NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : #National #HIVAwarenessWeek #WorldAIDSDay2019 ACCHO Events #NSW @ahmrc #VIC @VACCHO_org #QLD Sam Watson Tribute Goolburri and Mamu ACCHO #SA @AHCSA_ #WA KAMS #NT @DanilaDilba #ACT @nimmityjah

1.National : NACCHO recognises the importance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week and World AIDS Day 2019 presenting at both  launches at Parliament House : Two of 132 ATSIHAW events this week mostly in ACCHO’s.

1.2 National : AHMRC hosts a meeting of all NACCHO Affiliate PHMO  (Public Health Medical Officer) this week #CommunityControl

1.3 National : Nation Dance December 1 is a First Nations People group of unity between our Nations. 

2.1 NSW : AH&MRC, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a resource for ACCHOs to prevent and minimise the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use in their local communities.

2.2 NSW : AH&MRC was at the Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum this week

3.VIC :  VACCHO welcomes the Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

4.1 QLD : Tributes flow in for Sam Watson a trailblazer and a “wonderful human being “ always on the frontlines fighting for his people.

4.2. QLD : A Short Video made by JCU in regards to GP Registrar’s working at Mamu Health Service Ltd Innisfail #FNQ

4.3 QLD  : Goolburri Aboriginal Health celebrates 25 Years of  Strengthening our communities and families through culturally safe and sensitive practices.

7. WA : Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) Her Rules Her Game promotes very funny condom video with serious message 

 

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

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1.National : NACCHO recognises the importance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week and World AIDS Day 2019 by presenting at both launches at Parliament House : Two of 132 ATSIHAW events this week mostly in ACCHO’s

From the left : Dawn Dasey Deputy CEO NACCHO, Bev Greet, Michelle Tobin Chair Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance, Senator Louis Prat, SAHMRI Head Aboriginal Health James Ward and Tim Wilson 

SEE NACCHO Press Release and full Coverage HERE

“ATSIHAW has grown bigger, with 132 ATSIHAW events to be held by 73 organisations across Australia this year – mostly in ACCHOs.

ACCHOs have embraced ATSIHAW wholeheartedly and this has been key to ATSIHAW’s success.

Community engagement has been pivotal to the improvements in Australia’s HIV response and it’s time to focus on getting HIV rates down in our communities.”

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Head, Aboriginal Health Equity—Sexual Health and Wellbeing, A/Prof James Ward

Download the 30 Page PDF Report 

2019-SAHMRI-ATSIHAW-booklet

ATSIHAW 2019 dates are November 28 to December 5

View the ATSIHAW 2019 registered events on Facebook or below by state.

NSW | QLD | SA | VIC | WA | ACT | NT | TAS

See Web Page

1.2 National : AHMRC hosts a meeting of all NACCHO Affiliate PHMO  (Public Health Medical Officer) this week #CommunityControl

1.3 National : Nation Dance December 1 is a First Nations People group of unity between our Nations. 

All current Nation Dance events happening are listed in this event, they are allocated by each state for your convenience.

Click on discussion tab and you can find your state and your local community Nation Dance Event and you can share with the mob.

Alwyn Doolan


For the first time in history calling all First Nations People & their Nations across the continent of Australia to dance on country as one in time.
For centuries Aboriginal people have danced on the land of Australia for all purposes of sacred ceremonies. In turning the pages in history of Aboriginal people and their culture is that it is ancient and is filled with over 400+ Nations and 200+ languages spoken.

This unique web of design across the whole continent is manifested with many songs and dances that tell stories of who we are and where we come from. It gives us our identity.

Dancing on country is a respectable attribute to honour to your people and nation of which you come from. It’s the culture within dancing that glorifies our ancestors & our creation stories. It provides the spiritual healing of self and your environment.

The Mura Biri Gururu Aboriginal Dancers will up at the Bunya Mountains on Waka Waka country 

There is a great trauma happening to the lands in Australia with bushfires, rivers drying up, fracking, deforestation & protection of sacred sites.

All these are rippling into community’s health and well being on a human level and with the despair of changes we need to uplift ourselves within our communities from rural to coastal and big cities.

CLICK HERE

2.1 NSW : AH&MRC, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a resource for ACCHOs to prevent and minimise the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use in their local communities.

In collaboration with AH&MRC, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a resource for ACCHOs to build connections, work together and support each other to prevent and minimise the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use in their local communities.

2.2 AH&MRC was at the Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum this week

Our Public Health Manager presented on journeys in Aboriginal health and wellbeing #CommunityControl #YourHealthYourFuture

3.VIC ; VACCHO  welcomes the Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

We ( VACCHO ) welcome this Report as it reflects and recognises the challenges faced by the Aboriginal community and our tireless work to support and care for our community with at times very limited resources and infrastructure.

We are looking forward to working with the Victorian Government to help honour their pledge to implement all of the Commission’s recommendations as well as their commitment to self-determination.

We commend the Commission and the Government’s sincere efforts to not only hear Aboriginal voices but to also act on them.

Watch some of the witnesses from our public hearing day dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Our Acting CEO Trevor Pearce stated that “The report recognises what the Aboriginal community has been saying and fighting for over a very long time. Putting Aboriginal mental health into Aboriginal hands and recognising Aboriginal values of healing and caring for Community is key to Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

We welcome the Commission’s recommendations”.

VACCHO also would like to thank all organisations and Community members which contributed and facilitated the submission process.

https://rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/download_file/view_inline/2175

4.1 QLD : Tributes flow in for Sam Watson a trailblazer and a “wonderful human being “ always on the frontlines fighting for his people.

Every January 26 you could count on him being front and centre at Brisbane’s Musgrave Park for the annual Invasion Day Rally. After a half-century of achievements, perhaps that will be a lasting image in the minds of many.

Sam passed away this week after a short battle with illness. He was surrounded by his family who held his hands as he underwent his final journey to his ancestors.

His daughter Nicole, beside him in his final moments, told NITV News the family are still in shock after his sudden passing.

“We’re quite overwhelmed at the moment … but over the last twenty-four hours we’ve received so much love .. and that has been a great source of comfort for our family,” she said.

Sam’s advocacy is well known in the community. He was a tireless fighter for Aboriginal Rights, but Nicole says there was so much more to the man.

He was a passionate Queensland Maroons fan with a wicked sense of humour, who loved nothing more than spending time with his wife Cathy and his grandchildren.

He was also incredibly proud of the next generation coming through the Murri Community who he met during his political work.

“He was a paradox in some ways, when he political he was very staunch, but he was also a very compassionate person and he always had faith in people,” she says.

“He had so many friendships, not just in the Murri Community but the broader one, he was just a really great friend and listener …. We’re just so privileged for the time we got to spend with Dad.”

A trailblazer and a ‘wonderful human being’

From handing out ‘how to vote’ cards on the day of the 1967 Referendum, to playing a crucial role in implementing the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, to most recently assisting families of the Stolen Generations connect via his role at Link-up, Sam was always pushing to improve the lives of Aboriginal people

The impact of his work is far-reaching.

Andrea Mason, Coordinator of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council said Sam’s contribution to social justice and Aboriginal affairs will long be remembered.

“He was a giant of the Aboriginal Rights movement … He had a huge heart to advocate for the community in Queensland and nationally, but also he’s left a legacy for his children and family,” she said.

“He comes from a remarkable time because he was also a campaigner on the day of the Referendum, and to me these are the men and women who are not faceless because they didn’t see their job as done, they stayed involved and continued to be strong and fearless in their advocacy to see a better future for our community.”

Radio Host at 98.9 FM Karen Durante remembers meeting Sam as a junior journalist.

“Uncle Sam was such a wonderful human being. I remember meeting him when I first met to Brisbane, he was one of the first activists I spoke to while working for the ABC. He was so eloquent in the way that he explained our issues, that meant a lot as a young person .. he will be sorely missed.”

Catherine Liddle, the First Nations Media Association CEO, says Sam’s tireless advocacy was crucial in opening doors for Aboriginal people.

“What we do now wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for voices like his, and to lose those voices from the landscape is devastating. He did open pathways for other people, and as a journalist I always found him accessible,” she said.

“He would always comment and he gave us the stories and he gave us his story, and going forward I think that’s something we will all be able to hang onto.”

4.2. QLD : A Short Video made by JCU in regards to GP Registrar’s working at Mamu Health Service Ltd Innisfail #FNQ

 

4.3 QLD  : Goolburri Aboriginal Health celebrates 25 Years of  Strengthening our communities and families through culturally safe and sensitive practices.

Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Company Limited is an incorporated Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service who have supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous communities in the Toowoomba, Darling Downs and South West region for over 25 years.

Led by CEO Lizzie Adams the not-for-profit organisation provides General Practitioner (GP), Oral, Primary and Allied Health Services, with a range of Home and Community Care, Family Wellbeing, Aged Care Services, Early Numeracy and Literacy Support and NDIS services.

They are responsive to the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities within the Goolburri Region and support them to exercise control of their Health and Wellbeing.


 

 

 

 

7. WA : Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) Her Rules Her Game promotes very funny condom video with serious message 

In 2018 Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) identified an opportunity to partner with West Kimberley Women’s Football League.

KAMS saw this as a chance to not only promote the benefits of team sport but to link Aboriginal Medical Services to local teams.

KAMS looks forward to the bright future of women’s footy in the Kimberley and the benefits this brings to the health of entire communities

8. NT  : Danila Dilba Health Service has some great opportunities for dedicated and passionate people to join the Team.

Danila Dilba Health Service has some great opportunities for dedicated and passionate people to join the Team.

Take on an important role where you’ll contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. We’ll provide great learning opportunities, giving you the chance to grow your skills and progress your career.

You’ll IMPACT the community, helping close the gap in Indigenous healthcare and wellbeing, one helping hand at a time.

You’ll be PROUDboth of the work you do and who you work for.

You’ll work with a TEAMalongside people who are down to earth and truly dedicated to what we do.

You’ll EXPERIENCE and learn something new every day through the variety of your role.

You’ll embrace the OPPORTUNITY to progress your career – follow your path at Danila Dilba.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE 

9.ACT : Julie Tongs CEO Winnunga ACCHO Canberra thanks Bobbi and McInnes Wilson Law (Global Law) for the pro bono work you are doing for Winnunga

Julie Tongs CEO Winnunga ACCHO Canberra thanks Bobbi and McInnes Wilson Law (Global Law) for the pro bono work you are doing for Winnunga Photo Kiki Korpinen Deputy CEO Winnunga Bobbi Julie Dr Ana Herceg Winnunga Public Health Medical Officer

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

1.1 National : Download the 2018-19 NACCHO Annual Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. SA New traineeship pathway for AHCSA Aboriginal Health Practitioners

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

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : Download the 2018-19 NACCHO Annual Report 

Download  in PDF from HERE 

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

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

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

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

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

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

See pages 7-11 for Pat Turners presentation 

NACCHO Pat Turner NDIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more >> http://bit.ly/34alu2Y

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Funding regional health infrastructure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The winners of the QAIHC 2019 Awards for Excellence are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2019 recipients are:

Individual Medal – Michelle Dowden, One Disease

Team Medal – Care Coordination Team, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Whole of Practice/Health Service Medal – Laynhapuy Homelands Health

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

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

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

More information on the winners:

Michelle Dowden – CEO, One Disease

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

Care Coordination Team, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

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

Laynhapuy Homelands Health

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

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

6. SA New traineeship pathway for AHCSA Aboriginal Health Practitioners

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introduction and photos from NITV Online

Download the Ministers press release and opening speech HERE

Minister Wyatt Press Release speech the Voice

Read all 30 plus articles Aboriginal Health and the Uluru Statement 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information available HERE

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

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

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

1.3 National Indigenous Health MedTalk podcasts launched

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

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

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register More Info HERE 

5 – 7 November NACCHO Conference and AGM  -Darwin NT

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November 2019

7th November 2019 NACCHO AGM

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

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

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

Register HERE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1.3 National Indigenous Health MedTalk podcasts launched

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

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

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

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

Listen / Subscribe HERE 

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

Tangerene Ingram, RivMed CEO – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

“Yamma dummarung”  the sign reads.

