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1.1 National : Funding opportunity for ACCHO’s : Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP) $35 Million Available

2.1 NSW : For NSW ACCHO members Indigenous bubs need to be counted for a passport to life

2.2 NSW : Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) Taylor and co arrive to help raise Organ Tissue Donation awareness in Indigenous communities

3.ACT New $12 Million facility for Winnunga ACCHO as they celebrate 30 years

4. 1 QLD : GALANGOOR Duwalami Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service TEN YEARS MAKES YOU MORE STRONG

4.2 QLD : QAIHC helps Palm Island lay health foundation plan for next 10 years

5. WA :  AHCWA staff are currently in the Kimberley’s completing the Gibb River Challenge to raise money for the RFDS.

6. TAS: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Remembering Kikatapula

7. SA: Please help Zibeon get people back home for treatment and give generously to help open the doors to the first remote dialysis clinic on the APY lands.

8.1 VIC : VAHS Deadly Choices Education session Friday 18 May

9. NT Congress Alice Spring new Tackling Smoking Ads

 View hundreds of ACCHO Deadly Good News Stories over past 6 years

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

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1.1 National : Funding opportunity for ACCHO’s : Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP) $35 Million Available

The objective of the IAHP is to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with access to effective high quality health care services in urban, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia.  This includes through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, wherever possible and appropriate, as well as mainstream services delivering comprehensive, culturally appropriate primary health care.

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The expected outcomes of the IAHP include improvements in:

  • The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Access to high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care; and
  • System level support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care sector to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of services.

Implementation of the IAHP aligns with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health Plan 2013-2023: Implementation Plan which focusses on systematic service improvement and addressing geographic disparities through more effective and innovative regional arrangements.  The Implementation Plan can be found on the department’s Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 website.

 

About the Major Capital Works Program Grant Opportunity

This Grant Opportunity is for Expression of Interest applications as Stage One in a two-stage application process for funding under the IAHP Major Capital Works Program.  The objective of this Grant Opportunity is to improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to safe and effective essential health services through the provision of culturally appropriate, fit for purpose health infrastructure across Australia.  Further information on the type of activities and projects eligible to be funded under this Grant Opportunity are included in the IAHP Major Capital Works Program Stage One EOI Guidelines.

Eligibility:

Organisations will be eligible to apply if they satisfy all of the eligibility criteria outlined in the IAHP Major Capital Works Program Stage One EOI Guidelines and the IAHP Major Capital Works Program Stage One EOI Application Form, which includes that the organisation must currently receive primary health care funding to deliver clinical services under the IAHP.

Total Amount Available (AUD):

$35,000,000.00

Instructions for Lodgement:

All applications must be submitted on the IAHP Major Capital Works Program EOI Stage One Application Form, following the instructions and eligibility requirements included in the Application Form and Grant Opportunity Guidelines, and emailed to Grant.ATM@health.gov.au by the stated closing date and time.

Before completing the application form, please read the documents attached to this Grant Opportunity Package which include the Grant Opportunity Guidelines, the IAHP Guidelines, the application form, and the department’s funding agreement standard terms and conditions.

2.1 NSW : For NSW ACCHO members Indigenous bubs need to be counted for a passport to life

The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages has found that up to 10 percent of Indigenous babies are going unregistered in some parts of NSW.

Speaking at the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Indigenous Round, NSW Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages Amanda Ianna launched a new campaign to encourage Aboriginal mums to register their bubs, as well as a new range of commemorative birth certificates.

“The number of Indigenous people still not registering births is far too high,” Ms Ianna said.

“It causes problems for children when they need a birth certificate to enrol in school or organised sport or, when they’re older, get a driver’s licence or tax file number.

“A birth certificate is a passport to many things in life that we often take for granted.

“Some mums are under the misconception they have to pay to register their baby or they assume the hospital does it for you. That’s not the case.”

The ‘Our Kids Count’ campaign encourages Aboriginal mums to register their bubs and includes this video: http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Aboriginal

Ms Ianna also unveiled a new range of commemorative birth certificates, including three new skin tone variations on the best-selling ‘baby handprint’ design.

“For parents, the commemorative certificates allow them to honour their cultural heritage while celebrating one of the most significant events of their lives,” she said.

“They are designed for people of all backgrounds, including Indigenous communities, recently arrived migrants and multicultural families who now call NSW home.”

In addition to the handprints, there is also a Ken Done original, May Gibbs’ favourite characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and two Bananas in Pyjamas designs.

Who can I ask for help?

Our team are here to help, so you can phone 13 77 88 to yarn.

Speak to your local Aboriginal Medical Service, Local Aboriginal Land Council, Cultural Centre, Aboriginal Health Practitioner or community centre. Staff in hospitals and medical practices or your local Aboriginal Liasion Officer can give you information.

For more information on the certificates visit:

http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88

2.2 NSW : Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) Taylor and co arrive to help raise Organ Tissue Donation awareness in Indigenous communities

Having all played on the weekend, Ash Taylor, Braidon Burns, Tyrell Fuimaono and Will Smith jump on a bus … where are they going?

The quartet of NRL guns head to Kennard Park, Wellington, naturally.

While most top flight rugby league players stay at home or enjoy some much deserved family time after game day, Taylor gave that up to lead a small convoy to the bush to help promote a worthy cause.

Originally published HERE

The foursome was spreading the organ tissue donation message, a day put on by Donate Life, in conjunction with the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) and Organ Tissue Donation Services (OTDS) to raise awareness within Aboriginal communities in the Central West.

For the Gold Coast Titans halfback, one touted as a future State of Origin No.7 for the Maroons, coming out to an area he’s previously supported was a no-brainier.

The fact there was a bit of footy on at the same time was just the icing on the cake.

“I’ve been here a few times. I watched a game here last year too,” Taylor said before kick-off of the first grade game between the Cowboys and Westside on Sunday.

Taylor hails from Toowoomba while Burns is originally from Coonamble.

“It’s always a good game here,” Taylor continued.

“I love coming out and watching country footy, it reminds me of home. I’m really excited to watch it.”

3.ACT New $12 Million facility for Winnunga ACCHO as they celebrate 30 years

The Winnunga Aboriginal Health Service, which celebrated 30 years of excellence last weekend, will soon be able to continue to do its important work in a brand new facility with support from the ACT Government.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith will join Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Services and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body on Saturday to reaffirm the ACT Government’s commitment to the service, which delivers on an election promise for a new Winnunga Nimmityjah facility.

“Winnunga Nimmityjah plays such an important role in our community and delivers quality health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our region every day,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“The ACT Government’s support of Winnunga Nimmityjah is long standing and I hope our partnership will grow so we can continue to focus our efforts on closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“I’m very pleased to announce that the $12 million funded in last year’s Budget will be provided to Winnunga Nimmityjah as grants to build a modern new facility that Winnunga Nimmityjah will own. The ACT Government will support Winnunga Nimmityjah throughout the delivery of the project.

“The ACT Government has committed to work closely with Winnunga on the new facility, and planning and preliminary work has already commenced,” said Minister Fitzharris.

Minister Stephen-Smith said each year more than 4,000 people used Winnunga’s wide range of services.

“Winnunga Nimmityjah means strong health in the Wiradjuri language, and Canberra is lucky to have had such a strong and supportive health service for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for the last 30 years

4. 1 QLD : GALANGOOR Duwalami Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service TEN YEARS MAKES YOU MORE STRONG

GALANGOOR Duwalami Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service in Hervey Bay, Queensland, has celebrated 10 years of business

Director Graham Douglas said the service has been working to close the Health gap in the local community but there’s still plenty more to be done.

“We’re going really well, the Wakka Wakka man told the Koori Mail. “We get specialists in once a month as well as the general clinic services, which are always busy. We moved to a new clinic in 2017 and we had to have two buildings next to each other to meet the demand.”

Mr Douglas said marking 10 years was an important milestone for the service.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, “he said. “Back in 2008 we only had three staff and they all did two jobs each. We are growing now. We’ve been working hard and we haven’t stopped looking out for the community. We are doing really well. We’re thinking smart’.

Mr Douglas said now with more staff, the aim of the service remains the same- it’s always for the community.

“We’ve got a few success stories, he said.

“It’s about seeing smiles on people’s faces when they get stronger and healthier.”

4.2 QLD : QAIHC helps Palm Island lay health foundation plan for next 10 years

Guests included Townsville Hospital and Health Service boards Chair Tony Mooney, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network Director Suzanne Andrews and QAIHC – Queensland Aboriginal and Islander health Council Board Chair Kieran Chilcott, who signed a statement of intent recommitting to Closing the Gap on Palm Island.

A plan that will lay the foundation for a healthier Palm Island for the next 10 years was launched in the north Queensland Aboriginal shire last month.

The Palm Island health Action Plan 2018 to 28 was launched at the local PCYC before a large audience that included Elders community members and invited guests.

Photo Suzanne Andrews and story originally published in Koori Mail

Palm Island Major Alf Lacey said it was significant for the community.

“It means a lot to our community when decision makers respect us and involve us in the planning and delivery of things that affect us deeply, he said. “Our community is a unique community and therefore our desire to Close the Gap needs a unique solution. This plan strikes that balance. It is important to celebrate success; however, we need to remain focused on the long journey ahead in meeting the objectives of this plan”.

Ethel Wharton, who was the matron at Palm hospital from 1967 for about 20 years and was presented with a photo and a card acknowledging her service .

State Townsville MP Scott Stewart said the Palm Island Health Action Plan would provide a clear road map for the future delivery of health care.

“This is a document developed by Palm Islanders for Palm Islanders, he said. ”The community has told us how they want to be cared for and what they need to live strong, long and healthy lives. Today we launch the plan in partnership with community and commit to making their vision a reality.”

Mr Mooney said the Health Service and Council had embraced the opportunity to grow the influence Palm Islanders had over their own health.

“There is evidence that shows when people have greater engagement with their health they have better health outcomes,”he said. “Good primary health is essential to warding off chronic illness, being healthy and living longer. Our excellent staff at Palm’s Joyce Palmer Health Service will always be there when people get sick but this new centre is all about helping Palm Islanders stay well.” Mr Stewart said key components of the plan were already being implemented with the $16.5 million Palm Island Primary Care Centre under construction.

The project is being funded through 8.5 million for the State Government’s Significant Regional Infrastructure Project program, $4.7 million from the Making Tracks Indigenous Health Investment Strategy and $3.3 million from the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

“We are already seeing the first green shoots of what this plan will deliver for Palm Islanders,” Mr Stewart said.

“This centre will expand and improve Palm Islanders access to primary health services and provide a hub for social and emotional wellbeing and dental maternal and child health services. A transition will begin to slowly transfer delivery of these services to the community.”

In coordination with the launch a Palm Island Primary Health Fair was held at the PCYC.

The event included sporting clinics by the Townsville Fire and former North Queensland Cowboys star Ray Thompson, a healthy lunch catered locally, interactive primary health stalls and local entertainment.

5. WA :  AHCWA staff are currently in the Kimberley’s completing the Gibb River Challenge to raise money for the RFDS.

The 12 staff members left Derby on Sunday, travelling on the Gibb River Rd, reaching Ellenbrae station last night. Next stop is Home Valley Station where they’ll be able to have a hot shower and a much-needed rest.

The Gibb River Challenge is a socially competitive 660km team relay event raising community awareness and money for charity. The event runs over one week from Derby to El Questro.

6. TAS: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Remembering Kikatapula

This week marks the death of Kikatapula, also known in life as ‘Black Tom’ or Tom Birch.

From the east coast, he saw the first ships arriving in lutruwita; was stolen from his family and brought up around Richmond; rejoined his tribe; was arrested for murder but released; spoke several Aboriginal languages.

was a major figure in the wars of resistance; later joined Robinson’s expeditions as a guide; contracted dysentery at Wybalenna and died during this week in 1832 at pataway, the area around today’s town of Burnie.

waranta tangara Kikatapula, mangina rrala;
lungkana rruthina pataway-ta. Krakani nayri, ngini.
We mourn Kikatapula, brave warrior; killed at pataway.
Rest peacefully, beloved ancestor.

7. SA: Please help Zibeon get people back home for treatment and give generously to help open the doors to the first remote dialysis clinic on the APY lands.

Zibeon Fielding is a 24 year old man from Mimili Community and an Aboriginal Health Worker at ‘Local’ in the far-north-west region of South Australia on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankingtjara Lands(APY). Zibeon is determined, passionate and wants to help his people live long, healthy and happy lives.

In 2016, Zibeon was selected into the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), a foundation established by World Champion Robert De Castella. A testament to his determined spirit, Zibeon tried out for the squad for four consecutive years before being accepted into the program. Zibeon has now trained under the IMP, completed a New York City Marathon and is now taking on his biggest challenge yet.

Please help Zibeon get people back home for treatment and give generously to help open the doors to the first remote dialysis clinic on the APY lands.

THE CHALLENGE

Zibeon’s challenge….and dream, is to run an Ultra Marathon – 62km from his community of Mimili, to neighbouring Indulkana. It’s a long, long way…the length of ONE AND A HALF MARATHONS through harsh desert country and further than he has ever run before.

As part of his training Zibeon is now set to run another ‘WORLD’S BIG SIX MARATHON’ in Boston (USA), April 16th 2018. (Proudly sponsored by Epic Good Foundation http://epicgood.com.au/)

With the support of the South Australian Film Corporation, Zibeon is filming his journey towards the run and will share the mental and physical obstacles he endures. He will reveal what’s required to push the boundaries of ones physical capacity and provide an educational journey that allows the audience to share his pain, moments of doubt and absolutely dogged perseverance.

Zibeon will start his run on 20th of May.

THE GOAL

The ultimate goal is to raise $50,000 for The Purple House – Western Desert Dialysis. The money will be used to help get the doors open at the first remote dialysis unit on the APY lands – Pukatja / Ernabella SA.

Opening in 2018, the new dialysis unit will provide much needed ‘on country’ dialysis for Anangu people. Indigenous people from remote Australia are being diagnosed with kidney failure at unprecedented rates and without ‘on country’ treatment options, dialysis patients are forced to relocate Alice Springs or Adelaide…many miles from home.

With every step he takes…millions over the 5 months training and 5+ hour final ultra marathon, Zibeon is striving to bring about positive change to all those he cares about and even to those he doesn’t know yet. Zibeon hopes to reconnect old people with their homes and inspiring young people to do right by themselves.

