for conditions such as otitis media.

Their work had been so successful , the pair was next week scheduled to give a presentation to the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council as a best practice model on health screening for other Aboriginal medical services in

Other Katungal success stories include the mobile dental van that now was visiting schools and communities all along the Far South Coast thanks to the support of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney.

The dental hygienist supplied by the Poche Centre now had a dental assistant and local Koori trainee working with her for all the school visits in the Bega and Eurobodalla shires.

Mr Skeen said Katungul was also implementing a new holistic approach to medical care that took into account both physical and mental health.

“Because you can’t make healthy decisions about your body without having a healthy mind,” he said.

A new strategic plan for the health service was also being finalised and would begin to be implemented across all its offices and programs in October, he said.

Katungul was working on building partnerships with the three other Aboriginal medical services in Nowra and the Illawarra, and also the Oolong House residential alcohol and drug treatment facility.

“One of the proudest accomplishments for me so far was getting word that the number of emergency room admissions for our Aboriginal people had dropped significantly, which to me means we are making a difference when it comes to preventative medicine and keeping Kouri health in Kouri hands, “Mr Skeen said.

 3. QLD : B.strong training program to help close the gap

Health professionals will receive training on how to provide culturally-appropriate healthy-lifestyle advice to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with the launch of the B.strong training program.

Photo above : (left to right) Professor Noel Hayman, Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service; Aunty Evelyn Waria, Torres Strait Islander Elder; Aunty Kerry Charlton, Aboriginal Elder; Cameron Dick MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services.  (Photo: Qld Health Hospital and Health Service)

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today launched the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.24 million three-year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Brief Intervention Training Program (the B.strong training program) which will be delivered by Menzies School of Health Research over 2017-2019.

“The B.strong training program will build the capacity, skills and confidence of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and other health and community professionals,” Mr Dick said.

The program is of particular importance to the Member for Inala, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, after campaigning for further Indigenous health services in the area.

“The program will enable health professionals to deliver appropriate nutrition and physical activity interventions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and to help them stop smoking,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Photo above : Training delivery photo (Apunipima Cape Capers e-newsletter):

Royden Fagan (bottom left hand photo pointing at paper).

Menzies School of Health Research Brief Intervention Trainer Royden Fagan delivered B.strong Brief Intervention training program to Apunipima health workers earlier this month. Participants who complete the one day session, six two-hour online modules and take part in peer support groups will gain a Statement of Attainment.

“I am excited that the Menzies School of Health Research has been working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and Queensland Health to develop the B.strong training program.

“The Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service and Inala Indigenous Health Service worked in partnership with Menzies to test and pilot the face-to-face and online training program.”

Inala Indigenous Health Service Clinical Director Professor Noel Hayman said working in partnership with Menzies for the B.strong training program was crucial for its success.

“We worked together to develop, design and test the B.strong training program and online materials,” Prof Hayman said.

“The shared goal was to produce a best-practice training program in smoking cessation, nutrition and physical activity for health professionals to work more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The face-to-face B.strong training program will be delivered flexibly to fit the operational needs of health services to ensure all staff receive training.”

Menzies School of Health Research Director Prof Alan Cass said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders have a high prevalence of known risk factors for chronic disease.

“Smoking rates amongst Indigenous Queenslanders are high, including maternal smoking rates, and Indigenous Queenslanders are also more likely to be obese,” Prof Cass said.

“The B.strong training program aims to address the risk factors that significantly contribute to the burden of disease and injury for Indigenous Queenslanders.”

To find out more about the B.strong program see www.bstrong.org.au (external site) ( http://www.bstrong.org.au/ ) or to organise a training workshop contact the B.strong team at: b.strong@menzies.edu.au ( mailto:b.strong@menzies.edu.au ) or Ph: 07 3169 4208.

 4.WA : South West Aboriginal Medical Service receives funding to establish a dental clinic

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service is set to add to its already impressive array of services thanks to the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs funding.

Member for Bunbury Don Punch said the funding will help to create a dental clinic at the centre which will help improve the health outcomes for the Noongar community.

“Dental health is such an important part of overall healthcare so I think it is really appropriate SWAMS expand their services in this area,” he said.

“I recently toured the Bunbury SWAMS clinic and was very impressed by the holistic approach they take to health care.

Mr Punch said the $25,000 in funding would go a long way towards turning SWAMS’ long held ambition for a dental clinic into a reality.

“The dental clinic initiative will enhance their services in a very positive way.”

“SWAMS has partnered with WA Dental Health Services and with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the Sydney Medical School to establish the clinic” he said.

5. SA : Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti at Flinders Uni

 
Our team were at Flinders Uni NAIDOC  – if you’re young and deadly (or even if you’re older and deadly) learn how we can support you to live a smoke-free life! #BeHealthyBeSmokefree #notupinsmokes

6. NT : Menzies HealthLAB hits the road for Science Week

Territorians from Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands to Gunbalanya in Arnhem Land recently received a snapshot of their overall physical health from one of the NT’s most interesting mobile laboratories.

HealthLAB, an initiative of the Menzies School of Health Research, promoted healthy lifestyle choices to more than 350 Territorians during National Science Week.

As people moved through the various stations, which measured blood pressure, carbon monoxide in their lungs and showed internal organs on ultrasound, they gained a better understanding of their bodies and received information about how to improve their health.

Other stations included a vertical jump that indicated lower body strength, while a grip strength test measured upper body strength.

HealthLAB director Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan said the mobile lab was a great way for people to have a hands-on experience with the medical technology, and improve their awareness of how current lifestyle choices – such as smoking or healthy eating – can impact their health in the future.

“We received great feedback from schools and the general public during this tour, which saw NT lawmakers and the captain of NT Thunder Shannon Rioli take part,” she said.

HealthLAB manager Nicole Boyd said that since its inception in 2014, more than 5000 Territorians had experienced HealthLAB and learned how they could make healthier choices to help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension.

To help people keep track of their scores and measurements, the HealthLAB team launched an app for Apple devices – visit W: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1226929609 – earlier this year, which also provides messages of encouragement and healthy lifestyle tips.

For more information about Menzies’ HealthLAB, visit W: menzies.edu.au/healthlab

 7.VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services aims to reach out

MALLEE District Aboriginal Services took the unusual step of closing its Mildura offices and staff instead offered its services direct to the community from Nowingi Place, on the Mildura riverfront, for the day

The first Mildura organisation-wide Community Engagement Day aims to reach out to people who might otherwise not use MDAS health, community and family ­services.

The focus of the day is on health services, with free health checks, assessments and information, but will have the full range of MDAS services on-site.

“Our health services are really hitting the mark with the community, because we’ve had a 100 per cent increase in the number of health checks at our clinics in the past four years,” MDAS project officer Shanice Kuchel said.

 8. Tas : Tasmania Aboriginal community and family events
 Members of the Aboriginal community and our family’s, we are hosting one of three up-coming gatherings next – Friday, 6:00pm, 1 September 2017 at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove).We are looking for Aboriginal community volunteers to help out for the community dinner. If your able to volunteer  Friday, please contact Kira or Rose at the TAC on – 03 62340700, 1800 132 260.

