NACCHO Press Release : Aboriginal Health and #NTRC Download : The NT Govt. must work with #ACCHO’s in true partnership on Royal Commission recommendations

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The extent of this over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people compared with all other children and young people compels a special Aboriginal led response.

The Northern Territory Government must now sit down with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to work in true partnership on the implementation of the recommendations.”

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO) have the greatest coverage across the Territory and work with Aboriginal children, young people and families everyday on child protection and youth justice system prevention and early intervention support.”

NACCHO Chief Executive Officer Ms Pat Turner

Download the Report : The Report of the Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory was tabled in Parliament on 17 November 2017.

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) calls on the Northern Territory and Australian Governments to work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations on the implementation of recommendations of the Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory released today.

It is clear from the report that the current system of detention in the Northern Territory is failing our children and young people, leaving many more damaged than when they entered. The system of detention is punitive, harsh, and not in keeping with modern rehabilitative standards. We also know that the child protection system in the Northern Territory is letting down children and their families and is inextricably linked to youth justice issues.

Aboriginal children and young people living in the Northern Territory are overwhelmingly impacted with ninety four per cent of children and young people in detention being Aboriginal.

Ms Turner called on the Northern Territory Government to show national leadership in responding to the recommendations, “The Northern Territory Government has a unique opportunity to lead the rest of the nation in developing a children and family centered public health approach to youth justice and child protection, responsive to Aboriginal people needs.”

NACCHO acknowledges the young people and their families who shared their stories of trauma and survival and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations that supported them.

“I particularly want to acknowledge the work of Danilla Dilba, led by Ms Olga Haven, in providing evidence based submissions to the Northern Territory Government and the Royal Commission to inform their considerations,” said Ms Turner.

“Danilla Dilba has also provided immense support to families and young people to share their own stories and experiences throughout this time, as well as ongoing health and wellbeing services to Aboriginal people across the top end.”

It is now time for the Northern Territory Government to take full responsibility and lead a change by working with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations on the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations

Background briefs

Link to briefing documents:

 

Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into protection and detention systems of the Northern Territory has revealed systemic and shocking failures

Fundamental reform is needed to end approaches that continue to fail children, families and the community

The closure of the current Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, a new Children’s Court, implementation of an early intervention family support program and a Commission for Children and Young People are key elements of a comprehensive reform program aimed at restoring the failed detention and child protection systems in the Northern Territory.

Increasing the age of criminal responsibility to 12, closing the High Security Unit at Don Dale, improving the youth justice system including the approach to bail, only allowing children under 14 to be detained for serious offences and new models of secure detention are also proposed.

The Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry has found shocking and systemic failures occurred over many years and were known and ignored at the highest levels.

Children and young people were subjected to regular, repeated and distressing mistreatment in detention and there was a failure to follow the procedures and requirements of the law in many instances.

The detention system failed to comply with basic binding human rights standards in the treatment of children and young people and the Commission has found that children were denied basic needs, such as water, and that isolation continues to be used punitively and inconsistently with the Youth Justice Act (NT).

The child protection system has failed to provide the support needed to some children in care to assist them to avoid pathways likely to lead into the youth justice system, and the Northern Territory Government has failed to comply with the statutory requirements that all children in out of home care have timely care plans.

“The Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments were right to commission this Inquiry and what we have found vindicates their decision,” said Commissioner Margaret White AO and Commissioner Mick Gooda.

“These things happened on our watch, in our country, to our children.

“The time for tinkering around the edges and ignoring the conclusions of the myriad of inquiries that have already been conducted must come to an end.

“Only fundamental change and decisive action will break the seemingly inevitable cycle we have found of many children in care continuing to progress into the youth justice system and detention.

“Perpetuating a failed system that hardens young people, does not reduce reoffending and fails to rehabilitate young lives and set them on a new course, is a step backwards.

“The failures we have identified have cost children and families greatly, they have not made communities safer and they are shocking.”

In detention, the Commission has found that:

  •  youth detention centres were not fit for accommodating, let alone rehabilitating, children and young people
  •  children were subject to verbal abuse, physical control and humiliation, including being denied access to basic human needs such as water, food and the use of toilets
  •  children were dared or bribed to carry out degrading and humiliating acts, or to commit acts of violence on each other
  •  youth justice officers restrained children using force to their head and neck areas, ground stabilised children by throwing them forcefully onto the ground, and applied pressure or body weight to their ‘window of safety’, being their torso area, and
  •  isolation has continued to be used inappropriately, punitively and inconsistently with the Youth Justice Act (NT) which has caused suffering to many children and young people and, very likely in some cases, lasting psychological damage.