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

Thank You to AHMRC for this report 

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

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

Yandarra – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

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

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

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

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

RivMed Clinic Reception – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

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

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

RivMed clinic art board – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

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

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

Steph and Sharma – Photo Credit: RivMed

Families in focus

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

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

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

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

Felix – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

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

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

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

Saraya and Latoya – Photo Credit: RivMed

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

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

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

dental ed – Photo Credit: RivMed

Charting community need

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

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

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

Nat and patients – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

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

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

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

Yandarra fry up – Photo Credit: RivMed

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

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

Damian and Jenaiha with clients – Photo Credit – RivMed

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

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

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

Navigating the mainstream

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

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

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

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

RivMed Exterior – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

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

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

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

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

Annika working – Photo Credit: Amy Coopes

NACCHO Affiliates and Members Deadly Good News : Registrations for #NACCHOAgm19 #NACCHOYouth19 extended to 25 October Plus #NSW @Walgett_AMS #Qld @DeadlyChoices @Wuchopperen @ashbarty @EvonneGoolagong #Vic @VACCHO_org #NT @CAACongress #WA #SA

1.1 National : NACCHO , Affiliates and members visit Kimberleys to learn about renal services

1.2 National : Registrations to this year’s Youth Conference and the NACCHO National Conference will now close on 25th October 2019. 

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

2.1 QLD :Australia’s Sportswoman of the Year Ash Barty and tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley helping out at the Deadly Choices NAIDOC Tennis Camp hosted by Wuchopperen Health Service Ltd

2.2 QLD : Treaty consultations in Queensland could deliver better housing and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

3.NSW : AHMRC : A primary care oasis: Community Control success stories at Walgett AMS

4.VIC : VACCHO partners with BreastScreen Victoria’s to arrange the hot pink van, known as “Marjorie” to visit Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative ACCHO in Warrnambool

5. WA Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporations staff support Rowans Walk and suicide prevention awareness

6. SA : First Syphilis Point of Care Test at Nunyara ACCHS’ Community Connection Day 

7. NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs healthy promotions teams are getting out to communities to spread prevention messages 

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.National : NACCHO , Affiliates and members visit Kimberleys to learn about renal services

Pictured here at Derby Renal Health Centre are Neil Willmett (CEO, QAIHC), Dania Ahwang (CEO, Wuchoperren Health Service, Cairns), Donnella Mills (Acting Chairperson, NACCHO) and Dawn Casey (Deputy CEO, NACCHO).” REPOST – QAIHC CEO Neil Willmett

The incidence of Kidney Disease in the Kimberley is one of the highest in Australia. Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) and End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) incidence within the Aboriginal population of the Kimberley greatly exceeds the national burden of disease.

Dialysis prevalence for this region has more than tripled in the last decade and is increasing at a much faster rate than in the rest of Western Australia (WA).

Kimberley Renal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd established to manage regional renal support and dialysis services in Broome, Derby, Kununurra and Fitzroy Crossing.

Fitzroy Crossing Renal Health Centre opened in July 2012 and currently has 4 chairs

Broome Renal Health Centre (previously known as Kimberley Satellite Dialysis Centre KSDC) has been in operation since 21st October 2002 and currently has 10 chairs

Kununurra Renal Health Centre opened in May 2013 and currently has 6 chairs

Derby Renal Health Centre opened in May 2013 and currently has 6 chairs

Each Renal Health Centre operates Monday to Saturday with varying opening hours providing dialysis services to clients across the Kimberley.

Care is provided largely by Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW) and support staff includes Aboriginal Care Coordinators, Patient Care Assistants, Receptionists and Administrative Support Staff and Cleaners.

1.2 National : Registrations to this year’s Youth Conference and the NACCHO National Conference extended to 25 October 2019. 

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

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

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

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

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

Register More Info HERE 

5 – 7 November NACCHO Conference and AGM  -Darwin NT

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November 2019

7th November 2019 NACCHO AGM

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

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

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

Register HERE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.1 QLD :Australia’s Sportswoman of the Year Ash Barty and tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley helping out at the Deadly Choices NAIDOC Tennis Camp hosted by Wuchopperen Health Service Ltd

It’s not every day a tennis World Number 1 is in Cairns but that was the case today when Ash Barty, along with Evonne Goolagong-Cawley came to have a hit with some of Cairns up-and-coming stars.

2.2 QLD : Treaty consultations in Queensland could deliver better housing and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The first Indigenous woman elected to Queensland’s parliament has encouraged all Queenslanders to take part in the 26 treaty consultation sessions to be held across the state.

Official talks of a treaty that could deliver better housing and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland began in Cairns on Thursday.

They were the first in a series of community consultation sessions across the state with plans to reach a treaty with First Nations people.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to attend a consultation session and participate in this important conversation,” said Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch.

“This is an historic step we take together, one that is long overdue but one that will strengthen the way to greater reconciliation, self-determination and a more inclusive, respectful shared future.”

The state government outlined plans towards a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people in July, with the aim for greater self-determination in Indigenous communities.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad told parliament on Thursday it was time for the truth about the state’s ancient history and colonisation to be told as part of steps towards a shared and inclusive future

3.NSW : AHMRC : A primary care oasis: Community Control success stories at Walgett AMS

Driving through Gamilaraay country in the remotest reaches of northwestern NSW, the single most striking feature is the dry; vast expanses of parched land.

At the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service, the walls are beginning to crack because the soil the building stands on is too dry to support its weight.

On the day I visit, the water from the taps runs yellow, sediment settling in it from the artesian basin below, and the Shire Council advises locals to boil it before drinking.

Walgett is not expecting rain for another three years, and though it is nowhere to be seen, water – or, more precisely, the lack of it — courses through every conversation.

The situation is so precarious the AMS is now receiving donated water and storing it casks on palates for distribution on Mondays and Wednesdays to those who need it most.

Walgett-Water-Palates

Water stored in casks on palates. Photo credit Dr Tim Senior.

This doesn’t seem sustainable, but for Christine Corby, CEO of the long-running Walgett AMS, it is simply one more way in which the service offers comprehensive and holistic primary care.

It may look like a conventional medical clinic, offering a range of programs including acute medical care, chronic disease management, dental and oral health services, allied health, psychology, specialist clinics, child health and antenatal care, but Walgett AMS is so much more than a one-stop shop for health. It is of, by and for the community. Really, it *is* the community, and Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners are integral to its success.

Read in Full HERE

This article was written by Dr Tim Senior and edited by Amy Coopes, on behalf of Croakey Professional Services.

It was sponsored by The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) of NSW, which had final say over the content.

Croakey Professional Services help generate funds to sustain our public interest journalism activities, and also aim to provide a useful service to our readers. To find out more about the range of services on offer, see here.

4.VIC : VACCHO partners with BreastScreen Victoria’s to arrange the hot pink van, known as “Marjorie” to visit Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative ACCHO in Warrnambool

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aboriginal women in Warrnambool this week got free breast screens – the best way to find cancer early and save lives.

BreastScreen Victoria’s hot pink van, known as “Marjorie” visited Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative at Harris Reserve to give free breast screens to women aged 50 .

Originally published HERE

The first 50 women to receive a mammogram received a free cultural screening shawl to wear during the procedure, and to take home with them.

These shawls have been developed to make breast screening more comfortable for Aboriginal women across Victoria, with Warrnambool’s shawl featuring a design by local Warlpiri artist, Rebecca Clayton.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea was also be provided throughout the day.

BreastScreen Victoria CEO, Vicki Pridmore, said that the initiative was a culmination of months of hard work and planning with project partner, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

“We hope that the beautiful shawls created by Aboriginal artists as a part of this project can assist women screening to feel comfortable, welcome andrespected,” Ms Pridmore said.

We hope that the beautiful shawls created by Aboriginal artists as a part of this project can assist women screening to feel comfortable, welcome and respected.

BreastScreen Victoria CEO, Vicki Pridmore

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Aboriginal women in Victoria. A breast screen can find cancer as small as a grain of rice, long before a woman or her doctor can see or feel anything.

Typically, women aged between 50 and 74 should have a breast screen every two years – the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is most effective.

All breast screens are with a female radiographer, in a friendly and safe environment. Clients don’t need a doctor’s referral or Medicare card, and only take 10 minutes.

Ms Pridmore is encouraging Aboriginal women aged 50 to 74 to take advantage of the van’s visit to town.

“When found early, breast cancer can be treated very successfully. This visit has been organised with our partners at VACCHO and Gunditjmara to make sure that Aboriginal women in Warrnambool have access to a potentially life-saving breast screen,” she said.

“The vans use the highest quality digital radiography machines to ensure that women receive the best service, regardless of their location.”

5. WA Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporations staff support Rowans Walk and suicide prevention awareness

In support for Rowans Walk and suicide prevention awareness, WMHSAC staff had a great time yesterday encouraging all participants with cool refreshments, as they completed the awareness walk.

6. SA : First Syphilis Point of Care Test at Nunyara ACCHS’ Community Connection Day 

Nunyara’s Willhelmine Lieberwirth ( also NACCHO Board Member ) and Kate Warren. Syphilis Point of Care Test (finger prick with result in 15 minutes).
SAHMRI Young Deadly Free poster https://youngdeadlyfree.org.au/

7. NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs healthy promotions team are getting out to communities to spread prevention messages 

The Congress FASD Prevention Program visited Ntaria community this week, promoting ‘NO grog before, during and after pregnancy is safest for dad, mum and bub’….here is Donna and Justine having a yarn with Ntaria school kids.

Check out our health promotion team who are out at Amoonguna community spreading health messages about risky alcohol behaviours, nutrition, Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Sexual Health education

NACCHO Members Deadly Good News : Community health was the big winner in the #NSW #KooriKnockout and #QLD #MurriCarnival thanks to our ACCHO’s and our affiliates @ahmrc @QAIHC_QLD Plus #Vic @VACCHO_org #WorldSightDay2019 #WA #NT

1. National : NACCHO Chair congratulates Kuku Yalanji and Tagalaka woman Haylene Grogan appointed as Queensland’s first-ever Chief Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Officer

1.2 National : Have your say about what is needed to make real change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people #HaveYourSay about #closingthegap

2. NSW : The South Coast Black Cockatoos have won the 2019 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Koori Knockout

3. QLD : Queensland Murri Carnival wrapped up on the weekend with huge community support

4.1 VIC : VACCHO Partners with VISION 2020 for the Looking Deadly Aboriginal Health Worker training

4.2 VIC : Leadership opportunities for Victorian  Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students at the Regional Protect Country Summit 19 and 20 October

5.WA : Chair of the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), Vicki O’Donnell expresses great concern over inadequate access to mental health support 

6.1 NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs partners with Headspace to open new drop in centre 

6.2 NT Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin awarded the NTGPE Training Post of the Year Award

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : NACCHO Chair congratulates Kuku Yalanji and Tagalaka woman Haylene Grogan appointed as Queensland’s first-ever Chief Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Officer

“ NACCHO congratulates Ms Grogan on her historic appointment and welcomes her experience and knowledge of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs).

This is a significant role as for the first time, this type of leadership position has been created within a government health department.

