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1.1 International : Community Health Centres Survey 2017

2.1 National  : NACCHO and Heart Foundation Resources survey 2017

2.2 National : Talking About Tobacco Use #QUIT4LIFE Comic

2.3 NACCHO Presents #FASD Poster at Lowitja NHMRC #ResearchTranslation17

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3.QLD : TAIHS ACCHO Townsville leads the country in ­delivering an internationally acclaimed health and wellbeing program for ­Indigenous families

4.NSW : Wellington ACCHO Health Choices and community the focus at inaugural National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout

5. WA : AHCWA Members complete training course

6. VIC : Mallee ACCHO #MDAS to hold Pamper and Pap event for women clients

7. SA: AHCSA Sexual Health and Maternal Health Tackling Smoking Teams

8. NT : AMSANT and Congress Alice Springs CEO’s present at Lowitja NHMRC #ResearchTranslation17

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1.1 International Community Health Centres Survey 2017

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The International Federation of Community Health Centres (IFCHC) is seeking input from staff and board members of Community Health Centres (CHCs) around the world, as well as associations that represent CHCs. If this applies to you, we encourage you to answer the brief survey below. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. All questions with an * are required.
All other questions are optional. Survey responses will help IFCHC to focus its operational activities for the near future.

 

2.1 National  : NACCHO and Heart Foundation Resources survey

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The Heart Foundation is committed to improving the heart health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In this survey, we are seeking your feedback on how we can improve the use and effectiveness of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heart health resources, for both health professionals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

 
We would greatly appreciate your time and opinions on our information resources and tools, to better understand the:
– use and awareness of our resources,
– cultural appropriateness of our resources for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community,
– suitability of the language, format and style of our resources.
 
We recognise that your time is valuable and thank you for your help. Link below

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resource Survey – ACCHO

 

2.2 National : Talking About Tobacco Use #QUIT4LIFE Comic

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The Koori Mail latest edition on sale Nov 15 , features the The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence TATU – Talking About Tobacco Use #QUIT4LIFE Comic.

The TATU Schools Program created the comic, encouraging students to discuss the benefits of a smoke free lifestyle, and develop community ideas to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use.

‘Traditional smoke heals – tobacco smoke kills.

2.3 NACCHO Presents #FASD Poster at Lowitja NHMRC #ResearchTranslation17

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NACCHO Policy Officer Bridie Kenna pictured with symposium chair Professor Sandra Eades and FASD project members Dr Nikki Percival and Hayley Williams .Bridie was presenting  a poster on the FASD Prevention and Health Promotion Resources Project. A collaboration between NACCHO, Menzies School of Health Research and the Telethon Kids Institute.

3.QLD : TAIHS ACCHO Townsville leads the country in ­delivering an internationally acclaimed health and wellbeing program for ­Indigenous families

 

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TOWNSVILLE will lead the country in ­delivering an internationally acclaimed health and wellbeing program for ­indigenous families. The Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS) will steer the new initiative, called the First Thousand Days Australia.

Picture Above : Heather Lee, TAIHS Integrated Services Manager/ Midwife of Maternal and Child Heath, Kerry Arabena, Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne and new family, Emma Woods and Shane Mitchell with 5 month old twin girls Ahliyah and Shanielle, pictured at the TAIHS clinic for the launch of the first Australian trial of the First Thousand Days. Picture: Shae Beplate

It will be rolled out across North Queensland and focus on babies’ first two years of life beginning at conception. This period is when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established.

This international movement, which ­focuses on nutrition, has been broadened by a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait ­Islander health researchers and practitioners to ­include child protection, early life ­literacy, the role and contribution of men and the range of other issues that impact on indigenous parents and infants in Australia.

TAIHS chair Morris Cloudy said ­although they had a successful record of ­providing quality health care and social ­services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait community, there remained many obstacles to ensuring kids received the best possible opportunities in life.

“We believe that this model will assist us in addressing these gaps,” he said.

Heather Lee, midwife and manager of TAIHS’ Child and Maternal Health services, said it was important for future generations.

“The aspiration for me personally is to have healthier women, children and dads in our community.”

Ms Lee said TAIHS aimed to ­decrease the number of chronic diseases within the community.

Chair of ­Indigenous Health at the University of ­Melbourne Professor Kerry Arabena, who heads the One Thousand Days initiative nationally, said it was a unique indigenous-designed and managed intervention that would improve co-ordination between services and organisations catering to Aboriginal and Torres Strait ­Islander child and maternal health.

“It will also ensure that the so-called ­social determinants of health, including housing, education, employment and ­exposure to racism and discrimination, are addressed,” she said.

4.NSW : Wellington ACCHO Health Choices and community the focus at inaugural National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout

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History was made in Dubbo at the weekend with the inaugural National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout held at Apex Oval. More than 20 men’s and mixed teams competed across five divisions on Saturday and Sunday, with organisers Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) and NSW Touch hailing it a great success.

“We’ve certainly had a couple of thousand people through the gates,” WACHS marketing and communications manager Jodie Evans said.

“I think what we’ve proven is you can have all ages and all shapes and sizes actually playing and no one actually has any issues with that, and having mixed teams is great too, it just brings different elements into it.

“Next year we hope to build on the women’s sides and certainly bring the kids in.

NSW Touch game development officer Stacey Parker said she was impressed by the “outstanding” quality of play on show, with players coming from as far away as Western Australia.

“We look forward to what’s going to happen in 2018,” she said. “Hopefully we can double the numbers.”

Touch football wasn’t the only focus of the weekend, with the crew from QuitBFit on hand at the smoke and alcohol-free event to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Current and former NRL stars were on hand to help spread the message, including Scott Prince (who played with the All-Blacks), Timana Tahu, Nathan Merritt, Cody Walker and Will Smith.

“We’re trying to get that communication through from a young age that smoking isn’t great for you and drinking so much soft drink,” Evans said.

“It’s all about healthy eating and living, and sport is obviously vital to that.”

“Being at the inaugural National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout was something special and something I won’t forget,” Prince said. “It was great to see the family coming together to promote healthy choices.”

5. WA : AHCWA Members complete training course

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Staff from AHCWA, Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service – East Perth office, Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation and the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service recently completed an Internal Auditor Training Course at AHCWA’s head office in Highgate.
The two-day training course enabled the participants with the skills and knowledge to prepare for and participate in a quality audit. The types of audits may include external or internal systems audit or process or products/service audits.
Participants were given the opportunity to work through the process of reviewing designated documentation; identifying and developing checklists and audit-related documentation; preparing audit schedules; gathering, analysing and evaluating information; and reporting findings to the lead auditor in a fun and interactive setting.
Thanks to Claire, the Quality & Compliance Officer at AHCWA and Christine from SAI Global for organising and delivering a very informative, interesting and useful course.

6. VIC : Mallee ACCHO #MDAS to hold Pamper and Pap event for women clients

AMMAFTER a successful pilot event last year, Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) will hold the second Pamper and Pap day on November 30 at MDAS Commun­ity Hall.

Prevention and health promotion officer Jade Klaebe said  MDAS had decided to make the event annual.

“We held this event at around the same time last year for the first time, and we had 67 Aboriginal women attend.

7. SA: AHCSA Sexual Health and Maternal Health Tackling Smoking Teams

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The team was up at Coober Pedy hosting a Womens Pamper Day….lots of fun, laughter & education.

8. NT : AMSANT and Congress Alice Springs CEO’s present at Lowitja NHMRC #ResearchTranslation17

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health #Sugartax News : @Apunipima Dr Mark Wenitong launches #SugaryDrinksProperNoGood

 

 ” This campaign is straightforward – sugary drinks are no good for our health.It’s calling on people to drink water instead of sugary drinks.’

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York experience a disproportionate burden of chronic disease compared to other Australians.’

‘Regular consumption of sugary drinks is associated with increased energy intake and in turn, weight gain and obesity. It is well established that obesity is a leading risk factor for diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and some cancers. Consumption of sugary drinks is also associated with poor dental health.

Water is the best drink for everyone – it doesn’t have any sugar and keeps our bodies healthy.’

Apunipima Public Health Advisor Dr Mark Wenitong

Read over 30 NACCHO articles Health and Nutrition HERE

https://nacchocommunique.com/category/nutrition-healthy-foods/

Read over 15 NACCHO articles Sugar Tax HERE  

https://nacchocommunique.com/category/sugar-tax/

Apunipima Cape York Health Council  launched its Sugary Drinks Proper No Good – Drink More Water Youfla social marketing campaign on Thursday 2 November.

The campaign was developed with, and for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Cape York, and is supported by the national Rethink Sugary Drink Alliance – a group of organisations, including Apunipima, Diabetes Australia and the Cancer Council, concerned about the health impacts of sugary drinks.

The launch will see the campaign webpage (part of the Rethink Sugary Drink website) go live, and the release of three videos featuring NRL legend Scotty Prince inviting people to Drink More Water Youfla.

Channel 7 News Coverage

#SugaryDrinksProperNoGood and #DrinkMoreWaterYoufla.

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Media was invited to Apunipima’s Cairns office where the three clips were distributed, a sugary drinks display set up, and Apunipima Public Health Medical Advisor Dr Mark Wenitong was for interview and photos opportunities.

‘This campaign is straightforward – sugary drinks are no good for our health. It’s calling on people to drink water instead of sugary drinks like soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit drinks,’ Dr Wenitong said.

Head of Prevention at Cancer Council Victoria and spokesperson for Rethink Sugary Drink Alliance Craig Sinclair said Apunipima’s campaign was prevention – focused and could save lives.

‘This is a vitally important campaign that has the capacity to not only improve lives but save them.’

‘It may sound simple, but cutting out sugary drinks can have a big impact on your health. Sugary drinks are key contributor to being overweight or obese which puts you at risk of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and kidney disease. Apunipima Cape York Health Council is to be congratulated for taking this innovative prevention-led approach.’

The campaign was funded by the Australian government via the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN).

‘We’re pleased to be supporting Apunipima in this comprehensive health promotion initiative to address consumption of sugary drinks, which are one of the key contributors to overweight and obesity,’ said NQPHN CEO Mr Robin Moore.

‘Apunipima have a strong track record of developing and undertaking effective health promotion initiatives for our local communities, and are a key agency improving the skills and knowledge of the health promotion workforce across the region.’

‘NQPHN is committed to helping to close the gap and we are confident this initiative will make a significant contribution to that goal.’

Prominent Far Northern doctor calls for Australian sugar tax

A PROMINENT doctor has reignited calls for a sugar tax, in order to prevent the Far North’s chronic disease rate from climbing even higher.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council has launched a federally-funded social media campaign, to discourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from consuming sugary drinks.

The “Sugary Drinks Proper No Good — Drink More Water Youfla” campaign, featuring videos by NRL legend Scotty Prince.

It calls on people to drink water instead of sugary drinks, like soft drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks.

The campaign has been launched to tackle the high rate of chronic diseases in the Far North such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Apunipima public health medical advisor Dr Mark Wenitong said a sugar tax placed on junk food and beverages would go a long way to helping reduce this rate.

“We’ve seen this happen in a few South American countries, in Mexico,” he said.

“If those countries can introduce (a sugar tax) as a health benefit to their population, then I don’t see why we can’t.

“I know the beverage industry will often say ‘this will affect the most disadvantaged people, because they’ll have to pay’, our answer to that is, it’s killing most disadvantaged people already, because they’ve got higher risk factors.

“It affects their chronic disease status more than other people in Australia.”

Cairns Hospital, earlier this year, became one of the first hospitals in Queensland to implement strategies to restrict patient and staff access to soft drinks.

Vending machines and the two cafes at the hospital only sell sugar-free soft drinks.

Dr Wenitong said the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service should go an extra step by restricting other junk food being sold at its facilities, like chocolate bars and chips.