In child protection, the Commission has found that:

  •  the Northern Territory Government has failed to comply with the statutory requirements that all children in out of home care have timely care plans
  •  there is a major shortage of available foster and kinship care placements
  •  Territory Families and its predecessors failed to provide the support needed to some children in care to assist them to avoid pathways likely to lead into the youth justice system, and
  •  the Office of the Children’s Commissioner is under-resourced to perform its full range of statutory functions in relation to the care and protection of vulnerable children in the Northern Territory.

To address the failed child protection, youth justice and detention systems, the Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry have recommended wide ranging reforms including:

1. Closing the current Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and High Security Unit.

2. Raising the age of criminal responsibility to 12 and only allowing children under 14 years to be detained for serious crimes.

3. Developing a 10 year Generational Strategy for Families and Children to address child protection and prevention of harm to children.

4. Establishing a network of Family Support Centres to provide place-based services to families across the Northern Territory.

5. A paradigm shift in youth justice to increase diversion and therapeutic approaches.

6. Developing a new model of bail and secure detention accommodation.

7. Increasing engagement with and involvement of Aboriginal Organisations in child protection, youth justice and detention

“Our recommendations are based on best practice and the proven experience of other jurisdictions that have experienced the same problems. They have taken bold steps and delivered paradigm change that has improved outcomes for children, families and communities.

“We recognise some of what we are proposing marks a profound shift from past practice in the NT. But it is necessary as what has been relied upon to date has and continues to simply fail the entire community.

“Increasing the age of criminal responsibility to 12, making greater use of diversion, ending detention for children under 14 unless there are exceptional circumstances and changing the model of secure detention are the bold but essential actions that must be taken if communities are to be safer and children protected.

“If no action is taken the financial cost to the Northern Territory will remain unsustainable in the short term, with detention costs rising from $37.3 million in 2016-17 to $113.4 million in 2026-27, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

“Conversely, changing the current approach to youth justice and detention as we recommend is estimated conservatively to deliver savings of $335.5 million by 2027.

“Human costs dwarf financial considerations and if no action is taken these will continue to escalate beyond the already unacceptable levels that are seen in the Northern Territory.

“The tragic conclusion we have drawn is that not only have the systems failed to address challenges faced by children and young people, that have in some cases made the problems worse.

“We now hope that both governments commit to a new course for child protection and detention based on our recommendations and the evidence that supports them,” said Commissioner White and Commissioner Gooda.

1. Key Detention recommendations in summary

The Northern Territory Government close the current Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and within three months report on the program for that closure.

  • Immediately close the High Security Unit at the current Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.
  • Prohibit the use of tear gas, and continue to prohibit the use of spithoods and the restraint chair.
  • Prohibit force or restraint being used for the purposes of maintaining the ‘good order’ of a youth detention centre or to ‘discipline’ a detainee.
  • Prohibit isolation for the purposes of behaviour management or punishment, and that isolation be permitted only in certain circumstances, such as to protect the safety of another person or restore order but only after all reasonable behavioural or therapeutic options have been attempted.
  • Prohibit extendable periods in isolation beyond 24 hours.
  • Investigate alternatives to strip searches, such as body scanners, pat down searches or metal detectors.
  • Retain CCTV footage for at least 12 months.
  • Introduce video and sound recording, in the form of body-worn video cameras, in youth detention centres.
  • No child under the age of 14 years be ordered to serve detention unless they have been convicted of a serious and violent crime against a person, present a serious risk to the community, and the sentence is approved by the President of the proposed Children’s Court.
  • The powers of the Commission for Children and Young People to be expanded to allow free and unfettered access to detention facilities, children and young people in detention, people who work with them and documents and records in the possession of the department.
  • Ensure that an initial health risk assessment of any young person in detention take place within 24 hours of admission.
  • Implement monthly medical checks for those in secure detention and provide specialist drug and alcohol treatment to detainees after release if needed.
  • The Commonwealth enable the payment of Medicare benefits for medical services provided to children and young people in detention in the Northern Territory, and ensure that supply of pharmaceuticals to children and young people in detention in the Northern Territory is provided under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
  • Design, develop and construct a new model of secure accommodation.
  • Ensure that the selection criteria for a youth justice officer include demonstrated experience working with vulnerable young people, that youth justice officers be required to obtain a Certificate IV in Youth Justice in the first 12 months of their employment, and they be required to participate in induction training before commencing work in youth detention centres.
  • Develop an integrated, evidence-based throughcare service to deliver adequate planning for release of young people from detention.
  • Appoint a female youth justice officer in each youth detention centre as a ‘Girl’s Officer’, who is responsible for monitoring female detainees’ access to education, training, recreation, health and facilities.
  • Ensure that staff members working in education in youth detention are appropriately qualified to conduct special education.
  • Tutors proficient in major Aboriginal languages deliver at least once a week a literacy program in Aboriginal language.
  • Transfers over long distances to or between detention centres should be conducted by air transport. If transfers occur by road, sufficient breaks (including toilet breaks) should be given and drinking water must always be available to the detainee.
  • Only transfer detainees to an adult facility with the approval of a Judge.

