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 Communique survey: We require your valuable input and it will take just a few minutes.

Hello from NACCHO!

Our NACCHO Communique has been a great success, and we thank you for being a part of our online community!

We’re in the process of making some changes to the NACCHO Communique to better provide you with information and would appreciate your valuable input.

If you haven’t already done it, please take a few minutes to complete the survey to help us launch the new and improved NACCHO Communique.

Click here to start the survey.

Closes 9 October 2019.

Thank you for your participation!

 

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 and ACCHO Members Deadly Good News Stories : National @NACCHOChair #NSW @Walgett_AMS #VIC @VACCHO_org #QLD @QAIHC_QLD @Apunipima #WA South West #SA PLAHS #NT @CAACongress @DanilaDilba #Tas Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

1.1 National : NACCHO Chair meets Productivity Commissioner to discuss current evaluation of Indigenous government policies and programs

1.2 AMA President in National Press Club address supports Uluru Statement from the Heart

1.3 National Chair of AMSANT and CEO of of Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Corporation Barbara Shaw will deliver the opening plenary for the Indigenous Health Justice Conference in Darwin

2. NSW : The Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service and the Dharriwaa Elders Group have both expressed concerns about saltwater solution for drought and the potential effect on community health.

3. VIC : VACCHO partners with other peak health organisations to develop and support 8 actions for a A Healthier Start for Victorians Strategy

4.1  QAIHC will hold Youth Health Summit in September

4. 2 Qld : The Apunipima ACCHO TIS Team launches smoke-free signage at Charkil Om in Napranum Cape York 

5. WA : South West Aboriginal Medical Service in partnership to upgrade youth centre

6. SA : PLAHS ACCHO and Port Lincoln community come together for this year’s NAIDOC Week events .

7.1 NT : Congress CEO, Donna Ah Chee delivering the powerful history of the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program 

7.2 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin mobile clinic provides back to school health checks for Palmerston Indigenous Village

8. TAS : Two seats should be set aside for Tasmanian Aboriginal MHAs to be chosen by Aboriginal people in an enlarged State Parliament, traditional owners say.

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

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1.1 National : NACCHO Chair meets Productivity Commissioner to discuss  current evaluation of Indigenous government policies and programs

Donnella Mills Acting Chair of NACCHO this week met in Cairns with Romlie Mokak Productivity Commissioner to discuss the current Indigenous evaluation strategy : pictured above Left to Right Donnella , Romlie , Wuchopperen Chair  Sandra Levers and CEO Dania Ahwang

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to develop a whole-of-government evaluation strategy for policies and programs affecting Indigenous Australians, to be used by all Australian Government agencies. The Commission will also review the performance of agencies against the strategy over time.

They will consult widely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, and with all levels of government. We will also consult with non-Indigenous organisations and individuals responsible for administering and delivering relevant policies and programs.

The Commission released an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It sets out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at the early stage of the project. Participants should provide evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

The paper was released on 26 June 2019.

Initial submissions are due by Friday 23 August 2019.

More info Submissions HERE

1.2 AMA President in National Press Club address supports Uluru Statement from the Heart

 “The ongoing failure to address Indigenous health is also unforgivable and unacceptable. There are immediate things we can do to turn things around.

The AMA supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Australian Parliament must make this a national priority.

Giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a say in the decisions that affect their lives would allow for healing through recognition of past and current injustices. It would underpin all Government endeavours to close the health and life expectancy gap.

We need to also look at and address the broader social determinants. This requires cooperation and unity of purpose from all relevant Ministers and portfolios.

We must take out the politics and fearmongering. We must do the right thing by the First Australians. The AMA welcomed the stated intent of the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, to hold a referendum on Constitutional recognition for Indigenous peoples.

It is time for unity. Let’s build on that. ”

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, who addressed the National Press Club as part of Family Doctor Week, 

Download full speech HERE

AMA President Press Club Address

1.3 National Chair of AMSANT and CEO of of Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Corporation Barbara Shaw will deliver the opening plenary for the Indigenous Health Justice Conference in Darwin

Also speaking will be Donella Mills (Chair) Lawyer and A/Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Donella is leading the development of Health Justice Partnerships in North Queensland and is recognised nationally as a leader in this field in the Indigenous context.