“At some stage, I think they’ll have to think about the accessibility of those things, particularly for younger people,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s a bad idea, by at least making them less visible and less accessible, so kids just don’t see them and want them.”

CHHHS executive director Tina Chinery said they had received no complaints from patients, staff or visitors when their healthier drink strategy was rolled out earlier this year.

“Healthcare facilities play an important role in promoting the health and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors,” she said.

“Cairns Hospital is leading by example and creating environments that support patients, staff and visitors to make healthy choices easy.”

NACCHO #715 Aboriginal Health Check #Prevention : #DeadlyRoos partnership between @DeadlyChoices , @VAHSCEO and @Kangaroos

 

” VAHS is excited to be part of the Deadly Choices Deadly Roos campaign. The more we can all work together, the closer we can move towards Closing the Gap and improving the health outcomes in our communities”,

VAHS CEO Michael Graham.Community members who get their 715 Health Check at a participating Aboriginal Medical Service – such as VAHS – during the World Cup can score a special edition Deadly Kangaroos World Cup jersey.

“We know from our Deadly Choices campaign that people respond to health promotion messages from celebrities and sporting legends,

“Partnerships like this one with the Deadly Roos and VAHS are a powerful vehicle for positive change in the lifestyle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health CEO, Adrian Carson, echoed Mr Graham’s sentiment.

Prevention being better than cure is the message of the day at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) last week, as the Fitzroy clinic welcomes Australian rugby league legends in Melbourne for the opening of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Australian Kangaroos squad member James Maloney and Coach Mal Meninga will join former Kangaroo Steve Renouf to spread the word about the importance of getting regular health checks.

The clinic visit is one of a series of events throughout Australia during the 2017 World Cup.

In September, Federal Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM announced that legendary Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and other Indigenous and non-Indigenous players would become ambassadors for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’s Deadly Choices program, to extend its message across Australia.

See NACCHO Article Sep 8

“Deadly Choices is what I like to call a ‘jewel in the crown’ of Indigenous health, achieving some stunning results since it kicked off in South East Queensland four years ago.

The Deadly Kangaroos is an expansion of this program, using the star power of the ambassadors and the excitement of this year’s World Cup to reach more even communities.

Our national rugby league stars need to be in peak physical condition to play at the top of their game and we appreciate the players’ support to start discussions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about ways to improve their health “

Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said legendary Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and other Indigenous and non-Indigenous players would become ambassadors for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’s Deadly Choices program, to extend its reach across Australia.

The launch in Canberra was attended by the NACCHO Chair Matthew Cooke (pictured on right )

Deadly Choices is a community-based healthy lifestyle campaign launched in 2013. There is particular focus on young people, as well as the importance of exercise, education, school attendance, quitting smoking, and regular preventive health checks.

Through media campaigns, sports carnivals and community events Deadly Choices has prompted:

  • almost 19,000 annual health check-ups in South East Queensland;
  • 1,155 smoke-free household pledges;
  • more than 3,300 smoker interventions; and
  • active patient numbers to triple to over 330,000 in the next few years.

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

1.1 #NACCHOagm2017 and Members’ Conference Program launched

2.NSW : Award winning Katungul Aboriginal Corporation  in new partnership with Deadly Choices

3. WA : AHCWA Gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous longevity surges in WA

4.SA: National Disability Insurance Scheme Aboriginal community consultation

5.QLD : Apunipima’s ACCHO Napranum Centre Working to National Standards

6. VIC : VACCHO : Korin Korin Balit-Djak: Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan 2017–2027 

7. NT: AMSANT APO NT :  Failure guaranteed if you don’t involve us, say Aboriginal organisations

8.ACT : Winnunga ACCHO Newsletter September 2017

9. Tas: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre : Hobart seeks OZ Day move

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1.1 #NACCHOagm2017 and Members’ Conference Program launched

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NACCHO 2017 Conference Program

You can follow on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook using HASH Tag #NACCHOagm2017

The NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM will provided a forum for the Aboriginal community controlled health services workforce, bureaucrats, educators, suppliers and consumers to:

  • Present on innovative local economic development solutions to issues that can be applied to address similar issues nationally and across disciplines
  • Have input and influence from the ‘grassroots’ into national and state health policy and service delivery
  • Demonstrate leadership in workforce and service delivery innovation
  • Promote continuing education and professional development activities essential to the Aboriginal community controlled health services in urban, rural and remote Australia
  • Promote Aboriginal health research by professionals who practice in these areas and the presentation of research findings
  • Develop supportive networks
  • Promote good health and well-being through the delivery of health services to and by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australia.

Conference Website

2.NSW : Award winning Katungul Aboriginal Corporation  in new partnership with Deadly Choices

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

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

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

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

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

Katungul has won the Excellence in Business Award in the Far South Coast Regional Business Awards. This follows their recent win in the Eurobodalla Business Awards.

The Excellence in Business award recognises a business employing more than 20 people that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth over the previous 24 months.

Katungul Aboriginal Corporation provides culturally appropriate health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on the Far South Coast of NSW. Staff are committed to providing high quality treatment and services in a culturally appropriate way.

Facilities include general practice and medical and dental clinics. Allied health programs are in place for eye health, otitis media and maternity care. There are many outreach programs available to serve the wider community.

At Katungul, they strive to work in partnership with local health services to ensure all specific medical, dental, social and emotional wellbeing needs are satisfied to a high standard.

Katungul serves communities from Eden to Batemans Bay.

Katungul will now be a finalist  in the NSW State Business Awards to be decided in Sydney in late November.

This is a significant achievement and reflects the hard work put in by all staff and the Board over the last few years.

Katungul and Deadly Choices will launch their partnership with a community day on Saturday 4 November

3. WA : AHCWA Gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous longevity surges in WA

The disparity between the life expectancy of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal West Australians has surged, bucking a national trend that shows a closing of the gap, a new report has found.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, released this week, shows the life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous West Australians increased from 14.7 years to 15.1 years in men and 12.9 years to 13.5 years in women in a comparison of data between 2005-2007 and 2010-2012.
Nationally, the gap decreased from 11.4 years to 10.6 years for men and remained stable at 9.6 years to 9.5 years for women during the same period.

The figures come despite the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017: Western Australia report showing small increases in the life expectancy of indigenous males in WA from 64.5 to 65 years and indigenous females from 70 to 70.2 years between 2005–2007 and 2010–2012.

Aboriginal Health Council of WA chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said despite the improvements to indigenous longevity and several other health outcomes, there was still a long way to go and health education remained a key focus.

“Positively, this report identifies several areas of improvement in Aboriginal health, including a 48% drop in deaths from circulatory diseases and five-fold increase in the rate of indigenous health checks being claimed,” Ms Nelson-Cox said.

The report showed a substantial increase in the rate of indigenous-specific health checks being claimed, rising from 42 per 1000 in 2006-07 to 254 per 1000 in 2014-15, she said.

“This is a significant move that shows health education campaigns and our commitment to making health checks more available to Aboriginal communities are having an impact,” she said.

“But we remain deeply concerned at several findings, including that the rate of indigenous women smoking during pregnancy is five times higher than non-indigenous women and the disparity in notifications for sexually transmitted infections for indigenous Australians.

“In addition, the death rates for chronic diseases are much higher for indigenous Australians than non-indigenous Australians.

“To that end, this report highlights the need for greater investment in evidence based, culturally safe, high quality responsive and accessibly primary health care for Aboriginal people in WA.

“AHCWA urgently calls on the government to provide further support to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) who continue to be the strongest, most effective means to addressing the gap in health outcomes.

“Without this investment, achieving our Closing the Gap targets will remain out of reach.”

Ms Nelson-Cox said while it was recognised that governments invested significant funding in Aboriginal health, Aboriginal community and community-controlled organisations were the most effective agencies.

There also needed to be greater transparency and accountability of other stakeholders in the sector, she said.

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

4.SA: National Disability Insurance Scheme Aboriginal community consultation

Read over 25 NACCHO Disability NDIS articles HERE

 5.QLD : Apunipima’s ACCHO Napranum Centre Working to National Standards
 

Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre received AGPAL accreditation for the first time in September, just after celebrating its first birthday in August.

AGPAL (Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited) accreditation is independent recognition that a practice meets the requirements of governing industry standards which are set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Apunipima’s Quality and Risk Manager Roberta Newton said accreditation acknowledged the high standard of care being provided to the community by the Charkil-Om team.

‘So stringent are the AGPAL standards that many mainstream clinics need more than one go to achieve accreditation,’ she said.

‘To achieve it first time is a real coup, not only for the staff but also for our community.’

While AGPAL accreditation is not mandatory, all Apunipima primary health care centres are either accredited or working towards accreditation.

‘We wanted the community to know that their health and wellbeing is our priority,’ Roberta said.

‘By choosing to attend an accredited practice, our patients know they will get quality and safe care that meets the national standards.’

The Centre offers a full range of culturally appropriate comprehensive primary health care services including doctors, nurse and maternal and child health worker supported by a range of visiting services, and is fast becoming a real hub for the community.

Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre manager Kelvin Coleman said the AGPAL team were impressed with both the Centre and its operation.

‘The AGPAL accreditors were particularly impressed that we were able to source full time permanent doctors and committed staff to deliver such comprehensive services in a remote area,’ he said.

“All of our staff played a valuable role in working together meet the AGPAL standards. Receiving AGPAL accreditation is an acknowledgement of the dedication, care and commitment of our staff.’

‘I am incredibly proud of what our team have achieved, not only for ourselves, but most importantly for our community.’

6. VACCHO : Korin Korin Balit-Djak: Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan 2017–2027 

Key messages

  • Korin Korin Balit-Djak means ‘Growing very strong’ in the Woi wurrung language. It provides an overarching framework for action to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal Victorians now and over the next 10 years.
  • The purpose of Korin Korin Balit-Djak is to realise the Victorian Government’s vision for ‘Self-determining, healthy and safe Aboriginal people and communities’ in Victoria.

VIEW WEBSITE HERE

Korin Korin Balit-Djak emerges at a significant time for both Aboriginal communities in Victoria and the government. It follows the government’s commitment to self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians.

The Department of Health and Human Services commissioned work that has informed both Korin Korin Balit-Djak and the discussion about Aboriginal self-determination across all areas of the Victorian Government and community. This research and discussion has underpinned a new policy platform for Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak is informed by an extensive consultation process with Aboriginal communities across Victoria, as well as a strong evidence base, including Koolin Balit evaluation findings (Victorian Government 2012). The plan details how the department will work with Aboriginal communities, community organisations, other government departments and mainstream service providers – now and into the future – to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak covers five domains:

  • Aboriginal community leadership
  • prioritising Aboriginal culture and community
  • system reform across the health and human services sector
  • safe, secure, strong families and individuals
  • physically, socially and emotionally healthy Aboriginal communities.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak will be reviewed and updated every three years.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak is guided by the government’s vision to achieve optimum health, wellbeing and safety for all Victorians so they can live the life they value. It aligns with the department’s strategic directions and aspires to address, and ultimately eliminate, systemic racism within the Victorian health and human service sectors.

Digital story: Dixon Patten

Victorian Aboriginal artist Dixon Patten was commissioned by the department to produce the artwork titled Korin Korin Balit-Djak. In this video, he explains how his artwork depicts the way the department will work with Aboriginal communities to ensure the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

7. NT: AMSANT APO NT :  Failure guaranteed if you don’t involve us, say Aboriginal organisations

“We have been calling on the Minister for Indigenous Affairs to clarify and formalise the Community Development Program reform process since last December. Every request is met with silence,

The Prime Minister and Minister for Indigenous Affairs never tire of talking about how they want to do things with us, not to us. That they want new ways of working with Aboriginal people. Yet here is a program that affects the lives of 29,000 Indigenous people and has caused immense harm, and we still can’t get confirmation of a process that includes us,”

John Paterson CEO AMSANT spokesperson from APO NT

The Australian Government must step out from behind closed doors and involve Indigenous people in a transparent process for reforming the discriminatory remote ‘work for the dole’ scheme, the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT (APO NT)1 urged today.