With your help, Zibeon will get the doors open at the new Pukatja Dialysis Unit and start to bring people home to country and their families.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Please click the ‘DONATE’ button and give generously, SHARE on social media and follow Zibeon on his epic journey

DONATE HERE $20 $50 $100 Etc

8.1 VIC : VAHS Deadly Choices Education session Friday 18 May

 

9. NT Congress Alice Spring new Tackling Smoking Ads

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #ACCHO Deadly Good News stories : Features Pat Turner CEO co hosting @NITV #ThePoint #Budget2018NACCHO @GidgeeHealing #BecauseofHerWeCan @awabakalltd @Wuchopperen @CAACongressPlus News from #NSW #QLD #VIC #ACT

1.1 National : Our NACCHO CEO Pat Turner co hosts a special Indigenous Health edition of NITV The Point 3 May 2018

1.2 National : NACCHO’s Budget proposal to accelerate Closing the Gap in Indigenous Life Expectancy

1.3 National : SistaQuit needs a few more ACCHO sites for an Indigenous smoking cessation trial for pregnant Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women who smoke 

2.1 QLD : Gidgee Healing Mt Isa An Indigenous health forum with more than advice for women

2.2 QLD  : Wuchopperen Health Service to raise awareness for Domestic Violence Prevention Month

3.NSW :Awabakal ACCHO Newcastle : Australian Ninja Warrior star Jack Wilson signs on to help fight chronic Indigenous obesity

4. ACT : Winnunga ACCHO leads the way May 27 , Reconciliation Day, to recognise and celebrate reconciliation in the ACT between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal people.

5.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic centre opens in Alice Springs amid ‘huge demand’

5.2 NT : Sir Michael Marmot visits Congress Alice Springs  

6.VIC : Planning the Closing the Gap future

 View hundreds of ACCHO Deadly Good News Stories over past 6 years

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

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1.National : Our NACCHO CEO Pat Turner co hosts a special Indigenous Health edition of NITV The Point 3 May 2018

View the full program here

https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1214949955803/the-point-3-may

In my view, the only way to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people – no matter what the sector – is to put Aboriginal programs in Aboriginal hands

It would come as no surprise to any of you to hear me say that an ideal Australia should be one without any gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

We are all aware of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and how a succession of well-intended Governments have struggled to make any progress

Just look at the situation for our young people

At the moment, Indigenous children starting school have twice as many developmental hurdles

Young Aboriginal people are almost five times as likely to commit suicide

Young Aboriginal people are over 30-times more likely to be in juvenile detention

None of us want to see these sorts of statistics

None of us want to see the horrific system failures such as Dondale ever repeated again

We must build a fair and just society in which first Australians can flourish on equal terms and in which our kids get the chance they deserve

We need to do this by putting Aboriginal programs into Aboriginal hands

Closing the health gap with #715 Health checks

The gap in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and other Australians is not closing

The burden of disease for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island population is 2.3 times higher than for the rest of the population – Funding should reflect this

But it is much higher in remote areas

Yet a dangerous myth persists that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people receive ample funding

To address the disparity, the Commonwealth, in particular, needs to do more

The Commonwealth must lift expenditure not just to match the States’ spend of $2 per Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander for every $1 for the rest of the population, but to match the burden of disease – i.e. $2.30 for every non-Indigenous dollar The Commonwealth only spent $1.21 per Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island person for every $1 spent on the rest of the population

The Closing the Gap targets should remain

But the Government seems to be walking away from these targets and reinventing a softer scheme in which it is less accountable

Until Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are fully engaged and have control over their health and wellbeing any ‘refresh’ will be marginal at best, and certainly won’t close the gap

We need radically different action to achieve the targets, but let’s start simply by putting Aboriginal programs in Aboriginal hands

1.2 National : NACCHO’s Budget proposal to accelerate Closing the Gap in Indigenous Life Expectancy

On Budget night follow #Budget2018NACCHO

Aboriginal Health Download NACCHO Pre #Budget2018 Submission : Budget proposals to accelerate #ClosingTheGap in #Indigenous life expectancy

1.3 National : SistaQuit needs a few more ACCHO sites for an Indigenous smoking cessation trial for pregnant Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women who smoke 

The SISTAQUIT Study aims to improve the provision of timely, evidence-based smoking cessation care to pregnant Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women who smoke and who attend an Aboriginal Medical and Health Service for their ante-natal care.

The study involves a randomized controlled trial testing the SISTAQUIT intervention against ‘usual care’ (all sites receive SISTAQUIT either now or later).

We will to do this through on-site face to face interactive webinar training, free trial resources, free oral NRT for all study sites and financial reimbursement to both study sites and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who consent to participate in the study.

The SISTAQUIT Team are aiming to recruit 30 study sites nationally and are very excited to have already recruited 22 ACCHOs from NSW, Queensland, NT, WA and SA.

We would love to hear from any ACCHOs who would be interested in becoming a study site or those who would like more information on the study.

If your service would like to be a part of this vital trial to help us understand how to provide the best chance of quitting during pregnancy then please call or email Ms Joley Manton on (02) 4033 5720 Mobile 0439 613 836 or email: joley.manton@newcastle.edu.au or sistaquit@newcastle.edu.au

2.QLD  : Gidgee Healing Mt Isa An Indigenous health forum with more than advice for women

The first Indigenous Women’s Health Forum launched at the Mount Isa Golf Clubhouse on Tuesday, May 1.

Gidgee Healing Regional Manager of Deadly Choices Daniella Solakovic said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have some of the poorest health statistics, so the aim of this event is for women to come together to hear from their peers and specialists on key aspects of health and share their personal experiences.

Originally Published here

The two-day event discussed the subjects of nutrition, sexual health, domestic violence, cancer and wellbeing and self care.

Ms Solakovic said they wanted the women to leave after the event with confidence.

“Confidence with the knowledge acquired from the topics we have discussed. Confidence to share the information with others in the community, confidence to access the support services within the community and confidence to remember they are worthy, loved and not alone,” she said.

The second day of the event had a pamper element as the women participated in a number of wellness based activities.

“We had weaving classes, cooking, nail painting, yoga, waxing, face masks and even hair cutting,” Ms Solakovic said.

“We want to acknowledge women and the hard work they do on a day-to-day basis.”

Special guest speaker and Deadly Choice ambassador Rhonda Purcell said meeting together and building networks is were we can get strength from one another.

“We come from a long line of women in our culture from which to draw strength from.

“I grew up in a house with domestic violence and saw a lot of things a child should never see,” Ms Purcell said

I can say today, I got my strength from my mother, she is my inspiration and always will be.”

Special Guest Shellie Morris is an indigenous Australian singer who in 2014 won the NAIDOC National Artist of the Year award.

Ms Morris has worked with numerous organisations using music as a healing tool.

“Meeting together like this is like a moment of respite used to empower us to be strong and know our self worth and that we can achieve anything,” she said.

2.2 QLD  : Wuchopperen Health Service to raise awareness for Domestic Violence Prevention Month

Wuchopperen Health Service Limited will hold outreach, clinic – based and online activities across Domestic Violence Prevention Month (May 1 – 31) to raise awareness of domestic and family violence and the pathways to change.

Social and Emotional Health Acting Manager Spencer Browne said Domestic Violence Prevention Month was all about encouraging people to speak up.

‘Wuchopperen’s theme for Domestic Violence Prevention Month 2018 is #SaySomething. Wuchopperen is encouraging anyone  affected by domestic or family violence to say something, whether it’s to ring an organisation like ours and ask for help, or check in on someone you are concerned about, speaking up makes a difference.’

‘Wuchopperen recognises that domestic and family violence harms individuals, families and communities and we have a range of culturally appropriate, specialised programs to provide advice, care and support for people experiencing, or committing domestic violence.

‘Our services include men’s and women’s yarning groups, youth programs, specialist counselling for men and women, a psychologist and clinical psychologist, court support and free legal advice.

‘Wuchopperen is committed to supporting healthy, respectful relationships which generate healthy families and healthy communities.’

Activities

#SaySomething Social Media Campaign

Community organisations, local schools and individuals will be encouraged to use the hashtag to promote domestic and family violence prevention and awareness.

Sample messages include:

[SCHOOL] says domestic and family violence is everyone’s business #SaySomething #DVPM18

[ORGANISATION] says healthy relationships matter #SaySomething #DVPM18

Week 1

Tuesday 1 – Friday 4 May

School based activities – domestic and family violence education and awareness, healthy relationships education and awareness

Week 2 

Tuesday 8 May, Wednesday 9 May

Wuchopperen male and female Family Support Workers providing outreach services at Manoora Community Centre

Murray St, Manoora

Thursday 10, Thursday 11, Friday 12 May

Wuchopperen male and female Family Support Workers providing outreach services at the Mooroobool Community Hub

Shang St, Mooroobool

Week 3 

Monday 14 – Friday 18 May

Information and awareness activities at Stockland Shopping Centre and Pease St IGA

Week 4 

Tuesday 21 – Friday 25 May

Community event at Wuchopperen Manoora featuring guest speakers, the community sector and a healthy meal

This release can be accessed online here.

 

3.NSW :Awabakal ACCHO Newcastle : Australian Ninja Warrior star Jack Wilson signs on to help fight chronic Indigenous obesity

Jack Wilson, the ‘Deadly Ninja’ from Channel 9’s Australian Ninja Warrior (ANW) series visited with Awabakal on Monday 23 April, showing off his deadly ninja moves and helping to inspire the Indigenous community.

Jack is a proud Indigenous Australian from Mount Isa who is on a mission to educate Aboriginal men, women and children to live a healthy lifestyle and always reach for their goals.

See full media coverage here

During his time on ANW Jack was best known for proudly wearing traditional body paint and Budgie Smugglers in the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

After a difficult upbringing, Jack has overcome his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse to become a successful distance runner and role model to Indigenous youth. He has now partnered with Awabakal to become an ambassador for their Indigenous health programs.

“Jack is the type of personality that our young people will really connect with and look up to,” says Raylene Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Awabakal.

“His connection to culture and ability to overcome the challenges in his life is really inspiring,” Raylene continued.

Jack’s recent visit to Awabakal included an exercise session and motivational talk with the participants of their Knock Out Health Challenge, which is a collaboration between Awabakal and Love the Life (LTL) to encourage healthy living amongst staff and Awabakal community members.

Awabakal also arranged for Jack to show the Awabakal kids his moves at the Ninja Parc obstacle course at Howat Gym in Cooks Hill as part of their school holiday program. This was intended as a fun and engaging activity which helped to inspire and educate the kids to exercise and navigate the obstacles in everyday life.

For more details about Awabakal’s services and work with the Indigenous community, visit http://www.awabakal.org or phone (02) 4918 6400.

4. ACT : Winnunga ACCHO leads the way May 27 , Reconciliation Day, to recognise and celebrate reconciliation in the ACT between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal people.

IGPA CANBERRA CONVERSATION PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES

RECONCILIATION IN THE ACT – ARE WE THERE YET?

DATE: Thursday 31 May 2018

TIME: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

VENUE: Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY

ABOUT: On 27 May 2018 the residents of Canberra will enjoy a public holiday, Reconciliation Day, to recognise and celebrate reconciliation in the ACT between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal people.

This seminar will explore the extent to which genuine and sustainable progress has been made in achieving reconciliation in the ACT.

Discussion will centre on a range of data, summarised below, which reflects the extent to which Aboriginal people in Canberra continue to experience disadvantage and of the adequacy of the local response to these matters, including the degree of self-determination accorded the Aboriginal community.

  •  Native title has been completely extinguished in the ACT;
  •  Canberra’s Indigenous students fall two years behind their non-Indigenous peers in educational outcomes;
  • Canberra’s Indigenous people are 21 times more likely to be incarcerated compared to non-Indigenous people, and the ACT has the second highest rate of Indigenous incarceration in Australia;
  • An Aboriginal child in Canberra is 12 times more likely than a non-Aboriginal child to be removed, under a care and protection order, from its parents and the ACT has the second highest rate of removal of Aboriginal children in Australia;
  •  7.6% of Canberra’s Aboriginal community report that they live in housing in which they do not have access to working sewerage facilities;
  •  46% of Indigenous males and 39% of indigenous females in the ACT over the age of 15 used an illicit drug or other substance in the last year; and
  • 35% of Aboriginal children in Canberra live in poverty;

This IGPA seminar is co-sponsored by Winnunga Nimmityjah AHCS and is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM.

THE PANEL JULIE TONGS OAM has been the Chief Executive Officer of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service since 1998. Julie is a Wiradjuri woman and was born in Whitton. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and in particular in advising, formulating, implementing and evaluating public health initiatives, programs and policy at a local, regional and national level.

Julie has been a national leader and strong advocate of quality improvement initiatives within the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the ACT Governor General’s Centenary Medal, the ACT Indigenous Person of the Year, and the ACT Local Hero Award. In 2012 Julie was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia.

LOUISE TAYLOR is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid ACT. Louise is a Kamilaroi woman born and raised in inner city Sydney. For a significant portion of her career Louise was a specialist Family Violence prosecutor at the Office of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions.

Louise has a particular interest in women’s issues especially in relation to family, domestic and sexual violence and is passionate about the importance of access to justice for women, particularly for Aboriginal and other marginalised women. She is a long time Convenor of the ACT Women’s Legal Centre Management Committee, a past member of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council and former Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. Louise was the 2009 recipient of the ACT International Women’s Day Award, and is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee.

5.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic centre opens in Alice Springs amid ‘huge demand’

 

The Northern Territory’s first diagnostic centre for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has opened in Central Australia — where paediatricians estimate one in five children could suffer from the disorder.

Key points:

  • It is estimated more than 500,000 Australians have FASD but it is often not diagnosed
  • The new centre aims to diagnose children early so they can get listed on the NDIS
  • Early diagnosis could also help keep those with the disorder out of prison

 

The centre, launched by the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC), will use the first commonly adapted diagnostic tool to ensure early diagnosis of the disorder.

It will also offer a team of paediatricians, psychologists and other health professionals like speech pathologists to help asses at-risk children.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is an impairment to the brain caused by mothers consuming alcohol while pregnant.

It causes severe developmental delays, disability, learning difficulties, memory impairment and behavioural problems.

Known as the invisible disability, people with FASD can often go undiagnosed and untreated.

Yet it is estimated more than 500,000 people have FASD in Australia.

Congress child and family services senior manager Dawn Ross said the centre would help ensure those impacted were diagnosed early and services would be immediately available.

“Many children are presenting with [developmental] delays and Congress felt that it was important to not only do full health checks, but that wraparound services and support was given for children,” Ms Ross said.

“Every parent wants to know if there’s a delay that there’s a service out there that’s going to be provided for them.”