“We look forward to working constructively with Ms Grogan to improve health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Queensland.

We are confident that with Ms Grogan leading the new Aboriginal and Torres Stait Islander Health Division will result in positive progress towards closing the health gap in Queensland for our communities,”

Donnella Mills Acting NACCHO Chair

Read full or download full NACCHO Press Release

Pictured above from QAIHC  (L – R) Dr John Wakefield (Director General, Queensland Health), Hon. Jackie Trad MP (Deputy Premier of Queensland), Haylene Grogan (Chief Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Officer), Hon. Steven Miles MP (Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services) and QAIHC CEO Neil Willmett

Proud Kuku Yalanji and Tagalaka woman, Haylene Grogan, has been appointed as Queensland’s first-ever Chief Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Officer (and Deputy Director General) of Queensland Health.

Haylene Grogan began her health career with the community controlled Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns in 1982.

She has since held senior positions in the federal and state governments, including in Queensland Health, in roles encompassing service delivery, policy development, program implementation and project management.

1.2 National : Have your say about what is needed to make real change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people #HaveYourSay about #closingthegap

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

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

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

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

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

2. NSW : The South Coast Black Cockatoos have won the 2019 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Koori Knockout

The South Coast Black Cockatoos have won the 2019 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, or the Koori Knockout, against Griffith Three Ways in an impressive 28-point lead

Report from NITV

Photos AHMRC

Griffith, known for their strong defence, didn’t fall into their usual groove during the first half with the South Coast scoring 26 points in the first 21 minutes.

South Coast’s Jason Gillard scored an impressive hat-trick, giving his team an early lead and Bud Sullivan, South Coasts kicker, scoring three out of six of the conversion kicks, as well as getting over the line with a  try.

The second half saw Griffith make their way up to 12 points, but it wasn’t enough to take out the men’s title, with South Coasts winning 40-12.

Mr Wellington and James won their first Koori Knockout 21 years ago, playing for Numbacca Valley Rams and then another two with the Redfern All Blacks.

The South Coasts aforementioned jersey featured an image of James on the left sleeve, so he too could be there to win another Koori Knockout.

This victory will see the 50th Koori Knockout travel to NSW’s Shoalhaven in 2020.

The women’s Bellbrook Dunghutti Connections and the Wellington Wedgetails battled it out with Wellington taking out the title during the second half.

The first half was neck and neck sitting on nil-all until Dunghutti scored a try right on half-time

The young talent shone through the boys’ and girl’s La Perouse Panthers teams, who proved phenomenal with star player Lachlan Moses scoring the first three tries for the U-12 boys during the first half and making the conversion kick in the second half.

The team went up against the Butucarbin Warriors in a dominate 38-4 win taking out the champion title for the U-12s boys at the 2019 Koori Knockout.

Mr Moses said that it felt “good” to win the 2019 title.

“We versed them last year in the grand final, so it feels good to get one back,” he said.

As he continues to work on and improve his skills, Mr Moses said he “would love to play NRL” as he looks into the future.

Finals 

Men’s  

Griffith Three Ways United 12 – 40 South Coast Black Cockatoos

Women’s  

Bellbrook Dunghutti Connections 4 – 6 Wellington Wedgetails

U-17 boys  

Kempsey Sharks 12 – 10 Western Koori Eels

U-16 girls 

La Perouse Panthers 34 – 0 Narwan Eels

U-15 boys  

Toomelah Tigers 10 – 20 South Taree

U-12 boys  

La Perouse Panthers 38 – 4 Butucarbin Warriors

3. QLD : Queensland Murri Carnival wrapped up on the weekend with huge community support

In the men’s division, the Purga Wagtails claimed the honours, while Brisbane Natives were the winners of the Open Women’s division.

SEE QRL Photo’s HERE

Plus 242 Photos HERE

The Queensland Under 16 Murri side which is selected from performances in this carnival will be unveiled on the QRL website soon.

All results from the carnival can be found at the Murri Rugby League website.

Photos below thanks to Deadly Choices


4.1 VIC : VACCHO Partners with VISION 2020 for the Looking Deadly Aboriginal Health Worker training

It’s #WorldSightDay2019 and we’ve got a full house!!!

Today we launched the Looking Deadly online learning module created by #Kadadjinyi and our new quarterly eye-health State-wide Communique with Nicole McCartney – Chief Aboriginal Health Adviser DHHS

We also celebrated with Margaret Murray from Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation the tireless work the amazing Dr Genevieve Napper has done in the eye health sector for over 20 years.

If you want to know more about the deadly work that’s being done in the eye health area (or you think you might need an eye check…just sayin) contact us here at VACCHO or go to http://www.vaccho.org.au/wd/eh/

Background 

Across Australia, too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people still experience avoidable vision loss and blindness, and those who have lost vision often find it difficult to access the support and services they need.

For example, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times as likely as non-Indigenous people to be blind or have low vision and on average, currently wait 63% longer for cataract surgery.

Strong eyes, strong communities: a five year plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and vision charts a course to close the gap for vision and achieve a world class system of eye health and vision care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Based on available evidence and shaped by the collective input of many individuals and organisations, Strong eyes, strong communities describes an integrated suite of activities that need to be progressed over the coming five years. In combination, these will

  • expand service delivery,
  • strengthen partnerships and local supports,
  • embed eye care into community controlled and mainstream services,
  • eliminate trachoma, and
  • sustain the focus on monitoring progress.

This blueprint for change recognises that improving eye health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is everybody’s business, and that the collective efforts of governments, communities,service providers and others are essential.

Together, a world class system that delivers culturally safe eye care to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is within our reach.

4.2 VIC : Leadership opportunities for Victorian  Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students at the Regional Protect Country Summit 19 and 20 October

My name is Zac Romagnoli-Townsend, I am a community organiser for Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network; Seed is a branch of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and we are standing up to protect country, community and climate. I am getting in touch in regards to a leadership opportunity for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students in Victoria.

Seed is a continent-wide network of young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples standing up to protect country and making climate justice a reality for our communities. You can find more information about us here: https://www.seedmob.org.au/.

We are calling on Indigenous youth between the ages of 14 and 35 years old to come to our Regional Protect Country Summit, being held at the Anglesea Valley Lodge.

The purpose of the summit is to learn about climate change, it’s causes, impacts and risks to country. Young people will have the opportunity to connect with their peers across Victoria to learn, share and make plans to stand strong for our culture, country and future.

When: From Saturday morning 19th October – Afternoon of Sunday 20th of October

Where: Anglesea Valley Lodge, 635 Wensleydale Station Rd, Wensleydale VIC 3241

Who: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander youth aged between 14-35 (family supporters are welcome)

What: Connecting with each other, learning about climate justice, and making positive, lasting and meaningful change.

Getting there: We will be helping to organise transport and covering the cost of that transport

Accomodation: From Friday to Saturday we will be staying together at Anglesea Valley Lodge.

Food: We will cater all meals from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Please let us know dietary requirements in advance.

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/g8uC6nY76H8Mwy6S6

Please encourage any and all Indigenous youth that you know who would be interested in this opportunity to register! If they need assistance with registering or have any questions, please feel free to contact me on: 0497 371 650 or Zac.Romagnoli-Townsend@aycc.org.au

5.WA : Chair of the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), Vicki O’Donnell expresses great concern over inadequate access to mental health support services across WA, and the unacceptable suicide and self-harm rates within Aboriginal communities.

Chair of the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), Vicki O’Donnell expresses great concern over inadequate access to mental health support services across WA, and the unacceptable suicide and self-harm rates within Aboriginal communities.

AHCWA is the peak body for its 23 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across WA.

“AHCWA has major concerns with the lack of culturally secure mental health support services for Aboriginal people and communities, experiencing crisis and trauma on a daily basis” says Vicki O’Donnell.

This crisis has tragically been highlighted again, with the recent suicides in the Midwest and Gascoyne regions, and the fatal shooting of an Aboriginal Mother in Geraldton who had a history of mental health, alcohol and other drug issues.

Aboriginal people continue to experience systemic racism within the Mental Health and Justice systems, resulting in poor health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people, their families and communities across WA.

AHCWA provides full support to the Aboriginal Elders and Leaders who gathered in Geraldton to discuss the suicide crisis in the community and are calling for urgent reform of the Mental Health system.

AHCWA calls upon the Government to undertake the following as a matter of urgency: • Significant reform of the Mental Health Sector through direct engagement with Aboriginal communities and organisations.

• Commitment of significant funding for Suicide Prevention for Aboriginal people across WA. • Significant investment for the delivery of culturally secure Social and Emotional Well Being services for Aboriginal people and their communities across WA.

• Greatly improve the awareness and understanding of suicidal behaviour, mental health, alcohol and drug issues through appropriate training of Police and others who work within the justice system.

• Review of existing sentencing laws to prevent the further breakdown of families and communities.

• Review of the policies and procedures around the use of lethal force by Police Officers.

6.1 NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs partners with Headspace to open new drop in centre 

Headspace, a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental and physical health had opened a new centre in Alice Springs.

Cultural Advisor Roxanne Highfold, tells CAAMA that young aboriginal people in Alice Springs want to be shown respect and have their voices heard by the community.

7.2 NT Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin awarded the NTGPE Training Post of the Year Award

At the NTGPE Training Awards earlierthis month , Danila Dilba was awarded the Training Post of the Year Award, highlighting our strong training culture and commitment to developing a high quality clinical workforce.

In the last few years, several of our GPs have become GP supervisors, providing invaluable mentoring and support to up and coming GPs

NACCHO Affiliate and ACCHO Members Deadly Good News Stories #National #ClosingtheGap #HaveYourSay @QAIHC_QLD @END_RHD #NSW Wellington and Bulgarr Ngaru #VIC @VAHS1972 #SA @Nganampa_Health #WA @TheAHCWA #NT @CAACongress

1.1 National : NACCHO attends National END RHD Advisory Committee meeting in Perth

1.2 : National : Have your say about what is needed to make real change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people #HaveYourSay about #closingthegap

2.1 NSW : Wellington Health Service hosts celebrations

2.2 NSW : NSW Health is not forming effective partnerships with Aboriginal communities to plan, design and deliver appropriate mental health services

3. VIC : VAHS was excited to host several graduations this week to our students for completing the 8 week Deadly Choices Leadership program.

4.1 QLD : MAMU ACCHO : The Students from Innisfail State College finally got their Deadly Choices Education shirts today after completing the Healthy Lifestyle Program in Term 2

4.2 QLD : The terrific work being done by Gidgee Healing Normanton Clinic as presented at the CheckUP Australia Outreach Forum

5.1 SA : Nganampa Health at APY school Sports day and tobacco display by Tackling Indigenous smoking team 

5.2 SA : Nunkuwarrin Yunti ACCHO  co-hosts Prof Kerry Arabena and Pat Dudgeon for the  South Australian Gayaa Dhuwi/Indigenous Governance workshops. 

6.WA : New students are into their first block of AHCWA’s Family & Wellbeing training.

7. NT Central Australian Aboriginal Congress , Central Land Council and Tangentyere Council join the #climatestrike along with more than 50 business owners and their staff and students and supporters

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : NACCHO attends National END RHD Advisory Committee meeting in Perth

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an avoidable inequality. Around 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are living with RHD and 400,000 young Indigenous people are at risk.

This represents one of the highest rates of RHD in the world and it is also the leading cause of cardiovascular inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia. QAIHC is working with its Members, Queensland Health and national counterparts to address RHD in Queensland.