The Government committed to reviewing the program, called the ‘Community Development Program’ (CDP) and consulting with remote communities in May 2017.

Australia’s election to the world’s leading human rights body, the UN Human Rights Council, this week relied on a pledge to support the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘in both word and deed’. The Declaration requires the Government to work in partnership with Aboriginal people and respect the right to self-determination.

“The Australian Government said to the world that it would tackle Indigenous disadvantage in partnership with our people. Meanwhile the Government’s racially discriminatory program results in Aboriginal people receiving more penalties than other Australians, and hurts our communities,” said Mr Paterson.

“If the Government is serious about the promises it made to get elected to the Council, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs will immediately announce an independent and transparent reform process involving a partnership with Aboriginal people,” added Mr Paterson.

APO NT launched a positive alternative to CDP in Canberra last month (APO NT alternative to CDP). Our model would create 10,500 part time jobs to be filled by people in remote communities who currently get less than the minimum wage to do work they should be employed and paid properly to do. Our model would create new jobs and enterprises, strengthen communities and get rid of pointless administration. It has incentives to encourage people into work, training and other activities, rather than punishing people who are already struggling.

David Ross from APO NT, said, “Thirty-three organisations from around Australia have endorsed our new model. We have done the work, we want to talk, and we want a program that will actually deliver positive outcomes on the ground.”

“The Australian Government appears to be unable to put the rhetoric of collaboration into practice. What do all these commitments mean if they don’t deliver a seat at the table on this fundamental issue? Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past and impose a top-down program from Canberra that is guaranteed to fail in remote Australia,” Mr Ross concluded.

KEY FACTS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

The CDP is the main program of job related assistance for unemployed people in remote areas of Australia. It is the equivalent of job active (formerly JSA) and Disability Employment Services in the rest of the country.

The CDP has around 35,000 participants, around 83% of whom are identified as Indigenous.

People with full time work capacity who are 18-49 years old must Work for the Dole, 25 hours per week, 5 days per week, at least 46 weeks per year (1150 hours per year). Under job active Work for the Dole only starts after 12 months, and then for 390-650 hours per year.

Despite having a caseload less than a 20th the size of job active, more penalties are applied to CDP participants than to jobactive participants.

In the 21 months from the start of CDP on 1 July 2015 to the end of March 2017, 299,055 financial penalties were applied to CDP participants. Over the same period, 237,333 financial penalties were applied to jobactive participants.

8.ACT : Winnunga ACCHO Newsletter September 2017

Download a PDF copy HERE

Winnunga AHCS Newsletter September 2017

9. Tas: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre : Hobart seeks OZ Day move

 

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health #Smoking : Features Our ACCHO Members at #OTCC2017 #Deadly good news stories #TAS #NT #NSW #QLD #WA #SA #VIC #TAS

1.1 #NACCHOagm2017 and Members’ Conference Program launched

1.2. National : The Redfern Statement Alliance Call for Funding to be Reinstated to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

2. Tas: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre at #OTCC2017

3. VIC : Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Healthy Lifestyle Team at #OTCC2017

4. NT : Miwatj AMS Arnhem Land and Congress at #OTCC2017

5.QLD : Deadly Choices at @OTCC2017

6 SA : AHCSA and Quitline at #OTCC2017

7.WA : Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service ‘you CAN quit’ film project 

8. ACT/NSW  :Tom Calma Don’t Make Smokes Your Story

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

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1.1 #NACCHOagm2017 and Members’ Conference Program launched

 Download the 48 Page Conference Program

NACCHO 2017 Conference Program

You can follow on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook using HASH Tag #NACCHOagm2017

The NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM will provided a forum for the Aboriginal community controlled health services workforce, bureaucrats, educators, suppliers and consumers to:

  • Present on innovative local economic development solutions to issues that can be applied to address similar issues nationally and across disciplines
  • Have input and influence from the ‘grassroots’ into national and state health policy and service delivery
  • Demonstrate leadership in workforce and service delivery innovation
  • Promote continuing education and professional development activities essential to the Aboriginal community controlled health services in urban, rural and remote Australia
  • Promote Aboriginal health research by professionals who practice in these areas and the presentation of research findings
  • Develop supportive networks
  • Promote good health and well-being through the delivery of health services to and by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australia.

Conference Website

1.2. National : The Redfern Statement Alliance Call for Funding to be Reinstated to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples .

“We need to reset the relationship by supporting the operations of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.”

Pat Turner, NACCHO CEO said a positive step is needed (Pictured above at Redfern Statement launch June 2016)

See Redfern Statement Update NACCHO Aboriginal Health Priorities : 1st Anniversary of the #Redfernstatement

On the eve that the Australian Government has secured a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Redfern Statement Alliance Leaders met to discuss its relationship with the Australian Government.

Securing this position to the UN Council does not reflect the relationship this Government has with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In 2008 there was bi-partisan support for the National Congress as an elected voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Co-Chair Jackie Huggins said, “National Congress is an elected body with more members than some of the major political parties. Although our relationship has improved with Government, it has been through minor contract work and is ineffective.”

Co-Chair Rod Little said, “National Congress is strongly committed to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We have consistently called on the Australian Government to honour its commitment and not just sit idly on the UN Human Rights Council when our people are suffering.”

The recent UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous People’s report delivered a verdict to the Australian Government on the status of Aboriginal Australia and called for the reinstatement of funds to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

The Redfern Statement Alliance Leaders call on Prime Minister Turnbull to seize the opportunity to do the right thing and invest in the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples as a lead Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisation.

Australia is now going to be overseeing the human rights records of other nations whilst serious human rights violations are being committed against our people daily.

2. Tas: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre at #OTCC2017

Here’s Tina Goodwin, TAC tobacco worker, on stage at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference is Tasmania this week with Hone Harawura.

Tina announced Hone as the winner of the Tariana Turia award which recognises significant contributions to Indigenous tobacco control.

Hone has worked as a community activist and parliamentarian on many issues of importance to Maori. He wants to see tobacco companies sued for all of the death and destruction they cause to Maori, Aboriginal and other Indigenous communities.

Hone’s words: “Those bastards (Big Tobacco) are making people addicted and they are killing our people. Let’s sue them!”Anyone want to help with the legal case? Pictured below with Tom Calma

3. VIC : Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Healthy Lifestyle Team at #OTCC2017

Representing Deadly Dan and ready to take on day 1 of the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference 2017 in Hobart.

Very excited to hear from our friends in other Tackling Indigenous Smoking Teams and mainstream organisations from Aus, NZ and Pacific Islands today.

Learning about the progress and challenges as we aim for a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025!

 

The team exploring kunanyi this morning. Checking out the view and getting our 30 minutes of exercise in before day 2 of the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference.

Having a great time. Loving learning about the rich Aboriginal history of this area and meeting other passionate like minded health professionals.

If you can’t tell from our faces it was very cold at the top!

#otcc2017#kunanyi#hobart#vahsHLT#StaySmokeFree

4. NT : Miwatj AMS Arnhem Land and Congress at #OTCC2017

5.QLD : Deadly Choices at @OTCC2017

6 SA : AHCSA and Quitline at #OTCC2017

7.WA : Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service ‘you CAN quit’ film project ( Note not at #OTCC2017)

Young people in four remote communities in Western Australia’s East Pilbara — where up to 80 percent of community members smoke — have joined forces with filmmakers on a campaign to urge people to give up the deadly habit.

From NIT

The youngsters from Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji in WA are shedding light on the personal stories of local smokers to warn about the dangerous habit in a series of short films.

Fifteen-year-old Clintesha Samson, who was involved in the films and doesn’t smoke, said she would like to see people in her community stop for the sake of their health.

She said she thought film was a good way to get the message across.

The series of films are part of a ‘you CAN quit’ project that has documented the stories of community members who have kicked the habit and those who have been affected by smoking-related illnesses.

The project was organised by Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team.

The young people involved were responsible for researching, shooting, editing and promoting the films.

Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service regional tobacco coordinator Danika Tager said smoking rates in the East Pilbara were high and more needed to be done to support communities to address tobacco addiction.

“Smoking rates in remote East Pilbara communities are as high as 80 percent and tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in this population,” Ms Tager said.

“Through this important film project we hope to encourage people in these communities to quit smoking, as well as air the many benefits of quitting and where they can find help and support.”

The films are being shown in communities and also aired on TV and social media.

The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service is a community-controlled health organisation that provides primary health care, 24-hour emergency services and preventative health and education programs in the communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.

8. ACT/NSW Tom Calma Don’t Make Smokes Your Story

Download the evaluation report

Evaluation-Report_National-Tobacco-Campaign-Indigenous

Aboriginal Maternity Health Program : #CATSINaM17 @IUIH_ Million-dollar boost for groundbreaking #Indigenous maternity program

“It is informed by Indigenous knowledge and community control with a redesigned health service to provide 24/7 continuity of midwifery care and birthing in an Indigenous birth centre,

“With Indigenous leadership and a team with expertise in Indigenous health and research we can translate what we know works in other settings, and other countries, into practice here in Australia.”

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health CEO Adrian Carson said a key component of the project was the Indigenous control and governance of services.

A maternity program designed to achieve better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their babies has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The project, led by The University of Queensland’s Professor Sue Kildea and researchers from the University of Sydney and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, will implement Birthing on Country on a number of sites with a view to an Australia-wide roll out.

The NHMRC grant will help determine the sustainability of a Birthing on Country service model in each community, along with the impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their communities and health services.

“The Birthing On Country program has a strong emphasis on culturally and clinically safe care, strengthened support for families, growing a culturally capable workforce and the Indigenous maternal and infant workforce,” Professor Kildea said.

“This program focuses on the year before and the year after birth, as the most important time in life.

“It also allows us to review the effect on three of the most costly health outcomes across the lifespan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: preterm birth, low birth weight and hospital admissions in the first year of life.”

Professor Kildea said the project team was calling on all Australian governments and health organisations to work with them to implement Birthing On Country programs.

“After two decades of research, including consultation with Indigenous elders and communities, we can now enact State and Federal health policy and put into practice national and international evidence of the safety, benefits and cost-effectiveness of culturally safe care,” she said.

“With Indigenous leadership and a team with a wealth of cross-disciplinary expertise in Indigenous and health services, we can translate what we know works in other settings and other countries into practice here in Australia.”

The project, entitled ‘Building on Our Strengths (BOOSt): Developing and Evaluating Birthing On Country Primary Maternity Units’, also includes the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane, the Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, the Australian College of Midwives, the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, and the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund.

The NHMRC grant builds on previous funding from the Ian Potter Foundation in Melbourne, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, ATSICHS Brisbane, the Mater Health Service, Queensland Health and an earlier NHMRC grant.

 

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

 1. National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations : Only 21 days to go

2.1 Congress Alice Springs Breast Cancer Awareness Month #Deadly Choices

2.2 CONGRESS IS NOW VACCINATING AGAINST THE MENINGOCOCCAL OUTBREAK

3. Vic : VACCHO, VAHS ,BADAC and Quit Victoria proud to partner with the Ballarat Carnival to provide a healthy and smoke free environment

4. NSW : Armajun Aboriginal Health Service Indigenous students at Guyra Central School are looking good in new glasses.

5. WA : AHCWA : Mental Health Week has an Aboriginal focus for the first time 

6. QLD : Deadly Choices /Deadly Roos ambassador, Greg Inglis making healthy choices

7. SA : Major auction Art Fair to raise funds for dialysis centre in Ernabella SA.

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

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

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

 Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media    

Mobile 0401 331 251

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication each Thursday

 1.1 National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations : Only 21 days to go

On Tuesday 10 October there was only 21  days to go and due to high demand  the conference AGM is nearly booked out

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

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

NACCHO Conference Website

2.1 Congress Alice Springs Breast Cancer Awareness Month #Deadly Choices

October is breast cancer awareness month and provides an opportunity to focus on breast cancer and the impact the disease has on our mob.