Diagnosis could keep children out of prison

Dr James Fitzpatrick, a paediatrician and researcher working with children who have FASD, said 36 per cent of people in juvenile detention in Western Australia had the disorder.

Not only would early diagnosis help get children listed on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and accessing support, he believed it could help lower prison rates.

Drug and Alcohol Services Australia chief executive Carol Taylor agreed, saying a lot of the youth problems in Alice Springs stemmed from intellectual impairment, and “throwing them in prison won’t solve the problem”.

Disorder is a ‘threat to culture’

While Ms Taylor welcomed the new centre opening, she warned that demand would be huge, particularly from Indigenous residents.

“We do have a lot of babies that come into DASA, they’re almost all Aboriginal kids,” Ms Taylor said.

For this reason, Dr Fitzpatrick indicated that reducing the impacts of the disorder could also help preserve Indigenous culture.

“[FASD] is a threat to the very culture that needs to be passed on through stories, song and tradition,” he said.

5.2 NT : Sir Michael Marmot visits Congress Alice Springs  

6.VIC : Planning the Closing the Gap future

The national Closing the Gap agenda and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework are being refreshed this year. These are important documents. They guide policy and funding priorities in Aboriginal affairs, and set out how government will be held accountable for achieving those priorities.

Aboriginal people know what’s best for themselves, their families and their communities. That’s why the Victorian Government will be led by Aboriginal Victorians around what the new Closing the Gap agenda and Victorian Aboriginal Affairs framework should look like.

Throughout the first half of 2018, there will be a range of opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to have their say and lead the refresh of both national and Victorian frameworks.

For more information on Closing the Gap or the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework see the Discussion Guide and Factsheet.

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #ACCHO Deadly Good News stories : Features @DanilaDilba and @DeadlyChoices partnership promotes healthy lifestyle messages Plus News from #CongressUN18 #NSW #QLD #VIC #WA #NT #ACT

 1.International : National Congress Intervention at the United Nations

2.1 NSW Katungul ACCHO IRESPECT group are now equipped to talk about DV amongst their peers, family and in the community on effort to minimise this issue

2.2 NSW : Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) Aboriginal Children’s Therapy Team presents video at a national conference on rural health on the important role of the Aboriginal Health Worker

3.1 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin and the Deadly Choices mob share their healthy lifestyle messages at The Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre Darwin

3.2 NT : Over 80 Congress ACCHO Alice Springs staff make Deadly Choice by running the Barrett Drive Mile

3.3 : Senator Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for #Education and Training checking out Congress’ #Childcare today #earlyyears #AboriginalHealthinAboriginalHands @Birmo

4.VIC: VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team #Hertribe #HisTribe and Deadly Ninja Warrior

5.QLD : Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) will receive almost $250,000 to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the south-east for the NDIS rollout.

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 1.International : National Congress Intervention at the United Nations

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-Chair Jackie Huggins delivered an intervention at the United Nations in New York on Thursday 19th April 2018 during the 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

This key speech by National Congress comes only days after Co-Chair Rod Little emphasized the need for the Australian government to implement UNDRIP during his engagement with the Commonwealth People’s Forum in London.

National Congress Intervention

This year, Australia took up its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Foreign Minister, the Honourable Julie Bishop, has spoken about Australia’s proud human rights record. In international forums, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is always strongly supportive of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In many regards, these statements are hypocritical in the extreme.

Particularly, Australia has been severely criticised for its human rights failures in its asylum seekers and refugee policy, and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

Late last year, the final report by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Australia’s human rights record was released, which noted ongoing problems in protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; women, especially in the context of gender-based violence; LGBTIQ people and all people to live free from racism and religious intolerance.

Full Transcript here National Congress – UN Intervention – 24 April 2018

 

2.1 NSW Katungul ACCHO IRESPECT group are now equipped to talk about DV amongst their peers, family and in the community on effort to minimise this issue

Another valuable and positive outcome from the IRESPECT program. This programs aim was to bring up issues about domestic violence in our community against women.

This group are now equipped to talk about DV amoung there peers, family and in the community on effort to minimise this issue. All of the participants enjoyed the program and look forward to putting new skills into practice. Remember “Because of Her we Can”. Well Done guys.

2.2 NSW : Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) Aboriginal Children’s Therapy Team presents video at a national conference on rural health on the important role of the Aboriginal Health Worker

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“Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) has worked with the Big Cares team for the past 12 months and in that time has produced several amazing videos which have showcased our work.

Originally published

“They have been as diverse as promoting our Aboriginal Medical Service to promoting the work of a program which helps young Indigenous men to strive for a positive life, to a NAIDOC event at a small Aboriginal community. These videos have helped to promote the services and programs that we deliver to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in western NSW.

“On all levels, from the shoot, to production and editing the Big Cares team are thoroughly professional, delightful and easy to work with because they really care about delivering a polished product that helps their clients make a difference.

“Recently, WACHS used one of the videos made with the Aboriginal Children’s Therapy Team to present at a national conference on rural health on the important role of the Aboriginal Health Worker in the care of Aboriginal children with speech and hearing impairment. We highly recommend Big Cares to other not-for-profit organisations and recommend video as a powerful tool to tell a story and make a lasting impact.”

– Rebekah Bullock, executive manager of communication and information technology at WACHS.

3.1 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin and the Deadly Choices mob share their healthy lifestyle messages at The Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre Darwin

The Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre would like to give a big shout out to Nathan Appo and Sean Yorston from Deadly Choices, and the team from Danila Dilba who popped in to share their healthy lifestyle messages with the students from Yarralin and Kalkarindji last week. Health education is a key element of the MLLLC Education Program.

With NT Thunder

3.2 NT : Over 80 Congress ACCHO Alice Springs staff make Deadly Choice by running the Barrett Drive Mile

Over 80 staff across the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress workforce formed Team Congress 2018 in the Alice Springs Barrett Drive Mile on Friday evening.

Well recognised in uniform promoting Deadly Choices health checks and a no smoking message, the team included representatives from all sections of Congress’ multidisciplinary workforce, including the Chief Executive Officer, Executive and Senior Managers, Doctors, Aboriginal Health Practitioners, Allied Health Practitioners, Clients Service Officers, Nurses, Cleaners, Early Childhood Educators, Researchers, Corporate staff and Health Promotion staff.

Pictures above supplied by Tracey Donnellan Brand

The team concept was initially inspired by Congress Podiatrist and champion runner, Brad White and has proven to harnesses social dynamics, peer interaction and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Congress has been participating in the event since 2016 and from modest beginnings the team has grown to a sizeable force that dominated the event’s novelty race.

Event organisers praised Congress’ strong participation that contributed almost a third of all the competitors and helping to make the event a big success.

3.3 : Senator Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for #Education and Training checking out Congress’ #Childcare today #earlyyears #AboriginalHealthinAboriginalHands @Birmo

4.VIC: VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team #Hertribe #HisTribe and Deadly Ninja Warrior

Today the Healthy Lifestyle team are excited to be hanging out with the Deadly Ninja Warrior- Jack Wilson. Visiting Bubup Wilam and Yappera teaching the kids some

Ninja skills and having loads of fun!

#Histribe

#HerTribe reunion video

 

5.QLD : Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) will receive almost $250,000 to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the south-east for the NDIS rollout.

The Palaszczuk Government has today (24 April) launched a project to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability living in south-east Queensland access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O’Rourke announced Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) would receive almost $250,000 to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the south-east for the NDIS rollout.

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“It’s very important every effort is made to ensure all Queenslanders benefit from the opportunities the NDIS presents,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Around 38 per cent of the state’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in south-east Queensland, from Somerset in the north to the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast in the south, and west into the Lockyer Valley.

“Our experience with the rollout so far is that a higher level of engagement is required to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability register to receive the support they need under the NDIS.”

Mrs O’Rourke made the announcement during a visit to the IUIH’s Yulu-Burri-Ba Clinic at Capalaba. Member for Capalaba Don Brown said the Palaszczuk Government was focused on ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with disability received the support they need to access the NDIS.

“This funding will help enlist the support of a local service provider specialising in Indigenous health issues to connect with this target group and engage them in the NDIS transition process,” Mr Brown said

IUIH Chief Executive Officer Adrian Carson said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability were much more likely to come on board the scheme if they are approached by a person or organisation they trust and with whom they have an existing relationship.

“It’s also important they can get the information and help they need easily and quickly from an organisation that is based in their community and which understands and values their cultural identity,” he said.

“NDIS Readiness is an urgent priority for Indigenous communities in the south-east because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 1.7 times more likely to have a disability than non-Indigenous people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 2.5 times more likely to have a disability.

“This funding will help us reach out to them through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the south-east to ensure everybody who needs disability support receives it from day one.”

The IUIH NDIS Readiness Project will employ four full-time and one part-time staff members.

In the south-east, the rollout is due to begin on 1 July 2018 for Logan and Redlands, Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River, Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg, Gold Coast and Hinterland, as well as in Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait.

This will be followed by rollout in Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie on 1 January 2019.

What is the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to Australians living with a significant and permanent disability.

The NDIS provides eligible Australians with the reasonable and necessary support to live an ordinary life, and to be more independent and actively participate in their communities.

It offers the person choice and control over how, when and where they use their supports to achieve their goals.

The IUIH NDIS Readiness Project team will do what they can to help you understand this new scheme.

You can find more information by reading the Frequently Asked Questions document – or you can

– visit www.ndis.gov.au

– call the Government information line on 1800 800 110 between 8am and 11pm Monday to Friday

– email the IUIH NDIS team at ndis@iuih.org.au.

Information sessions will be held at the following locations (all at 10am)

  • 26 April – YBB – Capalaba – My Horizon, 1/15A Runnymede Rd, Capalaba
  • 3 May – Brisbane ATSICHS – Gabba – Level 1, 55 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba QLD
  • 9 May – Brisbane ATSICHS – Logan – 41 Station Road, Logan Central QLD
  • 2 May *9:30am – Kalwun – Miami – Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club – 2 Hythe St, Miami
  • 17 May *9:30am – Kalwun – Miami – Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club – 2 Hythe St, Miami
  • 22 May – Brisbane ATSICHS – Logan – 41 Station Road, Logan Central QLD
  • 28 June – Moreton ATSICHS – TBA
  • 10 July – Moreton ATSICHS – TBA

6. ACT : Winnunga ACCHO Download the April Newsletter

Download HERE Winnunga AHCS Newsletter April 2018 (003)

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #ACCHO Deadly Good News stories : Features @AMAPresident Dr Michael Gannon visits our #NT ACCHO’s in Central Australia Plus News from #NSW #TAS #QLD #VIC #WA #SA #ACT

1. NT : This week the President of the AMA Dr Michael Gannon paid a flying visit to our ACCHO’s in Central Australia : His 2 day diary

2.1 NSW : Indigenous culture at the heart of new Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services (ACC&MS) home care project

2.2 NSW : Yerin Incorporating Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre inaugural Health Care Quality Committee

3. QLD : Apunipima celebrates the first anniversary of its Wellbeing Centres :  It has been a year of milestones and learnings for the team that ‘hit the ground running’ 12 short months ago.

4. SA : Nganampa Health Council’s 2017 Annual Report is now available

5. WA : Two Aboriginal women, leaders in Aboriginal health care in Western Australia, have been recognised for their lifelong dedication and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

6.VIC : The Commission for Children and Young People welcomes the appointment of  former NACCHO Chair Justin Mohamed as Victoria’s new Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

7. TAS : A yarn with Assoc. Professor Greg Phillips April 20

8.1 ACT : Winnunga ACCHO Download the April Newsletter

8.2 ACT : Winnunga has commenced a new program for first time mothers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies

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1. NT : This week the President of the AMA Dr Michael Gannon paid a flying visit to our ACCHO’s in Central Australia : Here is his 2 day diary

Day 1.1 Pintupi Homelands Health Service Kintore

Thank you for welcome to Pintupi Homelands Health Service, @WDNWPT Purple House Dialysis Unit in Kintore, NT.

Social, economic, human benefits of delivering health care on country, under community control in evidence

Day 1.2 Urapuntja Health Service Utopia

Fabulous welcome to Urapuntja Health Service Utopia, NT.

Innovative, impressive primary healthcare service delivery in difficult setting. Shocking Diabetes rates. Exciting new Dialysis service. Real answers of course lie in prevention, addressing social determinants of health

Day 2 .1 Congress Alice Springs

Thank you to Congress Alice Springs for the meeting/tour. Fabulous integration of doctors, nurses, midwives, AHWs, allied health experts. Disc. housing, water, social determinants of health, proposed rural training hubs as way to build medical workforce in regional Australia

Day 2.2 Congress Alice Springs; Harm caused by cannabis

Talking to Doctors, Aboriginal Health Workers about harm caused by cannabis in Alice Springs. Any permissive messaging on Gunja extremely harmful to local Indigenous population and their mental health.

Will impair prevention messages my colleagues working so hard on

Day 2.3 : NPY  Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council  

Thank you to Andrea Mason, Angela Lynch NPY Women’s Council. Fascinating insights into the work of Ngangkari, wellness models, Mental

2.1 NSW : Indigenous culture at the heart of new Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services (ACC&MS) home care project

 

“At the heart of our philosophy of Koori Health in Koori Hands is the health and wellbeing of our Elders,

By our Elders maintaining their lifestyle and connection to culture and country, we will be able to keep them independent and at home for longer.”

CEO of Katungul ACC&MS Robert Skeen also emphasised the connection to country experienced by Aboriginal Elders that is a key driver of the project

A new $1.4 million culturally-sensitive Indigenous seniors home care project, designed for Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales, has been agreed to and launched between aged care provider IRT Group and the Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services (ACC&MS).

The project is designed to suit Indigenous cultural preferences and recognises that Aboriginal seniors have a connection to country and a desire to age in place, while also aiming to support older aboriginal people to stay in their own homes as they age.

Following the government grant funded project’s launch on 9 April signified by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), there is expected be a first meeting of the Project’s Steering Committee, formed to guide the project’s community-based and community-led approach to Indigenous aged care over the next three years.

IRT Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patrick Reid says the project addresses barriers to accessing aged care by assisting Aboriginal seniors to apply for government home care funding assistance.

He also adds that IRT’s registered training organisations, IRT Academy, will support the project with delivery of a Certificate III training package for Indigenous trainees to provide culturally-appropriate home care services.

“Through the work of our IRT Foundation, we aim to provide equity in aged care service provisions to all seniors in the community,” Mr Reid says.

“We’re proud to partner with Katungul which has been working for the last 25 years to enable Aboriginal people to live healthy lives, enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice.”

Following the Project’s Steering Committee’s first meeting, a Koori Aged Care Community Yarn Up information session will also be held.