 Indigenous Health Justice Conference, 13 & 14 August 2019. #NILC2019 #IHJC2019

Download the full program HERE 

2. NSW : The Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service and the Dharriwaa Elders Group have both expressed concerns about saltwater solution for drought and the potential effect on community health.

Key points:

  • Residents and some experts are concerned about the health implications of bore water high in sodium
  • It may taste bad, but there are no regulated health-based limits on sodium levels in drinking water
  • A process of reverse osmosis is used to take sodium out of drinking water, but councils are worried about the cost

Chairman of the Elders Group Clem Dodd said the bore water was not healthy.

“You got to have water. I don’t care who you are — animal or person, you can’t go without water,” he said.

“But too much salt in it [is not good] … you got to get good water.”

The salt in the Bourke and Walgett bore water meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines but it exceeds the aesthetic (taste) limit.

There is no health-based sodium limit in those guidelines.

Health authorities contacted local doctors about potential health implications for patients with kidney disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, or who are pregnant.

‘Too much salt’

Jacqui Webster, a salt reduction expert from the George Institute for Global Health, has been working with the Walgett community on improving health outcomes there.

She said, while most salt in the average diet came from food, high salt levels in drinking water was a genuine health concern in these communities.

“Too much salt in the diet increases blood pressure, and increased blood pressure is one of the key contributors to premature death from heart disease and stroke in Australia,” Dr Webster said.

“You’ve got a high proportion of the community who are Aboriginal people, and we know Aboriginal communities already suffer disproportionately from high rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.

“It’s really important that poor diets — including the high sodium content of the water — are addressed.”

Dr Webster said sodium could also make the drinking water taste unpleasant and people may turn to sugary drinks instead, which could compound health issues.

 Read full report HERE 

3. VIC : VACCHO partners with other peak health organisations to develop and support 8 actions for a A Healthier Start for Victorians Strategy

This consensus statement outlines practical recommendations to the Victorian Government to turn the tide on obesity. The focus is on children and young people to give them the best chance for a healthier start to life.

Download: A Healthier Start for Victorians – Summary (PDF, 701 KB)

Download: A Healthier Start for Victorians – Full Report (PDF, 2 MB)

A Healthier Start for Victorians has been developed by the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Roundtable and is supported by a broad base of health and wellbeing organisations.

 

Over the past two decades, Victorian adult obesity rates have increased by 40 per cent and today two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Almost one in four Victorian children are overweight or obese.

The combined impact of poor diet and being overweight or obese is one of Victoria’s greatest health challenges.

Overweight and obesity, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity are avoidable risks for chronic health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and several cancers.

A Healthier Start for Victorians lists eight practical recommendations to the Victorian Government to turn the tide on obesity.

These recommendations focus on children and young people to give them the best chance for a healthier start to life. They are as follows.

Action to prevent obesity in Victoria

1.Engage and support local communities to develop and lead their own healthy eating and physical activity initiatives

These should be community-based and focus on local areas or population groups with the highest rates of overweight and obesity.

2.Protect children from unhealthy food and drink marketing

This includes prohibiting advertising, promotion and sponsorship in publicly owned and managed places. Priority should be given to areas around schools, children’s sporting events and activities, and public transport.

3.Implement a statewide public education campaign to encourage healthy eating

This should focus on population groups with the highest rates of overweight and obesity.

4.Implement initiatives to improve family diets, particularly in children’s early years

This should focus on increasing food literacy and prioritising specific population groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

5.Support schools to increase students’ physical activity and physical literacy

This should take a whole-of-school approach, be reflected in the curriculum and be supported by training and professional development.

6.Increase the scope of and strengthen compliance with the existing School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy

This should take a whole-of-school approach, be reflected in the curriculum and be backed by a monitoring and enforcement framework.

7.Develop a whole-of-government policy that requires healthy food procurement

This should incorporate the Healthy Choices guidelines and apply to all publicly owned and managed facilities and settings.

8.Develop and implement a strategy to get Victorians walking more

This should emphasise the need for walking infrastructure and urban design to make it safer and easier for people to walk to local destinations like shops, public transport, and schools.

Recommendations should be supported by an overarching Victorian obesity prevention plan that is overseen by a ministerial taskforce. This will ensure a whole-of-government approach to addressing obesity prevention as a Victorian health priority.