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #NACCHOagm2017 #NSW #TAS #QLD #VIC #WA #NT #SA

 

1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

2.QLD : APUNIPIMA Cape York Health Council’s Baby One Program highlighted at Growing Deadly families Forum

3. WA / AHCWA : Shot in the arm for vaccinations at Bega Garnbirringy Health Service 

4.1 VIC : VAHS Healthy Life Style Team Kirrip Six Week Challenge – Week Two has officially kicked off!

4.2 VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services Study will help target gambling

5.1 NSW Awabakal kicks off thier Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

5.2 NSW : Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Youth Vaccine Hip Hop video project

6. NT NATSIWA AMSANT 2017 Darwin Forum

7. SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

8. Tas : Tasmania Aboriginal community and family events

9. View hundreds of ACCHO Deadly Good News Stories over past 5 years

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

 Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media    

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1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations

 This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

NACCHO Conference Website

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

Register HERE

 

2.QLD : APUNIPIMA Cape York Health Council’s Baby One Program highlighted at Growing Deadly families Forum.

APUNIPIMA Cape York Health Council’s Baby One Program has been highlighted at this month’s Queensland Clinical senate’s Growing Deadly families Forum.

The Forum focused on improving the health of Queensland’s indigenous women and families through a healthier start to life.

Apunipima’s johanna Neville and Florida Getawan told delegates about the council’s award-winning Indigenous-led Baby One Program, which is an integral part of antenatal care in Cape York. It runs from pregnancy until the baby is 1000 days old.

“Baby Baskets (full of useful and essential items) are integral feature of the Baby One Program, are provided to families at key times during pregnancy and the postnatal period,” Ms Neville told delegates.

“The baskets act as both an incentive to encourage families to engage with health care providers, as a catalyst to health education and as a means to provide essential items to families in Cape York.”

Ms Getawan, who helps deliver the Baby One Program in cairns and Kowanyama, said home visits make a difference when it comes to mothers receiving care.

“As a maternal and child-health worker I spend time educating pregnant women about healthy eating, what’s good and what’s not good for them during pregnancy such as the dangers of smoking, and safe sleeping for bubba”, she said.

“ I love doing home visits and yarning with mothers about healthy parenting, and being a support person for them in their own space.

“I love being there for families who are too shy to come to the clinic so, if I can, I engage with them in their own environment.

“I love watching mothers grow because I have had seven pregnancies myself and can relate to what they are going through, and I am able to develop a healthy relationship with them.”


3. WA / AHCWA : Shot in the arm for vaccinations at Bega Garnbirringy Health Service 

An Aboriginal health worker from Kalgoorlie is the latest to complete a program that teaches how to administer vaccinations to children.

The Bega Garnbirringy Health Service health worker graduated after taking part in the two-week course at the Nindila training Centre in Kalgoorlie.

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) launched the training program for Aboriginal health workers in partnership with the Communicable Disease Control Directorate at the Department of health in March 2015.

Since then, 34 Aboriginal health workers from across WA have been trained to administer vaccinations and promote immunisation.

AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the program had been initiated to improve immunisation rates amongst Aboriginal children in WA, which are the lowest in the country.

“Until this program was launched, only nurses and doctors were authorised to carry out immunisations,“ she said.

“By expanding the number of Aboriginal health workers trained to administer vaccinations to children, we hope to decrease the risk of our young people contracting preventable diseases.

“TRUST”

‘In addition, the added benefit of having Aboriginal health workers trained to conduct vaccinations means they can relate to Aboriginal children and gain the trust of their parents to help spread the message about the importance of immunisation.”

A WA Auditor General’s report published last December cited immunisation rates amongst Aboriginal children, infants and toddlers as lower than the national target. It suggested the training program had helped contribute to improvements in low immunisation rates among Aboriginal children, with rates for Aboriginal infants in several regions increasing by an average of 8,5% in the year from June 2015.

“We are thrilled that it appears this training program has already contributed to immunisation rates among Aboriginal children increasing significantly in some areas, “Ms Nelson-Cox said.

“We hope that as more Aboriginal Health Workers are trained, the rates will go up even further.

“We have received an overwhelming response from our Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations, who see the value in their AHW’s being trained to administer immunisations,” she said.

Courses are planned for Broom and Carnarvon later this year.

4.1 VIC : VAHS Healthy Life Style Team Kirrip Six Week Challenge – Week Two has officially kicked off!

Huge effort from all of our Challenge Champs who came to hear Luke give us some great information about eating well to live longer and stronger lives.

Everyone gave 110% in the workout and we can’t wait for next week! Keep smashing those goals and working towards building healthy habits every day.

Jandalee and Coz were our FitBit winners this week for their consistency and determination! Thanks to Medibank for donating the FitBits, we can’t wait to give one away every week.

Go for it Kirrip Challenge! You’ve got this!

#StaySmokeFree#hltChallenge#vahsHLT#BeDeadly

4.2 VIC : Mallee District Aboriginal Services Study will help target gambling

A study commissioned by Mallee District Aboriginal Services is helping to highlight the extent of problem gambling in the Mallee’s Aboriginal community – and identifying possible strategies and solutions.

The study, published by La Trobe University, was compiled from interviews conducted with 26 community members across the Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang region earlier this year.
Pictured MDAS Gambler’s Help Counsellor Tiffany Griffin with Social and Emotional Wellbeing Manager Raelene Stephens

You can download the report here.

The report found that although gambling was identified as “a popular and pleasurable activity”, participants also noted it was a “respite from depression, loneliness, stress and sadness”, with some acknowledging it to be a cause of significant harm.

Although the study noted that tighter regulation by government would aid in reducing harm, other recommendations were more community-focussed.

The report found that there was a strong sense that for interventions to work, more open discussion about gambling was needed, in part to address shame, one of the biggest barriers identified to addressing harm.

MDAS chief executive officer Rudolph Kirby said the report would be used as a springboard to open community discussion on the issue of problem gambling.

“One of the main findings of the study, and one of the challenges we face, is that a lot of people don’t identify gambling itself as a problem in the first place,” Mr Kirby said.

“They might acknowledge they have money problems or health problems or family problems, but most people don’t see gambling as a problem in itself,” he said.

“Even when they do they’re often too embarrassed to say something or seek help because of the stigma around the issue.”

Mr Kirby said the report’s findings would be a catalyst for strengthening the delivery of support services, with the assistance of funding announced by the Victorian Government last month.

The project known as “It’s not all about the money” will be funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to allow MDAS and La Trobe University to work with other Elders and community members in Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang to co-design and implement interventions.

MDAS Gambler’s Help Officer Tiffany Griffin said the work would focus on looking at how to increase the open conversations about gambling in the community.

“This is a great opportunity to first acknowledge the problem that we have, then get the community on-board to address the problem and preventing it being such a problem in future, as well,” Ms Griffin said.

“We want the community to be part of designing our education and support services so they are not only more aware of them, but feel comfortable in coming forward and asking for support for a problem they or a family member might have,” she said.

“The report also identified that one of the things that drew people to gambling venues, particularly bingo, was the opportunity to socialise and catch up with others, so opportunities for replacement activities is also an important factor that we can look at.”

The project will complement the support services already provided by Gambler’s Help MDAS.

The MDAS Social and Emotional wellbeing team can be contacted on (03) 5018 4100. Gambler’s Help services can also be access by calling 1800 858 858.

5.1 NSW Awabakal kicks off thier Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

This week we kicked off our Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

We had a good little bunch of starters at both our 7am and 10:30am sessions. It was so encouraging to see many of our local community members taking that sometimes scary 1st step towards improving their health.

It was awesome seeing some of our Dads team up with their sons, as Timana said ‘that’s leadership right there’.

Today was packed with fun, sweat and giggles.

It’s not too late to join us, please contact us for a rego form and make an appointment at medical to get your measurements done. Challenge yourself……

5.2 NSW : Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Youth Vaccine Hip Hop video project

Recently the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Youth Vaccine Hip Hop video project was launched on YouTube.