Congress is offering the first 200 eligible* Aboriginal women that have a women’s health check or cervical screen at any Congress Clinic, or a mammogram at Breast Screening NT an exclusive Deadly Choices Breast Cancer Shirt.

To find out if you’re eligible and to book an appointment, call (08) 89514 400 or your local Congress clinic today.
*To be eligible you must an Aboriginal congress client and due for a mammogram, cervical or women’s health check during the promotion period. Pink ribbon shirts are strictly limited and will be substituted for available health check initiative deadly choices shirts when stock runs out.

2.2 CONGRESS IS NOW VACCINATING AGAINST THE MENINGOCOCCAL OUTBREAK

Congress encourages all Aboriginal people aged between 12 months and 19 years to attend your nearest Congress clinic to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

While meningococcal disease is rare, it can be life threatening.

No appointment is needed.

3. Vic : VACCHO, VAHS ,BADAC and Quit Victoria proud to partner with the Ballarat Carnival to provide a healthy and smoke free environment

“The Vic NAIDOC Committee and the Ballarat Carnival Committee are proud to announce that this year’s Carnival will be completely Smoke Free!

VACCHO, VAHS and Quit Victoria are proud to partner with the Carnival to provide a healthy and smoke free environment for the whole Community.

We believe in creating a space where everyone can breathe fresh air and celebrate coming together for such a brilliant event. Call the Aboriginal Quitline (13 QUIT – 13 78 48) for tips and support on how you can go smoke free too.

P.s. Look out for Deadly Dan, the No Smokes Man at the Carnival on Saturday. He’ll be stoked to hear the news!”

#vicnaidoc #alwaysproudball2017 #smokefree #smokefreezone #vaccho #vahs #quitvictoria #BADAC

Sponsors

On behalf of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative and the Carnival Committee, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to the following organisations for their generous support. Without you, the carnival would not be possible.

Victorian Naidoc
Wadawurrung – Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation
VicHealth
Ballarat Council
FedUni Aboriginal Education Centre
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
Aboriginal Victoria
Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria
@victorian aboriginal justice agreement
Oxfam
Ballarat Koorie Engagement Action Group – KEAG
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc
Woolworths
Central Highlands Water
AFL Victoria
AFL Goldfields
Netball Victoria
Quit Victoria
Pitcha Makin Fellas
AIME
Basketball Ballarat
Lake Wendouree Football Netball Club
The North Ballarat Sports Club
Hands On Health Australia
RMIT University
Victoria University, Melbourne Australia

We are really looking forward to delivering the 2017 carnival with you!

4. NSW : Armajun Aboriginal Health Service Indigenous students at Guyra Central School are looking good in new glasses.

Thanks to a visit from the Brien Holden Vision Institute eye clinic, Ethan Harris and Nioka Levy no longer need to sit at the front of the class.

From HERE

A number of students had their eyes examined by a visiting optometrist.

The eye doctor attended the school for eye checks in late August.

The clinic is part of Armajun Aboriginal Health Service.

It’s ran and organised by Aboriginal Education officer Alecia Blair and Guyra Central School health officer Nellie Blair.Some eye problems are more common in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than they are with non-Indigenous people.

Read all NACCHO 44 Aboriginal Eye Health stories here

5. WA : AHCWA : Mental Health Week has an Aboriginal focus for the first time 

Aboriginal Health Council of WA chairwoman Michelle Nelson-Cox said it was an “absolute tragedy” that suicide was one of the leading causes of death among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The death of even one of our young people to suicide is not acceptable,” she said.

AHCWA believes there needs to be a greater focus on increasing and improving access to culturally appropriate and locally responsive suicide prevention programs for Aboriginal youth in WA.

WA Mental Health Week has an Aboriginal focus for the first time this year, with a complementary theme recognising the importance of country.

Indigenous Australians are twice as likely to take their own lives as non-indigenous Australians, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Causes of Death 2016 report released last month.

Suicide was the fifth-leading cause of death for indigenous Australians, compared to the 15th for non-indigenous Australians, with suicide deaths accounting for a greater proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths (5.5 per cent), compared to non-indigenous Australians (1.7 per cent).

In its 50th year, WA Mental Health Week has added a complementary Aboriginal theme to its main theme — “connect with country, community and you for strong social and emotional wellbeing”.

Goldfields elder Trevor Donaldson said he was especially concerned about the high rate of youth suicide among Aboriginal people.

He said he felt many of the services previously offered had done nothing to help.

“I think the government should be held accountable for every one of those deaths because they deliver so little, ” he said.

“Aboriginal youth have nothing here in the Goldfields. The system is failing our youth, education is failing our youth.

“And I feel frustrated because I know what is going to happen — there is going to be another tragedy and ministers from left, right and centre will be coming here to supposedly deal with it and nothing will change.”

Suicide was the second leading cause of death after transport accidents among the Goldfields’ 15-24-year-olds, according to a 2015 Goldfields Health Profile by the Planning and Evaluation Unit.

NACCHO Aboriginal #MentalHealthDay : Australia’s new digital #mentalhealth gateway now live

6. QLD : Deadly Choices /Deadly Roos ambassador, Greg Inglis making healthy choices

WATCH HERE

Hear what Deadly Roos ambassador, Greg Inglis has to say about the Deadly Roos and making healthy choices. #DeadlyChoices #DeadlyRoos #RISE Ken Wyatt

See NACCHO Background story

“Deadly Choices is what I like to call a ‘jewel in the crown’ of Indigenous health, achieving some stunning results since it kicked off in South East Queensland four years ago.

The Deadly Kangaroos is an expansion of this program, using the star power of the ambassadors and the excitement of this year’s World Cup to reach more even communities.

Our national rugby league stars need to be in peak physical condition to play at the top of their game and we appreciate the players’ support to start discussions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about ways to improve their health “

Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said legendary Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and other Indigenous and non-Indigenous players would become ambassadors for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’s Deadly Choices program, to extend its reach across Australia.

The launch in Canberra was attended by the NACCHO Chair Matthew Cooke (pictured on right )

Members of the elite Australian Kangaroos Rugby League 2017 World Cup squad will headline the expansion of a successful grassroots campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Deadly Choices is a community-based health lifestyle campaign launched in 2013.

There is particular focus on young people and the importance of exercise, education, school attendance, quitting smoking and regular preventive health checks.

Through media campaigns, sports carnivals and community events it has prompted:

    • Almost 19,000 annual health checkups in South East Queensland
    • Active patient numbers to triple to over 330,000
    • 1,155 smoke-free household pledges
    • More than 3,300 smoker interventions

“Experience shows that sport and sporting legends can help communities kick major goals in health awareness and foster real change,” the Minister said.

“I encourage everyone to support Australia in the World Cup in October, just as the Kangaroos are supporting better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and all Australians.”

The ambassadors will make appearances at game day events as the Australian team travels through the ACT, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and regional Queensland for the World Cup.

“Key ambassadors for the Deadly Kangaroos are Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis,” the Minister said. “Also, the best three players from the national men’s and women’s teams at the Arthur Beetson Deadly Choices Murri Rugby League carnival will also be chosen as community ambassadors to promote positive health messages.

“Merchandise, including a special Deadly Kangaroos World Cup jersey, has been produced as an incentive for people to have a health check.

“The messages will also be promoted through television, radio, social media and at coaching clinics and Aboriginal community controlled health services.”

The Australian Government is contributing $235,000 to help support the Deadly Kangaroos campaign

The Rugby League World Cup runs from 26 October – 2 December 2017.

7. SA : Major auction Art Fair to raise funds for dialysis centre in Ernabella SA.

The Purple Hose is hosting major auction Art Fair to raise funds for dialysis centre in Ernabella SA.

An increasing number of Anangu are forced to leave their homes and families for renal dialysis treatment. Purple House is holding this major auction to raise funds to secure a Pukatja Dialysis Centre in Ernabella, South Australia.

Works of art have been donated by artists from all of the seven art centres from the APY Art Centre Collective. Works available include paintings, ceramics, work on paper, wood carving, photography and printmaking. Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your collection while making a lasting difference to communities in the APY Lands.

Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

-ENDS

 

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

1.1 NACCHO CEO Pat Turner to build on the success of Aboriginal Community Control Health Services

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations : Only 28 days to go

2. Vic : VAHS ACCHO Healthy Lifestyle Team love supporting the Fitzroy Stars Netball Club

3.NSW : In the Shoalhaven region Aboriginal Health is everyone’s business

4.NT : Ken Wyatt opens our NACCHO #OchreDay2017 summit in Darwin

5. QLD : Inquiry into service delivery in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities : Draft report consultation

6.ACT : NACCHO/Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service mental health webinar  in conjunction with the Mental Health Professionals Network

7.WA : Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team to create Anti Smoking Ads

8. Tas : Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre to celebrate our communities journey of breast cancer & raise awareness

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

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

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

 Email to Colin Cowell NACCHO Media    

Mobile 0401 331 251

Wednesday by 4.30 pm for publication each Thursday

1.1 NACCHO CEO Pat Turner to build on the success of Aboriginal Community Control Health Services

Pat Turner has been appointed for a further three years until July 2020 by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Board.

NACCHO Deputy Chairperson, Sandy Davis welcomed Ms Turner’s appointment highlighting her extensive life experiences in Aboriginal affairs, government, academia and corporate practice.

Sandy also ‘acknowledged her invaluable record of public service achievements and that her leadership style comes at an important time for NACCHO with new governance arrangements to be discussed with members’ at our Annual General Meeting in Canberra in November.

Pat will help create real, meaningful and lasting change for NACCHO that will strengthen community control and keep Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands’ he said.

Pat recently finalised a new network funding agreement for supporting community controlled Aboriginal health service with the Commonwealth. This will allow for better, more targeted investment in efforts to close the health gap for Aboriginal people. Pat has consistently said that ‘governments at all levels must do more to join the dots between education, housing, employment and other social determinants if we are to significantly improve health outcomes for our people and Close the Gap they have spoken about for the best part of a decade.’

Pat has been delivering on the Board’s agenda to consult with members to update our NACCHO Constitution and she has spent the last few months criss-crossing Australia to obtain the views and opinions of our Members and Affiliates about NACCHO constitutional changes.

She will continue to work on strengthening and expanding the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, maintaining its strategic directions, cutting unnecessary red tape and building a closer relationship between all our organisations. ‘We want to build on the success of community control in improving health outcomes for our people’ she said.

Pat is of Arrernte and Gurdanji descent and was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1990 for her contribution to public service.

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations : Only 28 days to go

On Tuesday 2 October there was only 28  days to go and due to high demand  the conference AGM is nearly booked out

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

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

Download NACCHO 2017 Members Conference and AGM Draft

NACCHO Conference Website

2. Vic : VAHS ACCHO Healthy Lifestyle Team love supporting the Fitzroy Stars Netball Club

Photos above : Introducing the Fitzroy Stars Junior Netball Carnival Teams!

The VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team love supporting our Fitzroy Stars Football/Netball Club netballers.

These girls and boys are representing the Healthy Lifestyle Values and doing us proud today! Well done everyone on being deadly team players and making healthy choices!