2: Key Child Protection recommendations in summary

The Northern Territory Government:

o commit to a public health approach to child protection and the prevention of harm to children

o establish consultation procedures with the sector, organisations and communities

o carry out prevalence, needs, service mapping and service referral studies (the studies) to gather information about the needs of children, families and subpopulations, and what services are currently available to meet those needs

o create and maintain a Services Register containing information about the services available in communities

o establish an early support research unit, which would implement a research agenda relating to risk factors, service needs and evaluated outcomes, and

o develop and implement an outcomes and evaluation framework.

Develop a 10-year Generational Strategy for Children and Families.

Establish a network of no fewer than 20 Family Support Centres, their location to be based on information gathered in the studies and specified in the Generational Strategy for Children and Families, to:

o provide services to and support families and children

o help families understand the child protection system

o act as Recognised Entities, and

o act as an entry point in a dual pathway model.

Amend legislation to enable organisations that are qualified and meet relevant criteria to participate and advise in child protection matters and be heard relation to a proceeding about a child.

Only use residential care as a therapeutic placement option for children with complex behavioural needs or disabilities, in accordance with therapeutic care criteria.

Phase out the current model of purchased home-based care over a 24 month period.

Develop a strategy to address the current backlog of overdue investigations.

Develop and implement a campaign in conjunction with Foster Carers Association NT, current carers and other relevant organisations to recognise the contribution of existing foster and kinship carers, draw attention to the current shortage of carers and encourage people in the Northern Territory, particularly in remote areas, to apply to become carers

Review the financial support provided to carers in the Northern Territory.

Work with Aboriginal organisations to implement a joint program dedicated to increasing the number of Aboriginal foster and kinship carers, using community awareness and individualised community engagement.

Ensure that quality respite care is available to foster and kinship carers.

Improve access for children and young people in out of home care to effective rehabilitation and counselling services including the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Ensure that all young people between aged 15 and 18 have leaving care plans in compliance with the relevant legislation.

Develop a new accommodation service model which meets the specific needs of young people leaving out of home care to live independently. The service should be responsible for finding and securing acceptable accommodation for all young people who have left care and be available to those young people until they are 25 years old.

Undertake further research in the Northern Territory to understand the characteristics and needs of children and young people who have been in both out of home care and detention.

Ensure that child protection caseworkers

o have regular face-to-face contact with any child in detention who is also under care and protection orders

o monitor the wellbeing of children in detention and ensure that their needs are being met, and

o be involved in transition planning for a child in detention from the time of their entry into detention, in consultation with detention staff, key stakeholders and the child.

Establish a Crossover Unit employing specialised case managers employing with training in supporting children in child protection and youth detention contexts, who are to provide flexible and dynamic support personalised to children in the crossover group who experience both out of home care and detention.

Establish a Commission for Children and Young People, with jurisdiction for all children and young people in the Northern Territory.

3. Key youth justice recommendations in summary

Raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years.

Within the police, establish a specialist, highly trained Youth Division similar to New Zealand Police Youth Aid.

Expand the role of Aboriginal Community Police Officer to include the position of Youth Diversion Officer.

Ensure all police officers involved in youth diversion or youth engagement be encouraged to hold or gain specialist qualifications in youth justice and receive ongoing professional development in youth justice.

Amend the law so that a child or young person must not be interviewed by police until they have sought and obtained legal advice and assistance, or after exercising their right to silence.

Amend legislation to remove the restriction on police consideration of diversion.