The ‘Whatchya Gunna Do?’ video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW54z1cIYv8.

Through the combined efforts of locally talented youths and nationally recognised artists the project included the writing and recording of the song as well as filming the video clip with young people from throughout the Murrumbidgee Local Health District area.

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District has been eagerly awaiting the launch of ‘Whatchya Gunna Do?’

Aboriginal and Torres Strait people who visit a GP located in an AMS in the Murrumbidgee region (Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation, Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service or Viney Morgan) will be managed by the team at the relevant AMS.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait who visit a mainstream ‘non AMS’ General Practice, can be referred into the program to Marathon Health.

“We have been fortunate to be able to combine local youth talent with nationally recognised artists including Nooky and Nina Las Vegas,” Murrumbidgee Local Health District director of public health Tracey Oakman said.

“The youth wrote the lyrics, sang the song and participated in the video, all with the support of producer  Rahj Conkas, lyric writer Nooky and radio host, DJ and producer Nina Las Vegas,” Mrs Oakman said.

The inspiration behind the project was the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s desire to see young people educated on the importance of vaccination.

The Murrumidgee Local Health District recently announced that the local area has the highest rate of Human Papillomavirus vaccinations across the nation and would like to see the region take the top spots when it comes to other vaccinations too.

In Australia free vaccinations from the National Immunisation Program are provided to children (at 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months and 4 years), adolescents (Year 7 at school) and older people (Aboriginal people over 50 and others over 65 years).  Additionally free vaccines are available to people with specific medical conditions.

LAUNCH: A hip hop video has been released to promote vaccination.

LAUNCH: A hip hop video has been released to promote vaccination.

“The aim of the video is to engage with high school age youth to get them thinking about the importance of immunisation,” Mrs Oakman said.

The launch last Saturday was held as part of Wagga Wagga City Council’s Youth Week celebrations.

Mrs Oakman said the project originally came about thanks to an idea from a local health worker.

“The project is the brainchild of Leanne Sanders, Aboriginal Immunisation Health Worker,” Mrs Oakman said.

“Leanne realised many youth do not recognise the importance of being vaccinated and proposed the Hip Hop video as a way of reaching them.”

For more information on vaccinations visit the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s website at http://www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Facebook page or by speaking to your local health professional.

The ‘Whatchya Gunna Do?’ video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW54z1cIYv8.

6. NT NATSIWA AMSANT 2017 Darwin Forum

Our busy schedule had the NATSIHWA professional development team land in Darwin this week to facilitate a forum to a group of Aboriginal Health Practitioners who work in a variety of roles from education to management.

A passionate and dedicated group of health professionals shared their experiences working in the Top End and engaged with our Guest Presenters, who delivered some current education to assist them in their practice.

Our members  provided valuable historical insights into the Aboriginal Health Worker role and how they continue to work diligently to advance this valuable profession across the NT.

The AMSANT Leadership and Workforce Development Team presented an outstanding informative session and received positive feedback from all attendees.

Many thanks to Jeaneen for your warm welcome to Larrakia Country, and our guest presenters for your time and commitment in assisting us to facilitate our forums.

Thanks to the Darwin mob for coming along and providing your feedback for us to take back to Canberra.  It is so rewarding to journey with you, to hear your voices and witness such strong representation in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health & education sector. Kudos to you all !

Photo Above L-R: Darwin forum presenters Vanessa McAndrew IBA, Marea Fittock RHD and Stehen Thompson ASD.
AMSANT Present at Darwin Forum
Photo Above L-R: Karrina DeMasi, Patrick Johnson and Sharon Wallace.
AMSANT presenters Patrick Johnson, Sharon Wallace and Karrina DeMasi provided particiapnts at NATSIHWA Darwin Forum with a powerful presentation on AMSANT services, leadership, workforce and policy.

All were impressed by their dedication and achievments, especially the NATSIHWA  team. We would like to give a huge shout out to the AMSANT Team and also thank you for allowing us to share your information with our all our readers.

 

7. SA Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti

 
Doug Milera, CEO of Tauondi College proudly demonstrates the college as a newly minted smoke-free environment. This means a healthier space for students and staff alike! Too deadly Tauondi. #BeHealthyBeSmokefree
8. Tas : Tasmania Aboriginal community and family events
Members of the Aboriginal community and our family’s, we are hosting one of three up-coming gatherings next – Friday, 6:00pm, 1 September 2017 at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove).
We are looking for Aboriginal community volunteers to help out for the community dinner. If your able to volunteer next Friday, please contact Kira or Rose at the TAC on – 03 62340700, 1800 132 260.

Aboriginal Health : Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #NACCHOagm2017 #NSW #TAS #QLD #VIC #WA #NT #SA

1.1 National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference abstracts / Expressions of Interest close 21 August

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations

2.WA : Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) officially launches the ‘Pink Box’

3. 1 NSW : Armajun Aboriginal Medical serice  very active campaign in testing the ear health of preschool and school-age Aboriginal children

3.2 NSW : Governor of NSW visits Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services

4. NT : Miwatj Health had a HUGE presence at the 2017 Garma Festival

5.VIC : KIRRAE Health Services at Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve funded to fight ice

6.1 QLD : Gidgee Healing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Mt Isa supports another cataract blitz

6.2 QLD : Jobs and health benefits in $120M boost for Indigenous infrastructure

7.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal Health Workers out to break HEP.C stigma

8. Deadly Choices QLD trains up the Nganampa health team

9. View hundreds of ACCHO Deadly Good News Stories over past 5 years

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. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference abstracts / Expressions of Interest close 21 August

NACCHO is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Member Services for speakers, case studies and table top presentations for the 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference. This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

NACCHO Conference Website

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO National Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day registrations Darwin NT

Register HERE

2.WA : Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) officially launches the ‘Pink Box’

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) have officially launched the ‘Pink Box’, a free vending machine that allows a discrete way for women to obtain sanitary products.

In partnership with Share the Dignity charity, the suppliers of the Pink Box, the launch took place at DYHS head office in East Perth.

Mrs Gail Yarran delivered the Welcome to Country followed by Jenny Bedford, DYHS’s new CEO who officially opened the launch. The audience listened to speeches from Maternal & Child Health worker, Jillian Taylor and the Founder of Share the Dignity charity, Rochelle Courtenay before the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Also see : Indigenous girls missing school during their periods: the state of hygiene in remote Australia

3. 1 NSW : Armajun Aboriginal Medical serice  very active campaign in testing the ear health of preschool and school-age Aboriginal children

This time last year, Harrison Faley was struggling to make sense of daycare.

Stuck hearing as if he were underwater, his parents thought he was simply a typical, inattentive two-year-old. But in reality, otitis media, a very common middle ear disease for young children, was blocking his conductive hearing.

Report from HERE

“We were alerted by his daycare that his speech was lagging a bit and he was getting constant ear infections,” mother Harnah Faley recalled.

“The specialist asked us to wait until he had all his teeth, and when that happened we had him tested again, and he was down to 10 per cent function.”

Within two months, Harrison had grommets (tiny tubes) inserted to allow air to reach his middle ear.

“The improvement was pretty much instant,” Mrs Faley said, adding that along with his hearing, Harrison’s speech and development progressed significantly.

“If you ask him, he got the potatoes out of his ears,” she said.

Harrison was just one of 51 children to have a free ear check up at the Inverell Shire Public Library on Tuesday, August 1 as part of the first local otitis media awareness day.

Two audiometry nurses were present to do the screening, one from Armajun Aboriginal Health Service.