Pictured here Co-Chairs of the National END RHD Advisory Committee – Pat Turner (CEO, NACCHO) and Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM (Institute Director, Telethon Kids Institute) with QAIHC CEO Neil Willmett

Thanks QAIHC CEO for sharing your report

1.2 : National : Have your say about what is needed to make real change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people #HaveYourSay about #closingthegap

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

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

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

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

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

2.1 NSW : Wellington Health Service hosts celebrations

There was dancing, music and culture shared during NAIDOC Day celebrations on Friday, which was hosted by the Wellington Health Service.

Wiradjuri man Herb Smith was the emcee, with music provided by Isaac Compton. Various local community services also attended.

In his address to the community, Mr Smith said what makes NAIDOC so special is that it provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to join together.

“To recognise the valuable contribution Aboriginal people have made to this country and to their community,” he said.

The creator of ‘Dreamtime Tuka’ said it was great to see the Wellington Health Service embrace NAIDOC celebrations.

Aboriginal Health Worker and NAIDOC Day organiser Gillian Keed said it was a beautiful day for the community to come together to celebrate history, strong culture and the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Guests were treated to a traditional smoking ceremony and dances.

2.2 NSW : NSW Health is not forming effective partnerships with Aboriginal communities to plan, design and deliver appropriate mental health services

A report released by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford, has found that NSW Health is not forming effective partnerships with Aboriginal communities to plan, design and deliver appropriate mental health services. There is limited evidence that NSW Health is using the knowledge and expertise of Aboriginal communities to guide how mental health care is structured and delivered.

Executive summary

Mental illness (including substance use disorders) is the main contributor to lower life expectancy and increased mortality in the Aboriginal population of New South Wales. It contributes to a higher burden of disease and premature death at rates that are 40 per cent higher than the next highest chronic disease group, cardiovascular disease.1

Aboriginal people have significantly higher rates of mental illness than non Aboriginal people in New South Wales. They are more likely to present at emergency departments in crisis or acute phases of mental illness than the rest of the population and are more likely to be admitted to hospital for mental health treatments.2

In acknowledgement of the significant health disparities between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people, NSW Health implemented the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan 2013 2023 (the Aboriginal Health Plan). The overarching message of the Aboriginal Health Plan is ‘to build respectful, trusting and effective partnerships with Aboriginal communities’ and to implement ‘integrated planning and service delivery’ with sector partners. Through the Plan, NSW Health commits to providing culturally appropriate and ‘holistic approaches to the health of Aboriginal people’.

The mental health sector is complex, involving Commonwealth, state and non government service providers. In broad terms, NSW Health has responsibility to support patients requiring higher levels of clinical support for mental illnesses, while the Commonwealth and non government organisations offer non acute care such as assessments, referrals and early intervention treatments.

The NSW Health network includes 15 Local Health Districts and the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network that provide care to patients during acute and severe phases of mental illness in hospitals, prisons and community service environments. This includes care to Aboriginal patients in the community at rates that are more than four times higher than the non Aboriginal population. Community services are usually provided as follow up after acute admissions or interactions with hospital services. The environments where NSW Health delivers mental health care include:

  • hospital emergency departments, for short term assessment and referral
  • inpatient hospital care for patients in acute and sub acute phases of mental illness
  • mental health outpatient services in the community, such as support with medications
  • custodial mental health services in adult prisons and juvenile justice centres.

The NSW Government is reforming its mental health funding model to incrementally shift the balance from hospital care to enhanced community care. In 2018–19, the NSW Government committed $400 million over four years into early intervention and specialist community mental health teams.

This audit assessed the effectiveness of NSW Health’s planning and coordination of mental health services and service pathways for Aboriginal people in New South Wales. We addressed the audit objective by answering three questions:

  1. Is NSW Health using evidence to plan and inform the availability of mental health services for Aboriginal people in New South Wales?
  2. Is NSW Health collaborating with partners to create accessible mental health service pathways for Aboriginal people?
  3. Is NSW Health collaborating with partners to ensure the appropriateness and quality of mental health services for Aboriginal people?

Conclusion

NSW Health is not meeting the objectives of the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan, to form effective partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal communities to plan, design and deliver mental health services.

There is limited evidence that existing partnerships between NSW Health and Aboriginal communities meet its own commitment to use the ‘knowledge and expertise of the Aboriginal community (to) guide the health system at every level, including (for) the identification of key issues, the development of policy solutions, the structuring and delivery of services’ 3 and the development of culturally appropriate models of mental health care.

NSW Health is planning and coordinating its resources to support Aboriginal people in acute phases of mental illness in hospital environments. However, it is not effectively planning for the supply and delivery of sufficient mental health services to assist Aboriginal patients to manage mental illness in community environments. Existing planning approaches, data and systems are insufficient to guide the $400 million investment into community mental health services announced in the 2018–19 Budget.

NSW Health is not consistently forming partnerships to ensure coordinated care for patients as they move between mental health services. There is no policy to guide this process and practices are not systematised or widespread.

Download full report 

3. VIC : VAHS was excited to host several graduations this week to our students for completing the 8 week Deadly Choices Leadership program.

It’s the last week of school for term 3 and VAHS was excited to host several graduations this week to our students for completing the 8 week Deadly Choices Leadership program.

Each student who completes the program are rewarded with a special VAHS Deadly Choices school shirt. The program aims to build health literacy and leadership with our young people.

The following schools have completed the 8 week program.

Reservoir High School
Sunbury Secondary College
Parade College
Epping High School
Lalor North High School
Bundoora Secondary College
Mernda P-12

Attached some photos of students from Reservoir HS, Sunbury SC and Epping HS with their new shirts.

4.1 QLD : MAMU ACCHO : The Students from Innisfail State College finally got their Deadly Choices Education shirts today after completing the Healthy Lifestyle Program in Term 2

4.2 QLD : The terrific work being done by Gidgee Healing Normanton Clinic as presented at the CheckUP Australia Outreach Forum

5. SA : Nganampa Health at APY school Sports day and tobacco display by Tackling Indigenous smoking team 

Hot, windy and very dusty but display well received by APY kids and kids from Yalata. Raffle prizes will be drawn at school dance competition tonight.

Well done to all those kids who won medals and to all those kids who participated.

Thanks also to Will power for the work they have done today and this week.

5.2 SA : Nunkuwarrin Yunti ACCHO  co-hosts Prof Kerry Arabena and Pat Dudgeon for the  South Australian Gayaa Dhuwi/Indigenous Governance workshops. 

6.WA : New students are into their first block of AHCWA’s Family & Wellbeing training.

The course runs over the 11th&12th of September and the 25th&26th of September.

On completion of the course, participants receive a Cert II in Family Wellbeing.

For more information on the Family & Wellbeing Training Course, contact Ken Nicholls on (08) 96145 1036 or ken.nicholls@ahcwa.org

7. NT Central Australian Aboriginal Congress , Central Land Council and Tangentyere Council join the #climatestrike along with more than 50 business owners and their staff and students and supporters

The Central Land Council has called climate strikers to think of remote community residents who are most at risk from the climate emergency.

“CLC members and workers will join striking students and their supporters from across the Northern Territory and I support their right to take this action,” CLC chair Sammy Wilson said.

“I call on them to spare a thought for Aboriginal people out bush who may not be able to travel to the strikes but who are already suffering most during our hotter, longer and drier summers,” Mr Wilson said.

“I am dreading another summer like the last one because it is especially tough on our old and sick people who live in overcrowded, poor quality houses.”

With many remote communities under severe water stress, water shortages and quality topped the list of policy priorities endorsed by the CLC’s elected delegates at their most recent council meeting in August.

The delegates want to live sustainably on their country and see water rights and liveable houses as central to their future and are prepared to fight for a safe environment.

“The government gave us the land back but not the water. Water is the new land rights,” Mr Wilson said.

Following the NT’s hottest summer on record, and the driest in almost three decades, the delegates also nominated climate change and water security as high policy priorities.

“Last summer many people were struggling to sleep. We heard about people taking turns in the coolest parts of the house,” Mr Wilson said.

“Most of our people live in concrete boxes and can’t afford to run air conditioners around the clock. Many don’t have working fridges to keep food safe for eating, so they are very likely to get sick.”

Mr Wilson said we must listen to scientists who are predicting that the poorest people in the hottest countries will be hardest hit by climate change.

“Aboriginal people want to be part of the solution. We want to have access to clean technologies such as solar power so that our children have the chance to keep living on our traditional country.”

NACCHO Affiliate and ACCHO Members Deadly Good News Stories : #National #ClosingtheGap #HaveYourSay #NSW Tharawal @ahmrc #VIC @VAHS1972 #QLD @Apunipima 25 yrs @QAIHC_QLD #NT @CAACongress #WA Bega #ACT @nimmityjah #Tas

1.1 National : Our Coalition of Peaks #HaveYourSay survey on Closing the Gap sent to hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations and their networks, inviting responses from both individuals and organisations.

1.2 National : A trial at 22 Aboriginal health centres around the country is hoping to improve quality of life for Aboriginal people living with chronic disease.

2.1 NSW : Matthew James from Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation has written an insightful article on Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing in an Australian urban community. 

2.2 NSW : AHandMRC and Hitnet Community Hubs provide connection and access to information for difficult-to-reach and digitally excluded populations across Australia.

2.3 NSW : Aboriginal patient experience : BHI and the Centre for Aboriginal Health are working together to collect the experiences and outcomes of care for Aboriginal people admitted to NSW public hospitals

3.VIC : VAHS encourages seniors /elders to get active and have fun with their Senior Games 

4.1 QLD : This week the Cape York mob celebrate 25 years since Apunipima Cape York Health Council emerged from a health conference held at Pajinka Wilderness Lodge, near Injinoo, in 1994.

4.2 QLD : Nominations for the 2019 QAIHC Awards for Excellence are open!

5.WA : Bega Garnbirringu Health Service receives a $3.5 million grant to help fund a new multi-storey social service and training facility
7. NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs promotes 9th day of the 9th month which is International FASD awareness day!

8. ACT : Winnunuga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and community Services #Historymaking turning of the soil for new ACCHO Medical Centre 

9. Tas : Tasmanian Government signs the Closing the Gap Partnership Agreement between the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and the Council of Australian Governments

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : Our Coalition of Peaks #HaveYourSay survey on Closing the Gap sent to hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations and their networks, inviting responses from both individuals and organisations.

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

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

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

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

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

1.2 National : A trial at 22 Aboriginal health centres around the country is hoping to improve quality of life for Aboriginal people living with chronic disease.

Under the trial, patients receive one-on-one education and care by specialised pharmacists working in the centres.

Pharmacist Angela Madden says people need to understand their medications or they stop taking them.

We also hear from Lorraine and Margaret who are experiencing the benefits of the program.

Listen to the ABC Radio National Life Matters Interview HERE

Learn more how NACCHO is involved in the oversight and management of several projects and programs related to medicines and pharmacy. NACCHO also provides national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medicines policy leadership.

See NACCHO Website 

2.1 NSW : Matthew James from Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation has written an insightful article on Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing in an Australian urban community. 

 

Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) is based in Airds, NSW and celebrated its 35th year of operation in 2018.

Tharawal AMS provides healthcare, social and cultural support services to Indigenous Australians across South West Sydney. Tharawal AMS is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO), independent of the Government, Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and independent of but aligned in principle to other AMSs across Australia.

The Byala team, Byala meaning ‘lets talk’ in the local Dhawaral People’s dialect, is a multi-disciplinary team made up of 7 staff. The team is led by a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MHNP) and includes an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Worker, Aboriginal Youth Worker and a Psychologist. Access to a second Psychologist for 2 days of the week and a Child Psychologist 1 day a week.