Check out their other healthy lifestyle tips below. HERE

#vahsHLT #StaySmokeFree #BePositive #BeDeadly #BeAware #Lovethegame

3.NSW : In the Shoalhaven region Aboriginal Health is everyone’s business

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) has joined local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, the Primary Health Network and the University of Wollongong in committing to work together to bring about positive changes to Close the Gap on health inequalities for our Aboriginal communities.

From Here

A partnership agreement was formally signed on Friday by leaders of the South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service; Oolong House – Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre; Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service; Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation; University of Wollongong; COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network; and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

A special ceremony, including a corroboree, smoking ceremony and performances by the Doonooch Dancers led by Joe Brown-McLeod and Larry McLeod,

and a stirring welcome to country by Uncle Tom Moore preceded the official signing of the agreement.

ISLHD Chief Executive Margot Mains said the agreement aims to support, promote and strengthen the existing local relationships and strong ties that have been developed over many years.

“The signing of the partnership agreement marks a new beginning for our journey in working collaboratively to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal Australians,” Ms Mains said.

4.NT : Ken Wyatt opens our NACCHO #OchreDay2017 summit in Darwin

Losing his nephew to the same preventable disease that afflicts so many Aboriginal Australians galvanised Ken Wyatt to make indigenous men’s health a “top priority” of his political agenda.

Read full speech here NACCHO Aboriginal Male Health @KenWyattMP Speech ” Men’s health, our way. Let’s own it!” – is a powerful conference theme

Read NACCHO Aboriginal Male Health #OchreDay2017 Conference Press release

@KenWyattMP and @jpatto12 raising awareness of issues in Aboriginal men’s health

The Federal Indigenous Health Minister says his nephew was a promising musician but died in June, aged just 35, after a battle with diabetes and chronic renal and heart disease.

“One of Jason’s killers was kidney failure, the same devastating condition that claimed the life of beloved musician, Dr G Yunipingu,” Mr Wyatt told a national men’s health conference in Darwin.

“His close family and friends are now working on a media project to fulfil his dying wishes – to get the word out to indigenous men in particular, to take their health seriously, to own it.”

Aboriginal men have the poorest health of any group within the Australian population, which Mr Wyatt says is “nothing short of a national tragedy”.

They suffer kidney health problems at five times the rate of their non-indigenous counterparts, and are dying more than 10 years younger.

Winner of the Jaydons Adams Award 
From the left, Mr Mark and Mrs Lizzie Adams with Nathan Cubillo-Jones and AMSANT CEO John Paterson
 He’s just graduated this year from his studies as an Indigenous health practitioner and in between playing local Aussie rules and Rugby league, he worked tirelessly with Danila Dilba health service and has recently been appointed manager of the new Malak clinic.

5. QLD : Inquiry into service delivery in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities : Draft report consultation

The draft report is scheduled to be released in early October 2017.
We are seeking your comments and views on the draft report, and will be undertaking further consultation during October and early November.

The Commissioner Bronwyn Fredericks will be briefing and consulting with stakeholders in the following locations:

  • 9 October 2017 (1pm to 3pm) – Cairns, Doubletree Hilton Hotel
  • 10 October 2017 – Yarrabah
  • 11 October 2017 – Kowanyama
  • 12 October 2017 – Lockhart River
  • 13 October 2017 – Aurukun
  • 16 October 2017 – Gladstone (LGAQ conference)
  • 17 October 2017 – Woorabinda
  • 20 October 2017 – Brisbane

Further consultations will be scheduled in the coming weeks at Mt Isa, Mornington Island, and Thursday Island – details will be published on the QPC website as they become available.

Consultations will include round tables in Cairns, Mt Isa, Thursday Island and Brisbane.

Please register your interest to attend a consultation or round table here.
If you would like to meet with the Commissioner or the inquiry team either as part of the consultation rounds or via teleconference, please contact us on (07) 3015 5111 or enquiry@qpc.qld.gov.au

6.ACT : NACCHO/Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service mental health webinar  in conjunction with the Mental Health Professionals Network 

On Wednesday the 13th of September 2017, NACCHO facilitated a mental health webinar in conjunction with the Mental Health Professionals Network as part of its professional development work.

This mental health webinar focused on reducing the mental health impacts of indigenous incarceration on people, communities and services.

The discussion was conducted by an Indigenous interdisciplinary panel (see below for further details). A post-discussion Q&A was also conducted between the panel and guests, recordings of which can be accessed below.

THE PANEL

Julie Tongs OAM                      (CEO Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service)

Dr Louis Peachey                      (Rural Generalist)

Dr Marshall Watson                 (Psychiatrist)

Dr Jeff Nelson                            (Psychologist)

Facilitator: Dr Mary Emeleus (General Practitioner and Psychotherapist).

7.WA : Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team to create Anti Smoking Ads

The project, organised by Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team, will be carried out with funding from a Healthway Indigenous Health Promotion grant and the Federal Government’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program.

Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service regional tobacco coordinator Danika Tager said smoking rates in the East Pilbara were exceptionally high and more needed to be done to support communities to address tobacco addiction.

Filmmakers will work with youth in four remote Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara to shed light on the personal stories of local smokers and warn about the perils of the deadly habit.

Young people, assisted by a professional production team, will create a series of short films as part of the “you CAN quit” project, to document the stories of community members who have successfully kicked the habit and those who have been affected by smoking-related illnesses in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.

Statistics from the Federal Department of Health show that tobacco smoking is responsible for one in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths, with the number substantially higher in remote areas.

“Smoking rates in remote East Pilbara communities are as high as 80% and tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in this population,” Ms Tager said.

“Through this important film project we hope to encourage people in these communities to quit smoking, as well as air the many benefits of quitting and where they can find help and support.”

Filming of the four short films will start September 19. It is expected the films will be screened in each community on completion and also be aired on indigenous television stations and social media.

Ms Tager said the project was unique in that the films would be entirely community owned and directed, giving young people the opportunity to actively make a difference in their community.

“Youth will be responsible for all aspects of researching, shooting, editing and promoting the films” she said.

“All too often NGOs will come into a community with a health message that may or may not be relevant, and expect it to change people’s behaviour,” she said.

“What we are doing here is empowering the community to send its own messages and fight tobacco-related harm using its own experience and stories.”

The project will also involve a series of posters to celebrate non-smokers in the communities, and offer education sessions and details about the availability of support programs.

The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) is a community controlled health organisation that provides primary health care, 24-hour emergency services and preventative health and education programs in the communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.

8. Tas : Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre to celebrate our communities journey of breast cancer & raise awareness

Please join us at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove) on Thursday, 12th October at 1.30pm, to celebrate our communities journey of breast cancer & raise awareness of this disease.
Afternoon tea, will be provided, please contact Emma on
6234 0777 or Freecall 1800 132 260 if you require transport.

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

The South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium (the Consortium) was launched on 18 May 2017, as a collaborative partnership formed between the South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership (comprising of SA Health, Aboriginal Health Council of SA and Department of Health – Commonwealth) and the South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre.The Translation Centre represents a partnership between SA Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Adelaide Primary Health Network, Country SA Primary Health Network and Cancer Council SA. The Translation Centre has 9 priority areas of which one is Aboriginal Health.
Consortium Vision

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

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

Who is working in the Consortium Coordinating Centre?

The team comprises of two full time staff. Wendy Keech is the Senior Research Translation Manager and Executive Officer. Wendy is supported by Douglas VJ Clinch, in a Project Officer role overseeing and supporting the various governance groups of the Consortium. Strategic policy and cultural advice and support is being provided by Kim Morey and Neville Fazulla both on a part-time basis to the team, and have particular focus on supporting the community reference group. Andrea McKivett, has been providing her clinical, technical and cultural support to the team since the inception of the Consortium, with Katharine McBride recently joining the team to provide technical support one day a week. The team come from various backgrounds and disciplines required to support the work of the Consortium, and all are passionate people with a strong commitment to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in South Australia.
If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Wendy Keech, on (08) 81284228, email: wendy.keech@sahmri.com or Doug VJ Clinch, on (08) 81284893 or email: douglas.clinch@sahmri.com.

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

1.1 NACCHO CEO Pat Turner continues a 6 month national ” Constitutional ” members roadshow in Northern NSW

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations : Only 33 days to go

2.QLD : Nhulundu ACCHO Health Service Gladstone opens  new “state-of-the-art” medical centre 

3.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs : Right Tracks Collaboration Giving Better Health a Sporting Chance

3.2 NT Congress Aboriginal Health Training Award News

4.NSW Armajun Aboriginal Health Service :  The Aboriginal communities smiling again (and saving millions)

5.VIC : Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative Creating healthier smiles for Aboriginal children in Bendigo, Loddon Mallee

6. WA : Carnarvon Medical Services Aboriginal Corporation hosts Joe Williams Mental Health and Suicide Workshop

 7.SA: Nunkuwarin Yunti of SA Community Health Day 4 October

8.TAS: TAC Aboriginal Health and Mutton Bird Yarning Circle

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1.1 NACCHO CEO Pat Turner continues a 6 month national ” Constitutional ” members roadshow in Northern NSW.

Since April our NACCHO CEO Pat Turner has been consulting with our 140 NACCHO members about major changes to the NACCHO constitution that will  be presented to members at the NACCHO AGM 2 November in Canberra : Members To Register for AGM

Yesterday Pat presented the proposed changes at Galambila ACCHO Coffs Harbour to a regional meeting of approx. 10 Northern and Tableland NSW NACCHO Members ( from Port Macquarie to Ballina )

1.2 National : 2017 NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM Registrations : Only 33 days to go

 On Monday 18 September there was only 45 days to go and due to high demand  the conference AGM is nearly booked out

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

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

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2.QLD : Nhulundu ACCHO Health Service Gladstone opens  new “state-of-the-art” medical centre :

 “A great day for the community of Gladstone

A special mention and big thanks to my Deadly Sister, Carly Cooke, who as the former General Manager led the search for a new property in the Gladstone Region to relocate the Medical Centre from Manning Street South Gladstone to a location that better met the needs of our community now in the heart of Gladstone on Goondoon Street. Thank you for your vision and dedication, the Community is now reaping the rewards.

The overall Project Management by Faye McGown with our local builders JADA were outstanding, producing a modern state of the art facility. Very impressive work to say the least, a blue print for others to follow!

A big thank you to our local Leaders; Mayor Matt Burnett, Deputy Mayor Chris Trevor and Local Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher MP for all of their significant support and commitment to our Medical Centre and the Community at large.

Thank you to the many dedicated staff and Board Directors who made today possible – you are all greatly appreciated. We achieved this milestone together as a Team

Matthew Cooke CEO Nhulundu Health Service ( and NACCHO Chair )

IT’S hoped a new “state-of-the-art” medical centre will cater for those patients left in the “lurch” after two practices closed in the last two months in the Gladstone region.

Watch TV Interview HERE

The Calliope and Gladstone Valley Medical Centres, which are both owned by Medifield, closed after the company was placed in administration.

However, with the official opening of Nhulundu Health Service’s new building on Goondoon St yesterday, patients will have some much-needed options.

FROM HERE

Although the service has a specific focus on indigenous health, Nhulundu chief executive officer Matthew Cooke said anybody could use the service.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said this would take up some of the “void” left behind from the closure of the two centres.

“I’m urging all Gladstone people to make sure they come and use this facility, it’s not just an indigenous facility,” he said.

Mr Butcher was confident Nhulundu would not face the same issues that other service providers had because of the structure of the organisation.

He said the more people the service could get through the door the more they chance they could expanding in the future.

“This building is now capable of doing a lot more,” he said.

Some of the possibilities that were mentioned include dental work and blood taking.

Mr Cooke said it was significant for the region to have the new centre open.

“Today marks an almost three year journey to finding a place here in the Gladstone region, where we can find a sustainable home, now and into the future,” he said.

“This is a full bulk-billing and integrated service.