Of those screened, 25 per cent had middle ear fluid and a further 22 per cent had a Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, which can lead to otitis media.

Only half the children screened on the day had a ‘normal’ reading for ear health.

Although Aboriginal children are ten times more likely to have otitis media and 70 percent more likely to have recurring otitis media; there was a higher percentage of ‘normal’ readings in Inverell’s Aboriginal children (13 per cent of those screened).

Organisers believe this was due to Armajun’s very active campaign in testing the ear health of preschool and school-age Aboriginal children in this area.

Hearing Support Teachers from the NSW Department of Education talked on factors that contribute to otitis media and how parents can help reduce the risks.

The morning period was very busy, with one local preschool bringing twenty seven students aged 3-5 for screening. The rest of the children were brought in by their parents or grandparents throughout the day.

Library staff were proactive and kept the children entertained with craft activities as they waited. Volunteers from the Inverell branch of Quota International also helped make the day a success.

With so many children having indications of either otitis media or Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, conductive hearing loss teacher Beverly Walls said it was a timely reminder to parents to be vigilant when their children complain of ear ache or have difficulty understanding instructions.

3.2 NSW : Governor of NSW visits Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services

Another great afternoon at our Batemans Bay clinic with community and His excellency David Hurley, Governor of NSW and wife. Pictured above with CEO Robert Skeen .Many thanks to Aunty Muriel Slockee for her Welcome to Country and the deadly Koori Choir from the Batemans Bay Primary School. Another thank you to Marty Thomas who enchanted all on the Didgeridoo.

4. NT : Miwatj Health had a HUGE presence at the 2017 Garma Festival

Did you pay us a visit at Garma 2017!?

Miwatj Health had a HUGE presence at the 2017 Garma Festival. From Clinicians, to our Raypirri Rom team, we were everywhere!

Our clinic was a great success, with 26 staff assisting over the four days, including 3 Aboriginal Health Practitioners and an admin staff member from Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). Thank you to everyone to dedicated their time (and long weekend) to help provide a much needed service for the festival.

Miwatj Health would also like to thank Captain Starlight for coming all the way from Darwin to entertain the children; the clinic would not have been the same without you.

Our #YakaNgarali Team also went out to Garma to educate community members on the harmful affects of smoking. They tested approximately 40 people using the Smokerlyzer (check out our videos to see how the Smokerlyzer works), while also quizzing participants of the festival to gain a greater understanding of their knowledge around smoking facts.


Overall, we had a super successful weekend and cannot wait for Garma 2018!

5.VIC : KIRRAE Health Services at Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve funded to fight ice

KIRRAE Health Services is one of just 13 Victorian community groups to receive state government funding to help in the fight against ice.

The health service based at the Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve will receive $10,000 for an early intervention and prevention program targeting males aged eight to 17.

The state government funding is aimed at tackling ice through “a range of localised activities, including workshops, forums, social media, music events and education programs aimed at sporting communities”.

Kirrae Health Services will use the funding through its Koko Blokes program. “Koko” is a Kirrae Whurrong word meaning “younger brother”.

The program deals with positive role-modelling and issues around drug and alcohol use, domestic violence and respect.

6.1 QLD : Gidgee Healing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Mt Isa supports another cataract blitz

Seventeen patients were in Mount Isa this month for the north-west Queensland city’s latest “cataract blitz”.

Not –for-profit organisation Check UP funded the North west Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS) to provide the eye surgery, targeted at Indigenous people form remote communities.

It follows a cataract surgery “blitz” last October. Patients travelled from Doomadgee, Mornington Island, Normanton, Cloncurry and Camooweal this month. Their pre-surgery clinics were conducted by telehealth, a first for cataract surgery, according to outreach coordinator Amy Davy.

“Providing Telehealth as an option for our patients from outlying communities reduces the number of trips or length of stay during their surgical procedures, so we’re pleased with the success of this, and will be utilising telehealth in similar situations,” she said.

Ms Davy praised the work Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Gidgee healing’s Blake Fagan, who provided transport for the patients, and NWHHS Indigenous liaison officer Melissa Nathan, who assisted the patients through their eye surgery.

Visiting ophthalmologist Andrew Foster conducted 19 operations in 2 days, completing a cataract surgery every half hour.

“This blitz” is a very good system for getting patients treated,” he said.

“Doing it in a group like this is very effective as they support each other, and know each other. It works very well, with no “fail to attends”.

Dr Foster is based on the Sunshine Coast and flies into Mount Isa every month to do eye surgery.

6.2 QLD : Jobs and health benefits in $120M boost for Indigenous infrastructure

Indigenous communities across Queensland are set to benefit from critical infrastructure upgrades, with a $120 million boost over four years to improve water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure.

Visiting Mornington Island, Aurukun and Pormpuraaw this week, Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program funding was vital for the health of communities.

“I’m extremely proud to announce the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to strengthen indigenous communities has been backed with our $120 million investment,” Mr Furner said.

“The program is about ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote communities have infrastructure to improve living conditions and provide a sustainable future.

“This funding will be tailored to each community, supporting the infrastructure they need now and into the future, helping to close the gap on disadvantage.

“One of the great things about this program is that the councils actually develop the skills locally to manage the infrastructure and projects moving forward.”

Minister Furner said for councils in remote locations, access, distance and logistics meant the cost of the projects could be up to seven times higher than mainland and metropolitan areas.

“The level of funding provided for the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program is crucial to meet the additional challenges many of these communities face.

“Communities will be pleased to know that the first stage of project approvals are already underway and some of the most vital infrastructure projects will commence shortly.”

On-site condition assessments have been conducted to help prioritise projects that are necessary to the health and safety of communities and designed to meet the specific needs of each location.

7.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal Health Workers out to break HEP.C stigma

By Jillian Mundy

Don’t be shamed to be screened or treated for hepatitis C. It is now curable in as little as eight weeks with the latest medicine, which is really available in Australia. That’s the message Aboriginal health worker Aaron Everett and land manager Jarrod Edwards want to spread. The two Tasmanian Aboriginal men, spoke at the second World Indigenous Peoples, Conference on Viral Hepatitis in Alaska thi month, want to break the stigma around viral hepatitis.

Mr Edwards is keen to share the journey of his own diagnosis treatment and recovery from hep-C. “I want to encourage other Aboriginal people to get screened and if they test positive have the treatment, “he told the Koori Mail.

“The advances in the treatment have come a long way and the side –effects I got don’t exist now”.

Mr Edwards encouraged people to also talk about hep-C to break the stigma. He said he was shocked when an Aboriginal health check in 2006 returned positive for the illness.

“I was an intravenous drug user at the time, but I was always really clean and careful with injecting equipment. I really don’t know how I got it. The diagnosis hit me for a six,” he said.

At first he did not seek treatment attributing the reluctance to his lifestyle.

“It was a stigma thing. I felt dirty,“ he said. “It was a long journey though. It took me five years.

“It was the holistic, community approach of the Aboriginal health service that gave me the ability to begin my healing journey, which included working on country”.

Mr Edwards said treatment at the time took 12 months and included weekly injections, daily pills, anti-depressants and regular visits to a psychiatrist.

There were also side-effects such as hair loss, fatigue to the point of passing out and very fragile and dry skin.

Mr Edwards has no doubt that without treatment he would be dead. “My liver would have packed it in,“ he said.

Mr Edwards is now cured and, coupled with his lifestyle changes, is proud to be a father and productive member of his community.

He also attributes his healing to the support of his partner, Aboriginal health practitioner Candy Bartlett.

“I wanted to have a long-term relationship, a family, a home of our own and be able to come back and on country”, he said.