The Byala team provides direct service to Indigenous Australians aged 5 years and older.  Services are delivered in a number of modes including individual and group, office-based and outreach (including hospital visits, home visits, school visits and other service visits). To meet the needs of our target community both appointment-based and walk-in clinics are offered. 71% of the Byala team are Aboriginal.

The success of the Byala team is grounded in the fact that Tharawal AMS is a community controlled and run organisation for the local Aboriginal Community by the local Aboriginal Community that places equal importance on the complementary role of clinical and cultural staff. We are a service run by the Community we serve and accountable to the Community we serve.

See full article HERE

2.2 NSW : AHandMRC and Hitnet Community Hubs provide connection and access to information for difficult-to-reach and digitally excluded populations across Australia.

Armidale 

The Hubs enable people to connect to online services, access and share culturally appropriate health and social information.

Hitnet was first utilised by the AH&MRC as a practical tool for services to use through the Head Lice project, whereby relevant content central to the project was loaded onto the Hub and placed in the local AMS for the community to engage with. The local AMS in question has a range of projects and activities which they are enthusiastic to promote to their community through Hitnet. Another Member Service saw the value of Hitnet and included it in a funding grant application. This specific Member was successful in their application and was able to purchase a Hub for their service.

The AH&MRC engages with our Members and their communities in meaningful ways. Through a range of face-to-face, online, workshops, training and collaborations initiatives, we aim to communicate, educate and promote Aboriginal health. These are proven and effective means to connect with and learn from our Members.

Hitnet fulfils a service need of sharing locally generated content and key public health messages with Members, their staff and the wider community. The Hubs offer an effective method for engaging with the community and sharing important educational material in a timely, culturally safe and innovative way.

Each Hitnet Hub is used on average 1,000 times per year, representing purposeful interactions. Hitnet is essentially a one-stop-shop for all health promotion content. The team at Hitnet provide 3 monthly reports which provide reach and engagement metrics for their Hubs. This data can help to assess individual community needs and guide the development of health programs.

The AH&MRC have been able to purchase Hitnet Hubs for Orange Aboriginal Medical Service, Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service, Pat Dixon Medical Centre, and Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation. (Pictured above )

Hitnet Hubs have enabled Member Services to access culturally appropriate health promotion resources and online services.

2.3 NSW : Aboriginal patient experience : BHI and the Centre for Aboriginal Health are working together to collect the experiences and outcomes of care for Aboriginal people admitted to NSW public hospitals.

For the first time, every adult patient who identifies as Aboriginal will be invited to provide feedback on their admitted patient or maternity care experience during 2019.

The Adult Admitted Patient Survey asks Aboriginal people who have recently been admitted to a NSW public hospital for feedback about their experiences of care. This survey is mailed out to people about three months after the end of their hospital stay.

The Maternity Care Survey asks Aboriginal women who recently gave birth in a NSW public hospital about the care they received. This survey is mailed out to women about three months after their baby is delivered.

The results of these surveys will provide hospitals with valuable information about what they are doing well and where they can improve care to better meet the needs of Aboriginal people.

Promotional materials are available to help increase awareness of the survey program among Aboriginal people and to encourage them to respond when they receive a questionnaire. These materials can be accessed below, or alternatively, please contact us to request printed copies.

BHI published a Snapshot report, Aboriginal people’s experiences of hospital care, in July 2019 which highlights key findings at a statewide level for 459 Aboriginal people who shared their experiences of care in the Emergency Department Patient Survey 2017–18 and 550 Aboriginal people who shared their experiences of care in the Adult Admitted Patient Survey 2017.

BHI previously published a Patient Perspectives report on the experiences of care for Aboriginal people, which drew on data from almost 2,700 Aboriginal patients who were admitted to a NSW public hospital in 2014.

Healthcare in Focus 2017 examined healthcare in the context of three important dimensions of performance – accessibility, appropriateness and effectiveness – for more than 60 measures. One third of these measures related to the experiences and outcomes of Aboriginal people.

To find out about upcoming releases of survey results that reflect the experiences of Aboriginal people, please refer to our Reports Plan.

See Website HERE

3.VIC : VAHS encourages seniors /elders to get active and have fun with their Senior Games 


Seniors games is every Wednesday 11am-2pm at 2 Wright Street in Reservoir so feel free to come join in the fun. The group love to have new additions and competitors for the teams.

4.1 QLD : This week the Cape York mob celebrate 25 years since Apunipima Cape York Health Council emerged from a health conference held at Pajinka Wilderness Lodge, near Injinoo, in 1994.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima) is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this week. On 14th September 1994 Apunipima was established as a health advocacy organisation. The Cape York Land Council held a Health Summit t Pajinka Lodge, near Injanoo at the tip of Cape York.

The summit, attended by Traditional Owners, Elders and Community health leaders of 17 Cape York communities, included a key focus to address the worsening health outcomes of Cape York’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

From these humble beginnings, Apunipima has grown from an initial membership base of 34 to almost 1000 in 2019.

From an advocacy beginning, today Apunipima delivers comprehensive primary health care services across 11 Cape York communities and covers the largest geographical area of any Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in Queensland. Apunipima is a significant employer in Cape York with 30% of our team being made up of community-based employees.

Apunipima employs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners, Health Workers, outreach Midwives, Allied Health professionals, a paediatrician and numerous GPs.

Aileen Addo, Apunipima’s Board Chair said, ‘This milestone is a great opportunity for us to acknowledge and reflect on how far our organisation has come, and also how much more work with the people of Cape York is needed to improve our health.’

Over 25 years, Apunipima’s model of care has improved health outcomes for the people on the Cape – from closing the gap on life expectancy to dramatic improvements in infant mortality. Apunipima is committed to expand and enhance their services to deliver greater health and wellness improvements across the Cape.

4.2 QLD : Nominations for the 2019 QAIHC Awards for Excellence are open!

The Awards provide a platform to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector.

Award nominations are only open to QAIHC Member Services.

Find out more at https://qaihc.eventsair.com/2019-qaihc-awards/.

5.WA : Bega Garnbirringu Health Service receives a $3.5 million grant to help fund a new multi-storey social service and training facility

Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice this week received a $3.5 million grant to help fund a new multi-storey social service and training facility on MacDonald Street.

State Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt on Monday presented a Lotterywest cheque to Bega Garnbirringu Health Service when he met staff and board members to discuss the work the centre was doing in the region.

The funding covers about one third of the estimated $10 million project, with the proposed facility to feature a culturally appropriate training area, youth spaces, large rooms for community information and recreation sessions, rooms for family meetings and culturally appropriate counselling, and an administration area for the management of Bega’s social and wellbeing services. The new facility will also allow Bega to grow its current team of about 110 staff members to more than 150 in the future.

Bega chief executive Clive Holt said there was a high demand for both the centre’s clinical and social services, and the new facility would better equip staff to meet the needs of the Goldfields’ indigenous community.

“This funding means we can redevelop our existing ageing physical infrastructure to a point that we can accommodate our workforce, not only today, but going into the future,” he said.

“The last financial year we did just over 15,000 consultations so I think when you look at those sorts of numbers, there is clearly a demand for our services.”

Mr Holt said the new facility would also allow Bega to expand its range of services in areas including emergency relief, senior support, health promotion and suicide prevention.

“The client numbers continually increase so there is increasing demand for our current services, but we also are under pressure to provide an increased scope of services to the community,” he said.

“There is a massive focus on mental health at the moment and we are seeing more and more demand and we need to be in a position where we can meet that demand in the future.”

Bega will work with architects to develop a final design for the facility, with Mr Holt hoping the project will be complete within 18 to 24 months.

7. NT : Congress ACCHO Alice Springs promotes 9th day of the 9th month which is International FASD awareness day!

To mark the day Congress hosted a brunch this morning at our Gap Clinic .

Visitors grabbed something to eat and found out about FASD.

Fetal Alcohol Sprectrum Disorder is the most common preventable disability, and preventing #FASD is a whole-of-community responsibility. Mothers never intentionally put their children at risk.

If you or anyone you know is pregnant, planning to be pregnant or might be pregnant, remember:

“NO alcohol is best for Dad, Mum and Bub”

8.ACT : The recent turning of the soil ceremony marks the start of the build of Winnunga’s brand new health facility with funding provided by the ACT Government.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services is an Indigenous-led health care facility that provides culturally safe, holistic health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Canberra and the surrounding regions.

‘The new build for Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Services is a wonderful example of ACT Government’s support for self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services,’ said Nikki Gotovac, Director of ACT Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Partnerships Team.

‘We recognise the experience and expertise of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to run their own services. The funding will allow Winnunga to determine how to use the grant to best fit the needs of the community’.

Construction on the new facility is expected to start shortly and will be completed towards the end of 2020.

For further information on the range of health services and programs provided by Winnunga, visit www.winnunga.org.au

9. Tas : Tasmanian Government signs the Closing the Gap Partnership Agreement between the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and the Council of Australian Governments.

Roger Jaensch,Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Another step has been taken towards improving outcomes for Tasmanian Aboriginal communities, with the Tasmanian Government signing the Closing the Gap Partnership Agreement between the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and the Council of Australian Governments.

This historic agreement ensures the equal participation and shared decision making by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Closing the Gap.

Since coming to Government in 2014, the Hodgman majority Liberal Government has led the journey of reconciliation to re-set the relationship with Tasmanian Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal people are now recognised in the Tasmanian Constitution as Tasmania’s first people, we have updated the Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy to improve inclusivity and we have strengthened the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975.

Last year, the Premier committed to delivering the next phase, guided by the principles of empowerment and self-determination, to deliver a community-led strengths-based strategy that enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to thrive.

This is in stark contrast to the Labor party, who continue to shout from the sidelines, not willing to put in the work to deliver what really matters to Tasmanians.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government will work closely with all Tasmanian Aboriginal communities to ensure everyone is able to have their say as we deliver a shared purpose – one that recognises Aboriginal heritage and culture, and one that points to a brighter future for our First People.

NACCHO Affiliate and ACCHO Members Deadly Good News Stories : #National @NACCHOChair @HealthJusticeAu #NSW @ahmrc @IAHA_National @Galambila #VIC @VACCHO_org #QLD @QAIHC_QLD #SA @Nganampa_Health #WA @TheAHCWA #NT @DanilaDilba #ACT @WinnungaACCHO

1.1 National : NACCHO Aboriginal Men’s Health Ochre Day in Melbourne inspires over 200 delegates

1.2 National : NACCHO Acting Chair Donnella Mills to be keynote speaker at Health Justice Conference in Sydney 

1.3 National : The winner of the Puggy Hunter Scholarship, worth up to $15,000 a year announced

2.1 NSW : AH&MRC alongside the Australian Digital Health Agency produce booklet to provide key information to the community about the My Health Record and how to use it

2. 2 NSW : Graduate Rachel Williams now at Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, where her skills and connection to the community are crucial in providing dental care for local Aboriginal people.

2.3 NSW : For Women’s Health Week Galambila these are some of the amazing women on the Galambila ACCHO Coffs Harbour team 

2.4 NSW : IAHA supports in principle the NSW Auditor-General’s recommendations; particularly the focus on finalising an Aboriginal mental health policy

3.VIC: VACCHO Acting CEO Trevor Pearce sets the scene at NACCHO OCHRE Day Men’s Health Conference Melbourne around issues important for our Victorian men.