4.1  QAIHC will hold Youth Health Summit in September

Addressing disparity amongst our youth, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation (ATSICCHO) Model of Care is designed to be responsive to the needs of the communities that we serve.

According to the 2016 ABS Census data, one third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders are aged between 15–34 years. As such, it is vital that we monitor the health of this cohort to support a stronger First Nations culture in Australia’s future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are overrepresented in youth justice, and alcohol and other drugs are at harmful levels of use. Childhood obesity, rheumatic heart disease, social and emotional distress, and trauma are also present at high rates. To support our young people to thrive, physically and mentally, QAIHC and its Member Services are developing a Youth Health Strategy 2019–2022.

Central to the development of the Strategy is the QAIHC Youth Health Summit 2019. The Summit will be held in Brisbane on 12 September and is intended to be an open conversation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people (ages 18-25) about their current state of wellbeing.

The Summit will be focussing on Calm Minds, Strong Bodies, Resilient Spirit addressing a range of topics including:

  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy relationships
  • Support networks
  • Mental health
  • Sexual health
  • LGBTQI needs
  • Chronic disease.

Sessions will be facilitated in an environment of cultural safety to promote honest and free discussions between delegates.

If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person aged 18-25 living in Queensland and want to express an interest in attending, go to

Website 

4.2 Qld : The Apunipima ACCHO TIS Team launches smoke-free signage at Charkil Om in Napranum Cape York 

The TIS Team launched smoke-free signage at Charkil Om in Napranum. Professor Tom Calma, National Coordinator for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program unveiled the signage alongside HAT member Roy Chavathun and Sonia Schuh PHC Manager.

TIS staff Dallas McKeown, Neil Kaigey, Darlene Roberts and Lorna Bosen hosted the launch and provided health information to those present.

5. WA : South West Aboriginal Medical Service in partnership to upgrade youth centre

The Bunbury PCYC unveiled its newly renovated youth space on Monday, July 15, designed to foster positive social and emotional development for local youth.

The upgrade is the product of a partnership between the youth centre, South West Aboriginal Medical Service, Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation and the Red Cross, with financial support from the City of Bunbury.

Originally published HERE

The upgrade included new interiors, a pool table, an air hockey table, a games console, a TV and lounges to complement the existing sporting facilities available at the Bunbury PCYC, which is used by more than 100 people weekly.

The Bunbury PCYC is one of 19 community youth centres in WA and provides a number of activities and accredited training programs for youth people of all ages.

South West Aboriginal Medical Service chief executive officer Lesley Nelson said the space was bound to have a positive impact on both the social and emotional development of local youth.

“The environment in which young people spend their time has been found to decisively impact on a young person’s health and development,” she said.

“We currently host a very active and engaged youth program at the Bunbury PCYC so we have been able to involve them directly in the planning of this space.

“With their help, we have been able to design an area that has a really positive energy, a space that encourages social development and active participation.”

Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation chair Renee Pitt echoed Ms Nelson’s sentiments and said the nature of the all inclusive programs allowed youth to come together in a positive environment.

“Breakaway and their partners are creating a safe environment where the kid’s involvement has given them ownership of the space, care and responsibility,” she said.

“The programs and activities that are being offered is emphasising the uniqueness of coming together that has not been available previously until now.

6. SA : PLAHS ACCHO and Port Lincoln community come together for this year’s NAIDOC Week events .

NAIDOC Week in 2019 had the theme of ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ with Port Lincoln celebrations beginning with the community march along Tasman Terrace on July 5.

Aboriginal Family Support Services hosted a dress up disco for children at the Mallee Park Clubrooms on July 9 before the annual Community Cookout was held at the Mallee Park Wombat Pit the following day, hosted by Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service.

The annual event involved PLAHS preparing foods including kangaroo stew and wombat while Centacare Port Lincoln provided a barbecue and a morning tea area was organised by Port Lincoln Red Cross.

PLAHS health promotions officer and NAIDOC Week Committee member Morgan Hirschausen said the weather was not ideal but the event was well supported.

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council, with support from Gidja Club held the Elders Lunch at the Grand Tasman Hotel on Thursday, which was attended by about 30 elders.

The council’s indigenous community links manager Heather Hirschausen-Cox said they were happy with the turnout and the event continued to be an important part of NAIDOC Week.