DON’T HESITATE

These days Mr Edwards urges people not hesitate in seeking treatment.

“Don’t be ashamed of it. It doesn’t matter how you got it; just go and treat it,” he says.

Mr Everett, one of the clinical team working with patients during screening and treatment for hepatitis C at the Aboriginal health service in Hobart, said people are often shamed about the virus.

“it’s not a highly spoken about virus, because of the stigma on how it might have been contracted, often through sharing injecting equipment,” he said.

Mr Everett wants people to be open about being screened and treated, to help break the stigma surrounding viral hepatitis and in turn help eliminate it.

“Come in and be checked. Don’t be ashamed. It is not a death sentence,“ he said. “But it’s a different story if left untreated, especially when combined with an unhealthy lifestyle or other health issues it can be an extra burden, yet can be totally cured.”.

New direct-acting antiviral medicines which were added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) last year have revolutionised hep-C treatment by increasing the cure rate to close to 100% and reducing treatment duration and side-effects.

Viral Hepatitis is usually transmitted through the re-use of contaminated injecting equipment. It can be spread through unscreened blood transfusions and inadequate sterilisation of medical equipment (highly unlikely in Australia these days), It can also be transmitted sexually, from mother to child and through contaminated sharp grooming equipment.

People with hepatitis can be unaware, and unknowingly pass on the virus.

The conference Mr Edwards and Mr Everett are attending aims to ensure Indigenous communities around the world are given the same access to prevention, testing and treatment as other people.

The World Hepatitis Alliance aims to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

8. Deadly Choices QLD trains up the Nganampa health team

Just like the Nganampa Health Service staff, you can eat healthy and be the best version of yourself.

Some great photos from when Deadly Choices were up in Umuwa to share their experiences, wisdom and host training for the Nganampa team

Please share

 

Aboriginal Health : Our ACCHO Members #Deadly good news stories #NACCHOagm2017 #NSW #TAS #QLD #VIC #WA #NT #SA #ACT

1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference abstracts / Expressions of Interest close 21 August

2.1 QLD : Apunipima Cape York Charkil-Om Celebrates first birthday

2.2 QLD : Minister Ken Wyatt launches new wing of ATSICHS Jimbelunga Nursing Centre 

3. WA : AHCWA Youth E-newsletter is to promote and share positive youth stories from within the communities

4.1 NSW Awabakal celebrates National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day with welcome to 40 babies

 4.2 NSW : Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open for the Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network Executive Committee 

5. SA : International basketball legend supports the Tackling Tobacco Team at Nunkuwarrin Yunti

6. VIC : VAHS will be offering $1500 sponsorship grants to one team per sports carnival

 7. NT : Miwatj Mental Health Program leading the way in remote Australia

8. Clintons Walk announces plans for  Canberra September 3 to complete his  5,580 mile from Perth

9. TAS : Video of NAIDOC Week 2017 Our Language Matters

10. View hundreds of ACCHO Deadly Good News Stories over past 5 years

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1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference abstracts / Expressions of Interest close 21 August

NACCHO is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Member Services for speakers, case studies and table top presentations for the 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference. This is an opportunity to show case grass roots best practice at the Aboriginal Community Controlled service delivery level.

In doing so honouring the theme of this year’s NACCHO Members’ Conference ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

How to submit an EOI

Please provide the following information and submit via email to

mailto:NACCHO-AGM@naccho.org.au

by COB Monday 21st August 2017.

  • Name of Member Service
  • Name of presenter(s)
  • Name of program
  • Name of session
  • Contact details: Phone | Mobile | Email

Provide the key points you want to cover – in no more than 500 words outline the program/ project/ topic you would like to present on.

Describe how your presentation/case study supports the 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference theme ‘Our Health Counts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.

SUBMIT HERE

2.1 QLD : Apunipima Cape York Charkil-Om Celebrates first birthday

One of NACCHO’s latest ACCHO clinics Apunipima’s Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre on Cape York celebrates its first anniversary in August!

Charkil-Om, which means bone fish in local Thanakwith language, provides comprehensive primary health care to the remote community of Napranum which is about nine kilometres south of Weipa.

Opening picture above : R: Tackling Smoking Health Worker Ernest Madua, Receptionist Marissa Sabatino, Casual Receptionist Christine Hall (past employee), Cleaner Melissa Clermont,  Medical Officer Dr Lauren Finlay, Indigenous Health Practitioner Regina Coleman, Registered Nurse Alison Boyd, Midwife and Child Health Nurse Noelene Weightman.

Napranum community member, Traditional Owner and Tackling Indigenous Smoking Health Worker Ernest Madua Jnr explained what Charkil- Om means to him.

‘We now have a service that meets the needs of Napranum community members,’ he said.

‘The key to living longer healthier lives (Closing the Gap) is early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and curable conditions. Too long our mob die too early, my people, my community deserves better, big thank you to Apunipima Charkil-Om for providing this opportunity.’

Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre manager Kelvin Coleman echoed Ernest’s sentiments, expressing pride in the professionalism and dedication of the Napranum and wider – Apunipima team.

‘I would like to acknowledge and thank the staff (too many to name) for their commitment and hard work that made Charkil-Om what it is today. THANK YOU ALL!’

‘This commitment to community has seen the Charkil – Om team get involved in a number of community events and initiatives – these include:

  • Participation in the local NAIDOC celebrations – we created a float and held a community barbeque BBQ;
  • Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It! (MEND) Program (a healthy lifestyles program for families);
  • Need for Feed Programs (a cooking and healthy eating education program for young people);
  • Tackling Smoking video
  • Supporting Napranum Mokwi Men’s Group;
  • Preschool screening (providing preventative health checks for four year olds);
  • Tackling Indigenous Smoking program;
  • Membership of the Napranum Disaster Management Committee;
  • Successful ISO accreditation; and
  • Reestablishment of the Napranum Health Action Team (a community committee which communicates community health priorities to providers).’

Apunipima Chairperson Thomas Hudson said Charkil-Om’s achievements are in line with the Board’s vision.

‘On my last visit to Napranum, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from community regarding Apunipima staff engagement and participation at sporting events and other local events within the community. These demonstrate the commitment the team shows to the community engagement, education, health promotion and prevention.’

‘On behalf of the Apunipima Board and team, I wish Charkil-Om a happy first birthday.’

2.2 QLD : Minister Ken Wyatt launches new wing of ATSICHS Jimbelunga Nursing Centre 

It was an honour to have Ken Wyatt Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health launch the new wings of Jimbelunga Nursing Centre today. Also joining us was Aunty Pam Mam the first Indigenous nurse to be employed by ATSICHS. She continued to work in the organisation for the majority of her working life, sixteen years of it at Jimbelunga.

Jimbelunga Nursing Centre has been providing an extensive range of aged health care and support services in the community since November 1994.

Located in Eagleby in the outer suburbs of Brisbane it provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with residential aged care and support, including, meals, laundry and medical and allied health services.

ATSICHS Brisbane received $12.5m in funding from the Federal Government to redevelop the Jimblelunga aged care facility. This enabled much needed upgrades to the existing facilities and the ability to expand, with an increase of 19 new beds for residents, taking the number from 55 to 74.

Stage one of new build and expansion project was completed in 2016 with residents moving in to this building in August. Stage 2 included the re-furbishment of the existing nursing home building known as Casuarinam, which saw the rooms turned into large sized single rooms with shared ensuites and a brand new 7 bed secure unit (formerly known as dementia units).

The final stages were completed recently with residents moving in.