Ensure that all police cells are made suitable for detaining children.

Ensure that appropriate facilities are available in Alice Springs for girls or young women who need to be held on remand.

Introduce a custody notification scheme requiring police to notify a lawyer from an appropriate legal service as soon as a child or young person is brought into custody.

Amend the bail legislation so that a child or young person is not denied bail unless:

(a) charged with a serious offence and a sentence of detention is probable if convicted

(b) they present a serious risk to public safety

(c) there is a serious risk of the youth committing a serious offence while on bail, or

(d) they have previously failed to appear without a reasonable excuse.

Provide bail support services for children and young people in Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Nhulunbuy, together with other such locations as are appropriate, which include the following features:

o accommodation services in small homelike residences, and

o bail support plans developed with a specialist youth worker, covering education, employment, recreation and sporting goals.

Establish a separate court venue in Alice Springs for proceedings under the Youth Justice Act (NT) and Care and Protection of Children Act (NT) as a matter of urgency.

Establish a Children’s Court, which is independent of the Local Court, to hear and determine matters currently within the jurisdiction of the Youth Justice Court and the Family Matters Division of the Local Court.

The new Children’s court will have a President appointed by the Executive Council and who has extra judicial powers and functions modelled on those conferred on the President of the Children’s Court in NSW.

Ensure that all legal practitioners appearing in a youth court be accredited as specialist youth justice lawyers after training in youth justice which includes child and adolescent development, trauma, adolescent mental health, cognitive and communication deficits and Aboriginal cultural competence.

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : @LowitjaInstitut #Disability #NDIS Research opportunities Closes 27 November

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  ” The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC) is seeking applications for research projects under the theme of ‘Understanding disability through the lens of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – challenges and opportunities’.

The research questions identified for funding are part of the Institute’s Community Capability and Social Determinants of Health program, and build on its current work. The work includes the positive impacts of cultural determinants, gender, and relationships on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (for further details see www.lowitja.org.au/research-programs).”

Please note that applications may only be submitted by Lowitja Institute CRC Participant Organisations. Applications close 27 November 2017

Regional and remote communities background added by NACCHO for discussion

 ” We argue that two schemes may emerge under the NDIS “one in urban areas with robust markets, and a second (lesser) scheme subsidised by government in rural and remote areas that continues to offer little choice.”

Attention should be focused on the way that the NDIS works in remote and regional areas, and how to ensure that government subsidised care (which may prevent people with disability from being forced to relocate) remains of good quality and continues to offer choice and control to people with disability in remote and regional areas, many of whom are Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.”

Eleanor Malbon and Gemma Carey write in The Mandarin see Part 2 Below:

Funding

 While other institutions may partner in the research team, if successful, the Research Activity Funding must be administered by a Participant Organisation (the Administering Institution).

The Lowitja Institute recently held a workshop comprising of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with lived experience of disability, as well as policymakers, disability organisations, researchers, and advocates.

Background and literature scan

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disability was identified as a high priority at a meeting of the combined Lowitja Institute Program Committees in December 2016. This priority covers all research program areas of the Institute, aligning closely with the social determinants of health program, particularly in the realm of agency and control at all levels for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability are often further disadvantaged by experiences of systemic and ongoing racism and ableism. Current government policies, particularly the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), are driving significant change by re-defining interactions and relationships between services and clients. This climate adds to the uncertainty and complexity of an already challenging reality for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability.

Below is a summary of themes and issues that are particular to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with a disability:

Five research questions were identified as key research priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a disability. More information is available in the overview document below.

Question 1

How are disability services and supports delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability?

– What type of supports are available (formal or informal)?

– What is the composition of the workforce (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff /non-Indigenous staff)?

– What is the value in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations delivering disability services? What lessons can be taken from these to mainstream services?

Question 2

What are the lessons that can be learned from past and/or current supports and services that have attempted to shape the lives of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with a disability?

– What were their outcomes?

– What impact has this had on self-agency and individual control over one’s life?

Question 3

How do we support the agency and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability?

– What are past and current cases of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability that demonstrate agency and leadership?

– What external factors have shaped their contribution or roles?

– How can these stories be shared?

Question 4

What are the concepts of health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability?

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– What are their expectations, aspirations and definitions of success?

Question 5

How can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ values and knowledges be optimised and inform a policy system for people with a disability?

Research aim

To understand how disability intersects with broader health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Objective

Understanding the enablers and barriers that exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability.