7.1 NT : Congress CEO, Donna Ah Chee delivering the powerful history of the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program 

Congress CEO, Donna Ah Chee delivering the powerful history of the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) at the tenth annual conference. ANFPP is a nurse-led home visiting program that supports families pregnant with an Aboriginal child to help them become the best parents possible.

ANFPP Team Congress! Pictured here with CEO, Donna Ah Chee; General Manager Health Services, Tracey Brand and Chief Medical Officer Public Health, Dr John Boffa

7.2 NT : Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin mobile clinic provides back to school health checks for Palmerston Indigenous Village

This week the Mobile Clinic spent time with the Palmerston Indigenous Village to provide back to school health checks for kids. They put on a BBQ lunch, face painting and a jumping castle! Children participating in the health check received a back pack to prepare them for their return to school.

8. TAS : Two seats should be set aside for Tasmanian Aboriginal MHAs to be chosen by Aboriginal people in an enlarged State Parliament, traditional owners say.

“If successful, Tasmania will be the first State to guarantee an Aboriginal voice in the parliament,” 

New Zealand has done it for 150 years. The State of Maine in the US has 3 seats for Indians. It’s time for Tasmania to catch up and lead the rest of Australia.

The change would enable Aborigines to speak for the dispossessed and powerless and participate in governing Tasmania.”

Tasmanian Land Council spokseman Michael Mansell said the move would be an Australian first

See Full Report 

Under the proposal, a separate electoral roll would be created to elect indigenous representatives from a single electorate encompassing the entire state.

The proposal has been put forward jointly by the Elders Council of Tasmania Aboriginal Corporation, Cape Barren Island Aboriginal Association, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, and will be presented on Monday to a parliamentary committee conducting an inquiry into the number of seats in the lower house.

Download the Submission HERE

No. 13 Joint Submission Aboriginal Organisations_Redacted

Their submission likens the idea to parliaments in the US state of Maine, and in New Zealand, where designated seats have been set aside for Maori representatives since 1867.

The groups said their proposal was “about improving representative democracy in Tasmania” .

“Providing for political representation of a people denied such access for over 200 years is overdue,” it said.

“It can be argued the political system in Tasmania has been racially prejudiced against Aboriginal representation . The system is geared against Aboriginal people effectively participating in parliamentary democracy.”

While it acknowledges the concept would give more value to a single vote in an Aboriginal electorate than a vote in one of the five existing lower house seats, it said dispossession and discrimination had left Aboriginal people “without a sound land and economic base, and a modicum of justice” .

“Political representation is more crucial for the survival and welfare of Aboriginal people than it is for any other sector in Tasmania,” the submission read.

The groups said the state’s constitution should be amended to create the Aboriginal electoral roll and designated seats in parliament, even if the push to increase the number of MHAs was rejected.

Twenty submissions have been lodged with the inquiry, which held its first public hearing in Launceston last month.

Premier Will Hodgman told the committee that a 35-seat House of Assembly would require an estimated $7.9 million to set up and about $7.2 million in extra ongoing costs each year.

 

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1.1 National : Watch NACCHO CEO appearance on the ABC TV the Drum for NAIDOC week

1.2 National : Federal Department of Health launches a new website

1.3 National : NACCHO support of Adam Goodes 2014-2019 ” Aboriginal Health and Racism “ #TheFinalQuarter

2.1 Armajun Aboriginal Health Service Armidale hold NAIDOC Week celebration

2.2 NSW : AHMRC The July Edition of Message Stick is out now!

2.3 NSW : Barrier between NSW Indigenous patients and hospital staff: report

3.1 VIC : VACCHO to co-host 2019 OCHRE DAY Men’s Health Conference in Melbourne 

4.1 Qld : QAIHC welcomes Minister Ken Wyatt to their new offices in Brisbane

4.2 QLD : Renee Blackman CEO of Gidgee Healing ACCHO Mt Isa on fact finding road trip 

4.3 QLD : Goolburri ACCHO : Jaydon Adams Foundation Indigenous Jets Ipswich Jets 2019

5.SA : Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti  the mob going smoke-free in Adelaide’s Prisons.