4. QLD : QAIHC Sector Leader online Magazine features Lizzie Adams, the dedicated CEO of Goolburri Aboriginal Health talks about need to invest in young people 

5.SA : Nganampa Health Council partnership targeted the availability, affordability, accessibility and promotion of healthy food in remote communities 

6. WA : AHCWA’s TIS team and QALT project officers are currently attend the WA TIS Workforce Development Program.

7. NT : AMSANT reports staff from 3 of their NT ACCHO’s feature in NT 2019 Health Professional of the Year Awards

8. ACT : Winnunuga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and community Services #Historymaking turning of the soil today at 10.30 am

9.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Registered Training Organisation short-listed for 4 awards

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : NACCHO Aboriginal Men’s Health Ochre Day in Melbourne inspires over 200 delegates

“ NACCHO Ochre Day is an important event that reflects on the social and emotional issues our men face and are less likely to seek help for themselves. It is a great platform to hear stories of hope and empowerment and to learn what is working in our communities – of strategies that are successful for our men to take better care of their health and wellbeing.

This year’s conference saw great participation from all 200 delegates who embraced the three focus areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men being in control, innovative and influential.

 Problems were met with solutions, with many delegates taking home new skills and knowledge to face the challenges in improving the health of men in their communities.”

NACCHO’s commitment is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to live longer, healthier lives and reduce the rate of preventable hospitalisations, which is almost three times higher than for other Australian men.”

Mr John Paterson, CEO of Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) and spokesperson for NACCHO said in his opening address at the seventh annual Ochre Day Men’s Health Conference over August 29-30 at Pullman On the Park, Melbourne : Hosted by VACCHO

Read full NACCHO Press Release and report HERE

Read John Paterson’s keynote speech HERE

1.2 National : NACCHO Acting Chair Donnella Mills to be keynote speaker at Health Justice Conference in Sydney 

 

Do you work in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisation or with First Nations communities?

Do you recognise complexity and wonder how to help people with multiple, intersecting need?

Then Health Justice 2019 is for you!

Over 24-25 September in Sydney, this highly engaging program will bring together everyone working at the intersections of legal, health and social need: practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, funders and community members; across disciplines, services, systems and communities.

A fresh approach to conferencing, Health Justice 2019 is less about talking heads and more about opportunities to learn, share and collaborate.

Sessions of particular interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and services include:

  • Keynotes from Donnella Mills and Eddie Cubillo, reflecting on their experiences as leaders in Aboriginal community controlled health and legal services and advocating to improve health in their communities
  • Alistair Fergsuon and other voices from collective impact approaches placing communities at the heart and head of responses to increasing social disadvantage, rising crime and community safety fears
  • Roundtable discussion about health justice partnerships and how they are responding to complex and intersecting need
  • Panels and workshops exploring the social determinants of health and how we define outcomes around what communities want
  • Showcasing organisational approaches to improve workforce resilience and targeted workshops to build strategies to support practitioner wellbeing.

Join us to share your insights and be part of the conversation to set new directions for people with intersecting health, social and legal needs and the services that support them.

Registration includes access to highly targeted workshops building capability to work in partnership and to tell the stories about what you do and why it matters.

Visit the conference website to see the full program and register here:healthjustice2019.org/register.

1.3 National : The winner of the Puggy Hunter Scholarship, worth up to $15,000 a year announced 

Shania Charvat was in a tutoring session on campus when she received a call from someone sending her a well-timed lifeline for uni. And the first thing she did was hang up on them.

She laughs she saw the unknown interstate number and assumed “they were trying to sell me a vacuum cleaner or something”. Shania called back three hours later to learn she’d been awarded the national Puggy Hunter Scholarship, worth up to $15,000 a year.

The Australian Government established the scheme as a tribute to the late Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter’s outstanding contribution to Indigenous Australians’ health and his role as chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.  (1991-2001 )

The scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous student in a health-related discipline.

The Bendigo Bachelor of Human Services/Master of Social Work student and Palawa woman says she can’t put into words how much it means to be a 2019 recipient.

“At the time they called I had $9 in my bank account to last me two weeks, and I thought, how am I going to do this? I sobbed on the phone and said, this is lifechanging for me,” Shania says.

“I’ve never been in the situation where I considered leaving university but weeks before the call I started thinking I’d have to go and earn some money before I could continue the course. The scholarship means I can stay at uni and I can get my degree.”

Shania is in the second year of her four-year course. She came to La Trobe straight after finishing VCE at Bendigo Senior Secondary College to study a Diploma of Health Sciences, planning to eventually become a nurse like her grandmother.

“But I found I really loved learning about psychology,” she says. “It was just so interesting to me and I couldn’t put my text books down, which was a first because I’m dyslexic.

“My lecturers recommended I do psychology or social work. I chose social work and I haven’t looked back since.”

After graduating from the Bendigo course Shania hopes to work with young people in prison.

“I want to show them that prison may be where they’re at now, but it’s not going to be their life, we can change it.”

She’s the first person in her family to go to university, but certainly not the last. Shania’s mum, Sam, now studies Education at the Bendigo Campus, her sister Michellie is here completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts, and her younger sister, Takeetah, plans to pursue her love of sociology here next year.

2.1 NSW : AH&MRC alongside the Australian Digital Health Agency produce booklet to provide key information to the community about the My Health Record and how to use it

Check out this great resource for adults: The My Health Record Storybook.

This little booklet was designed by the AH&MRC alongside the Australian Digital Health Agency to provide key information to the community about the My Health Record and how to use it. There is also one for Youth and Parent/Carer/Guardian’s.

To have a read of the storybook, click on the link :

2. 2 NSW : Graduate Rachel Williams now at Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, where her skills and connection to the community are crucial in providing dental care for local Aboriginal people.

Less than three months after she completed her degree, Rachel Williams started work as an oral health therapist in Inverell, not far from her hometown of Glen Innes. Williams is a Ngemba woman working at the Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, where her skills and connection to the community are crucial in providing dental care for local Aboriginal people.

For many of the people she treats, the nearest specialists are a two‑and-a-half hour drive away. “So we do as much as we can here, rather than just referring it on to someone else.”

Four years ago, Williams received the Rotary Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarship. The scholarship was created in partnership with the University’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, established thanks to a $10 million donation from Greg Poche and Kay Van Norton Poche.

It helped her to achieve certificate qualifications as a dental assistant. Afterwards, she began a dental assistant traineeship in Inverell, but dreamed of taking her studies further with a Bachelor of Oral Health.

Again, a scholarship provided crucial support. She completed the degree with support from the Dr Lawrence F Smith Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students in Dentistry. “Moving so far from my family and friends, leaving my job and relocating to Sydney was challenging,” she says. “The scholarship was invaluable in helping me adapt.

“Being able to help people in my community, to help close the health gap for Aboriginal people in rural areas, it’s something I have always wanted to do.”

2.3 NSW : For Women’s Health Week Galambila these are some of the amazing women on the Galambila ACCHO Coffs Harbour team 

2.4 NSW : IAHA supports in principle the NSW Auditor-General’s recommendations; particularly the focus on finalising an Aboriginal mental health policy

IAHA encourage investment in Aboriginal-led, community controlled mental health and social emotional wellbeing services for long-term solutions; based on a strong commitment and a future of our own design”

Nicole Turner, Chairperson of IAHA .IAHA contributes significantly to the national dialogue on health and wellbeing access, equity and solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

IAHA supports in principle the Auditor-General’s recommendations; particularly the focus on finalising an Aboriginal mental health policy framework which includes ‘actions to increase the numbers and types of Aboriginal workers across all levels and positions in the mental health workforce.’

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the national organisation for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, welcomes the report from Margaret Crawford, New South Wales Auditor-General.

IAHA contributes significantly to the national dialogue on health and wellbeing access, equity and solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  IAHA supports in principle the Auditor-General’s recommendations; particularly the focus on finalising an Aboriginal mental health policy framework which includes ‘actions to increase the numbers and types of Aboriginal workers across all levels and positions in the mental health workforce.’

IAHA CEO Donna Murray said that, “while there have been improvements in the mental health context for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW, significant work still needs to be done.  Increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in the health and wellbeing workforce at all levels is a critical step towards this.”

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce brings solid returns on many fronts, they have the knowledge and the specialist skills to be part of the sustainable solution going forward.  As an extension of the recommendations around the Aboriginal health workforce, IAHA contends that – consideration of training pathways, retention, supervisory supports and employment priorities is essential for sustainable and long-term change.

The Audit states, “NSW Health provides some funding to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to provide mental health services. These non-government organisations have the cultural and clinical capability to support Aboriginal patients with complex mental health needs, but most advise that they lack the level of staffing and resources to meet community demand,” evidences the need to develop, support and promote the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

3.1 VIC: VACCHO Acting CEO Trevor Pearce sets the scene at NACCHO OCHRE Day Men’s Health Conference Melbourne around issues important for our Victorian men.

Did you know that our ACCOs serve 7000 fellas throughout Victoria and yet they are still over represented in almost every negative health statistic?

More work to do but we’re still here, and still pushing!

If your wondering who those fellas are up on the screen it’s Wayne Tanner, John Nikkelson and Uncle Barry Fary from Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-Operative in their awesome men’s shed when we went up for a visit (and seriously – that shed rocks!).

4.1 QLD : QAIHC Sector Leader online Magazine features Lizzie Adams, the dedicated CEO of Goolburri Aboriginal Health talks about need to invest in young people 

This edition features Lizzie Adams, the dedicated CEO of Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Co. We hear about the changes she’s seen during her time in the Sector and why it’s important to invest in our young people.

Read it now at https://www.qaihc.com.au/publications/sector-leader-magazine

Every year, during the Ochre Day conference, NACCHO hosts a memorial dinner in honour of Jaydon Adams, a young leader whose contribution to youth participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health lives on.

See the Foundation Website 

The winner of the 2019 Jaydon Adams Memorial Award was Nathan Taylor from Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd. Pictured here on right with Mark and Lizzie Adams

Nathan was recognised for his exemplary work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth worker

Nathan Taylor is employed as a Youth Worker at DDACL. In his role he comes into contact with many Aboriginal young people and is always caring about what they are doing and their health and their current situation. He shows exemplary care and concern for his fellow Koori (male or female) and advocates on their behalf with various providers, especially within our organisation.

Nathan Taylor is always concerned about better health for Aboriginal young people. He has been integrally involved in a good health program for young people early in the morning before school. He arranges to pick them up, gets them to a basketball facility and puts them through their paces, then they get ready and changed and have breakfast. He then drops them off at school.

5 SA : Nganampa Health Council partnership targeted the availability, affordability, accessibility and promotion of healthy food in remote communities 

The 12-month project by Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, Nganampa Health Council, Mai Wiru Regional Stores Aboriginal Corporation and the Prevention Centre targeted the availability, affordability, accessibility and promotion of healthy food.

Originally published HERE

Project researcher Professor Amanda Lee said previous research showed that the turnover of foods in what is usually the single store in remote Aboriginal communities was a good indicator of peoples’ dietary intakes, as validated against objective biomedical data. The results of this study also provide insights into broader nutrition issues affecting other Aboriginal communities and wider Australia.

“We have been assessing food security and dietary intake metrics to inform interventions on the APY Lands since 1986 and, despite everyone’s efforts, nutrition and diet-related health had been getting worse,” Professor Lee said.

“But since the communities introduced this concerted intervention in 2018, the stores we worked with have improved the number, range, quality and relative price of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and wholegrain cereals, improved product placement and promotion, and provided healthy takeaways, to help make healthier choices the easiest choices.”

The research team worked with Mai Wiru Regional Stores and the communities to strengthen their store nutrition policy.

Project officer Rhiannon Hutchinson, a trained nutritionist, also worked with members of two specific communities, implementing a range of community-led interventions to increase demand for healthy food. This involved responding to any requests to help improve nutrition, including cooking, product demonstrations, budgeting, sessions for children and young people, recipe development and ‘bush picnics’.