 

Please note that applications may only be submitted by Lowitja Institute CRC Participant Organisations.

While other institutions may partner in the research team, if successful, the Research Activity Funding must be administered by a Participant Organisation (the Administering Institution).

Apply

Resources

Part 2 Discussion Paper added by NACCHO Originally published The Mandarin and CROAKEY

Eleanor Malbon and Gemma Carey write:

The NDIS has the potential to secure gains in health and wellbeing for thousands of Australians living with disability, but this can only be achieved with careful attention to the inequities that arise in the scheme. The NDIS has been beset with implementation issues due to a rushed implementation that has been noted by the Productivity Commission, amongst others.

New research, supported by the NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Disability and Health, shows that the use of the NDIS market to enable choice and control for people in the NDIS is vulnerable to unequal distribution. As the NDIS is structured, choice and control is reliant on the ability for participants to have new and better service providers to choose from. However the rushed implementation means that the danger of ‘thin markets’ – areas with only one or two providers of a disability service – is acute.

The NDIS is not one market, but rather a set of markets in different geographic locations, meaning that the health of markets in regional and remote areas is not reliant on market performance in cities. Markets in remote and regional communities are most at risk of becoming thin markets:

“Thin markets are also susceptible to market failure, where no new providers enter the market place due to high costs of entry or lack of business prospects, and existing providers are challenged by being paid retrospectively for business, gaining the necessary breadth and depth of expertise and business costs running higher than the funds collected via individuals.” (Carey et al., 2017).

The Productivity Commission’s position paper on costs in the NDIS also discusses the dangers of poor implementation for market failures. The Productivity Commission lists the groups that are mostly likely to experience persistently thin markets as people:

  • living in outer regional, remote and very remote areas
  • with complex, specialised or high intensity needs, or very challenging behaviours
  • from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
  • who have an acute and immediate need (crisis care and accommodation).

These are the people for whom the NDIS will not enable equitable access to choice and control of services.

Indigenous people may have to relocate from their homelands

Alarmingly, by analysing past documents the new research found that the original blueprint for the NDIS by the Productivity Commission (written in 2011) explicitly states that Indigenous people with complex needs will have to relocate from their communities – and geographical connections to kin and country – in order to receive care in metropolitan areas where the service market is stronger:

“…the diversity and level of care and support available in major cities cannot be replicated in very remote areas. In some cases, Indigenous Australians with complex needs will have to move to regional centres or major cities to receive appropriate care and support (as is also the case with non-Indigenous Australians)”

For the design of the NDIS to call for the relocation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities from their country and communities is unacceptable in terms of health equity and fairness.

If the goal of the NDIS is to offer empowerment to Australians with disability through increased choice and control there must be a recognition that not all individuals will have access to robust or well functioning markets.

Our research notes that there is the suggestion that the federal government may provide continued block funding, contracts, or be a provider of last resort in areas that are facing thin markets or market failure.

We argue that two schemes may emerge under the NDIS “one in urban areas with robust markets, and a second (lesser) scheme subsidised by government in rural and remote areas that continues to offer little choice.”

Attention should be focused on the way that the NDIS works in remote and regional areas, and how to ensure that government subsidised care (which may prevent people with disability from being forced to relocate) remains of good quality and continues to offer choice and control to people with disability in remote and regional areas, many of whom are Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.

 

*Eleanor Malbon is a faculty member at UNSW Canberra in the Public Service Research Group. On Twitter @Ellie_Malbon Dr Gemma Carey is an National Health and Medical Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer at UNSW Canberra in the Public Service Research Group. On Twitter @gemcarey

This article was first published on November 8, 2017, at The Mandarin

*Eleanor Malbon is a faculty member at UNSW Canberra in the Public Service Research Group. On Twitter @Ellie_Malbon Dr Gemma Carey is an National Health and Medical Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer at UNSW Canberra in the Public Service Research Group. On Twitter @gemcarey

This article was first published on November 8, 2017, at The Mandarin

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

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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 Children’s Health :Boosting early learning for Indigenous children

Nov 15

“There’s no doubt there’s a high level of adversity in remote communities,”

There are multiple risk factors for children, including parental wellbeing, alcohol and drug use, mental health issues, poverty and overcrowding.

Cumulatively these all contribute to the poorer social-emotional, health and economic outcomes experienced by far too many Aboriginal people.