This session will have experts on hand to answer questions about the benefits of Koori Home Care, as well as the training offered by IRT Academy.

2.2 NSW : Yerin Incorporating Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre inaugural Health Care Quality Committee

This week Yerin had their inaugural Health Care Quality Committee meeting.
The purpose of the Committee is to provide the Yerin Incorporating Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre Board and CEO with expert clinical advice on clinical governance, patient experience and quality management of systems

3. QLD : Apunipima celebrates the first anniversary of its Wellbeing Centres :  It has been a year of milestones and learnings for the team that ‘hit the ground running’ 12 short months ago. 

“We have been able to employ community members into all positions in the centres, which include Receptionists, SEWB workers and Team Leaders.”

Our team leaders are also leaders in their community, which fits beautifully into the Apunipima Model of Care and is something that sets our service apart.”

Tanya Robinson, the Social Emotional Wellbeing Services Manager said it was important for the centres to have a strong local workforce

Last week marked the first anniversary of Apunipima’ s Wellbeing Centres in Cape York.

It has been a year of milestones and learnings for the team that ‘hit the ground running’ 12 short months ago, at centres in Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge.

The Social Emotional Wellbeing services were set up in 2009 by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, in April 2017 Apunipima assumed responsibility and took over the management of these centres.

The role of the Apunipima Wellbeing Centres is to support the broad social and emotional wellbeing needs of each community. Each centre works to the Apunipima Model of Care, a community driven, community led model that focuses on all aspects of cultural, emotional, environmental and spiritual wellbeing.

Setting up a new service arm within any organisation can be a challenging time, Apunipima took these challenges in their stride, keeping community at the forefront of all changes.

“It was really important that the transfer to Apunipima management of the centres had no negative impact on clients using the services. I think we can be really proud of how that unfolded; it was a seamless transition.” Said Bernard David, who was the Regional Manager for Social Emotional Wellbeing at Apunipima.

Apunipima’ s Social Emotional Wellbeing team spent a lot of time in each community, before, during and after the changeover, meeting with all of the stakeholders to ensure that community members were involved in how the program would be delivered into the future.“

Both Bernard and Tanya agree that the future is looking great for the Wellbeing Centres. “We are constantly looking at how we can better service our clients and that will be our focus in the coming months.” Said Tanya.

4. SA : Nganampa Health Council’s 2017 Annual Report is now available

The Annual Report highlights a number of significant achievements in the past year including:

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• Excellent child and women’s health program outcomes
• An enhanced program of specialist visiting teams
• Strong Anangu employment and training outcomes
• An improved chronic disease management program leading to increased adult health checks
• Continuing high levels of participation in our sexual health screen and continued low levels of infection
• Innovative and collaborative public health programs
• Robust, leading edge information technology systems
• A continued strong financial position

To reduce our impact on the environment we have reduced the number of annual reports we have printed.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of this year’s report, or receive a notification next year by email, please send us a private message.

5. WA : Two Aboriginal women, leaders in Aboriginal health care in Western Australia, have been recognised for their lifelong dedication and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

 

Two Aboriginal women, leaders in Aboriginal health care were posthumously honoured with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia’s prestigious lifetime achievement awards at the State Sector Conference Dinner

Donnybrook Elder Gloria Khan and Derby Elder Maxine Armstrong have dedicated their lives to advancing the agenda for Aboriginal health in WA.

AHCWA Chairperson Vicki O’Donnell said both women had made positive differences to their communities.

Maxine, who passed away in March 2018, was the last of five founding members of the Derby Aboriginal Health Service, and had served as the Derby Aboriginal Health Service Chairperson for over 15 years. Maxine was also Chairperson of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Board for over 10 years and a Director on the AHCWA Board for more than a decade.

“Maxine was a passionate advocate for Indigenous and Aboriginal health, with her driving force to ‘help her people’,” Ms O’Donnell said.

“In particular, she was steadfast in her commitment to address the alarming rate of chronic disease in indigenous communities, the unacceptable rate of suicide and the impact of drugs on individuals, their families and their communities.

“Maxine was particularly proud of her efforts to secure funding for key medical facilities such as the Derby Aboriginal Health Service Dialysis Hub and Renal Health Centres in Derby, Kununurra and Fitzroy Crossing. She was also integral to the establishment of a refuge for Indigenous women.”

Maxine’s dedication and commitment to Aboriginal primary health was passionate and instrumental in developing strong partnerships with many community stakeholders across WA and Australia.

Gloria, who passed away in February 2018, was a passionate leader who worked tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people both in WA and across Australia.

She served as the AHCWA chairperson from 2005 to 2008, during which time she was also the Chair and the Deputy Chair of the South West Aboriginal Medical Service and Executive Director of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Gloria also sat on several committees including the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and the Telethon Kids Institute’s WA Aboriginal Child Health Survey Steering Committee, the largest and most comprehensive study into the health, wellbeing and development of Indigenous children.

“Gloria was a strong, proud Nyoongar woman who dedicated many years of service to Aboriginal health in WA and across Australia,” Ms O’Donnell said.

“Along with her kindness and compassion, she brought a wealth of knowledge to the sector as a nurse and a trained counsellor, with experience in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, grief and drug and alcohol abuse.

“Gloria’s depth of knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal health at the local, state and national level gave her the opportunity to advocate these issues in many forums.

“She showed true leadership, advocacy and commitment to help close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of Australia.”

Maxine and Gloria’s legacies will continue through the efforts of others to ensure the advances and progress they made will continue.

More than 260 delegates from around the state are attending AHCWA’s annual state sector conference at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle over April 11 and 12.

Yesterday, AHCWA unveiled its revolutionary new health atlas, Mappa, which provides cutting edge mapping technology to help align patients with local healthcare providers.

Tomorrow will see Federal Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt launch AHCWA’s Western Australia Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy 2018-2023: Today’s young people, tomorrow’s leaders.

Developed with and on behalf of young Aboriginal people in WA, the strategy is the culmination of almost a decade of AHCWA’s commitment and strategic advocacy in Aboriginal youth health.

Over the two days, 15 workshops and keynote speeches will be held. AHCWA will present recommendations from the conference in a report to the state and federal governments to highlight the key issues about Aboriginal health in WA and determine future strategic actions.

6.VIC : The Commission for Children and Young People welcomes the appointment of  former NACCHO Chair Justin Mohamed as Victoria’s new Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

The Commission for Children and Young People welcomes the appointment of Justin Mohamed as Victoria’s new Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.

Mr Mohamed is a proud Aboriginal man of the Gooreng Gooreng nation near Bundaberg in Queensland. He has dedicated the past 25 years to working towards building a stronger and healthier nation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

‘Mr Mohamed is well known as a strong and experienced advocate, and I look forward to working alongside him to advance the rights and interests of Aboriginal children and young people in Victoria,’ Principal Commissioner Liana Buchanan said.

The appointment comes at a time when Victoria has made significant commitments and some progress in tackling long-standing issues for Aboriginal children, particularly those in out-of-home care.

‘There remains much work to be done to tackle discrimination, improve services and ensure that Aboriginal children and young people in Victoria can fully enjoy the rights that many take for granted,’ Ms Buchanan said.

More information about the appointment can be found in the Minister for Families and Children media release: Introducing A New Champion For Aboriginal Young People

Mr Mohamed will begin his tenure on 28 May.

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Treaty is connected self worth and empowerment for Aboriginal youth: Justin Mohamed

Victoria has a new Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People and he says the state is changing the course of the Indigenous community with its combined efforts on dealing with children in care and a treaty with the state’s Indigenous people.

Justin Mohamed will take up the position next month, well credentialed as a former head of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, and a former chief executive of Reconciliation Australia.

Victoria is the only state to have a Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young people and the state has been grappling with a 60 per cent increase in the number of children entering care between 2013 and 2015

7. TAS : A yarn with Assoc. Professor Greg Phillips April 20

8.1 ACT : Winnunga ACCHO Download the April Newsletter

Download HERE Winnunga AHCS Newsletter April 2018 (003)

8.2 ACT : Winnunga has commenced a new program for first time mothers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health #ACCHO #6rrhss Deadly Good News stories :#NSW #QLD #VIC #WA #NT #SA #ACT Including @Galambila @DeadlyChoices @IUIH_ @WinnungaACCHO

1.1 NSW: Galambila ACCHO Coffs Harbour leads the way incorporating cultural healing artwork into new building and staff uniforms

1.2. NSW : Indigenous Doctor to specialise in women’s health and high-risk pregnancy care. after graduating this month

2.1 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin hosts Wurrumiyanga community on Bathurst Island with information about improving health and career pathways in health.

2.2 NT : Katherine West Health Board Timber Creek’s Women’s Health Day 2018.

3.QLD :Institute for Urban Indigenous Health :Because of Her I must : Adrian Carson and Aunty Pamela Mam

4SA : Colourful health bus provides medical services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote areas

5. VIC : Officially launch in Mildura partnership with MDAS & Deadly Choices hosting a community day for the mob.

6. 1 ACT : Winnunga has commenced a new program for first time mothers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies.

6.2 ACT : Winnunga Save a date : celebrating 30 Years of excellence ACCHO health

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1.1 NSW: Galambila ACCHO Coffs Harbour leads the way incorporating cultural healing artwork into new building and staff uniforms

On behalf of the Board and management, NACCHO congratulates the Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour on the opening of its new reception and patient waiting area. It is good that staff and community members alike will benefit from this new facility.

It is also great to have the Commonwealth Government’s financial support for this initiative. It is pleasing to see the Galambila Aboriginal Health Service improving its facilities for the benefit of our community, and I congratulate you on your continued efforts to improving Aboriginal health outcomes in the region.”

Pat Turner CEO NACCHO

Galambila ACCHO Compassionate, Respectful, Empowering & Inclusive

This week the Chair of the Galambila ACCHO Rueben Robinson officially opened the new building and reception at a smoking ceremony on Gumbaynggirr country

Local artist, Brentyn Lugnan, who designed the artwork for the building and is also embedded on the staff shirts.

Brentyn attended the opening and explained the story his art that follows the journey from the foundations of the family / community thru to the travels of kangaroos ,  middens connecting to country and the role of bush medicine  for Gumbaynggirr people

1.2. NSW : Indigenous Doctor to specialise in women’s health and high-risk pregnancy care. after graduating this month

 

 “I had the opportunity to undertake placement at the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Medical centre in Wyong, attend rural obstetrics clinics in Moree – the birthplace of my Nan, and complete an elective subject at the Menzies School of Health Research in Brisbane, which explored barriers to early diagnosis and poor outcomes in gynaecological cancers in Indigenous women,” 

Following in the footsteps of her Aunty, Professor Gail Garvey, Nicole Whitson is proud to be the third person to graduate from her large Indigenous family of almost 40 immediate relatives.

Commencing her studies at the University as an Open Foundation student, Nicole persevered with her studies and has become a doctor, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine with Distinction.

Nicole said she was particularly interested in medical care for Indigenous people and enjoyed the opportunity to tailor her study to reflect her interests.

It was through this practical experience that Nicole realised her desire to specialise in high-risk pregnancy care.

Reflecting on her experience at the University of Newcastle, Nicole said she was “glad to study in a supportive environment.

“As an Indigenous medical student from a large family with little exposure to the tertiary education system, I expected to encounter challenges but I had a lot of support from the University, its Wollotuka Institute, and my husband Elliot.”

Nicole said she was grateful for her time at university, not only to realise her dream of becoming a doctor, but to have built a network of life-long friends.

“One of the highlights was definitely the close-knit community, I met some of my best friends during my studies at university,” Nicole said.

The University of Newcastle has graduated approximately one-third of Australia’s Indigenous doctors and today celebrates a proud milestone, graduating its largest ever cohort of Indigenous students from the Joint medical Program, with ten students crossing the graduation stage today.

2.1 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin hosts Wurrumiyanga community on Bathurst Island with information about improving health and career pathways in health.

This week visiting students from Xavier Catholic College in the Wurrumiyanga community on Bathurst Island came to visit Danila Dilba.

The students got an overview of our organisation, including information about improving health and career pathways in Danila Dilba.

Great to see the enthusiasm of these students and their interest in health.

2.2 NT : Katherine West Health Board Timber Creek’s Women’s Health Day 2018.

A successful day where the ladies from Timber Creek region and Bulla community came together to yarn about women’s health.

A shout out to SARC Katherine for coming long. Thank you Victoria Daly Regional Councill for your spport.

#oneshieldforall

3.QLD :Institute for Urban Indigenous Health :Because of Her I must : Adrian Carson and Aunty Pamela Mam

Adrian Carson has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for more than 25 years and has been the CEO of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health since 2011.

Adrian nominated Aunty Pamela Mam’s story to lead the Because of Her campaign, a celebration of women who have made our communities what they are today.

Aunty Pamela Mam (Aunty Pam) was one of the first Aboriginal nurses in Queensland. She was the first Nurse Manager of the Aboriginal and Islanders Community Health Service Brisbane (now ATSICHS Brisbane) and the first Manager of the Jimbelunga Nursing Centre – where she worked for 15 years.

Raised on Palm Island, Aunty Pam started working as a Nurse Aide at Palm Island Hospital, later receiving permission to train as a nurse at Townsville Hospital.

She went on to study midwifery at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane and in conjunction with her late husband, Uncle Steve Mam, was hugely active in advocating for and establishing many services that exist today.

Adrian says that he chose to nominate Aunty Pam because of the sacrifices she has made to lead our community to where we are today. He says, “She has supported IUIH since we were established in 2009 and has always been here for us when we needed her.

“Aunty Pam is a great leader in the community and we are so lucky to have her as our patron. Her hard work and tireless efforts to make sure we are accessing the health care we need in the way that we need it has made a huge impact on the health of our people.

“Through her amazing work in the community, she connects all of us to our humble beginnings.”

He mentions that Aunty Pam has impacted his life greatly by providing support within the work that IUIH does. He says, “She has always been a great support for me, she always gives a good counsel, and she’s there when I need her.”

“She lives by three words, commitment, compassion and dedication. These are the qualities that IUIH as an organisation reflects on when working with and for our people.”

Aunty Pam continues to serve as the patron for IUIH, and supports many other community projects that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in South East Queensland.

To recognise Aunty Pam’s contribution the Because of Her project was launched at Aunty Pam’s 80th birthday celebration held at Jimbelunga Nursing Centre in March this year.