3. WA : AHCWA Youth E-newsletter is to promote and share positive youth stories from within the communities

AHCWA Youth have just released the first edition of the AHCWA Youth E-Newsletter!

The purpose of the AHCWA Youth E-newsletter is to promote and share positive youth stories from within the communities, a brief update on what AHCWA Youth have been up to and also to share any Youth related projects run through the WA Aboriginal Medical Services.

Edition 1 is an introduction to the AHCWA Youth Program, and a new edition will be distributed every 3 months to the sector and wider community.

The new Youth E-Newsletter can be download or viewed here:

AHCWA Youth Series Newsletter

If you would like more information on the Youth Program at AHCWA or if you would like to subscribe to the E-Newsletters, please contact Hayley, our Aboriginal Youth Program Coordinator on Hayley.Thompson@ahcwa.org

AHCWA youth were so excited to run a health workshop with the Deadly Sista Girlz at St Mary’s College in Broome August 7

 
4.1 NSW Awabakal celebrates National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day with welcome to 40 babies

August 4 was  National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and to celebrate Awabakal thought they would share with you some of the photos from the Baby Welcoming Ceremony .

It was a great event with almost 40 babies welcomed into our community.

SEE NBN TV coverage HERE

A big thank you to our Elders and the Mums and Bubs members and team for putting everything together

See more pictures HERE

 4.2 NSW : Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open for the Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network Executive Committee 

This newly formed Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network (ACCN) will work to improve the experience and delivery of healthcare for Aboriginal people with chronic conditions in NSW.

To achieve this, the ACCN will guide and support the process of evidence-based reform in health services by developing, promoting and implementing new initiatives, frameworks and Models of Care. It will do this by enhancing and supporting the integration of care for Aboriginal communities accessing chronic care services in NSW in accordance with ACI values.

Purpose

This newly formed Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network (ACCN) will work to improve the experience and delivery of healthcare for Aboriginal people with chronic conditions in NSW. To achieve this, the ACCN will guide and support the process of evidence-based reform in health services by developing, promoting and implementing new initiatives, frameworks and Models of Care. It will do this by enhancing and supporting the integration of care for Aboriginal communities accessing chronic care services in NSW in accordance with ACI values.

The ACCN will collaborate with key stakeholders including, other ACI Networks, Local Health Districts/Speciality Health Networks, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW, NSW Ministry of Health, Primary Health Networks, Consumers and other Non-Government Organisations.

The ACCN will provide advice and strategic direction to the ACC Network staff and oversee the development and implementation of local and state-wide initiatives as prioritised by the Network. All decision making around the priorities and project work of the Network will be determined by its members through the Network Executive.

Network and executive membership is open to all interested in Aboriginal Health!!  (Community members, and non-health related organisation most welcome)
 
To join the network, please :

5. SA : International basketball legend supports the Tackling Tobacco Team at Nunkuwarrin Yunti

As a proud sponsor of the Aboriginal Basketball Academy we got to hear the legendary Patrick Mills speak at a fundraising lunch, aimed at getting more of our young mob out on the courts and gaining opportunities to make the world stage, just like Patty.

Patty’s message was a simple one – believe in yourself, stay true to your dreams and commit to them 100%. Our team agreed he could not have been more humble and genuine.

Whatever your dream is, quitting the smokes is a sure path to helping achieve it through a healthier and longer life!

Great partnering with Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and Woodville District Basketball Club Warriors for such a deadly event. #DontLetYourDreamsGoUpInSmoke

6. VIC : VAHS will be offering $1500 sponsorship grants to one team per sports carnival. 

This year VAHS will be offering $1500 sponsorship grants to one team per sports carnival. To apply for these sponsorships one team representative from each team must complete this survey which asks the following questions:

This is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VAHSCarnivals

1. Tell us about your club, including the team name, number of players, where you are all from etc.

2. VAHS will provide $1500 in total, what does your team intend to spend this money on?
E.g. uniforms, travel, accommodation, catering, registration fees etc.

3. VAHS values the importance of the following health promoting behaviours. Please tell us how your team will demonstrate these values throughout the carnival.
• Staying Smoke Free
• Choosing water over sugary drinks
• Eating healthy, nutritious foods
• Drinking alcohol responsibly
• Being aware of the dangers of gambling

Here are the carnival dates and closing dates for applications:

Vic Junior Carnival (Horsham)
Wednesday 27th-Thurs 28th September
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 2nd August
Winner announced: Friday 4th August
(1 netball team and 1 football team)

Statewide Koorie Football & Netball Carnival (Ballarat)
14th 15th October
Closing date for applications: Sunday 13th August
Winner announced: Friday 18th August
(1 netball team and one football team)

Women’s Football Carnival AFL Victoria Statewide Koorie Women’s Football Carnival
25th 26th November
Closing date for applications: Sunday 24th September
Winner announced: Friday 30th September
(1 football team)

Looking forward to another great year of carnivals!

#BePositive #BeBrave #BeFocused #BeStrong #StaySmokeFree

 

APPLY HERE

 7. NT : Miwatj Mental Health Program leading the way in remote Australia

Mental Health professionals gathered at the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land yesterday to discuss social and emotional wellbeing and mental health, with a particular focus on the success of the Miwatj Mental Health Program.

The Miwatj Mental Health Program is a Yolŋu-led program based in Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island and is administered by the Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, a Yolŋu community controlled Health Organisation.

The Program is leading in the treatment and management of Indigenous mental health. The Mental Health Team works collaboratively with families and the community to provide tailored care to individuals suffering from mental illness.

The Program is an integral part of the community in Galiwin’ku, and the team’s outreach program allows people to be treated in their homes where they feel most connected and at ease.

The concept of health in the Yolŋu culture involves not only the body, mind and spirit being in balance, but also a sense of equilibrium with family and community.

Chief Health Officer of the Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation Dr Lucas de Toca says the program operates on three streams, but the most important aspect is that it is managed and controlled by Yolŋu peoples.

“It is a community based program operating over a continuum of stepped care for all levels of mental illness. We operate three streams, including a therapeutic stream with counselling, a social and cultural stream with traditional approaches to care including family involvement, and a medical stream to deal with acute care and ensure patients with mental health issues receive the appropriate medical care,” said Dr de Toca.

“The three streams function in a coordinated fashion, interlinked through the work of aboriginal health practitioners who are extremely competent both in the medical as well as in the social and cultural aspects of providing care for patients.”

“We are in one of the most remote locations in Australia, but are still able to deliver a high quality and best practice model, following the recommendations of the Mental Health Commission as well as using traditional methods of healing and care.”

Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan, who has been visiting the Miwatj Mental Health Program for a number of years, was joined by Rarrtjiwuy Herdman and Djamaḻaka Dhamarraṉdji to discuss the success of the program and broader issues of social and emotional wellbeing at the Garma Festival.

“The Miwatj Mental Health Program is a huge success and we can all learn from its strengths – local people making local decisions about the care, services and needs of the people in their community,” said Mr Quinlan.

“This is remote country, and to see a service go from strength-to-strength in recent years, with tangible results, is a real success story for community mental health.  Certainly a program that could be adapted and used elsewhere in remote and rural Australia.”

To find out more about the Miwatj Mental Health Program http://miwatj.com.au/what-we-do/clinical-services/

8. Clintons Walk announces plans for  Canberra September 3 to complete his  5,580 mile from Perth

 

Clinton’s Walk For Justice calls for support rallies and events to be held all across the country on September 3, as Clinton’s big Canberra arrival event is held.

We’ll be calling on the Governor General to meet with Clinton and begin discussions about treaty – sovereign to sovereign.