“It’s not just a primary health care or general practice, we have aged care, we have visiting specialists, we run several allied health programs and we have a health promotion team.”

25 years in the making -Richard Johnson

The Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and soon to be established Family Wellbeing Centre, along with existing Aged Care Services and Deadly Choices, will all be based at the new facility.

The building is where QGC used to be.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said it was fantastic to have such a “state-of-the art” facility in Gladstone.

“It’s been said that other medical practices in Gladstone and Calliope have been closing, here we have a fantastic new facility opening,” he said.

“Sometimes things don’t always go well but other times they go amazing, and this is an amazing facility.”

Picture above Lizzie Adams

3.1 NT : Congress Alice Springs : Right Tracks Collaboration Giving Better Health a Sporting Chance

“Congress is excited to join Redtails/Pinktails and the ADF in delivering the Right Tracks program in Alice Springs and to our remote communities.

This program has the right people and the right support from key stakeholders, including the CAFL, to assist with the complex issues shaping the health of young people through empowerment and mentoring, as well as improved access to essential health services and information.”

 Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee said of the program 

On Saturday an exciting collaboration between Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) and Central Australian Football Club – Redtails/Pinktails was officially launched, fittingly, during the Central Australian footy finals.

The Right Tracks program was originally set up and run by volunteers led by local native title holder Ian McAdam and Rob Clarke through the Redtails/Pinktails Central Australian Football Club. Now, through a new partnership with Congress and the ADF, it will be brought to even more young people in Alice Springs and surrounding remote communities, working directly with each male and female football club and local softball and netball clubs.

Right Tracks aims to educate and assist in health and wellbeing, tobacco, alcohol, violence and sexual health education and treatment, job ready mentoring, work experience, language and culture, whilst using sport as the means to engage. Through mentoring, the youth accessing the program are groomed into role models, leaders and mentors for their own communities, to create change.

Through the support of Congress and funding agreements with the Australian Drug Foundation and Department of Health Northern Territory Government, 3 Sports Health Promotion positions were created within Congress’ Health Promotion Section to undertake this exciting work.  The team has now been formed, including founding volunteer Ian McAdam, who is joined by Darren Talbot and Sarah Carmody.

The ADF’s Northern Territory Manager, Margie Fahy had to say “Working on the ground across a range of local communities, this partnership is delivering prevention projects tailored to the needs of the area.

“The Australian Drug Foundation commends Central Australian Aboriginal Congress for their strong leadership role within this community partnership.”

The program was launched by the Hon. Dale Wakelfield MLA, Minister for Territory Families who was proud to do so on behalf of the Hon. Natasha Fyles, NT Minster for Health.

ADF’s Head of Program Delivery, Allan Casse also contributed to proceedings, which were witnessed by an audience of important guests including Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech, Commonwealth and Olympic marathon runner Robert De Castella as well as important members of the local and Territory football and sporting communities.

3.2 NT Congress Aboriginal Health Training News:

Congress #ACCHO Alice Springs wins major Training Large Employer of the Year Award 

4.NSW Armajun Aboriginal Health Service :  The Aboriginal communities smiling again (and saving millions)

Aboriginal oral health care: double the services, half the cost Public Aboriginal oral health care models compared

“Fly-in fly-out services are more expensive than local services, yet we still provide so many dental and allied health services in this way.“This research tells an important story about community engagement, and the benefit of employing locally and building local capacity.”

Debbie McCowen, Chief Executive Officer of the Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, said.

See 7.30 Report ABC TV   The Aboriginal communities smiling again (and saving millions)

Photo: Dental technician Paul Talbot at his mobile denture clinic in Moree

The latest Closing The Gap report reveals Australia is failing to meet its Aboriginal health targets.

Could a system that engages local communities inspire more effective ways to deliver much needed services?

Aboriginal Australians have significantly higher rates of dental disease than the wider Australian\ population. It is an issue compounded for people in rural and remote areas with less access to public dental services, and is linked to higher risk of other chronic health conditions.

Recognising the high need for public oral health services targeting Aboriginal communities, governments have invested in several service delivery models using distinctive approaches.

A comparison of two models that provide public oral health services specifically for Aboriginal patients has found a significant difference in costs and outputs, with implications for future policy and funding decisions.

Published in the Australian Dental Journal , the research was conducted by the University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Centre of Translational Data Science and faculties of Health Sciences and Dentistry, with the Armajun Aboriginal Health Service in Inverell, NSW.

The cost and output of Model A, the major oral health service for Aboriginal people in rural NSW delivered by the state government, was compared with Model B, a collaboration between the Poche Centre and Armajun.

Dental weighted activity units (DWAUs) are the national measure of productivity in publicly funded oral health services. The NSW government applies this measure to local health districts and grant programs. During 2014 and 2015 the government set the NSW price per DWAU at $589.

Over the same two-year period, Model A cost $ $1,800 per DWAU and Model B cost $370 per DWAU.

Model A delivered just over 1,600 DWAUs with total funding of over $3.6m, and Model B delivered over 3,000 DWAUs with total funding of just over $1.4m.

Summary of funding and DWAU for models A and B for the period of 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015:

“Following the troubling lack of progress presented in the latest Closing The Gap report, our model provides a valuable example of another way of doing things,” said lead author Dr Kylie Gwynne, a research affiliate of the Poche Centre.

“The Poche Centre is committed to pursuing evidence-based approaches to health care, and we thank the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy for supporting this study by providing DWAU data for analysis.”

The main difference between the two models is the centralised versus localised coordination.

Model A delivers services across the state from a city-centre clinic, as well as dentists operating on a fly-in fly-out basis at host clinics across NSW. It provides blocks of oral health care to communities and draws on the infrastructure and community links of the host Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

In contrast, Model B delivers services almost entirely in local communities, employing local Aboriginal staff wherever possible. Initially operating in three communities, the service expanded in the first year to include nine Aboriginal communities in central northern NSW with local community partnerships and accountability. It is staffed almost equally by dentists and oral health therapists, and new graduate clinicians live near and work across communities using fixed and portable equipment in multiple locations including clinics, schools, health care settings and other community locations.

According to the authors, the results raise important questions around how such services should be delivered in the future.

“Good public policy evaluates and adjusts service models over time as circumstances and needs change,” said Dr Gwynne.

“There’s growing recognition the fly-in fly-out model is no longer appropriate as workforce shortages are addressed and rural and remote health services are better able to recruit and retain oral health clinicians.

“Yet, while the state government has committed to changing its approach, the federal government just recently increased its funding for fly-in-fly-out dentistry.

“With limited resources and oral health outcomes in Aboriginal communities still poor, we must focus on service delivery models that are proven to be effective and efficient.”

5.VIC : Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative Creating healthier smiles for Aboriginal children in Bendigo, Loddon Mallee

A new program aimed at improving the oral health and hygiene of Aboriginal children will be trialled in the Loddon Mallee.

The $250,000 initiative will see preschool-aged children given tooth packs and fluoride varnish through preschools, early children services and health organisations.

Photo above : INITIATIVE: Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative CEO Raylene Harradine, and Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative will lead the year-long pilot, with the help of other Aboriginal-controlled health organisations across the region.

Levels of tooth decay are higher among Aboriginal children than non-Aboriginal children: those aged five and under are hospitalised for dental care at almost one and a half times the rate of other children.

The average number of filled, decayed or missing teeth is also about twice as high among Aboriginal children aged six to 11 as it is among their non-Indigenous counterparts.

6. WA Carnarvon Medical Services Aboriginal Corporation hosts Joe Williams Mental Health and Suicide Workshop

The Carnarvon Medical Services Aboriginal Corporation hosted a series of mental health and suicide prevention events involving Joe Williams. Joe is a Wiradjuri man from New South Wales, best known for his professional sporting achievements. He played in the National Rugby League for the Rabbitohs, Panthers, and Bulldogs, before taking up professional boxing. Joe uses these achievements as a platform to speak about his experiences of mental illness, substance misuse, and suicidal ideation and to advocate for change.

During his two-day visit, Joe addressed the Carnarvon Suicide Prevention Network, participated in a boxing session with young people at the PCYC, sang songs at an evening yarning session, and delivered a motivational talk to local school students.

Throughout the events in Carnarvon, Joe spoke about the healing power of gratitude, exercise, medication, resilience, and connection to land and culture.

Community members were touched by Joe’s honesty and inspired by his commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by these issues.
You can find out more about Joe’s work at his website: www.joewilliams.com.au

People seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

 7.SA: Nunkuwarin Yunti of SA Community Health Day 4 October

Coming up next week – our deadly Community Fun Day at Whitmore Square!!!

There will be entertainment and fun for everyone, with a BBQ lunch provided PLUS live music, a jumping castle, a smoothie bike, henna sessions, games on the basketball court, a pop-up circus workshop from Cirkidz and much much more.

Bring the whole mob along! We can’t wait to see you there!

#BeHealthyBeSmokeFree

8.TAS: TAC Aboriginal Health and Mutton Bird Yarning Circle

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Top 40 plus #jobalerts Inc CEO @ahmrc @IUIH_ @CAACongress @Walgett_AMS #Durri #Gidgee

  This weeks #Jobalerts

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1-10 Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (Durri ACMS)

11. Walgett ACCHO HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER

12 -15  : Gidgee Healing Mt Isa

12.Position Title: Mental Health Professional

13. Position Title: Physiotherapist

14 : Position Title: Podiatrist

15. Position Title:  Psychologist

16. Miwatj Health NT Senior Social and Emotional Well Being Therapeutic Clinician

17 . Wuchopperen Health Service Cairns  : CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

18. Congress Alice Springs Chief Operating Officer at the Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre (CAAHSC)

19. Congress Alice Springs : WOMENS HEALTH NURSE

20 : Wurli-Wurlinjang Health NT 6 positions

20.Wurli-Wurlinjang Family Partnership Program (WWFPP) – Various Positions

21.Program Coordinator _ Strong Indigenous Families (FDV)

22.Strong Indigenous Families. Positions include: Counsellors/ Therapists, Case Managers & Community Engagement Support Officers (FDV)

23 .Mental Health Professionals

24.Registered Aboriginal Health Practitioner

25.General Practitioner

26 . National Health and Medical Research Council 2017 – 2018 Indigenous Internship program

 27 – 37 JOBS AT IUIH Brisbane

38 .Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW  CEO

39. GP Vacancies: Full time and Part time Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation Grafton and Casino

40 . Office Practice Manager : Port Augusta, SA Pika Wiya Health Service

41. Senior Rural Medical Practitioner : Port Augusta, SA: Pika Wiya Health Service

 

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1-10 Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (Durri ACMS)

The Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (Durri ACMS) was established in 1976. The name Durri means “to grow in good health” and was bestowed upon the organisation by members of the local Aboriginal community.

Located in Kempsey, approximately half way between the cities of Brisbane and Sydney. Durri is on the traditional land of the Dunghutti peo

Durri’s vision is to achieve and maintain better health and wellbeing outcomes for our Aboriginal people and communities.

Durri aims to be an employer of choice in Aboriginal health, supporting a skilled and flexible workforce.

Durri is a great place to work – a family friendly and culturally sensitive work environment that values people.

If you have a passion for indigenous health and are committed to closing the gap, then why not join us?

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11. Walgett ACCHO HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER

  • SENIOR LEADERSHIP / HR MANAGER OPPORTUNITY 
  • WALGETT & BREWARRINA District & COMMUNITY, Nthn-NSW 
  • ESTABLISHED, SUCCESSFUL & HIGHLY RESPECTED ACCHS TEAM

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OUR ORGANISATION

The WALGETT Aboriginal Medical Service (‘WAMS’) and the BREWARRINA Aboriginal Health Service Limited (‘BAHSL’) are highly respected and established Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, fully committed to providing accessible, practical, culturally appropriate and confidential Health services in Walgett, Brewarrina and surrounding communities.THE OPPORTUNITY

We are looking for a motivated, experienced and suitably qualified individual to join our senior management team, and fulfil the key role of HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the HR Manager oversees and facilitates all Human Resource and Employee Relations activities of the organisation, including  providing timely, practical advice and ongoing strategic support on all employee initiatives, programs and/or workplace issues.