Share your own story of a deadly woman in your life at www.facebook.com/IUIHBecauseofHer

Image: Adrian Carson (IUIH), Aunty Pamela Mam, Jody Currie (ATSICHS Brisbane)

4SA : Colourful health bus provides medical services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote areas

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Remote communities often grapple with challenges of distance from health care and support, but an outreach service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South Australia’s Riverland is hoping to change this, with the help of a bus.

Bright and colourful, the Pi:Lu Bus is designed to be a safe place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to receive help and health advice.

The bus is highly regarded and well recognised by Riverland locals, with a role of providing specific health prevention messages and free testing.

The mobile service is one of only a few in Australia.

“The bus is available to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who may not be able to get into our service for reasons that they could not have transport available or their funds may be really low,” Riverland Aboriginal Health Service coordinator Corinne Thompson said.

“I think the bus is helping to build relationships between our local Aboriginal people and some of our mainstream services as well.

“Any needs that the community have around their health, we’re there to support them.”

Community shines spotlight on its health

The Pi:Lu Bus was returned to the community last year at NAIDOC Week celebrations following extensive consultation around local health services.

Previously known as the Peelies Bus — the Aboriginal word for eyes — the bus travelled the region conducting health examinations, with a particular focus on eyes.

It was decomissioned for five years due to mechanical troubles, but a push from the community saw its re-commissioning and name change to the Pi:Lu Bus — Aboriginal for all-seeing eyes.

“Aboriginal people, Torres Straight Islander people have vastly different health needs to mainstream Australia,” Ms Thompson said.

“I guess we need to be working more to get those prevention messages out there.”

5. VIC : Officially launch in Mildura partnership with MDAS & Deadly Choices hosting a community day for the mob.

6. 1 ACT : Winnunga has commenced a new program for first time mothers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies.

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6.2 ACT : Winnunga Save a date : celebrating 30 Years of excellence ACCHO health 

 

7. WA : @AHCWA pioneering new ways of working in Aboriginal Health :Our Culture Our Community Our Voice Our Knowledge

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health #ACCHO Deadly Good News stories : Including #Tullawon AMS @DeadlyChoices @CAACongress @Apunipima #Anyinginyi NT @June_Oscar #WomensVoices

1.1 National  : NACCHO Chair attends opening of Yalata Blue House 

1.2 MIMS-NACCHO Partnership

2.1 QLD :  Talkin Tukka : What’s a healthy lifestyle in Cape York?

2.2 QLD : Patrick Johnson becomes a Deadly Choices Ambassador

2.3 : June Oscar heads for Queensland Wiyi Yani U Thangani #WomensVoices project

3.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs takes part in CTG Refresh

3.2 NT : Anyinginyi Health supports Tennant Creek alcohol restrictions ,they  must be longer and tougher

Includes new Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up Video Tennant Creek kids  

4.WA : Earbus and South West Aboriginal Medical Service performs checks for Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School Students 

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1.1 National  : NACCHO Chair attends opening of Yalata Blue House 

NACCHO Chairperson John Singer was invited by NACCHO member Tullawon Health Service to the launch and opening of the “Yalata Blue House “ for men’s health, social, and cultural activities.

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The new men’s shed at Yalata SA is set to provide men in the community a space to talk openly about any issues they may be facing.

The ‘Yalata Blue House’ was officially opened last month with a group of about 25 men attending the unveiling.

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia project officer Joshua Riessen has been involved in the creation of the men’s shed at Yalata and said it was “great” to see it opened.

“I help the men drive activities and health activities such as around the ‘no smoking’ message – it is a place where we want to spread that message and hope to change attitudes slowly,” he said.

“There was a women’s equivalent, a mum’s and bubs space, where women could come together and talk about any issues and we wanted something for the men too.

“It is a safe space and place to talk about any health issues, and it is also a platform for visiting GPs to go over and talk to the men about their health and make sure they are not ashamed to talk about any issues.”

Mr Riessen said the shed project had been in the works for the past few months and was planned in conjunction with community leaders and organisations.

He estimated men from as young as 16 to those in their 70s would use and benefit from the new space.

Mr Riessen said the creation of the men’s shed would have a positive impact on the Yalata community.

“As well as being a safe space to talk, the men will also undertake activities such as arts and crafts, for example traditional painting, and woodwork,” he said.

“They can go to the shed to do these things and sell their items, which can generate some revenue to put back into the house to keep the activities going.”

An estimated 40 men have already been through the shed between its unveiling and the recent official opening and Mr Riessen said the reaction from community members had been “very positive”.

“They are really opening up about personal health issues and are having discussions with the other men,” he said.

“People feel comfortable in the shed and it also helps to bring the community together.”

 1.2 MIMS-NACCHO Partnership

MIMS is partnering with NACCHO to provide all their clinics access to the most up-to-date and relevant medicines information through eMIMS.

Download and share this info : MIMS-NACCHO discount offer

MIMS is proud to partner with NACCHO and work together to achieve health equality for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and contribute to the Close the Gap Campaign.

By joining our efforts, we strive to ensure that all Australians live a long, healthy and happy life.  eMIMS is a trusted and well-established resource, and remains your complete guide to Product Information, Consumer Medicine Information, Product Images, Drug Interactions and PBS information for all registered medicines in Australia.

MIMS is offering all clinics a discounted rate for eMIMS subscriptions at $165.00 incl. GST per user.

This is a generous discounted offer, our standard single user price for eMIMS is $299.00.

To take advantage of this offer and support this MIMS and NACCHO partnership:

Please email Kumar Singh at kumar.singh@mims.com.au with your order details

(your name, clinic name, clinic address, phone number, eMIMS Cloud or Classic, and how many users you will need at the clinic)

eMIMS is available as two platforms:

eMIMSCloud needs internet connection

  • Internet-based and can be accessed from wherever you are on any internet abled device.
  • In eMIMSCloud you will find additional content such as tools and calculators to help you make decisions based on evidence based parameters.
  • Drug Allergy interactions checker.
  • With eMIMS Cloud there is nothing to install or update
  • No updates are required by you.

eMIMS Classic does not rely on internet connection

  •  eMIMS Classic can be installed on a network or single PC/laptop.
  • You will be provided with a license key which will activate your subscription.
  •  MIMS will provide you with a DVD in April August and December; monthly medicines information updates need to be manually downloaded and installed for months other than when you receive a DVD. MIMS will provide you with an email each month to notify you that the updated information
  • You do not need to logon to eMIMS Classic – you simply need to open it and leave it open during working hours.
  •  Downloaded to sit on your hard drive from a DVD.

 

2.1 QLD :  Talkin Tukka : What’s a healthy lifestyle in Cape York?

A new Indigenous media project launching today will bring listeners all the latest information, thanks to a new partnership between Black Star Radio and Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

Talkin Tukka is the program. Inspired by Black Star’s regular Bush Tukka segments, the new program is about our healthy Indigenous foods and a whole lot more! It also focuses on other healthy foods available for Indigenous people to blend with their wild caught and harvested bush tukka: the best of our traditional and modern knowledge.

Talkin Tukka also features health experts, food and nutrition experts, including for women’s, men’s and children’s health. It will build and support the great movement for good health we see across the Cape, providing ideas, information and positive health messages for Indigenous families.
The partnership is a great fit for Apunipima and Black Star, who each blend traditional and cutting-edge knowledge in all they do.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council represents 17 communities in the Cape and into the Torres Strait. It provides culturally appropriate, community-controlled primary health care and advocacy services in 11 of those communities and plans to build a primary health care Centre in each community over the coming years. A dedicated personnel of health practitioners and indigenous health staff services are always on call or standby to handle any emergency.

Black Star Radio, operated by Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM) also operates across Cape York – in 16 locations, along with a further eight communities in remote Queensland. Also owned and managed by community, our role is to provide essential and reliable radio services “as good as the services that people in our capital cities take for granted”. Black Star takes an innovative approach to remote Indigenous broadcasting, using the latest digital and online technologies combined with the might and reach of broadcasting, to support communication within and between communities.

Both organisations are central to life in the Cape and the program will be heard widely. It’s a “must take” category program across the Black Star network of stations, which means all Black Star communities in the Cape will get the show, with their local programming resuming at 10 am.
QRAM/ Black Star Director Neville Reys and CEO of Apunipima Paul Stephenson, signed the 12-month contract today.

Neville Reys said “this is a wonderful new show for our listeners across the Cape. There’s no other health show that understands the healthy aspects of our lifestyle in the Cape, our fish and other wild food – and also the difficulties we have with getting access to other healthy food.”
Paul Stephenson for Apunipma said, “the partnership between Black Star Radio and Apunipima will see both organisations working closely with communities seeing lasting benefits in the areas of health nutrition and health improvement”.

2.2 QLD : Patrick Johnson becomes a Deadly Choices Ambassador

Honoured to meet the Deadly Team at the Kalwun Health Clinic on my second day as a Deadly Choices Ambassador. #deadlychoices

Great to catchup with the Kalwun Men’s Health Group for a yarn and a feed. #deadlychoices

2.3 : June Oscar heads for Queensland Wiyi Yani U Thangani #WomensVoices project

We’re heading to Queensland for the Australian Human Rights Commission‘s Wiyi Yani U Thangani #WomensVoices project. We’ll be in Brisbane on Saturday at the WOW Australia festival, before heading to Logan and Mt Isa.

We’re looking forward to hearing from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women & girls.

Your valuable contribution will help identify key challenges and priorities and help influence positive change for our children and the future generations

3.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs takes part in CTG Refresh

Co-Chair Jackie Huggins with Josie Douglas from the Central Land Council, Donna Ah Chee – CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) and Mischa Cartwright (Director Stakeholder Engagement & Communications Office of Aboriginal Affairs – NT Department of Local Government & Community Services).

The Closing The Gap Refresh Roundtables moved to Alice Springs last week. Co-Chair Jackie Huggins participated in the discussions with attendees.

Jackie met with celebrated Arrernte elder Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM (pictured).

 

3.2 NT : Anyinginyi Health supports Tennant Creek alcohol restrictions ,they  must be longer and tougher

In early 2018 the Thumbs Up! team visited Tennant Creek to deliver a community workshop for children focussing on alcohol and other drugs awareness.

The first day of their visit coincided with the tragic assault of a young girl and after speaking to community Elders and prominent citizens it was agreed that the workshop should go ahead. This powerful song is the result, written and sung by the children with

Media Report

Aboriginal corporations in Tennant Creek have asked the Northern Territory’s new Liquor Commission for tougher alcohol restrictions in the town, with a view to making them permanent.

The commission held a public consultation in Tennant Creek on Wednesday about whether the restrictions, which were extended by three months in March, should be relaxed or retained.

Proposed alcohol quantities (per person/day):

  • 1x six-pack of beer or pre-mix
  • 1x carton mid-strength or light beer
  • 1x bottle of wine
  • 1x one-litre cask wine
  • 1x fortified wine
  • No spirits
  • No alcohol for sale on Sundays

Tighter controls on takeaway alcohol were imposed in the remote town in February, in response to police figures showing an increase in alcohol-fuelled crime and the alleged rape of a toddler.

In a joint submission, the Anyinginyi Health, Julalikari Council, and the Papulu Apparr-Kari language centre told the commission they want a further reduction in alcohol quantities available for sale.

They said they would like those new restrictions to be in place for at least 12 months, with the possibility of making them permanent.

“We do not believe the restrictions are adequate… they have achieved little in terms of reducing alcohol consumption in our community,” the submission read.

The three Aboriginal corporations also want pubs, clubs, and bottle shops in the town to be held accountable for “degrading” environmental standards on their premises, including toilet and bathroom facilities.

“We remind the commission that we are not a community of animals and everyone in our municipality is entitled to the minimum standards of environmental health,” the submission said.

“Unless licensees are capable of delivering a standard that most Australians would regard as acceptable, they should not hold a liquor licence.”

Up to $300 paid for 2-litre cask of wine

The Aboriginal corporations want random inspections of licensed premises and licensees who sell alcohol to intoxicated customers, banned drinkers, and pregnant women should be held accountable.

A discussion about the number of pubs, clubs and bottle shops in Tennant Creek, compared to the town’s population size, was also needed, said Barbara Shaw, general manager of Anyinginyi Health.

“Reducing the number of alcohol outlets will certainly go a long way to managing the problem,” Ms Shaw said.

According to the submission, black-market alcohol sales are not being properly monitored, with people paying up to $300 for a two-litre cask of wine.

“We are also experiencing greater levels of sly grog-running. More effort needs to be applied to monitoring illegal alcohol activities,” the submission said.

The group is also calling for police and security staff in Tennant Creek to undertake a cross-cultural training course.

This would provide them with “a better understanding of local Aboriginal social structures and the attendant norms and practices that define the Warumungu world view,” the submission stated.

The Aboriginal corporations want therapeutic support and “wrap-around” programs for people who end up on the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) because of chronic alcoholism.

They have asked the commission to refer to the Tennant Creek Alcohol Management Plan and Action Plan 2014-2017, which reflects a “great amount of community consultation” and outlines strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm.

4.WA : Earbus and South West Aboriginal Medical Service performs checks for Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School Students

The students of Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School in Glen Iris recently received a helping hand from one of Western Australia’s premier health services.

Media Report

The Earbus Foundation of WA visited the school and provided free hearing checks on Thursday, March 22.

Djidi Djidi students Kassie Allan and Deakin Williams were lucky enough to have their traditional indigenous designs placed on the bus.

Earbus chief executive officer Paul Higginbotham said the service first came to the school in November 2016, assisted by the South West Aboriginal Medical Service.

“When we drove in, the kids’ faces just lit up because this is the first time they have seen it like this,” he said. “Our job is to make sure that if they have got an ear problem it doesn’t turn into hearing loss.”

Through its Community Giving Fund, Aurizon presented the Earbus with a $20,000 grant. The funding allowed the health service to visit schools across the South West.

Piacentini and Sons also made a contribution to the Earbus service

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #ACCHO Deadly good news stories : @EssendonFC and @TheLongWalkOz partners with Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) to promote @DeadlyChoices #Indigenous preventative health campaign #NT #TAS #ACT #SA #NSW #QLD #WA #VIC

1.VIC : Essendon Football Club and The Long Walk partners with Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) to promote Deadly Choices

2.NSW :Awabakal opened a new Community Clinic to mark National Close the Gap Day

3.WA : The AHCWA team took action to raise awareness of National Close the Gap Day 2018!

4.NT : Mobile health lab expands educational offering through Heart Foundation partnership

5.ACT : Winnunga ACCHO Download monthly News from CEO Julie Tongs

6.QLD : Apunipima ACCHO Closing the Gap on health inequality for Indigenous mothers and babies in Cape York

7. Tas: TAC : The Tasmanian Aboriginal community gathered in the North-West last weekend for an annual celebration of Aboriginal culture, heritage and land ownership.