We encourage all people – from the cities all the way out to the remote communities – to take part in a national day of action to push for treaty and address issues of injustice faced by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

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9. TAS : Video of NAIDOC Week 2017 Our Language Matters

NAIDOC Week 2017 Our Language Matters

As part of NAIDOC week, families and programs took part in a variety of activities celebrating the theme Our Language Matters.

Here are videos and photos of some of the celebrations:

Scarlett Spotswood & Stella Hall giving Welcome to Country, Launceston Mall, NAIDOC 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSno71b0L-I&feature=youtu.be

kanaplila-ripana (Youth Dance), perform nawama papiti (thunder & lightning) and warruwa (evil spirit) dances for NAIDOC Week, Launceston Mall, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDgAQVxrdSI&feature=youtu.be

pakana kitina (little Tassie Blackfellas) group singing in palawa kani, Launceston TAC, NAIDOC 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOnYaobNP28&feature=youtu.be

Cooper Marshall, giving Welcome to Country, Campbell Street Primary School Assembly, Hobart, NAIDOC 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi0Kqze6XIk&feature=youtu.be

takariliya (families) palawa kani water writing, wura (duck) & kanamaluka (Tamar River), Launceston TAC, NAIDOC 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F0diargmfE&feature=youtu.be

Youth singing in palawa kani, Song Workshop, Launceston TAC, NAIDOC 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bv2mCPvswU&feature=youtu.be

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

1.National : Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations pharmacist Special Interest Group ( SIG )  launched

2.NT : Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service $2.4 million for culturally safe and trauma-informed intensive family-focused case management services

3. WA : AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox speaks about cashless welfare cards

 4. WA  : Wrongful conviction shines light on lack of translators

 
 5. QLD Deadly Choices calls  for volunteers for the 2017 Murri Rugby League Carnival

6. SA :  Nunkuwarrin Yunti ACCHO promotes World Hepatitis Day.

7.VIC :  VAHS mob promotes Healthy Lifestyle message  at World Indigenous Basketball Challenge!

8. QLD : Apunipima Cape York Health Council  Growing Deadly Families

9. NSW Redfern National Children’s Day Celebration

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

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National : Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations pharmacist Special Interest Group ( SIG )  launched

“For too long Aboriginal people have suffered shorter lifespans, been sicker and poorer than the average non-Indigenous Australian, however, highly trained pharmacists have a proven track record in delivering improved health outcomes when integrated into multidisciplinary practices,

“Strong international evidence supports pharmacists’ ability to improve a number of critical health outcomes, including significant reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol and improved diabetes control. A number of studies have also supported pharmacists’ cost-effectiveness.

Some ACCHOs have already shown leadership in the early adoption of pharmacists outside of any national programs or support structures. NACCHO and PSA are committed to supporting ACCHOs across Australia to meet the medicines needs in their communities by enhancing support for those wishing to embed a pharmacist into their service.”

NACCHO CEO Pat Turner said disparities in the health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are confronting SEE Previous NACCHO post

Pictured above Mike Stephens Director of Medicines Programs and Policy in Cover Photo

See previous NACCHO Pharmacy posts

See previous NACCHO QUMAX posts

In recognition of the growing number of pharmacists working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched the ACCHO Special Interest Group (SIG).

The ACCHO SIG was launched on 30 July at PSA17 in Sydney during theAboriginal Health Service Pharmacist forum.

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said pharmacists working in ACCHOs have specific needs and skills and having a Special Interest Group with the primary role of supporting them will assist PSA to drive the growth of this career path.

“In many cases pharmacists working in these positions are providing innovative and diverse services that have the potential to be informative and relevant to the evolution of pharmacy services and inter-professional care.

“Consultation with these pharmacists and services about their needs is vital to ensure PSA and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) deliver relevant and meaningful benefits to PSA members and the wider pharmacy and health sectors,” Dr Jackson said.

A key role of the National ACCHO SIG Committee will be to provide up-to-date information to NACCHO and PSA on relevant issues that relate to both organisations.

This will include input on improvements to PSA’s professional development and practice support programs that benefit ACCHO pharmacists. The SIG will also provide NACCHO with input on pharmacy-related trends and practices that affect ACCHOs.

It is a joint committee to be run by PSA and NACCHO to foster collaboration, inform relevant policy and strengthen the relationships between these organisations with a shared commitment to embedding pharmacists in ACCHOs nationally.

PSA also welcomed the announcement of a trial to support Aboriginal health organisations to integrate pharmacists into their services.

The ACCHO SIG will support pharmacists participating in this trial.

Dr Jackson said having a culturally responsive pharmacist integrated within anAboriginal health service builds better relationships between patients and staff, leading to improved results in chronic disease management and Quality Use of Medicines.

 NT : Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service $2.4 million for culturally safe and trauma-informed intensive family-focused case management services.

The Federal Government will provide up to $2.4 million for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children in Katherine.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the funding formed part of the $25 million Indigenous-focused package under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

“I am pleased to announce this support for Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service, a local community service with specialist experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families,” Minister Scullion said.

“The funding will deliver culturally safe and trauma-informed intensive family-focused case management services.”

Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service CEO, Suzi Berto, said the project would provide intensive family-focused case management delivered within a trauma-informed framework to address behaviour often associated with domestic violence. It would also aim to break the cycle of domestic and family violence and child removals from families.

“Wurli welcomes this new program and would like to thank the Federal Government for selecting Wurli to take on this particular project,” Ms Berto said.

Minister Scullion said community-based, culturally-appropriate solutions were required to reduce the rate of family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.

“In total, $18.9 million will be invested in eight Indigenous community organisations across Australia to deliver a range of services, including trauma-informed therapeutic services for children, services for perpetrators to prevent future offending and intensive family-focused cased management.

“We have actively sought the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on how best to address family violence.

“Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service has been identified based on its expertise, as well as local needs in the community.

3. WA : AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox speaks about cashless welfare cards

” Targeting welfare is not, by itself, a panacea but it just might give Roebourne the circuit-breaker it needs to allow the state government to build a safe and resilient community.

There has been no conclusive evidence to date that cashless welfare cards play any role in reducing the impact of issues such as illicit drug use or child sexual abuse.

Ultimately, we need to see an increase in community programs and comprehensive support services to help address these complex social issues in Aboriginal communities.”

AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the group did not support the “ill-conceived idea” that cashless welfare cards could turn the tide on child abuse.

FROM NEWS LTD

Paedophiles in Western Australia’s Pilbara region are allegedly using welfare payments to bribe children for sex, prompting the police commissioner to call for an expansion of the cashless welfare program.

But the Aboriginal Health Council of WA says the commissioner should be more concerned about policing in remote communities rather than advocating further disempowerment of indigenous people.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said in an opinion piece in The West Australian newspaper on Tuesday that welfare cash was also being used for drugs, alcohol and gambling at Roebourne and surrounding Aboriginal communities.

He said in an area of about 1500 people, there were 184 known child sex abuse victims, with police charging 36 people with more than 300 offences since the operation began late last year, plus another 124 suspects.

Mr O’Callaghan, who will retire this month after 13 years as police commissioner, said that in 2014 the previous government noted 63 government and non-government providers delivering more than 200 services to Roebourne.

“Despite all of this effort, we have failed to protect the most vulnerable members of that community and have witnessed sufferers of abuse grow up and become offenders, and so the cycle continues,” he said.

“We often find children sexually abusing children.”

The commissioner said the problem was so widespread that some families had normalised it and he described the hopelessness as a “cancer quickly spreading throughout the community”.