As a key member of the Senior Management Team, the HR Manager is responsible for ensuring HR practices align with strategic business plans for the organisation. This opportunity represents a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity to join our established team, already highly regarded for making a real difference in our local communities. Highly competitive remuneration (including salary packaging), plus local Accommodation options are also available.

CONTACT / INFO / APPLY

Jon Mathias (MJSP)

Email jon@mjsp.com.au

Phone # 07 3839 1233

12 -15  : Gidgee Healing Mt Isa

Gidgee Healing is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service dedicated to making a long-term positive impact on the health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Based in Mt Isa, we provide a broad range of high-quality Primary Health Care services across the Mt Isa, North West and Lower Gulf regions of Queensland.

Our multi-disciplinary team comprises GPs, Registered Nurses, Aboriginal Health Practitioners/Workers, Midwives, visiting Allied Health professionals and Medical Specialists and a range of other Workers that support our holistic approach to service delivery.

Gidgee Healing values community participation when planning and delivering our services, to ensure we are meeting the health and wellbeing needs of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

With a service footprint of approximately 640,000 km2, Gidgee Healing has the largest land area of all Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in Queensland.

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12.Position Title: Mental Health Professional

Employment Status:                    Full time

Salary Range:                              Pending qualification and years of experience (base salary $71,895 – $85,800), 5 weeks annual leave (17.5% leave loading), professional development allowance, superannuation, salary packaging available

Reports to:                                  Allied Health Team Leader – Senior

Positions supervised:                 Nil

Location:                                     Mount Isa – will require some travel to other remote communities across the North West and Lower Gulf of Carpentaria region

Download PD_ Mental Health Professional_Allied Health PD July 2017_v1

13. Position Title: Physiotherapist

Employment Status:                    Full time

Salary Range:                              Pending qualification and years of experience (base salary $71,895 – $85,800), 5 weeks annual leave (17.5% leave loading), professional development allowance, superannuation, salary packaging available

Reports to:                                  Allied Health Team Leader – Senior

Positions supervised:                 Assist with supervision AHA

Location:                                     Mount Isa – will require some travel to other remote communities across the North West and Lower Gulf of Carpentaria region

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14 : Position Title: Podiatrist

Employment Status:                    Full time

Salary Range:                              Pending qualification and years of experience (base salary $71,895 – $85,800), 5 weeks annual leave (17.5% leave loading), professional development allowance, superannuation, salary packaging available

Reports to:                                  Allied Health Team Leader – Senior

Positions supervised:                 Assist with supervision AHA

Location:                                     Mount Isa – will require some travel to other remote communities across the North West and Lower Gulf of Carpentaria region

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PD_ Podiatrist_Allied Health PD July 2017_v1

15. Position Title:  Psychologist

Employment Status:                    Full time

Salary Range:                              Pending qualification and years of experience (base salary $79,000 – $95,000), 5 weeks annual leave (17.5% leave loading), professional development allowance, superannuation, salary packaging available

Reports to:                                  Allied Health Team Leader – Senior

Positions supervised:                 Nil

Location:                                     Mount Isa – will require some travel to other remote communities across the North West and Lower Gulf of Carpentaria region

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16. Miwatj Health NT Senior Social and Emotional Well Being Therapeutic Clinician 

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation is the regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in East Arnhem Land, providing comprehensive primary health care services for over 6,000 Indigenous residents of North East Arnhem and public health services for close to 10,000 people across the region.

Miwatj Health aims to improve access to integrated, culturally responsive and safe mental health and drug and alcohol services that holistically meet the social and emotional well being and mental health needs of the population in the East Arnhem region.  We  are seeking enthusiastic, dedicated and an appropriately qualified senior therapeutic clinician to fill a role within our organisation.

Our Values

  • Compassion care and respect for our clients and staff and pride in the results of our work.
  • Cultural integrity and safety, while recognising cultural and individual differences.
  • Driven by evidence-based practice.
  • Accountability and transparency.
  • Continual capacity building of our organisation and community.

In this role you will be responsible for working collaboratively with members of the Social and Emotional Well Being (SEWB) team, and the Manager, Mental Health to contribute to the development and delivery of the Miwatj SEWB model.

Key Responsibilities include;

  • Demonstrated experience in working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations or environments and fully embrace the concept of Aboriginal Community Control
  • Experience in delivering (culturally adapted) Focused Psychological Strategies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Deliver culturally adapted evidence based therapeutic interventions that value and build upon traditional indigenous knowledge
  • Contribute to a coordinated approach for the prevention, assessment, early intervention, referral and shared care arrangements for common mental and behavioral disorders, including alcohol and drug use disorders
  • Develop and articulate a Miwatj SEWB Model that includes the promotion of strong SEWB, screening, self-referral and early intervention for common mental health disorders (including alcohol and drug use disorders) as part of comprehensive primary health care. This includes the development of mental health care plans, clinical pathways, case management, and clear referral pathways and processes
  • Develop clinical governance structures and processes to support the delivery of culturally-adapted evidence-based therapeutic interventions to address common mental health disorders, including alcohol and drug use disorders, as part of comprehensive primary health care
  • Ensure Therapeutic Work complements and works in an integrated way with the existing medical and social/cultural support streams of care
  • Effectively manage a team of two clinicians to deliver, articulate and promote the SEWB Miwatj Model

To apply for this role you must be either a registered Clinical Psychologist, Registered Psychologist, Mental Health experienced Social Worker, or Mental Health experienced Occupational Therapist and be eligible to work in Australia.

For further details please refer to the Job Description.

This is a full time position with benefits and an attractive salary commensurate with experience. The position is Darwin based and will involve regular travel throughout the Miwatj region (locally based and subsidised accommodation may be negotiated).

Applications close 11 October 2017.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

17. Wuchopperen Health Service Cairns  : CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

• Focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

• Primary and Allied Health Care – Established Services

• Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation

• Cairns and Outreach Locations

Wuchopperen Health Service Limited is a community controlled organisation delivering holistic primary and allied health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns and surrounding districts. Wuchopperen Health Service’s vision of improving quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples underlines our commitment to providing high quality, safe and coordinated care for our people.

Wuchopperen is seeking a motivated and appropriately experienced CEO to deliver inspirational leadership and continue to drive our strategic aims to fully develop our organisations potential, enhance our capability and continue to expand the key role we already play within our community, now and into the future.

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the successful applicant will oversee an established organisational structure comprising of Clinic, Allied Health, Community and Mental Health Services, a Child and Family Centre along with Corporate Support.

The CEO will provide clear direction in the effective coordination of our various health services and programs, and funding related activity. In addition, the CEO will be responsible for facilitating corporate governance responsibilities and working closely with and alongside the Board, and providing oversight of Wuchopperen’s ongoing strict adherence to relevant Accreditation and Funding compliance standards.

This role presents an outstanding opportunity for a suitably inspired and credentialed Indigenous professional, to oversee the ongoing success and continual improvement of our organisation in accepting responsibility for the following key areas: Board Governance, Compliance and Coordination

• Leadership and Management of the Executive Team

• Strategic Management and Planning within a Competitive Health Market

• Budget, Finance, Risk Assessment and Funding

• Representation and Advocacy of Wuchopperen

• Local, Regional and National Stakeholder Engagement

• Business Development and Revenue Enhancement

Please submit your application, including a cover letter and resume, to Jenny Hall at jenny@mjsp.com.au.

 

18. Congress Alice Springs Chief Operating Officer at the Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre (CAAHSC)

  • Base salary: $158,554 – $183,085 (p.a)
  • Total effective package: $188, 192 – $220,310 (p.a)
  • Full-Time Maximum Term 3 year contract

The Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre (CAAHSC) is a partnership of 12 organisations from across the Territory including the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress), to establish a health research centre. The CAAHSC is a construct around innovation in regional health that brings together Aboriginal health services, the Alice Springs hospital and leading research and education institutions under a virtual centre of excellence. The centre has a focus on Aboriginal health, remote health and primary health care in a regional context, with another key focus to translate research into outcomes on the ground. The CAAHSC is an exciting collaborative, and it will be at the forefront of some incredible research and Congress is the leading partner.

The Centre is one of only two consortia nationally to be recognised as a Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) by Australia’s peak funding body for medical research, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Centre is seeking a Chief Operating Officer who is interested in making a genuine contribution to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

The Chief Operating Officer provides direct strategic and governance support to the Executive Committee of the Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre (CAAHSC) and manages the day to day operations of the CAAHSC.

Alice Springs offers a unique lifestyle in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Australia. It is within easy reach of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and a host of other world heritage sites.

As well as a wonderful lifestyle and rewarding work, Congress offers the following:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Six (6) weeks annual leave
  • 9.5% superannuation
  • Generous salary packaging
  • A strong commitment to Professional Development
  • Family friendly conditions
  • Relocation assistance (where applicable)
  • District allowance

For more information on the position please contact Chief Medical Officer – Public Health, Dr John Boffa (08) 8951 4401 or 0418 812 141 or email john.boffa@caac.org.au.

Application close: MONDAY 2 OCTOBER 2017.

*Total effective package includes: base salary, district allowance, superannuation, leave loading, and estimated tax saving from salary packaging options.

Contact Human Resources on (08) 8959 4774 or vacancy@caac.org.au for more information

To apply for this job go to: http://www.caac.org.au/hr& enter ref code: 3748736.

19. Congress Alice Springs : WOMENS HEALTH NURSE

Full-time, Fixed Term 2 Year Contract based in SANTA TERESA

  • Base Salary: $98,982 – $106,314 (p.a)
  • Total Effective Package: $121,757 – $129,934 (p.a)*
  • Female Identified Position

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) has over 40 years’ experience providing comprehensive primary health care for Aboriginal people living in Central Australia. Congress is seeking a Women’s Health Nurse who is interested in making a genuine contribution to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

The Women’s Health Nurse works within a multi discipline team to provide culturally appropriate women’s health services and health promotions to Aboriginal women and children 0 – 8 weeks of age living in Santa Teresa.

This position participates in the after hour on call roster for medical emergencies. All after hour call outs are accompanied.

Central Australia offers a unique lifestyle in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Australia. It is within easy reach of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and a host of other world heritage sites.

As well as a wonderful lifestyle and rewarding work, Congress offers the following:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Six (6) weeks annual leave
  • 9.5% superannuation
  • Generous salary packaging
  • A strong commitment to Professional Development
  • Family friendly conditions
  • Relocation assistance (where applicable)
  • District allowance and Remote Benefits

For more information on the position contact Clinic Manager Jason King on (08) 8956 0911 and Jason.King@caac.org.au

Applications close: SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017

*Total effective package includes: base salary, district allowance, superannuation, leave loading, and estimated tax saving from salary packaging options.

Contact Human Resources on (08) 8959 4774 or mailto:vacancy@caac.org.aufor more information. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

For more information about jobs at Congress visit www.caac.org.au

To apply for this job go to: http://www.caac.org.au/hr & enter ref code: 3736373.

 

Identified Position is under Section 9A of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Job Applications close 20 September 2017

 

20-25  : Wurli-Wurlinjang Health NT 6 positions

If you are considering applying for a position with us, we encourage you in the first instance to review the position profile of the vacancy you are interested in. This will assist you in understanding the role you are interested in and will provide details in relation to the position responsibilities and other criteria applicants should consider addressing in their application.