There is an opportunity to lay down neural pathways in that critical period under three, when we see the most prolific brain development.

It’s a real opportunity not just to promote optimal development, but also to ameliorate some of the risks disadvantaged children face.”

Early childhood learning is one obvious area for investment but governments need evidence says Dr Anita D’Aprano from the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.

Originally Published HERE   By Catriona May, University of Melbourne

NACCHO has published over 270 articles Aboriginal Children’s Health in the past 5 years

And yet, despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits of early childhood education and intervention, some Indigenous children have missed out on the developmental tools used routinely with the rest of the population.

Spotting the gap

Dr D’Aprano, a paediatrician who works with children with developmental difficulties, first noticed the disparity while on sabbatical in the Northern Territory.

The ASQ-TRAK tool is empowering for parents, who report feeling proud of their children’s achievements. Picture: NT Department of Education

“The standard screening tool used predominantly by child health nurses to pick up developmental difficulties in young children was not being used for Aboriginal children living in remote settings,” she says.

One of the developmental screening tools commonly used in Australia is the Age and Stage Questionnaire (ASQ-3).

It helps understand how children under five are developing their communication skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, ability to interact socially and how they problem solve.

It is designed to detect developmental difficulties before they present at school, so children who need extra support receive it as early as possible.

“The available developmental screening tools were deemed inappropriate for Aboriginal children in remote communities – but nothing was being used in their place. So there was no formal way of identifying children in those communities who needed extra support,” says Dr D’Aprano.

Motivated to change the situation, Dr D’Aprano resigned from her job in Melbourne and signed on for a PhD at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.

The result is the ASQ-TRAK – a culturally adapted version of the mainstream questionnaire, modified for Aboriginal children living in remote communities.

It is already being used in the Northern Territory and Western Australia and currently being trialled in South Australia.

Modifying the questionnaire

Working initially with two communities in central Australia and North East Arnhem Land, Dr D’Aprano consulted early childhood education specialists, child health practitioners, linguists, cultural experts and Aboriginal leaders to adapt each of the 210 items in the questionnaire.

While the intention of every item remains the same, the adapted questionnaire features very simple English, culturally relevant tasks and illustrations.

The ASQ-TRAK is tailored for Aboriginal people living in remote communities. Picture: Supplied

 

At the 12 month check up, for example, the mainstream questionnaire asks parents if their baby walks beside furniture while holding on with only one hand.

“But a lot of homes in remote communities do not have much furniture,” says Dr D’Aprano. “So we modified the question to ask parents whether their child walks beside chairs or beside people sitting on the ground, holding on with just one hand.”

Other simple modifications included asking families if their child uses a stick to draw in the sand (rather than a crayon), and showing that a threading task could be completed using seeds and string, rather than beads.

The adapted tool has been validated, and feedback from practitioners and parents has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The questionnaire is very practical. It’s not a test, it features everyday activities you would expect a lot of children to be able to do at home. It’s an opportunity for everyone to see the child achieving these skills and parents say they really value being able to see what their child can achieve. They feel proud”

An added benefit, says Dr D’Aprano, is the process empowers parents.

“It’s a way of starting a conversation with parents about how they can promote their own child’s development – rather than it being seen as something separate or only a role for so-called experts.”

Dr D’Aprano went on to collaborate with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Department of Education in the Northern Territory.

One of the programs now using the ASQ-TRAKthe Northern Territory Department of Education’s Families as First Teachers, an early learning and family support program for remote Aboriginal families, with 38 sites.

“They use the questionnaire as a way to understand each child’s developmental needs, and develop individualised learning plans to address those needs.”

Making the case for more investment

“There’s no doubt there’s a high level of adversity in remote communities,” says Dr D’Aprano.

“There are multiple risk factors for children, including parental wellbeing, alcohol and drug use, mental health issues, poverty and overcrowding.

“Cumulatively these all contribute to the poorer social-emotional, health and economic outcomes experienced by far too many Aboriginal people.”

Early childhood learning is one obvious area for investment, says Dr D’Aprano, but governments need evidence.

Her next step is to develop a culturally appropriate standardised tool that measures the effectiveness of early childhood development programs – both for individual children and programs as a whole.

“We haven’t had a culturally appropriate way of looking at outcomes from programs like Families as First Teachers, but we really need to invest in this area.

“When the health dollar has to be spread so thin we have an obligation to make the case for investment in early education, particularly for those children who need it the most.”