8.SA  : SA’s biggest Closing the Gap Day

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1.VIC : Essendon Football Club and The Long Walk partners with Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) to promote Deadly Choices

“We’re proud and pleased to partner with another urban Community Controlled Health Service (VAHS) to deliver Deadly Choices to their communities. Programs like Deadly Choices demonstrate that the solution to improving Indigenous health and well-being is within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,”

CEO of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Adrian Carson, is excited to see Essendon and VAHS rolling out Deadly Choices in their region.

Essendon Football Club and The Long Walk are proud to announce they have partnered with Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) to promote the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preventative health campaign, Deadly Choices.

Watch Launch video HERE

A social marketing campaign developed by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), Deadly Choices aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families, with a specific focus on:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising daily
  • Accessing their local Community-Controlled Health Service for an annual ‘Health Check’

The Club will work closely with VAHS and IUIH in order to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make Deadly Choices.

General Manager of The Long Walk and Indigenous Affairs, Leanne Brooke, said Essendon is the first AFL Club in Victoria to get behind Deadly Choices.

“Essendon and The Long Walk are proud to support Deadly Choices, and we look forward to working closely with VAHS and IUIH to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Brooke said.

“Essendon’s strong following, and our long and proud connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, will not only help us promote the importance of making Deadly Choices in the North of Melbourne but right across Australia.

“Partnering with VAHS using the Deadly Choices preventative health campaign reinforces Essendon and The Long Walk’s ongoing commitment to celebrating, educating and empowering Australia’s first nation’s people.”

As part of the new partnership, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Joe Daniher and Michael Hurley were unveiled as the Club’s Deadly Choices Ambassadors.

Today the trio joined their teammates in showing off the new Essendon themed Deadly Choices t-shirts, which participants receive after having an annual health check.

CEO of VAHS, Michael Graham, said the new partnership would raise vital awareness about the importance of good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“For VAHS, Deadly Choices as a marketing tool is a ‘game- changer’ for the long term health and well-being of our people,” Mr Graham said.

“When we get on the front foot and have people informed about their health status and support them to take control with Deadly Choices, then we are heading in the right direction.”

CEO of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Adrian Carson, is excited to see Essendon and VAHS rolling out Deadly Choices in their region.

“We’re proud and pleased to partner with another urban Community Controlled Health Service (VAHS) to deliver Deadly Choices to their communities. Programs like Deadly Choices demonstrate that the solution to improving Indigenous health and well-being is within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” Carson said.

“Essendon players will promote the preventative health messaging that will attract even more clients to VAHS health clinics, to make their health a priority.”

To learn more about Deadly Choices, click here.

To find out where your nearest VAHS clinic is, click here.

2.NSW :Awabakal opened a new Community Clinic to mark National Close the Gap Day

On Thursday 15 March, Aboriginal organisation Awabakal opened a new Community Clinic in Raymond Terrace to mark National Close the Gap Day.

This new Clinic will be the start of an expansion for Awabakal as they work to meet the region’s demand for Aboriginal health and community services and to assist in addressing the serious issue of the disparity in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. In addition to the new Raymond Terrace site, another Clinic will open in Cardiff in April and there are plans to service an additional two communities with their mobile outreach clinics.

Awabakal’s Chief Executive Officer, Raylene Gordon is proud of the organisation’s growth and the support they have had from the community.

“It’s wonderful to see our community growing as people engage with our services. To now have the opportunity to take these services to a wider territory takes us a step closer to closing the gap,” says Raylene.

=“We are always aiming to lead the way in delivering culturally appropriate health and wellbeing services to our people. The Raymond Terrace site is exciting because it is a partnership with a local Aboriginal organisation, Wahroonga.

Awabakal’s new Clinic will operate to provide additional access to services already delivered by Awabakal Medical Service in Hamilton which currently provides primary health care, advocacy, social and emotional support to Aboriginal families in the Newcastle area.

In additional to growing their geographical reach, Awabakal has also recently expanded their services by becoming a registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). They are also currently in the process of developing new Youth programs to continue to work towards closing the gap in life expectancy by providing better services and opportunities for Aboriginal people from a young age.

With more than 40 years behind them as an Aboriginal managed not-for-profit organisation, Awabakal continues to set the standard for Indigenous health services that both honour the Aboriginal culture whilst opening the possibilities for greater equality in the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Visit www.awabakal.org for more information about Awabakal’s services

3.WA : The AHCWA team took action to raise awareness of National Close the Gap Day 2018!


The Close the Gap campaign calls on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030

4.NT : Mobile health lab expands educational offering through Heart Foundation partnership

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People living in remote Northern Territory communities will benefit from an expanded health education offering through a partnership between Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) and the Heart Foundation.

 This year, Menzies’ mobile health laboratory HealthLAB will be delivering the Heart Foundation’s LiveLighter program to five remote communities in the Top End and three communities in Central Australia.

 Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan, HealthLAB director, said the team was excited to show people living in remote Australia ways to lower their risk of developing chronic diseases by delivering hands-on health promotion.

“LiveLighter is a fantastic public education campaign. It aligns with the aims of HealthLAB, which is promoting positive health behaviours and empowering people to reduce the risks of developing health issues later in life for themselves and future generations,” Assoc Prof Smith-Vaughan said.

 The LiveLighter program aims to encourage Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles by making simple changes to what they eat and drink, and by being more active.

 HealthLAB uses the latest health technology to measure participants’ health and inform them about the impacts of smoking, alcohol misuse and diet, which can increase the risk of long-term diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, obesity and heart disease.

 HealthLAB stations are operated by dieticians, sonographers, clinical professionals and scientists who provide education and measure physical health through body impedance, blood pressure, carbon dioxide analyser, and upper body strength, among others.

 Heart Foundation Northern Territory CEO, Simon Dixon, said the Heart Foundation was delighted to be partnering with Menzies to deliver HealthLAB to communities in the Territory.

“Healthy lifestyles lead to healthy hearts,” said Mr Dixon.

“The LiveLighter program has successfully educated thousands of Australians about the importance of healthy nutrition and activity,” he said.

 “Now with the involvement of HealthLAB we will be able to spread this message to a really important audience in remote communities as well.”

The first HealthLAB and LiveLighter program was delivered in Maningrida on Close the Gap Day, Thursday, 15 March 2018. The team also set up at the Tiwi Islands AFL Grand Final on Sunday, 18 March 2018.

For more information about HealthLAB, visit www.menzies.edu.au/HealthLAB

5.ACT : Winnunga ACCHO Download monthly News from CEO Julie Tongs

I was very pleased, in late February to again welcome Minister for Health Ms Meegan Fitzharris and Minister for Community Services Ms Rachel Stephen-Smith to Winnunga AHCS. I am genuinely grateful for the interest which both Ministers are showing in Winnunga AHCS and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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Winnunga AHCS Newsletter March 2018

The primary purpose of the meeting was to update the Ministers on initial concept and design work which Winnunga AHCS has commissioned Judd Consulting to undertake in respect of the proposed new health and community services facility. A number of issues were covered during the discussion on plans for the new building. These included issues such as timing, project management, funding model, lease arrangements, ownership, design, construction and parking.

This is an incredibly exciting and important project for Winnunga AHCS and all of its clients and I am grateful for the collaborative approach which Minister Fitzharris, in particular, has adopted.

At the meeting with the Ministers we also discussed the plan announced recently by the Government to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre of Excellence in Health at the Canberra Hospital. I expressed some surprise that neither the reason nor rationale for the creation of the Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health had been conveyed to either me or anyone at Winnunga AHCS. I explained it was not clear what role the Centre would play and how it would relate to Winnunga AHCS – the first choice for health care for the majority of Canberra’s Aboriginal community. The Minister advised that while she had understood that Winnunga AHCS had been consulted about the proposal she was most concerned that that was not the case. I await with interest an explanation of what it is that the proposed Centre will do.

I also discussed with the Ministers my concerns about the continuing delay in finalising the tender process for the return of Boomanulla Oval to Aboriginal control and management.

The meeting with Ms Fitzharris and Ms Stephen-Smith was open and constructive and I look forward to their continued interest in, and support of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

6.QLD : Apunipima ACCHO Closing the Gap on health inequality for Indigenous mothers and babies in Cape York

Apunipima Cape York Health Council announces a new project to address the health inequality of Indigenous mothers and babies in Cape York.

Families in remote Cape York communities will benefit from a new project being undertaken by Apunipima Cape York Health Council to improve nutrition before, during and after pregnancy.

Apunipima has been awarded funding from Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) to deliver the Optimal Infant Nutrition for Cape York Mums Project.

The project will build upon Apunipima’s award-winning Baby One Program and further develop a suite of tools, workshops and activities around nutrition for mothers and infants to improve long-term health and wellness outcomes.

Population Health and Research Team Leader Melinda Hammond said it is well known that underlying poor nutrition is a major contributing factor to the higher burden of disease experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared with other Australians.

“We know that improving health and life expectancy starts early in life. The healthier a pregnancy is, the healthier the child will be and the better they will learn and grow.” said Ms Hammond.

NQPHN Chief Executive Officer John Gregg said improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by closing the gap is a priority area of NQPHN.

“This partnership with Apunipima will assist in education for families that may otherwise be out of reach for many within Cape York communities.

“We are proud to be a part of this program, as we continuously work towards helping northern Queenslanders to live happier, healthier, and longer lives.”

Aboriginal women have an increased risk of having low birthweight babies and complications of anaemia, poor nutrition and there are high rates of smoking and chronic disease during pregnancy. This increasing risk of adverse health outcomes for the mother and baby. Poor nutrition before, during and after pregnancy and during the first few years of life can result in chronic disease later in life. Preventing this starts with healthy mothers, babies and children.

The project will be run over the next two years and will initially focus on two Cape York communities. Apunipima will be working in partnership with researchers at James Cook University, Monash University and Menzies School of Health Research to ensure robust evaluation of all the project activities is shared widely.

The three-day camping event was held at Preminghana, a property north of Arthur River that was handed back to the Aboriginal community in 1995.

Scott Wells of Wynyard entertains campers with music. Picture: Supplied

CEREMONY: Brenton Brown of Burnie does a Cleansing Dance while Launceston boys Calvin Riley and J’Kobi Hughes beat clap sticks. Picture: Supplied

TAC North-West regional manager Lisa Coulson said there was “a real sense of community and cultural connectedness” among the 170 people who attended.

Ms Coulson said the camp also provided a chance for family and friends to catch up.

“It was a great opportunity to get kids and their families out of the cities and into their natural environment on their land,” she said.

The TAC also ran workshops on protective behaviours and strategies to keep young people safe, updated the community about land management efforts at Preminghana and had experts on nutrition and quitting smoking on hand.

The annual camp was started in 1991 and moved to Preminghana in 1995.

Aboriginal community members from around Tasmania enjoy cultural activities at the preminghana Camp.

 8.SA  : SA’s biggest Closing the Gap Day 
11am – 3pm
Thursday 22 March 2018
Adelaide Showground, Ridley CentreJoin us for SA’s biggest Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Showground.
Closing the Gap Day is a FREE all-ages event which aims to bring together people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.FEATURING MUSIC BY NANCY BATES & ELLIE LOVE GROVE
MC SHELLEY WARE | COMEDIAN JOSHUA WARRIOR
DELICIOUS LUNCH | FREE HEALTH CHECKS | HENNA TATTOOS | NGANGKARI TRADITIONAL HEALERS | SA METROPOLITAN FIRE SERVICE TRUCKS | REPTILE ZOO | JUMPING CASTLE & MANY MORE FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS See More
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NACCHO Aboriginal Health Members Deadly News : 10 Great reasons our ACCHO’s #ClosetheGap @closethegapOZ Features @WinnungaACCHO @ATSICHSBris @DeadlyChoices @awabakalltd @CAACongress @TheAHCWA #NT #NSW #QLD #WA #VIC #ACT #SA

1.1 : National : Close the Gap Day: a greater role for Aboriginal community controlled health services essential

1.2 : Ten Close the Gap reasons Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are more than just another health service.

2.1 NSW : Sydney Close the Gap Picnic Breakfast event Surry Hills event.

2.2:  NSW : Awabakal ACCHO Close the Gap event : Expanding services to the Port Stephens community.

2.3: NSW : Ready Mob and Galambila help Close the Gap at Bowraville Indigenous Health Workforce Expo

3.1 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Close the Gap event Darwin

3.2 NT : Congress Alice Springs and CASSE Close the Gap _- Aboriginal Male Health

4.WA AHCWA is hosting a Close the Gap Family Festival!

6.1 :  QLD ATSICHS Brisbane team helps to Close the Gap at the women’s fun run

6.2 QLD : Telehealth closes the gap on Indigenous health in Queensland

7. Vic : VAHS is holding an event /Health checks for Closing the Gap Day.

8. SA : Port Power and Deadly Choices support Aboriginal Health checks to Close the Gap

9.Tas: Close the gap Events see link below

1.National : Close the Gap Day: a greater role for Aboriginal community controlled health services essential

Close the Gap Day is a day to acknowledge the critical role Aboriginal medical services and health professionals must play in turning around the significant health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation said today.

Besides events below find the nearest CTG event near you

After a decade of the Close the Gap campaign, programs and projects managed by Aboriginal services on the ground in local communities are the only model proven to be making inroads in closing the Indigenous health gap.

Watch the new 2018 CTG video here

The evidence tells us that Aboriginal people respond best to health care provided by Aboriginal people or controlled by the Aboriginal community.

At least one-third of the health gap can be attributed to the social and cultural determinants of health.

If we are serious about improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people, governments at all levels must do more to join the dots between education, housing, employment and other determinants and make sure that Indigenous led solutions are at the centre of strategies that make those links.”

10 reasons Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are more than just another health service.

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1.NACCHO puts Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands

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2.We are around for the long haul — commitment and continuity are required to close the gap

Our first members have been around since the very early 1970s. Our roots are deep. We have endured as a high quality, clinically accredited community controlled service for over forty years. As the health system becomes more complex, the role of our services becomes even more critical. The Indigenous population is also increasing rapidly, yet funding levels have not kept pace with demand.

3.We punch above our weight:

Aboriginal controlled health services provide about three million episodes of care each year for about 350,000 people. In very remote areas, our services provided about one million episodes of care in 2015-16.1

4.Our customers trust us with their health

Our services build ongoing relationships to give continuity of care so that chronic conditions are managed and preventative health care can be effectively targeted. Studies have shown that Aboriginal controlled health services are 23% better at attracting and retaining Aboriginal clients than mainstream providers.2 Through local engagement and a proven service delivery model, our clients ‘stick’. The cultural safety in which we provide our services is a key factor of our success.