6.WA : AHCWA : Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) in Derby completed their final block of training in our Cert II Family Wellbeing Training Course

7.1 NT : Team AMSANT travelled to Sydney this week for national NACCHO workshop

7.2 : NT Katherine West Health Board traveling with our friend Healthy Harold to the schools talking about smoking 

8. ACT : Julie Tongs CEO Winnunga ACCHO Canberra congratulates Aunty Thelma Weston the 2019 National NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year

9. Tas: Tasmanian NAIDOC Aboriginal award winners 

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1.1 National : Watch NACCHO CEO appearance on the ABC TV the Drum for NAIDOC week

Watch ABC TV IView Friday 12 July Edition 

1.2 National : Federal Department of Health launches a new website

Welcome to the new health.gov.au website

We think you’ll find it a better website. We’ve:

  • changed the way it looks and works so it’s easier to use
  • reorganised our content so it’s easier to find
  • rewritten our content so it’s easier to understand
  • improved navigation and search
  • begun consolidating our other Health websites into this one, so more of our information is in one place

Department Press Release

The new website has been developed through comprehensive research and testing with our stakeholders.

Health.gov.au users told us they couldn’t find what they were looking for and when they did, it was often out of date and hard to read. Content was also often replicated and spread across more than 90 Health-owned websites.

The new website has better functionality and content has been written in plain English to improve the experience of all users.

An improved search function will search the new and old website during the transition period to ensure all relevant content is picked up. Better analytics will help us understand our users and continue to respond to their needs.

This project has been, and will continue to be, a major exercise. We expect it will take up to 12 months to completely rewrite our content.

In the meantime, Health topics that have not yet been fully revised will have a short introduction on the new site and links to old content for detail. Links to the old website will still work until we decommission our old website.

We won’t decommission the old site until we are satisfied the new website is complete.

Preview the new site

1.3 National : NACCHO support of Adam Goodes 2014-2019 ” Aboriginal Health and Racism “ #TheFinalQuarter

In 2015 NACCHO supported our good friend of NACCHO Adam Goodes with a ” Racism is a driver of Aboriginal ill health ” campaign that attracted a record 50,000  Likes and shares on our Facebook page reaching 846,848 followers

READ OUR NACCHO RACISM Post HERE

Watch to Final Quarter HERE

This followed our 2013 sponsorship of the first All-Indigenous team to represent Australia that Adam co captained with Buddy Franklin

Missed the Channel 10 Broadcast ? Watch HERE

2.1 Armajun Aboriginal Health Service Armidale hold NAIDOC Week celebration

More than 40 people attended the Armajun Aboriginal Health Service in Armidale on Thursday morning, but it had nothing to do with anything medical and everything to do with their NAIDOC Week morning tea.

Armajun program manager Deb Green said the day was fantastic.

“As the day gets on, we’ll get more community members who will just wander in,” she said.

“There will be an area left open so they can just come in and have a meal, and have a chat if other people are around.

“The whole week has been absolutely brilliant. We should be very, very proud of our community, and every service provider that has hosted an event over the last two weeks, it’s just been amazin

See Photo Album 

2.2 NSW : AHMRC The July Edition of Message Stick is out now!


Read about AH&MRC staff celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019, wrap-ups for Yarn Up, Your Health Your Future and the Dubbo Symposium and an update on the 2019 flu season.
Read about it here >> http://bit.ly/2XQldhR

2.3 NSW : Barrier between NSW Indigenous patients and hospital staff: report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in NSW hospitals have reported being treated with less respect and dignity than non-Indigenous patients.

The Bureau of Health Information surveyed about 36,000 patients in hospitals and emergency rooms between 2017 and 2018.

The bureau’s chief executive, Diane Watson, said nearly all of the 1,000 First Nation patients were happy with their overall care, but some clear trends emerged.

Director for Aboriginal Health Geri Wilson-Matenga said new training programs would be designed to help medical staff with cultural communication and understanding.

3.1 VIC : VACCHO to co-host 2019 OCHRE DAY Men’s Health Conference in Melbourne 

 

The NACCHO Ochre Day Health Summit provides a national forum for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male delegates, organisations and communities to learn from Aboriginal male health leaders, discuss their health concerns, exchange share ideas and examine ways of improving their own men’s health and that of their communities.

REGISTER and other information on this years Ochre Day Men’s Health Conference

Please visit the NACCHO website.