She also worked closely with store managers to help implement the revised Mai Wiru store nutrition policy in these two communities, in a step-wise approach.

Multiple evaluation methods included assessment of store sales data, costs/affordability using the Healthy Diets ASAP (Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing) methods, and store nutrition policy compliance. Non-intervention communities functioned as staged controls.

Importantly, the project took a strengths-based approach and built on traditional food knowledge. The main dietary message was to “eat store foods that are most like traditional bush foods”. All organisations worked with the communities to improve capacity, build on traditional nutrition knowledge and skills and build community demand for healthy foods.

During the intervention:

  • Improvement in food security metrics were more marked in the stores in the two intervention communities where scores for product availability, product placement, and promotion increased respectively from 80% to 98%, from 64% to 92%, and from 54% to 100%.
  • Improvement in diet was most marked in the community (Pipalyatjara) where both food supply and food demand strategies were in place the longest; the intake of fruit doubled (from 39g to 79g per person/day), the intake of vegetables increased (from 109g to 133g per person/day) and the intake of sugary drinks decreased by 5%. Reliance on bread as the main dietary source of energy decreased by 20%, suggesting less food stress.
  • The average proportion of energy derived from unhealthy (discretionary) foods and drinks from all stores assessed was stable at 45% (compared to around 37% for non-Indigenous communities). However, at Pipalyatjara, the proportion of energy derived from unhealthy foods decreased to 39%.
  • A healthy diet on the APY Lands became more affordable than an unhealthy diet, costing 15% less; the cost of fruit and vegetables was only 6% higher than in Alice Springs. Over the year, on the APY Lands, the cost of a healthy diet increased by about 2% and the cost of an unhealthy diet increased by 5%. In comparison, in Alice Springs the cost of a healthy diet increased by 7%, while the cost of an unhealthy diet increased by 5%.

The project was funded by the Medical Research Future Fund to address Aboriginal food security and dietary intake. Lack of food security – when all people, at all times, have physical, economic and social access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life – is still a significant contributor to poor health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Professor Lee said the project confirmed that multi-strategy, community-lead nutrition projects focusing on both supply and demand could improve Aboriginal food security and diet rapidly and should be implemented nationally at scale.

“The stores in the two intervention communities now score almost 100% against all the metrics assessed. For example, they have moved sugary drinks fridges to the rear of the store, no longer stock large sizes of sugary drinks, and cross-subsidise the price of healthy choices, such as fresh produce, lean meats and water.

“The key was to work collaboratively to strengthen the store nutrition policy, monitor implementation regularly, feed results back to the communities, and support community demand for healthier options,” she said.

Working with remote communities who can intervene in their food system in a more contained manner than in less isolated communities has resulted in findings that can be applied more broadly to other Aboriginal communities and wider Australia.

For example, the project has shown that there is a direct relationship between product placement and promotion in food outlets and dietary intake. Results reinforce the notion that policy regulation and market intervention are required to improve food security and diet.

6. WA : AHCWA’s TIS team and QALT project officers are currently attend the WA TIS Workforce Development Program.


The National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking is hosted the 2-day workshop at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough.

Picture above : AHCWA TIS and QALT project officers with Greg Hire formally from the Perth Wildcats after he presented on the ‘A Stitch in Time’ organisation. Greg founded the organisation in 2014 which aims to provide programs for youth, aged 12-25 in the Perth Metro and Regional communities.

7. NT : AMSANT reports staff from 3 of their NT ACCHO’s feature in NT 2019 Health Professional of the Year Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Health Professional of the Year Awards!

Rebecca Earle, James Arratta, Rrapa Dhurrkay, Dr Meredith Hansen-Knarhoi and Rebecca Matthews were recognised on Friday for their outstanding contributions.

Danila Dilba GP, Dr Meredith Hansen-Knarhoi, has been recognised as the GP of the Year at the NT Health Professional of the Year awards over last weekend.

Dr Hanson-Knarhoi is passionate about Aged Care and women’s health and goes beyond the role of an ordinary GP when caring for her nursing home patients. Meredith’s compassion, humanism and respect for culture sets a strong example for excellence in primary health care.

The 2019 recipients are:

GP or other Doctor working in Primary Health Care of the Year 
Dr Meredith Hansen-Knarhoi (GP, Danila Dilba Palmerston Clinic)

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner of the Year 
Rrapa Dhurrkay (Senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Miwatj Elcho Island Clinic)

Nurse and/or Midwife of the Year 
Rebecca Earle (Remote Area Nurse, Julanimawu Clinic Bathurst Island)

Allied Health Practitioner of the Year 
Rebecca Matthews (Remote visiting podiatrist, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress)

Primary Health Care Support Person of the Year 
James Arratta (Belyuen Health Centre)

8. ACT : Winnunuga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and community Services #Historymaking turning of the soil today at 10.30 am

We are across all social media platforms. Make sure you keep up to date with what is happening in our community and around Australia in Aboriginal Health.

Follow the ongoing push for change and massive improvements in moving forward with the new building for Winnunuga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and community Services.

9.TAS : Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Registered Training Organisation short-listed for 4 awards

For the first time, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Registered Training Organisation (NACCHO Affiliate for Lutruwita/Tasmania) entered the above and were short-listed for 4 awards:

Swinburne University of Technology Industry Collaboration Award and Training Provider of The Year for our RTO; and for students trained in our RTO Certificate IV course in Alcohol and Other Drugs – Rotary Club of Deloraine Vocational Student of the Year Award Finalists Keeomee Mansell of the Aboriginal Health Service in Burnie and Janelle Williams of Cygnet now employed by the Bridge Salvation Army in Hobart; and for the TasTAFE Aboriginal Student of the Year Award Finalist, our staff member Dionne Bishop trained by our RTO and employed by the AHS in Hobart, the only finalist candidate not trained by Tas TAFE, won a Special Commendation – the only such award conferred on the night.

A very big night for our only Aboriginal RTO in this State.

NACCHO Affiliate and ACCHO Members Deadly Good News Stories : National watch Pat Turner #QANDA #NSW GWAMS @ahmrc #VIC @VACCHO_org #QLD @Apunipima @DeadlyChoices #WA Wirraka Maya #SA #NT @MiwatjHealth #ACT @WinnungaACCHO #TAS

1.1 National : Did you miss our CEO Pat Turner on Q and A this week ? Watch HERE

1.2 National :  Keynote speakers announced for NACCHO Ochre Day Men’s Health Conference 2019 in Melbourne next week Has your ACCHO Registered ?

1.3 National : ACCHO’s invited to attend Health Data Portal Co-design Workshops: September – October 2019

1.4 National iSISTAQUIT “implement Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting” program is starting now, and we need your help and ideas – so here is how you can help us.

2.I NSW : The ANFPP team at Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service hosted morning tea with the Aunties from Baabayn

2.2 NSW : AH&MRC launches new website 

3.VIC : VACCHO and the Aboriginal breast screening project in partnership with BreastScreen Victoria.

4.1 QLD : Apunipima ACCHO Cape York Baby One Program health worker training

4.2 QLD : AFL Brisbane Lions superstar leads Deadly Choices campaign to increase 715 Health Checks 

5. SA : The Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, Dr Roger Thomas, is commencing State-wide consultation to seek the views of Aboriginal communities to improve relations between government and Aboriginal people.

6.WA : Meet Alfred Barker. He’s a Traditional Owner and the Chairperson of Wirraka Maya, where he works to educate and support men about the role they can play in preventing FASD

7. NT : Check out what the awesome Miwatj Health AMS TIS team in Gapuwiyak have been up to over the recent school holiday break.

8. ACT : Ms Julie Tongs, CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service has calls on Ms Rosie Batty AO to assist with advocacy

9. TAS : Heather Sculthorpe NAIDOC Speech 2019

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

Mobile 0401 331 251 

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication Thursday /Friday

1.1 National : Did you miss our CEO Pat Turner on Q and A this week ? Watch here

WATCH HERE

Panellists: Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians; Julian Leeser, Co-Chair of Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition; Jacinta Price, Director of Indigenous Program, CIS; Patricia Turner, CEO of National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation; and Sally Scales, Uluru Statement Delegate. (who replaced Noel Pearson at the last moment )

 From transcript panellist Pat Turner, a legendary figure in Indigenous affairs:

“We survived here for 60,000 years before the last 200 and we’ve been devastated more in the last 200-plus than the 60,000 years before that … we want to have the right to share the power and to make the decisions about the future of our people in our own country.”

Jacinta Price thought the debate “distracts us from what’s really going on” – issues such as violence and suicide in Indigenous communities.

Pat Turner shot back.

A distraction?

“It hasn’t distracted me because we’re working very hard to close the gap. And to ensure that Aboriginal voices are at the table in negotiations with government as equals.”

She concluded: “We’re waiting for no one. We’re getting on with the job.”

1.2 National :  Keynote speakers announced for NACCHO Ochre Day Men’s Health Conference 2019 in Melbourne next week Has your ACCHO Registered ?

We are very fortunate this year to have an illustrious line-up of speakers and are expecting to host around 200 male delegates from across the country.

 The conference aims to increase access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to primary health care services, and participation in healthy lifestyle activities within the community.”

Mr John Paterson, CEO of Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) and spokesperson for OCHRE DAY

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) will hold its seventh annual Ochre Day Men’s Health Conference on 29-30 August at Pullman On the Park, Melbourne.

This year’s conference will focus on three aspirational topics around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men being: in-control, innovative and influential.

The NACCHO Ochre Day Conference is an important event that draws attention to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health issues and their impact on their social and emotional health in a holistic way.  The enduring theme for the conference is – Men’s Health, Our Way. Let’s Own It!

The NACCHO Ochre Day Conference was established in 2012 to provide a strategic focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health issues in a holistic way

Read or Download  full press release here

For further information on the conference and to register online, click here.

1.3 National : ACCHO’s invited to attend Health Data Portal Co-design Workshops: September – October 2019

A series of co-design workshops will be conducted around Australia during September and October 2019. The co-design workshops will allow health service representatives to:

  • Gather input for future nKPI, OSR, HCP and QLIK Interactive Report enhancements based on your July-August 2019 reporting experience; and
  • Discuss Stage 2 OSR requirements and how to effectively gather the required data.

Co-design workshop locations, dates and venue details are set out here :

How to register for a co-design workshop

An Eventbrite invitation was sent to all health services on 26 July 2019. If you would like an invitation sent to you please send us your name and email address to indigenousreporting@health.gov.au. Seats are strictly limited and fill up quickly so please register ASAP.

Cost:

Like all previous Portal co-design workshops conducted in 2017, 2018 and February-March 2019, travel, accommodation and expenses to attend a co-design workshop is at your health services’ expense.

Do you have other colleagues who want to attend?

This email invitation can only be used by you. If you want a colleague to attend, please email us their name and email address to indigenousreporting@health.gov.au

Please note that due to a high level of interest we request that no more than two people from your health service attend, where possible. This will ensure we have a wide representation from the sector attending the co-design workshops.

Not able to attend?

Consultation is an important part of developing the Portal. If you are unable to attend a co-design workshop, you can still contribute. Details of how to do this will be communicated to you soon.

More Information:

If would like more information about the co-design workshops, please contact us at indigenousreporting@health.gov.au

1.4 National iSISTAQUIT “implement Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting” program is starting now, and we need your help and ideas – so here is how you can help us.

Our focus is to improve health providers’ (HP) provision of smoking cessation care for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Download the full poster

Poster-iSISTAQUIT call for resources

We are currently developing our training materials into an on-line format, making social media resources, and exploring effective ways of recruiting services.