All applications must contain the following as a minimum:

  • completed employment application form
  • current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a cover letter which provides a clear and concise overview of your ability to meet the requirements of the role.
  • a minimum of two referees (names, positions and telephone contact number) preferably one current and one past supervisor

Note: Applications who are successful must have the ability to satisfactorily complete a Criminal History Check and obtain a Working with Children Card.

Applications may be forwarded using our online Employment Application Form OR by emailing the Human Resources team at hr@nullwurli.org.au

View all details of these Wurli current vacancies HERE

20.Wurli-Wurlinjang Family Partnership Program (WWFPP) – Various Positions

21.Program Coordinator _ Strong Indigenous Families (FDV)

22.Strong Indigenous Families. Positions include: Counsellors/ Therapists, Case Managers & Community Engagement Support Officers (FDV)

23.Mental Health Professionals

24.Registered Aboriginal Health Practitioner

25.General Practitioner

 

 

26. National Health and Medical Research Council 2017 – 2018 Indigenous Internship program

 
 
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is pleased to invite eligible applicants to apply to the Indigenous Internship program.
The Indigenous Internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain insight into the work of the NHMRC, as well as to enhance their educational experience through practical work experience.
An internship with the NHMRC provides:
·         exposure to government processes and requirements in relation to funding health and medical research
·         experience in developing guidelines, identifying and promoting resolution of ethical issues
·         exposure to mechanisms and challenges of disseminating and increasing uptake of knowledge
·         better understanding of the rationale for, and demands of, public administration and accountability
A limited number of paid placements for internships are available in our Canberra and Melbourne offices.
 
Eligibility
To be eligible you must be:  enrolled in an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree in a health or medical research related field; able to work independently and as part of a team; and can provide evidence to confirm that you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
 
Applications for the 2017-18 Indigenous Internship Program close on Friday 29 September 2017.
To find out more please see our Indigenous Internship Information, which details eligibility and selection, as well as the terms and conditions of the program.
If you have any questions, please contact the Indigenous Employment Coordinator TJ Oberleuter on 02 6217 9530.

27 – 37 JOBS AT IUIH Brisbane

IUIH and its members are constantly looking for healthcare workers, GP’s, allied health professionals, medical and health related students to fill short or long term vacancies within their growing operations.Current job opportunities are listed below:

Website HERE

+ Team Leader – Home Support (Hervey Bay) Full Time On going + Manager, Family Wellbeing Services + Business Intelligence Analyst / Developer + Regional Optometrist + Registered Nurse – Full Time Ongoing + Exercise Physiologist, Full Time On going Based at Windsor + Exercise Physiologist – Hervey Bay / Cherbourg – Full time, Fixed Term + Indigenous Outreach Worker (CTG) Bundaberg Full Time Fixed Term

38 .Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW  CEO

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW is currently seeking a motivated and highly experienced CEO to lead AH&MRC to a new level of sustainable growth and success.

Working directly with the Board of directors, AH&MRC’s personnel and funding bodies, this role will suit a candidate who has experience working within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), has a strong commitment to serving the interests of indigenous people and is a motivational leader with a focus on strategic planning.

The purpose of the AH&MRC is to lead the Aboriginal Health Agenda in NSW for improved policies, programs, service and practices.  Ensure that Aboriginal knowledge informs decision-making processes and support, strengthen Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to build sustainability within the Health Sector.

This is an Identified Position. 

Essential Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated experience working in a CEO capacity including the functions of a Company Secretary or as an Executive/Senior Manager in Aboriginal health sector or public health of no less than 5 years.
  2. This vacancy is an identified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander recruitment under Part 22, section 22.9 of the AH&MRC Constitution. Applicants for this role must satisfy the Aboriginality criteria. Aboriginality is defined by decent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such. In your response to this criteria, you will need to provide information on how you satisfy the Aboriginality criteria.
  3. Demonstrated track record of successful leadership and experience working with board of directors identifying areas of risk and opportunities for growth.
  4. Demonstrated experience of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector as well as health issues, including social determinants affecting Aboriginal peoples’ health status in contemporary Australian society.
  5. A decisive leader, capable of making efficient and effective decisions to positively affect organisational success and highly committed to promoting the welfare of the workplace from a financial, cultural and competitive market policy environment.
  6. Demonstrated experience in networking/liaising with the Aboriginal community, ACCHSs, government departments and non-Government organisations.
  7. Excellent written communication skills that demonstrate your ability to prepare and present reports, briefs and general routine correspondence.
  8. A policy response exercise.

How to Apply:

To receive a copy of the Recruitment Information Package for more information and the selection criteria, please contact HR via email or telephone.

Please send your completed application as per instructions in the Recruitment Information Kit to the HR Department either via post or email.

The selection criteria must be addressed for your application to be considered. 

For a confidential conversation please contact Human Resources (Gordana Agic) on (02) 9212 4777 or mailto:gagic@ahmrc.org.au

39. GP Vacancies: Full time and Part time Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation Grafton and Casino

Are you a General Practitioner who has thought about being part of the effort to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes??

Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation (BNMAC) is a Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Service situated in Grafton and Casino, providing a full range of general practice services and Primary Health Care to the Community members of the Clarence and Richmond Valley’s.

BNMAC is recruiting General Practitioners to be based in Casino, NSW. Full time (35 hours per week) and part time options available with no on-call requirements.

The salary package may be negotiated as either wages or a combination of wages and percentage of receipted income. Staff members of BNMAC are eligible to access salary sacrifice.

The General Practitioner is required to provide culturally appropriate comprehensive primary health care services to clients of BNMAC.

Minimum Credentialing criteria for GP’s:

  1. Bachelor of Medicine or an Australian/Overseas equivalent recognised by the Australian Medical Council
  2. Current unrestricted registration as a General Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  3. Hold relevant professional indemnity insurance
  4. Evidence of Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or vocational registration.
  5. Evidence of completion of previous triennium requirements and active participation in continuous education recognised by the RACGP Quality Assurance and Continuous Professional Development (QA & CDP) or ACRRM Professional Development Program (PDP).
  6. Details of all past and continuing health care related employment and particularly that in General Practice.

Appointment is subject to a current Drivers Licence and a NSW Working with Children’s Check clearance. Further information on the Working with Children Check is available at http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check

Clinical:

  1. Provide holistic approaches to health that include case conferencing and care planning for patients with chronic diseases.
  2. Be responsible to the Chief Executive Officer for provision of General Practitioner services to Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation clients.
  3. Attend outreach visits when required under the instruction of the Executive Officer and in conjunction with a local Aboriginal Health Worker.
  4. Work collaboratively and co-operatively with a range of other health providers within the organisation and the Aboriginal community.
  5. In collaboration with other staff members, develop and undertake programs and tasks appropriate to family medicine, preventive medicine and primary care in the community and health education, incorporating the following:
  • Health assessments of children and adults
  • Chronic disease care plans
  • Women and men’s issues
  • Otitis Media and seasonal infections in both children and adults
  • Ante natal and post natal care
  • Diabetes management and other vascular health issues, perform ECGs
  • Treatment of minor lacerations
  • Geriatric and mental health
  • Arranging specialist services for clients as required and ensuring that these services are recorded.
  • Examining, diagnosing and developing treatment plans for patients
  • Treating the medical needs of both emergency and general patients to an optimum level without discrimination or bias
  • Understanding the practice principles of Infection Control
  • Ensuring, promoting and motivating patients in the general area of health, and contributing to community health.
  • Providing clinical leadership for staff in relation to meeting the health needs of the local Aboriginal community.
  • Medical consultations with clients of BNMAC are to be undertaken with due consideration of cultural respect and sensitivity.
  • Participation in Healthy for Life Program activities, Nutrition Program and other programs run by BNMAC staff.

Additional duties required:

  • Provision of in-service education to staff members as required
  • Participation in general staff and clinical staff meetings
  • Participation in accreditation and quality assurance activities undertaken by BNMAC.
  • Participate in Asbestos health screening activities
  • Abide by BNMAC policies and procedures
  • Work within the applicable NSW Work Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Advise the Chief Executive Officer of any local health needs and special programs to address these.
  • Establish liaison with local health agencies and personnel; attend meetings relevant to health needs of the Aboriginal Community as directed.
  • Utilise the client management software system and other associated systems to identify care needs, initiate recalls and care plans and ensure that client records are maintained accurately and meet all legal obligations.
  • Experience or interest in Indigenous Primary Health would be beneficial.
  • Provide clear advice to administration about Medicare items for claiming.

For further information please contact:

Mr Scott Monaghan 02 6644 3500

Please send applications attention Scott Monaghan at info@bnmac.com.au

40 . Office Practice Manager : Port Augusta, SA Pika Wiya Health Service

Link to apply: http://applynow.net.au/jobs/92120

About the Organisation

Established in the early 1970’s, Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation provides culturally appropriate, comprehensive primary health care services, social support and training to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The organisation operates from its premises in Port Augusta and also has clinics at Davenport, Copley and Nepabunna communities. Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation also provides services to the communities of Quorn, Hawker, Marree, Lyndhurst and Beltana.

About the Opportunity

Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (Pika Wiya) now has a full-time opportunity for an experienced Office Practice Manager to join their team in Port Augusta, SA.

In this role, you will be primarily responsible for the provision of specialised clerical, patient transport, and administrative services within the clinical/administrative team.

You will also work closely with the clinic supervisor, medical practitioners, and other organisations to ensure accurate medical claiming and billing and to organise placements.

To be successful in this role, you must have demonstrated experience in a similar position, training in Communicare, and a tertiary qualification in Business Administration or equivalent.

You will be an effective leader with the ability to nurture a team environment and conduct day-to-day business within the practice using tact, diplomacy, and empathy for others. As such, you will display exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and have the ability to work under pressure.

It is crucial to this role that you have previously worked in an Aboriginal organisation or community or have an understanding of appropriate cultural practices.

About the Benefits

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a competitive salary circa $68,129 – $71,278 (commensurate with skills and experience) plus super and generous salary sacrificing benefits.

You will also receive access to a mobile phone and study leave options!

 41. Senior Rural Medical Practitioner : Port Augusta, SA: Pika Wiya Health Service

Link to apply: http://applynow.net.au/jobs/89148

About the Organisation

Established in the early 1970’s, Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation provides culturally appropriate, comprehensive primary health care services, social support and training to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The organisation operates from its premises in Port Augusta and also has clinics at Davenport, Copley and Nepabunna communities. Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation also provides services to the communities of Quorn, Hawker, Marree, Lyndhurst and Beltana.

About the Opportunity

Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (Pika Wiya) now has a full-time opportunity for a Senior Rural Medical Practitioner to join their team in Port Augusta, SA.

Reporting to the Medical Director, you will be responsible for the provision of high-level primary health care, ensuring continuity care for individuals, and for prevention programs for the population.

This will be done primarily through the Port Augusta clinic (bulk-billing clinic) – servicing a combination of booked and walk in clients – and also by visiting a remote clinic once a month.

To be successful in this position, you will hold an AHPRA recognised medical degree including general or specialist registration and a Medicare Australia Provider Number.

You will also have demonstrated experience working in a medical practice and have the ability to provide high-quality clinical skills in a rural general practice. Additionally, you must have a good knowledge of the Australian health system and the Medicare billing system.

It is crucial to this role that you have a good understanding of Aboriginal community and health and be willing to involve yourself in the community.

About the Benefits

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive base salary of $225,000 plus super.

You will also be eligible generous salary packaging, up to$16,000 through Maxxia, to increase your take home pay!

Pika Wiya is also willing to negotiate relocation assistance and accommodation subsidies for the right candidate.

Make a real difference to the health and well-being of a vibrant community – Apply Now! 

 

 

Email jon@mjsp.com.au

Phone # 07 3839 1233

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