3.2 VIC : Aboriginal Victorians are twice as likely to be hospitalised for mental health issues, compared to the wider population

A history of marginalisation and cultural dispossession has contributed to lower emotional and social wellbeing among Aboriginal Victorians, the state’s mental health royal commission has heard.

Key points:

  • Aboriginal Victorians are twice as likely to be hospitalised for mental health issues, compared to the wider population
  • Almost half of the state’s Aboriginal population has a relative who was removed under the policies which lead to the Stolen Generations
  • One elder told the commission the western concept of mental health was neither familiar, nor helpful for Aboriginal people

Wemba Wemba elder Auntie Nellie Flagg ( Pictured above ) described the mental anguish that accompanied the relentless racism she experienced growing up in the north-west Victorian town of Swan Hill in the 1960s. See Full Report 

Helen Kennedy, from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, said: “They’re losing their life to suicide at twice the rate.”

“We’re not seeing improvements.”

Ms Kennedy told the commission part of the problem was a lack of recognition of the profound trauma arising from a long history of marginalisation and the dispossession of land, culture and children.

Almost half of all Aboriginal Victorians have a relative who was removed under policies which lead to the Stolen Generations.

“These impacts have been brutal,” Ms Kennedy said.

“They have left a legacy of enduring trauma and loss that continues to affect Aboriginal communities, families and many individuals is in many compounding ways.”

Culturally appropriate services critical

Ms Kennedy told the inquiry that developing culturally appropriate services staffed by Aboriginal people was critical.

She said Victoria had only eight Aboriginal mental health workers statewide.

“We are lagging behind other states,” she said.

“We need a massive reinvestment to support a growing skilled Aboriginal workforce.”

Ms Kennedy said one approach proving successful elsewhere was the creation of trauma-informed community “healing centres” aimed at helping individuals build stronger connections to culture, community, family, spirituality, their mind and emotions.

“What we’re doing now is not working. We have to have a different approach,” she said.

“Looking after people’s social and emotional wellbeing and supporting protective factors … we know that works.”

See Full Report

4.1 Qld : QAIHC welcomes Minister Ken Wyatt to their new offices in Brisbane

QAIHC CEO Mr Neil Willmett  was pleased to welcome Ken Wyatt MP to their new office this week. They discussed a range of topics including the great work QAIHC Members were doing, the work QAIHC leads in the Sector, and the importance of strong partnerships with government and stakeholders.

4.2 QLD : Renee Blackman CEO of Gidgee Healing ACCHO Mt Isa on fact finding road trip 

Setting off yesterday to Burketown to meet with Council, Aboriginal Land Council and Consumers re health services. Robust discussions- great feedback – NWHHS, Gidgee Healing and WQPHN working with the community to improve health outcomes

Renee Blackman second from LEFT

4.3 QLD : Goolburri ACCHO : Jaydon Adams Foundation Indigenous Jets Ipswich Jets 2019

 Big thank you to photographer for these amazing pictures. see more HERE

5.SA : Tackling Tobacco Team – Nunkuwarrin Yunti  the mob going smoke-free in Adelaide’s Prisons.

 

There have been some inspiring stories and changes going on. #BeHealthyBeSmokefree #Rewriteyourstory

6.WA : AHCWA : Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) in Derby completed their final block of training in our Cert II Family Wellbeing Training Course

Last month, students from the Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) in Derby completed their final block of training in our Cert II Family Wellbeing Training Course, all graduating successfully with ease.  The course runs over a 4 day period and is part of the Family Wellbeing program at AHCWA that aims to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities within WA. The aim of the program is to increase awareness of the contributing factors that impact on family wellbeing and identify strategies to help build better foundations to overcome these factors.

Congratulations to the students from DAHS!

For more information on the training please contact our Family & Wellbeing Program Coordinator, Ken Nicholls on (08) 9227 1631 or email ken.nicholls at ahcwa.org.

7.1 NT : Team AMSANT traveled to Sydney this week for national NACCHO workshop 

7.2 : NT Katherine West Health Board traveling with our friend Healthy Harold to the schools talking about smoking 

We have been traveling with our friend Healthy Harold to the schools in the Katherine West region. Healthy Harold has been yarning to the kids about their dreams when finishing school and how smoking could affect their dreams.

More Pics Here

What’s your Smoke Free Story?