“Given the longstanding issues in Roebourne, we ought now to be looking at more fundamental structural reform around welfare and income to reduce the opportunity for offending,” he said.

AHCWA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the group did not support the “ill-conceived idea” that cashless welfare cards could turn the tide on child abuse.

“There has been no conclusive evidence to date that cashless welfare cards play any role in reducing the impact of issues such as illicit drug use or child sexual abuse,” she said.

“Ultimately, we need to see an increase in community programs and comprehensive support services to help address these complex social issues in Aboriginal communities.”

Ms Nelson-Cox also said the commissioner’s admission that officers could not protect children in remote communities was gravely concerning.

Imagine if you were taken into custody to be questioned over a crime you did not commit in a language you could not even read and write in — and were then charged with murder.

4. WA  : Wrongful conviction shines light on lack of translators

It sounds like a third world travel nightmare.

But this actually happened in Australia to Gene Gibson, a shy young man from the tiny Gibson Desert community of Kiwirrkurra.

As reported ABC

While there were many complex factors which led Mr Gibson to being jailed for the manslaughter of Josh Warneke in 2014, after a conviction which was quashed earlier this year, it might never have ended up that way if he had a skilled interpreter to steer him through crucial meetings with police.

Mr Gibson’s first language is Pintupi, with Kukutja his second.

He has a limited understanding of English and his cognitive impairment makes it difficult for him to comprehend complex information.

Today the Court of Appeal outlined its reasons for quashing his conviction, explaining that Mr Gibson’s problems with language were one reason why “the plea was not attributable to a genuine consciousness of guilt”.

It gives many examples of how Mr Gibson often did not understand his own lawyer, who in turn could not understand what the interpreter was telling Mr Gibson about important matters like how to plead.

He was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter after police interviews were deemed inadmissible for several reasons, including the lack of a qualified interpreter.

Stranger in your own land

Mr Gibson, like many Indigenous Australians who do not speak English as a first language, is somewhat like a foreigner in his own justice system.

It is something which concerns WA’s chief justice Wayne Martin.

Earlier this month, he told a conference of criminal lawyers in Bali that language was causing “significant disadvantage” for Indigenous people in the justice system, with WA’s translation services not reaching everyone who needed them.

“If we do not have properly resourced and effective interpreter services for Aboriginal people, then they will continue to fare badly in the criminal justice system,” he wrote in a submission to a Senate committee inquiry last year.

The interpretation and translation of Indigenous languages for the WA justice system is undoubtedly a niche industry.

There are about 45 Indigenous languages in the Kimberley, many of them considered highly endangered. Fewer than 600 people speak Pintupi, according to the Australian Indigenous Languages Database.

So not only do you have to find an interpreter who speaks Pintupi, but you also need someone who is trained to understand police and court proceedings, and relay them to a defendant.

It is a massive problem, according to Faith Baisden, the coordinator of First Languages, which helps Indigenous communities maintain their languages.

“Particularly in those small community groups we’re talking about, we’re not necessarily going to find someone who’s got the skill and the confidence to be trained. It takes really specialised training,” she said.

Another problem is that WA’s only Indigenous language interpreting service is struggling for funding.

The Kimberley Interpreting Service (KIS) is dependent on federal money after being stripped of funding by the WA Government in recent years.

But its chief executive Dee Lightfoot said she was hopeful of securing money from the new WA Government in September’s budget, with Treasurer Ben Wyatt writing to inform her he was reviewing her request.

She said Mr Gibson needed an interpreter to help him navigate the justice system from the very start

5. QLD Deadly Choices calls  for volunteers for the 2017 Murri Rugby League Carnival

 

Volunteers aged 16+ years are needed for the 2017 Murri Rugby League Carnival! More details are below! To register your interest please email admin@murrirugbyleague.com.au.

6. SA :  Nunkuwarrin Yunti ACCHO promotes World Hepatitis Day. 

World Hepatitis Day. Nunkuwarrin Yunti provides treatment, Specialists, prevention, advocacy and information support for people with Hepatitis. Here is Jorge from our Harm Minimisation Team #showyourface

OR VIEW HERE

7.VIC :  VAHS mob promotes Healthy Lifestyle message  at World Indigenous Basketball Challenge!

Check out our newest healthy lifestyle local sport champions!

These deadly women make up the Maal-Ya Indigenous Basketball team. They are off to Vancouver, Canada on Sunday to play in the World Indigenous Basketball Challenge!

So proud to see these women represent their mobs and proudly display our Healthy Lifestyle Values: staying smoke free, healthy eating, active living, drinking water and being deadly role models!

With Georgia Bamblett, Courtney Alice, Thamar Atkinson, Montanna Hudson, Sophie Atkinson, Klarindah Hudson-Proctor, Edward Bryant, Tyler Atkinson and June Bamblett.

Good luck Maal-Ya! Can’t wait to hear how you go! Stay tuned to this page and Sports Carnival for updates throughout the week!

#StaySmokeFree #Gofor2and5 #DrinkWaterUMob

Sportcarnival VicHealth Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc

8. Apunipima Cape York Health Council  Growing Deadly Families

Apunipima Cape York Health Council Region Two Manager Johanna Neville and Maternal and Child Health Worker Florida Getawan will head to Brisbane today to deliver a presentation on the Baby One Program to the Queensland Clinical Senate’s Growing Deadly Families Forum.

Johanna and Florida will focus on the Baby One Program, an integral part of antenatal care in Cape York

‘Apunipima’s award winning, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – led home visiting Baby One Program runs from pregnancy until the baby is 1000 days old,’ Florida said.

‘Baby Baskets – an integral feature of the Baby One Program – are provided to Families at key times during pregnancy and the postnatal period. The Baskets act as both an incentive to encourage families to engage with health care providers, as a catalyst for health education and as a means to provide essential items to families in Cape York.’

‘It’s well known that best practice care during pregnancy and baby’s early years has been proven to provide positive health outcomes. There is a still a gap in the maternal and child health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared to other Australians. It’s this gap we are trying to bridge with the Baby One Program which sees Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers visit families in their homes to deliver health care and health education.’

Florida Getawan helps deliver the Baby One Program in Cairns and Kowanyama and said home visiting makes the difference when it comes to mums getting care.

‘As a Maternal and Child Health Worker I spend time in Cairns and Kowanyama, educating pregnant women about healthy eating, what’s good and what’s not good for them during pregnancy such as the dangers of smoking, and safe sleeping for bubba,’ she explained. ‘I love doing home visits and yarning with mothers about healthy parenting and being a support person for them in their own space.

I love being there for families who are too shy to come to the clinic so if I can engage with them in their own environment, families feel safe to access health information I love watching mothers grow because I’ve had seven pregnancies myself and can relate to what they are going through and I’m able to develop a healthy relationship with them.’
Johanna and Florida will deliver their presentation at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 10:50 am on Thursday 3 August 2017.

About the Growing Deadly Families Forum

The Queensland Clinical Senate – which provides clinical leadership by developing strategies to safeguard and promote the delivery of high quality, safe and sustainable patient care – is holding the Growing Deadly Families Forum which will focus on improving the health of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families, through a healthier start to life.

The Forum runs from 3 – 4 August.

 

9. NSW Redfern National Children’s Day Celebration

AMS Redfern will be celebrating ‘National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day’ come along and share stories about the importance of staying connected to culture and having strong positive family relationships
Friday 4th August from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
#BBQ will be provided
#Value our rights, Respect our Culture, Bring us home.
#Limited Giveaways

 

 

 

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

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.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

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.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

Download the 10 Page

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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