More people are using Aboriginal controlled health services. It is reported that in the 24 months to June 2015, our services increased their primary health care services, with the total number of clients rising by 8% (from 316,269 to 340,299).3 A map showing the footprint of our clients is attached.

5.We are proven to be clinically effective

 As recently reported in the Australian Health Review (March 2017), we are more effective than other health services at improving Indigenous health.4 Our services specialize in providing comprehensive primary care consistent with our clients’ needs.

This includes: home and site visits; provision of medical, public health and health promotion services; allied health, nursing services; assistance with making appointments and transport; help accessing child care or dealing with the justice system; drug and alcohol services; and providing help with income support. This is funded by both State and Australian Governments.

6.We provide value for money

Aboriginal controlled health services are cost-effective. Our activities result in greater health benefits per dollar spent; measured at a value of $1.19:$1. The lifetime health impact of interventions delivered by our services is 50% greater than if these same interventions were delivered by mainstream health services, primarily due to improved Indigenous access.5

All revenue is re-invested into our health services. There is no profit-taking. We reinvest in our Indigenous workforce and in locally-designed strategies to trial new approaches. We are part of Indigenous communities and understand how critical respectful community engagement is to improving health outcomes.

We have a high level of community oversight and accountability. Our boards are made up of local Indigenous people and we serve our communities. We are responsive to their needs and they are not shy to tell us to lift our game, if we disappoint. We have innovative, robust and flexible service models grounded in the culture of our people and contemporary primary health care practices.

7.Governments and communities have invested in the sector and have grown it over time — it is a valuable health asset

Our community controlled health services are an integral part of the Australian health system just as hospitals are. An exemption under section 19(2) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 allows Aboriginal controlled health services access to Commonwealth funding, even if they are funded by state governments.6 This flexibility allows all parties to work closely together to provide the full service offer and get the best outcomes according to local need and circumstances.

There are many examples of important partnerships between our services and mainstream providers working collaboratively to maximize impact. For example, in Western NSW, the roll-out of a new partnership saw the number of Aboriginal people using integrated care services for chronic conditions more than double in the space of just four months.7

The health system is increasingly complex in nature and the dire state of Indigenous health has meant that Aboriginal people need to have control over their own health response and be part of the solution. We work closely with mainstream services to extend the reach of services and share our expertise to improve cultural safety.

While governments struggle to deliver service models that rarely reach or effectively service the needs of the most vulnerable Aboriginal people, we excel. That’s because we are Aboriginal people who understand what is required to change the future health of our people and we deliver it.

6.Most of our staff are Indigenous, but we need more Indigenous clinical staff

Our network provides a critical and practical pathway into employment for many Indigenous people. Currently, 56% of our staff are Indigenous. The greater representation is amongst non-clinical staff.

Much more needs to be done to develop viable career pathways to get more Indigenous doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Across Australia, there are only about 170 Indigenous medical practitioners, 730 allied health professionals, and 2,190 nurses.8

Source: Healthy Futures

9.We are the largest employer of Indigenous people

Our 141 Aboriginal controlled health services employ about 6,000 staff (most of whom are Indigenous). This means that one out of every 44 Indigenous jobs in Australia is with one of our services (3,300 of 141,400 FTE: 2.33%). This puts us well ahead of all mining employers. This is in a context where the health and social care sector employs 15% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce; almost four times as many as the mining industry (4%).9

Our large network of services is also critical to the economic health of many remote and local communities.

10.The need is compelling

Good progress has been made, but Indigenous health is still vulnerable to disturbing developments such as the recent outbreak of congenital syphilis across regions of Northern Australia.

This is an entirely preventable disease not seen in Australia for generations and its occurrence raises concerns about the delivery of antenatal care and sexually transmitted infection and blood borne virus control programs for all high risk groups.

2.1 NSW : Sydney Close the Gap Picnic Breakfast event Surry Hills event

2.2 NSW : Awabakal ACCHO Close the Gap event : Expanding services to the Port Stephens community

To celebrate National Close The Gap day on Thursday 15th March, Awabakal is excited to announce that we are expanding our services to the Port Stephens community.

You are invited to the grand opening of our Raymond Terrace site!!

88 Port Stephens St Raymond Terrace
Thursday 15th March @ 11:30am.

This is our contribution to close the health and life expectancy gap between the Aboriginal and the non-Indigenous communities in our area.

We look forward to working with you and your family towards a healthier community.

2.3: NSW : Ready Mob and Galambila help Close the Gap at Bowraville Indigenous Health Workforce Expo. #FutureHealthChampions

The Ready Mob and Galambila ACCHO Coffs Harbour was pleased to participate in the Indigenous health workforce expo at the Bowraville Central School on Friday, 9 March. Pictured above with Karl Briscoe CEO NATSIHWA

This event was a first for a number of peak Aboriginal Health bodies and stakeholders that informed and inspired Indigenous students and their families in Bowraville and surrounding areas to pursue careers in health.

See ABC Media Coverage HERE

Indigenous health expo teaches students about what it takes to don scrubs for a career in medicine

Alongside the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) and the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD), AIDA had more than 30 Indigenous doctors, nurses, midwives, nutritionists, and physiotherapists attending the school to deliver activities demonstrating some of the day-to-day procedures that occur in their respective fields.

Through applying plaster casts, delivering a mannequin baby, operating on organs and participating in pre-game exercises undertaken by players from the St Kilda and Melbourne Victory teams, showed students the variety of jobs available to them if they embark on careers in health.

CATSINaM CEO Janine Mohamed says “building the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce through targeted investment in our young people is critical to closing the gap on health disadvantage – we are proud to be part of an initiative that works with our communities in delivering a tailored approach to health education and training pathways”.

NATSIHWA CEO Karl Briscoe is proud to participate in the event, which will showcase what is possible for the Aboriginal youth of Bowraville who wish to commence a career in the health sector. “There are many pathways for our youth and we are thrilled to help foster and support our next generation of Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal Health Practitioners”.

IAHA Chairperson Nicole Turner says “we know that if we want to see long-term sustainable change to health outcomes, we need a strong representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners and workers across the many diverse careers in health. Engaging our young people and sharing the amazing opportunities available is part of growing that health workforce into the future”.

AIDA President Dr Kali Hayward says “it is so encouraging that we have so many people, organisations, families and community members supporting this important event. We are really excited to bring Indigenous health workers into the community to engage with students about the many options they have regarding careers in health”.

The MNCLHD has been instrumental in pulling this event together at the local level and engaging with the community to ensure this event is a success for everyone who attends. It is inspiring to see this level of enthusiasm in the community.

3.1 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Close the Gap event Darwin

Today 15 March is Close The Gap day. From 9:30AM to 11AM Danila Dilba will be at Stuart Park Pharmacy, 4/5 Westralia St, Stuart Park.

There will be food and giveaways supplied by the pharmacy. Danila Dilba will have information stalls and Hearing Australia will be there as well doing free hearing checks.

Radio Larrakia will also be broadcasting live from the event. Come on down tomorrow for this important day.

3. 2 NT : Congress Alice Springs and CASSE Close the Gap _- Aboriginal Male Health

” Establishing a male leadership group, having a place for males and addressing violence have been identified as key priorities in a research project to investigate ways to develop a best practice Aboriginal Men’s Shed in Alice Springs.

The Kurruna Mwarre-Ingkintja (Good Spirit Males Place) Research Project, a collaboration between the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) and Creating A Safe Supportive Environment (CASSE) – commenced in 2015 with the aim of developing a unique Aboriginal Men’s Shed Model, along cultural lines, to empower men to find their voices and live authentically.

For two years prior, many consultations were held with Aboriginal men and communities to determine the direction and need for pending research. The research has been philanthropically funded.”

The completed research report was launched at THE OLD COURTHOUSE, ALICE SPRINGS

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Ken Lechleitner Pangarte, the primary Researcher Officer, is an Anmatjere and Western Arrernte man with a cultural reputation for being able to move between the two worlds and for being an advocate for change for his people.

On establishing a male leadership group, Ken said: “This group of males shaped the direction of where the research should go, not to the bookshelves to gather dust, but create an entity to ensure findings are implemented into becoming outcomes.”

The group identified the need for new Aboriginal organisations, while operating alongside, and to provide a place for men to go to receive the physical, social and psychological support they need to get their lives on track, leading to establishment of the Blokes On Track Aboriginal Corporation (BOTAC).

“Establishing BOTAC was a breakthrough in finding a solution to engaging multiple services and these services have indicated that they would be happy working with a mutual body like BOTAC providing the required male leadership,” Ken stated.

The project included qualitative research interviews with 23 male participants living in Alice Springs that illuminated critical aspects of men’s experiences. Fourteen of the men agreed to have their interviews on public record and are published in “Talking Powerfully from the Heart – Interviews by Ken Lechleitner”, providing a moving adjunct to the research report.

“Their interviews brought to light and to life new found voices for males from central Australia,” Ken said.

Pamela Nathan, Director of CASSE’s Aboriginal Australian Relations Program, Senior Investigator, co-supervised the project and stated that the interviews “illuminated critical aspects of men’s experiences. Their recognition of the degree to which they have unmet emotional and psychological needs was striking – an aspect of their experience that seemed unrecognised by the wider public.

“The men say they hide their feelings that ‘they hurt, they bleed they have pain’, ‘all suffering’, feel ‘degraded and scorned’, ‘disempowered’, ‘lost’, ‘devalued’ and ‘unrecognised,’ seen as ‘violent losers’ and more.”

A key component of the project was trialling the psychoanalytically informed 15week ‘BreakThrough Violence’ group treatment program for the prevention and treatment of violence. The program privileges cultural and emotional experiences.

The summary of participants in the group program is an indictment of the system –many of the men were repeat violent offenders and many had not before received treatment for violence, let alone treatment in a culturally appropriate manner:

  • 32 men regularly participated in the weekly program
  • over two thirds (23 men) had not attended a violence treatment program before
  • nearly all (30) of the men were mandated
  • over two-thirds (20 men) had committed violent offences
  • 21 of the men had been in gaol before
  • 15 had been in gaol at least twice if not more often.
  • 5 of the men had been in gaol over five times.
  • 23 of the men were substance affected at the time of the offence.
  • The majority of men were aged between 20 and 40
  • Half the men lived in remote communities, with slightly less living in town
  • 30 out of the 34 men said they found the group helpful.

“These statistics reinforce the comment made last year by the Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh that “the current focus on policing and punishments are not providing the answer to the NT’s domestic violence problem””, said Pamela and Ken.

Final recommendations from the Kurruna Mwarre-Ingkintja Research Project report include:

  1. Establish a services agreement between Non-Government and Government Organisations through Blokes On Track Aboriginal Corporation (BOTAC)
  2. Establishment of Male Cultural Place
  3. Establishment of Psychological Place Health Retreat
  4. Men’s Residential area
  5. Chronic Disease Care Management services to be provided into the Male place
  6. Palliative Care Services on Country
  7. Establish a lease agreement with Iwupataka Land Trust
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    7.2 Restaurant / Café
    7.3 Market Place

For over 40 years, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) has provided support and advocacy for Aboriginal people in the struggle for justice and equity. Since that time, Congress has expanded to become the largest Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation in the Northern Territory, providing a comprehensive, holistic and culturally-appropriate primary health care service to Aboriginal people living in and nearby Alice Springs, including five remote communities; Amoonguna, Ntaria (and Wallace Rockhole), Santa Teresa, Utju (Areyonga) and Mutitjulu. Today, we are one of the most experienced Aboriginal primary health care services in the country, a strong political advocate of closing the gap on Aboriginal health disadvantage and a national leader in improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal people.

CASSE (Creating A Safe Supportive environment) is a psychological not-for-profit organisation with the vision to change minds in order to save lives. CASSE aims to promote safe, supportive environments through psychoanalytic awareness. We focus on empowering people and communities to understand and work through their trauma (manifest by suicide, depression, violence, substance usage) by preserving and strengthening cultural life and capacity between the generations in a self-determining way.

4.WA AHCWA is hosting a Close the Gap Family Festival!

There will be live entertainment, traditional dancers, 100.9fm Noongar Radio, community stalls, food vans, animal farm, face painting, traditional art, seniors tent, photo booth, raffles and heaps more!

Key details: 24th March, 2018 at Birdwood Park, Highgate, from 11am-5pm!

The event is supported by the City of Vincent, Oxfam, Tomorrow’s Dream.

Please share through your networks and make sure you come down

5. ACT : Winnunga ACCHO helping to Close the Gap in the ACT

The Ngunnawal people are the Traditional Owners of the lands that the ACT is located on. However, there are many Aboriginal people from other parts of the country living in and visiting Canberra. This is mainly due to the mobility of people generally, connecting with family, the histories of displacement, and employment opportunities particularly in the Commonwealth public service.

Winnunga was established in 1988 by local Aboriginal people inspired by the national mobilisation of people around the opening of the new Parliament House in May and the visit by the Queen. The late Olive Brown, a particularly inspirational figure who worked tirelessly for the health of Aboriginal people, saw the need to set up a temporary medical service at the Tent Embassy site in Canberra and this proved to be the beginning of Winnunga.

Mrs Brown enlisted the support of Dr Sally Creasey, Carolyn Patterson (registered nurse/midwife), Margaret McCleod and others to assist. Soon after ACT Health offered Mrs Brown a room in the office behind the Griffin Centre to run a clinic twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday mornings) and on Saturday mornings.

Winnunga operated out of this office from 1988 to 1990. The then Winnunga Medical Director, Dr Peter Sharp, began work at Winnunga in 1989. Other staff worked as volunteers. In January 1990 the t ACT Minister for Health at the time, Wayne Berry, provided a small amount of funding. By 1991 the clinic was operating out of the Griffin Centre as a full time medical practice. In that same year the ACT attained self-government.

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6.1 :  QLD ATSICHS Brisbane team helps to Close the Gap at the women’s fun run

6.2 QLD : Telehealth closes the gap on Indigenous health in Queensland

By having a telehealth-supported dementia service based at a primary health care centre, it means people will not have to travel to access care, and the videoconferencing equipment will be available for other services as well”

Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health CEO Kerry Crumblin said areas previously not covered by specialist services would benefit from the program, and patients at high risk could be targeted

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An integrated telehealth service could help close the gap for Indigenous Australians with dementia living in rural and remote communities.

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health is working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services on a new telehealth-supported project.