8. ACT : Julie Tongs CEO Winnunga ACCHO Canberra congratulates Aunty Thelma Weston the 2019 National NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year

Thelma Weston, a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait, is like no other. Her life is a story of survival, achievement, hope, love and celebration.

Despite only having a limited education, Aunty Thelma trained as a nurse and became a fully qualified health worker.
At age 83, Aunty Thelma still works full time at Winnunga Aboriginal Health and Community Services in Canberra, using her skills to manage the needle exchange program.

She has a long history of outstanding involvement and achievements in the community and has sat on a number of local and national committees and boards.
Aunty Thelma is on the board of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) and regularly travels across Australia to attend board meetings.

As a breast cancer survivor, Aunty Thelma has worked with Breast Cancer Network Australia to encourage other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to connect, seek support and information about the disease.

Aunty Thelma is much loved, admired and well respected, not only in her workplace and amongst her clients, but in the wider ACT community and across Australia.  She is a wonderful example of a wise and caring Torres Strait Islander woman who has achieved much for her family and community.

9. Tas: Tasmanian NAIDOC Aboriginal award winners 

Congratulations Rob Braslin Aboriginal of the year. Congratulations Zack Riley-youth of the year; Adam Thompson-artist of the year; Taylah Pickett-scholar of the year (award accepted on her behalf by Raylene); Sherrin Egger-sportsperson of the year. Congratulations to all nominees and all award winners 🖤💛❤️

NACCHO and ACCHO Members #NAIDOC2019 Good News Stories : 5 of 5@NACCHOChair #NSW @Galambila @ahmrc #Vic @VACCHO_org @VAHS1972 #QLD @QAIHC_QLD @Apunipima #SA @AHCSA_ #WA @TheAHCWA #NT @DanilaDilba @CAACongress #Tas

1.1 National : NACCHO supports the pledge this week by the Coalition Government to hold a national referendum on constitutional change to recognise Indigenous voices in the constitution.

1.2 National : Our Acting NACCHO Chair Donnella Mills this week was on the panel at the NAIDOC Corporate breakfast in Cairns talking #VoiceTreatyTruth

1.3 National : The new National Indigenous Australians Agency was launched on 1 July 2019

2.1 NSW : The team at AH&MRC celebrate NAIDOC week

2.2 NSW : Huge NAIDOC Week turnout at Galamibila ACCHO and Ready Mob Picnic in the Coffs Harbour sunshine

2.3 NSW: Greater Western ( Sydney ) AMS Thanks the South Sydney Rabbitohs for a sharing NAIDOC Week

3.1 VIC : Parliamentary Secretary for Health (VIC) shares a NAIDOC morning team with Team VACCHO

3.2 VIC: Deadly day at the annual NAIDOC March in Melbourne that started at VAHS ACCHO 

4.1 QLD : Apunipima ACCHO Cape York coverage of Cairns NAIDOC celebrations

4.2 QLD : The QAIHC AOD Our Way 2 Project aims to address the use and harms of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) and other substances.

5. WA : Midland NAIDOC is AHCWA’s main event for the week, where all of our staff were on hand to help out for the day.

6. SA : Good news story about AMIC Mums and Bubs trainee Cherie Burnett who is currently doing her studies at AHCSA.

7.1 NT : The Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin Mobile team went down to Mindil Beach with the Mobile Clinic for Larrakia Nation’s Road Safety Barbeque.

7.2 NT : Congress Alice Springs NAIDOC Sports and Family Fun Day

8.TAS : It’s NAIDOC Week, so here’s nipaluna (Hobart’s) weather in palawa kani

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

Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media 

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1.1 National : NACCHO supports the pledge this week by the Coalition Government to hold a national referendum on constitutional change to recognise Indigenous voices in the constitution.

We welcome Minister Wyatt’s call to all Australians to join him on the journey to constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Nations peoples and support the creation of a voice for Indigenous Australians to influence the Australian Parliament.

NACCHO stands ready to do our part in achieving the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and we will continue to take a leadership role in the Coalition of Peaks Partnership with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on Closing the Gap.”

NACCHO Chief Executive Officer, Ms Patricia Turner AM said after the Ministers speech. Pictured above Left to Right with Pat : Tom Calma Co Chair Reconciliation Karen Mundine CEO Reconciliation and Donnella Mills Acting NACCHO Chair 

” Truth-telling about Indigenous Australians’ experience of colonisation is not a new idea, says Pat Turner, who heads the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

“I think our people have been engaged in truth-telling in many different forums over many decades,” she said. “It’s a question of whether there is a willingness in the greater Australian population to come to terms with the history of Indigenous people since colonisation.”