Register your interest: We invite Aboriginal Health Services, Tackling Indigenous Smoking Sites, and Mainstream Health Services to be Partner Services of the iSISTAQUIT team in implementing iSISTAQUIT, to take the iSISTAQUIT_survey or email iSISTAQUIT@newcastle.edu.au and we will arrange a call or zoom meeting

Become an Advisor: We are looking for Advisors to support us developing:

  1. a) The online training format for Health Professionals and /or
  2. b) The social media campaign.

Send us your resources: To develop the media campaign, we are looking for resources that are provided to pregnant women to support smoking cessation (print, digital, video or social media).

If you have developed resources or have examples that you give to pregnant women or ideas for messages for quitting in pregnancy, please contact us and/or send your resources iSISTAQUIT@newcastle.edu.au

2. I NSW : The ANFPP team at Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service AHS hosted morning tea with the Aunties from Baabayn

The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) is a nurse-led home visiting program that supports women pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child to help them become the best mum possible.

ANFPP mums are offered support and guidance during early pregnancy and on into their baby’s infancy and toddlerhood. The ANFPP is an important early investment in the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in local communities.

We are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

It was a great morning yarning about the program and showing them around our new office.

2.2 NSW : AH&MRC launches new website 

The AH&MRC Board of Directors and staff are delighted to announce the launch of our new website. The website is the next phase of the AH&MRC rebrand, with the logo being announced in September 2018.

VIEW new website HERE

“We have gone through a transition period and we now have a clear direction of our organisation, with a website as the representation.” says Scott Monaghan, Chairperson of the Board of AH&MRC

The AH&MRC website has been created to promote success stories from the sector, job openings and local events, professional learning opportunities, accredited courses, research development and more.

“We want members and the community to use the website to keep up to date.” concluded Mr Monaghan.

The August Edition of Message Stick is out now!

Read about the new AH&MRC website, the Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health Conference, the PHN and ACCHS Roundtable and opportunities to work with AH&MRC and our members.

Read more here >> http://bit.ly/33QDlw8

3.1 VIC : VACCHO and the Aboriginal breast screening project in partnership with BreastScreen Victoria.

Our COO Helen Kennedy and Susan Forrester are with Gina Bundle from The Womens at our ICAP Forum modeling one of the many breastscreening shawls currently being designed by so many of our incredible women around Victoria. this Aboriginal breastscreening project is done in partnership with BreastScreen Victoria.

Gunditj Corp staff members Charmaine Clarke and Sherry Johnstone with our Susan Forrester showing off the incredible artworks created by local Gunditjmara women that will be used in our Aboriginal breastscreening shawl project with BreastScreen Victoria

These beautiful shawls will be used to keep our women culturally safe and strong during screening sessions.

If you want to know more about this project contact us on 03 9411 9411.

4.1 QLD : Apunipima ACCHO Cape York Baby One Program health worker training

In a recent edition of Apunipima ACCHO Cape Capers there was mention of the training taking place at the Cairns office, with the Nutritionist Team providing workshops based around increasing knowledge on nutrition in the communities for pregnant women, mums and infants.

The Baby One Program and Bump 2 Bubba teams took on meaningful discussions, cooking sessions, team building exercises and workshops around ways to improve resources and processes in getting the ‘better health’ message across.

It was clear that the group provided valuable ideas for the future and gained more insights into what will be key messages for the Cape’s future health.

4.2 QLD : AFL Brisbane Lions superstar leads Deadly Choices campaign to increase 715 Health Checks 

5. SA : The Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, Dr Roger Thomas, is commencing State-wide consultation to seek the views of Aboriginal communities to improve relations between government and Aboriginal people.  

Dr Thomas has already undertaken some targeted consultation with Aboriginal stakeholders.

This has developed an engagement reform proposal for his State-wide consultation.

Premier Steven Marshall committed in his Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan released in December 2018 to develop a model to facilitate and enable better engagement between the Government and Aboriginal communities and for Aboriginal views to be more represented in government decision-making.

The Premier said it was critical that the views of Aboriginal peoples were heard across all levels of government.

“I am committed to ensuring Aboriginal South Australians are adequately represented in the decisions that affect them,” said the Premier.

Dr Thomas urged Aboriginal South Australians to get involved in the consultation process.

“I encourage all Aboriginal people, communities and organisations to share their views, by attending a consultation session, or to provide written feedback on the recommended model,” Dr Thomas said.

The Commissioner has developed eleven draft guiding principles as a reference point for the discussion and development of potential models of Aboriginal engagement:

Once the Commissioner has consulted with Aboriginal communities over the coming three months, a report will be presented to the Premier for Cabinet to consider.

Aboriginal South Australians are encouraged to have their say during the consultation process, and can do so via a number of channels:

1. Attend a consultation:

The Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement will visit many sites across South Australia, and lead the consultation with Aboriginal people, organisations and representatives, over the next three months. To find out more information about the Commissioner’s visits across South Australia, arrange a meeting, or to request more information, contact the Office of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement (OCAE) or visit dpc.sa.gov.au/aboriginal-engagement

2. Provide written feedback:

Feedback Forms will be provided at all the consultation meetings. Alternatively, you may submit your feedback online. Detailed written submissions are also welcome and can be emailed to the Office of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement at AboriginalEngagement@sa.gov.au

3.Call

Office of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement:

Free call: 1800 931 733

6.1 WA : Meet Alfred Barker. He’s a Traditional Owner and the Chairperson of Wirraka Maya, where he works to educate and support men about the role they can play in preventing FASD

Recently it was Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day, and we’re sharing the last story in our series profiling inspirational people leading the charge to make FASD history in the Pilbara in collaboration with Telethon Kids, BHP Western Australia and Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Meet Alfred Barker. He’s a Traditional Owner and the Chairperson of Wirraka Maya, where he works to educate and support men about the role they can play in preventing FASD, through supporting their partners not to drink during pregnancy.

After watching, please SHARE this video with your networks to help raise awareness of the role that men can play in the prevention of #FASD.

7.1 NT : Check out what the awesome Miwatj Health AMS TIS team in Gapuwiyak have been up to over the recent school holiday break.

Listen up! Come check out what our awesome TIS team in Gapuwiyak have been up to over the school holiday break. It’s great to see djamarrkuli have fun and learn about ngarali (tobacco) and healthy lifestyles.

And sports

Miwatj AMS TIS worker Thomas Guyula from Gapuwiyak, is passionate about educating and helping people understand the dangers of smoking!

8. ACT : Ms Julie Tongs, CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service has calls on Ms Rosie Batty AO to assist with advocacy

Ms Julie Tongs, CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service has called  on Ms Rosie Batty AO, to use her address at the annual EMILY’s List Oration to be held in Canberra on Wednesday 21 August to urge the ACT Government to reverse its decision to defund the ACT Legal Aid Commission’s specialist family violence service.

Julie Tongs noted that Aboriginal women are vastly over-represented as victims of crime including as victims of domestic violence. She said:

“The most recent data reveals an Aboriginal woman is 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to domestic violence related assault than a non-Aboriginal woman.”

Julie Tongs further noted the Legal Aid Commission has assisted hundreds of women a year, including many Aboriginal women, who have been subjected to violence and abuse.

Download the full Press Release HERE

WNAHCS Media Release 2019 – Rosie Batty

9. TAS : Heather Sculthorpe NAIDOC Speech 2019

The national theme for NAIDOC this year is Voice, Treaty, Truth. This is a summary of the Aboriginal community demands in the Statement From The Heart developed at Uluru 2 years ago.

Achieving these goals, based on the recognition of Aboriginal people in the Australian Constitution, is regarded by some as the basis for reconciliation – as enabling Aborigines and non-Aborigines to move forward together towards a better future.

The proposal for a ‘Voice to Parliament’ is the most controversial of these demands. The former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull immediately dismissed the idea calling it a third chamber of the federal Parliament: the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Aboriginal Voice. In fact it would have only the power to advise and so would be less a decision making body than the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission which did have some power to determine policy and make financial decisions.

Instead of the risky business of trying to get changes agreed to the Australian Constitution, many are now advocating State level treaty making as a means of changing the power imbalance between Aboriginal people and the State. That would have to go very much further than the simple wording changes to State Constitutions made by the Tasmanian Parliament and others which simply state the obvious fact that Aborigines were the first people of this country.

A treaty would need to cover matters like the return of lands, a guaranteed income through a share of the gross domestic product of the country or a similar formula, and protections for Aboriginal language and culture. The benefits of a treaty were summed up by Michael Mansell in his book about treaty and statehood as follows:

Aboriginal communities need essential and fundamental tools to replicate what once was – an ordered, civilised, united Aboriginal society that took care of its own and managed its affairs – and restore it in a modern world. The fundamental tools needed include land ownership, empowerment, financial guarantees, cultural integrity and self-determination. The longer Aboriginals are denied these essential assets the longer we will see despair and frustration, and the more we will have to revisit the consequences of disadvantage.

We would expect these fundamental requirements to be additional to basic services provided to everyone in Australia like health, housing and education. These service areas are still failing Aboriginal people, starting from the significant gap in life expectancy.

How do we reach equivalent life outcomes for our people without becoming just like white people, without becoming assimilated into the values and lifestyle of those who invaded our lands and nearly destroyed our people?

We start by the truth-telling referred to in the Uluru Statement. We’ve seen the beginning of that process in the massacre mapping of the continent by Dr Lyndall Ryan and others, decades after the first version of Lyndall’s book on Aboriginal Tasmania was published. We see it increasingly in the story telling of Aboriginal writers, play wrights and song writers like puralia meenamatta/Jim Everett, Cheryl Mundy, Nathan Maynard, and Dewayne Everett-Smith. And in the art works and photographs of Ricky Maynard, Janice Ross Lowery Maynard, Rodney Gardner and many others. And now in the curriculum materials in Tasmanian schools through the highly praised ORB multi-media package.

Truth telling must start with being clear that this country and this State were not settled peacefully but through violence and treachery. In our case, the treachery occurred when our Old People were persuaded to give up their guerrilla war against the invaders and board the boats bound for Flinders Island. They were persuaded that this was the only way to prevent the rest of their people being slaughtered and that they would soon return to their home lands. Instead most of them died on Flinders Island.

This is how Walter George Arthur described the treachery in 1846, writing from Wybalena on Flinders to Queen Victoria in London, England:

The humble petition of the free Aborigines Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land now living upon Flinders Island …That we are your free children that we were not taken prisoners but freely gave up our country to Colonel Arthur then the Governor after defending ourselves, Your petitioners humbly state to your Majesty that Mr Robinson [George Augustus] made for us and with Colonel Arthur an agreement that we have not lost from our minds since and we have made our part of it good. Your petitioners humbly tell Your Majesty that when we left our own place we were plenty of people, we are now but a little one.

In any normal human understanding, this must surely be an undertaking to make a peaceful settlement with a treaty. Lutruwita/Tasmania is well over due to make good on this promise. And not just any promise: an undertaking between equal sovereigns.

What the Education Department’s ORB lacks is Aboriginal decision making and control, things that the national Coalition of Peak Close the Gap organisations has stressed to be every bit as important as targets and indicators. As recognised by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody nearly 3 decades ago, it is the lack of Aboriginal control and decision making that has resulted in the disparities in life outcomes so prevalent today. Let’s keep in mind that this is the main area that needs to improve if we are to get anywhere near reconciliation in this country.

We are very pleased that so many people keeping coming back year after year to help us mark the start of NAIDOC week. In the future we may be able to use this occasion to celebrate together but for now at least we must use the occasion as a reminder that we still have a long way to go.

Nayri nina-tu.

Heather Sculthorpe