Centre Director Professor Anthony Smith said the service would provide specialist geriatric consultations via videoconference for people with dementia and their carers living in rural and remote areas of Queensland.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as young as 45 are being diagnosed with dementia, and Indigenous people experience the disease at a rate three to five times higher than the general population,” Professor Smith said.

The service, based at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and Cairns Hospital, aims to provide earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

Cherbourg Hospital

Indigenous health workers will receive support from the Dementia, Regional and Remote, Empowering, Aboriginal and Torres Strait, Medicine, Telehealth (DREAMT) project team to provide education, awareness and prevention programs.

The DREAMT project is funded by the Department of Health, Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund

7. Vic : VAHS is holding an event /Health checks for Closing the Gap Day.

CTG  will be held at both Fitzroy and Preston sites.

During the day, there are going to be health information stalls and lunch. For people who haven’t had their health checks, and would like to book in for another time, today is your day!

As apart of having you health check completed, you can either receive a t-shirt or $30 voucher. Hope to see you there. Thank you

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8. SA : Port Power and Deadly Choices support Aboriginal Health checks to Close the Gap

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NACCHO Aboriginal Women’s Health Leadership #IWD2018 We honour all the woman working in our #ACCHO’s over 45 years in #NT #NSW #QLD #WA #SA #VIC #ACT #TAS

International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated today across all our 304 Aboriginal community controlled health clinics and 8 affiliates , where thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman are involved daily in all aspects and levels of comprehensive Aboriginal primary health care delivery. Professional and dedicated Indigenous Woman CEO’S , Doctors, Clinic Managers, Aboriginal Health Workers , Nurses, Receptionists etc.

IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The theme this year is #PressforProgress, a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Our ACCHO workforce is leading the way.

We can all play a part in improving outcomes for women and this year’s theme provides an opportunity to press even harder for progress in our ACCHO’s

These woman in our tribute today represent the 45 years of ACCHO’s advocating for culturally respectful, needs based approach to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of our people in the past and now into our healthy futures .

1.NSW : Dr Naomi Mayers one of the founders of Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern ,AHMRC and NACCHO

2. VIC: Jill Gallagher AO VACCHO CEO 2001-2018

3. QLD : Pamela Mam establishment of the Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service and Jimbelunga Nursing centre

4. SA : Mary Buckskin (1955 – 2015 ) CEO of AHCSA for 8 years

5.NT : Donna Ah Chee CEO Congress Alice Springs , NACCHO Board Member, Chair AMSANT former CEO NACCHO

6.WA : Vicki O’Donnell. Chair AHCWA : CEO – Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services.

7.ACT : Julie Tongs OAM CEO Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, NACCHO Board Member,

8.TAS. Heather Sculthorpe CEO Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

9.NACCHO celebrating #IWD2017 Women in Aboriginal Health leadership : Pat Turner AM CEO and @DrDawnCasey COO

10.Read over 336 NACCHO Aboriginal Women’s Health articles published in past 6 years

1.NSW : Dr Naomi Mayers one of the founders of Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern ,AHMRC and NACCHO

The University of Sydney recently conferred a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) upon Naomi Mayers OAM, for her work delivering and transforming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care

“We’ve come a long way since the Aboriginal Medical Service first opened its doors, thanks to the efforts of so many people,

Of course there remains much work to be done and I urge the younger generations to continue fighting to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.”

Dr Naomi Mayers in 1972 one of the founders of Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and a founding member of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW and the National Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation (now NACCHO )

 “Australia owes a debt of gratitude to Dr Mayers, for her impressive contribution towards improving health care policy, system delivery and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

She dedicated her working life to achieving health equity, and the empowerment of her community, in Redfern and beyond.”

Congratulating Dr Mayers, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston said her work had made a tangible difference to countless people.

An advocate, leader and reformer, Dr Mayers has been at the forefront of change in health service provision to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at local, state and national levels for over 40 years.

One of the founders of the first Aboriginal community-controlled health service in Australia in early 1972, the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern, Dr Mayers worked as its Administrator, Company Secretary and finally Chief Executive Officer until her recent retirement.

Over 40 years, she guided its transformation from a small shop-front into a nationwide network of services.

Dr Naomi Mayers at the University of Sydney.

A Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri woman, Dr Mayers was also a founding member of The Sapphires, the all-Aboriginal music group from country Victoria that formed the basis of the popular 2012 film of the same name.

Laurel Robinson, Beverly Briggs, Naomi Mayers and Lois Peeler are the women behind The Sapphires

Presented with the honour during a graduation ceremony at the University’s Great Hall, Dr Mayers acknowledged the importance of collaboration and persistence in achieving change.

At the age of 18, Dr Mayers began her work in health as a nurse, at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the Home Hill Hospital in Queensland and St Andrews Hospital in East Melbourne. She was also a board member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

She was a founding member of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW and the National Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation (NAIHO, now the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation); founding president of the Federation for Aboriginal Women; and a member of the first Australian and Torres Strait Islander Commission Regional Council (Metropolitan Sydney).

Dr Naomi Mayers.

She was a witness during the inquiries of the 1977 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Health, and in 1981 she was appointed as a consultant by the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists.

Dr Mayers was also Chair of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party, which authored a pivotal report that introduced innovative Aboriginal health sector reforms which helped shape the 150 Aboriginal Medical Services across Australia today.

She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1984 in recognition of her services to the community and holds a doctorate in Aboriginal Affairs from Tranby Aboriginal College in Sydney.

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Picture above : Last week IUIH in SE Queensland revealed a new mural acknowledging two honourable ACCHO community members who paved the way – Aunty Pam Mam and Tyga Bayles. The families of Pam and Tyga Feeling inspired and proud. See Item 4 below . Picture Dr Yvette Roe

This week contents ACCHO Deadly Good News

1.1 National : NACCHO CEO Pat Turner and END RHD welcome the commitment of the Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt to prioritise ending rheumatic heart disease in Australia

1.2.NACCHO meets Australian Political Exchange Council sponsored delegation from the Philippines

2. NT : Minister Ken Wyatt visits Danila Dilba ACCHO in Darwin to launch Australian Nurse and Family Partnership Program

3. NSW : Awabakal ACCHO Newcastle announces that they will be expanding their health services to include more locations and outreach sites.

4.1 QLD : IUIH reveals new mural acknowledging two honourable community members who paved the way – Aunty Pam Mam and Tyga Bayles

4.2 QLD : Deadly Choices mob visits Pormpuraaw Cape York sharing positive health messages

5.WA : AHCWA The Yep Project and the WA Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy

6.VIC : The late Aboriginal elder Banjo Clarke was honoured

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1.1 National : NACCHO CEO Pat Turner and END RHD welcome the commitment of the Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt to prioritise ending rheumatic heart disease in Australia

NACCHO CEO Pat Turner and END RHD have welcomed the commitment of the Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt to prioritise ending rheumatic heart disease in Australia – a disease that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Our CEO travelled to Darwin last week for a meeting attended by representatives from the founding partners of END RHD and focusing on the key strategies to prevent rheumatic heart disease.

Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Director of the Telethon Kids Institute, said Minister Wyatt’s support is pivotal in tackling the disease.

“Indigenous leadership is essential in ensuring the voices of our Aboriginal communities are heard. We congratulate Minister Wyatt for his commitment to prioritise rheumatic heart disease as a tangible opportunity to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait health outcomes,” Professor Carapetis said.

“The most critical element of the strategy is to work with the communities bearing the greatest burden of rheumatic heart disease; to ensure community-led solutions, based on their aspirations and priorities, can be developed and sustained.

“The fact that there was consensus amongst the broad representation, from the community controlled primary health care sector, clinicians, researchers, service providers and government, at the roundtable means we have a real opportunity for concrete action.

“With the leadership Minister Wyatt has demonstrated, as well as the movement driven by the END RHD, I am confident we can end rheumatic heart disease in Australia,” Professor Carapetis said.

END RHD is an alliance of health, research and community organisations seeking to amplify efforts to end RHD in Australia through advocacy and engagement. The founding partners are the Australian Medical Association (AMA), National Heart Foundation of Australia Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Menzies School of Health Research, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and the Telethon Kids Institute (home of the END RHD Centre for Research Excellence)

For more information about the END RHD, visit endrhd.org.au

1.2.NACCHO meets Australian Political Exchange Council sponsored delegation from the Philippines

Pictured above NACCHO CEO with an Indigenous delegate Hon. Jason John Joyce – Vice Mayor, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental

The Council sponsors political exchanges with the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United States of America, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Thailand.

The exchanges provide an opportunity for young political leaders to learn about Australia’s political system, examine economic and social issues and have access to a broad range of political figures and opinions.

The Principals of the Council are the Parliamentary Leaders of the four main political parties in the Federal Parliament.

The Council hosted the 12th Delegation of young political leaders from the Philippines from Saturday, 24 February 2018 to Friday, 2 March 2018.

The delegation met with the NACCHO CEO Pat Tuner as they expressed an interest in learning about programs from the indigenous people especially in ensuring their access to health care.

2. NT : Minister Ken Wyatt visits Danila Dilba ACCHO in Darwin to launch Australian Nurse and Family Partnership Program

The Hon Ken Wyatt visited our Knuckeys Street Clinic to have a chat with our staff and the fantastic ladies from the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program. Minister Wyatt praised our staff for the deadly work they are doing in our community and then spent a little time with the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program and clients.

Minister Wyatt stated that “Darwin children and families now have more culturally appropriate access to antenatal and postnatal care,” The visit gave us an opportunity to thank the Australian Government Department of Health for its support of this program.

Thank you to the Hon Ken Wyatt and team for your visit and another massive thank you to our mums and bubs clients from the Australian Nurse and Family Partnership Program for joining us on this day

3. NSW : Awabakal ACCHO Newcastle announces that they will be expanding their health services to include more locations and outreach sites.

Aboriginal community organisation Awabakal has announced that over the coming weeks they will be expanding their health services to include more locations and outreach sites.

Additionally, they will now offer disability services as a recently registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Currently, the Awabakal Medical Service in Hamilton is used as their main medical hub, giving Aboriginal families in the area access to primary health care, advocacy, social and emotional support.

This centre will continue to operate as the primary location for more specialised health care and dental services and will exist in conjunction with the new sites.

Two additional full-time, dedicated sites will be based in Cardiff and Raymond Terrace, along with four outreach sites, operating as mobile/day clinics at Toronto, Windale, Karuah and Maitland.

These new locations are helping to deliver a broad range of health services and community programs to their growing Awabakal community.

“Awabakal is dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of more Aboriginal people in our community and we believe that is important for our people to have access to culturally appropriate health care,” Raylene Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Awabakal, said.

“By expanding our services and our reach, we hope to allow more individuals to have more choices and wider access to the types of services they need.”

For over 40years, Awabakal have been providing culturally appropriate health care, aged care and family services to Aboriginal people living throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley regions, as a not-for-profit organisation, managed by professional Aboriginal staff who are experienced and sensitive to the needs of the Aboriginal community.

With plans for two more Awabakal Community Health centres expected sometime around 2019 – 2020, which will provide outreach to another four possible sites, Awabakal continues to put health first, helping to close the gap and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

4.1 QLD : IUIH reveals new mural acknowledging two honourable community members who paved the way – Aunty Pam Mam and Tyga Bayles

Last week IUIH revealed a new mural acknowledging two honourable community members who paved the way – Aunty Pam Mam and Tyga Bayles. Feeling inspired and proud.

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) leads the planning, development and delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to the Indigenous population of South East Queensland (SEQ).

The Institute was established in 2009 by the four Community Controlled Health Services in SEQ to provide for the needs of Australia’s second largest Indigenous population.

Our regional network has since expanded to 18 multidisciplinary primary health clinics, with more clinics planned.

More than 65,000 Indigenous Australians live in the SEQ urban footprint, over a third of Queensland’s Indigenous population. This is more than the Indigenous population of each of the following individual state and territories:

  • Victoria (37,991)
  • South Australia (30,431)
  • Northern Territory (56,779)
  • and almost as many as the Indigenous population of Western Australia (69,665).

Using the IUIH Model of Care, we are empowering communities in South East Queensland to take responsibility for the delivery of health services to Indigenous Australians, by Indigenous Australians.

Membership of IUIH comprises:

In this way, IUIH is not only helping to Close the Gap in life expectancy but is laying the foundations for better education, real jobs in the real economy and safer communities.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane Limited
  • Kalwun Development Corporation (Kalwun Health Service)
  • Kambu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health
  • Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health
  • Moreton Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service.

4.2 QLD : Deadly Choices mob visits Pormpuraaw Cape York sharing positive health messages

 

Our favourite photos from Nathan Appo during  last weeks visit to Pormpuraaw on Cape York .What about these kids, Deadly or what

Great to be up here representing & the importance to live a healthy life.

Massive thanks 2 for the invitation

5.WA : AHCWA The Yep Project and the WA Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy

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Megan from Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia – AHCWA is about to do a consultation with members from the Agency Network for Youth about their current work on the upcoming WA Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy #youth #SHBBV #health

6.VIC : The late Aboriginal elder Banjo Clarke was honoured

Tribute: Members of the extended Clarke family in the Department of Health and Human Services Warrnambool conference room that has been named in honor of their late patriarch, Banjo Clarke. Picture: Christine Ansorge

From HERE

 The late Aboriginal elder Banjo Clarke was honoured by having the conference room at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) centre in Warrnambool named after him because he ‘set the tone’ for discussions between the department and community groups.

Mr Smith said the conference room was an important place at the department’s Warrnambool centre because it was where the department held many discussions with Aboriginal and other community groups.

 He said Banjo Clarke had been one of the “most significant leaders in the country and the nation” and the department was keen to honour those whose wisdom had set the tone for its conversations with the community.
 A large portrait of Mr Clarke, painted by his daughter Fiona and granddaughter Patricia, graces the conference room, along with Mr Clarke’s citation from his induction to the Victorian Aboriginal Roll of Honour.

The citation said Mr Clarke was renowned for his compassion and wise words and had promoted respect and forgiveness between Aborigines and non-Aborigines long before reconciliation had become a concept pursued in dealings with Aborigines.

 DHHS Wimmera south-west director Peter Lake said Mr Clarke’s family had nominated him for the honour and the nomination had been endorsed by the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative.

Marcus Clarke, a grandson of Banjo’s, said his grandfather epitomising many of the qualities of how to live a good life.

Another grandson of Banjo’s, Lee Morgan, thanked DHHS for the honour given to his grandfather.

The naming ceremony was preceded by a smoking ceremony, conducted by another relative of Banjo Clarke’s, Brett Clarke, He said he hoped the smoking ceremony would encourage people to listen to each other and build a future together.