Ms Turner , who along with Mr Wyatt is co-chair of the joint council on Closing the Gap questioned the Minister’s seeming failure to commit to an Indigenous “Voice” of the kind envisaged in the landmark 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“People want more clarity on what the Minister means when he refers to hearing the ‘voices’ of individuals, families, communities and organisations.

What does that mean? The Uluru statement was very clear on having a more formal voice at a national level”, she said.

Additional text Pat Turner interview with SMH 10 July READ In FULL HERE

Pat will be a panellist on the ABC The Drumshow on Friday 12 July at 6pm.

Download full PDF Copy of NACCHO Press Release HERE

Read the Minister’s full National Press Club speech HERE

Or watch replay on ABC TV I View HERE

The NACCHO executive team attended the National Press Club conference by Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians for NAIDOC Week 2019.

1.2 National : Our Acting NACCHO Chair Donnella Mills this week was on the panel at the NAIDOC Corporate breakfast in Cairns talking #VoiceTreatyTruth

Pictured below from Left to Right Founder of IndigenousX LukeLPearson , Donnella Mills ,Joann Schmider CQ Uni and Former NACCHO Chair 2001-03 Pat Anderson ( now Chair Lowitja Institute )

1.3 National : The new National Indigenous Australians Agency was launched on 1 July 2019

2.1 NSW : The team at AH&MRC celebrate NAIDOC week

2.2 NSW : Huge NAIDOC Week turnout at Galamibila ACCHO and Ready Mob Picnic in the Coffs Harbour sunshine

CEO Reuben Robinson ( Left ) with team Galambila member 

Watch Channel 9 interview with Reuben HERE

NAIDOC CELEBRATES WITH A HEALTHY MESSAGE

2.3 NSW: Greater Western ( Sydney ) AMS Thanks the South Sydney Rabbitohs for a sharing NAIDOC Week

SEE MORE PHOTO’s HERE

3.1 VIC : Parliamentary Secretary for Health (VIC) shares a NAIDOC morning team with Team VACCHO

VACCHO Exec were joined by Karen Heap VACCHO Chair and CEO of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative ( And NACCHO Board Member) , Anthony Carbines Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Tiana Koehrer and Allara Pearce

3.2 VIC: Deadly day at the annual NAIDOC March in Melbourne that started at VAHS ACCHO 

4.1 QLD : Apunipima ACCHO Cape York coverage of Cairns NAIDOC celebrations 

 

4.2 QLD : The QAIHC AOD Our Way 2 Project aims to address the use and harms of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) and other substances.

Phase 1 of the project involved training 480 frontline workers, mostly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations in 22 communities across Queensland, to better support clients and families impacted by problematic Ice and other substance use.

Phase 2 of the project is currently in the planning stage. Jermane Herbohn and Rita Francis have recently started at QAIHC as AOD Project Officers joining Eddie Fewings, AOD Manager. More information about the QAIHC AOD Our Way 2 Project will be released shortly.

#QAIHCdelivers #IndigenousHealth

5. WA : Midland NAIDOC is AHCWA’s main event for the week, where all of our staff were on hand to help out for the day.

Hundreds of our mob visited Midland Oval and joined us celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The event was free and combines cultural activities, live entertainment, youth zone, family friendly attractions and FREE food.#NAIDOC2019

6. SA : Good news story about AMIC Mums and Bubs trainee Cherie Burnett who is currently doing her studies at AHCSA.

7. NT : The Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin Mobile team went down to Mindil Beach with the Mobile Clinic for Larrakia Nation’s Road Safety Barbeque.

Larrakia Nation put on a breakfast and their Arts in the Grass program, NT Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs provided community education, Orange Sky was there with their free laundry and shower service van and OneDisease came along to engage with the community. It was fantastic to see all of these services coming together to provide support and to see the community members enjoying this fresh dry season morning!

7.2 NT : Congress Alice Springs NAIDOC Sports and Family Fun Day

See more pics Here

8.TAS : It’s NAIDOC Week, so here’s nipaluna (Hobart’s) weather in palawa kani

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