Nov 15

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health #JobAlerts #Doctors #Australia2030 This week #Mamu #Yerin #Katungul @DanilaDilba @CAACongress @IUIH_

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1. Mamu Health Service Limited FNQ : Chief Executive Officer

2.Yerin Aboriginal Health Services Inc. Social Worker

3.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program National Manager (Indigenous Identified)

4. Scholarship opportunity, the Australian Hearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Master of Audiology Scholarship

5-13 Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin 8 Positions

14. Senior Rural Medical Practitioner – Port Augusta

15.Nhulundu Health Service : General Practitioner : Gladstone QLD

16. Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community NSW  : Medical Practitioner 

17. Miwatj Health NT Tackling Indigenous Smoking Community Worker

18-26  Congress ACCHO Alice Springs 8 positions

 27-31  JOBS AT IUIH Brisbane

32 . Daybreak Coach Sydney

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1. Mamu Health Service Limited FNQ : Chief Executive Officer

Mamu Health Service Limited is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation with clinics in Innisfail, Tully, Babinda, and Ravenshoe. Our mission statement is:

Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who live in the Great Green Way and Inland Savannah regions to live long healthy lives.”

We are currently recruiting for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to drive our organisation to achieve this vision through our strategic directives.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be accountable to the Mamu Health Service Limited Board of Directors for the leadership, efficient and effective management of the organisation according to strategic directives. The CEO will also be responsible for ensuring the legislative and funding requirements are met including appropriate financial, human resources, infrastructure, continuous quality and service delivery programs are in place to deliver high quality Comprehensive Primary Health Care.

We are looking for someone who has a passion for the promotion of health care within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and is committed to the sustainable and long-term growth of the organisation.

This is a full time position located in the town of Innisfail. The successful applicant will be required to live within the Innisfail community in order to work and collaborate with the Board of Directors, as well as develop a strong network of relationships throughout the health industry and communities.

All applicants must be willing to undertake an AFP Criminal History Check, and must hold a current Blue Card with Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

To apply for this vacancy, a full application package can be obtained from our website on www.mamuhsl.org.au, or please don’t hesitate to contact Jenna Pensini from Human Resource Dynamics on 07 4051 7307 or jenna@hrdynamics.com.au to register your interest.

Please submit your resume and written responses addressing the selection criteria to:

Jenna Pensini – Human Resource Dynamics

jenna@hrdynamics.com.au

Applications close 5.00pm Wednesday 8th November 2017.

Under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, there is a genuine occupational requirement for the incumbent to be of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Descent.

 2.Yerin Aboriginal Health Services Inc. Social Worker

We are an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, you will join a multidisciplinary team where you will provide professional social work services whilst working in a supportive environment. If you are passionate about improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through counselling services for our community experiencing mental health, then we would like you to join our team!

You will provide support, counselling and other intervention strategies to enhance individuals wellbeing.

Contact Jo Stevens 02 43511040 to obtain an application pack before applying

Job Closes 5pm 10th November 2017

Apply here

3.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program National Manager (Indigenous Identified)

  • An excellent opportunity to join one of Australia’s leading international not for profits
  • Permanent, 35 hours per week
  • Melbourne based

Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

The Role

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program National Manager plays a central role in planning, managing and delivering programs and developing strong partnerships with  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program sits within Oxfam Australia’s Program Section and is responsible for setting and delivering on our strategy to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and individuals. The program collaborates with and supports the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to bring change in their lives and communities.

Having worked for more than 30 years to support self-determination, Oxfam Australia is seeking a committed leader to lead the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program’s team in strategy development, program funding, awareness raising and to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

This is an Indigenous Identified role and is part of Oxfam Australia’s commitment to creating a culturally competent and diverse workforce.

We have a number of measures in place to support our Indigenous staff including an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, RAP and cultural protocols.

You will have

The successful candidate will be able to meet the following selection criteria:

  • Experience leading and supporting teams of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, and building culturally strong, high functioning and effective teams
  • High level of understanding of the development and public policy issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, including a proven track record of working effectively with or alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ organisations and movements
  • Demonstrated success in program management supported by strong financial management and administration skills
  • Advanced knowledge of a technical or skill area relevant to Oxfam Australia’s program (i.e.gender, campaigns, advocacy, capacity building)

We can offer you

  • A base salary of $107,720 plus superannuation and access to generous NFP tax concessions (specifically, a salary packaging scheme offering up to $18,450 of your salary tax free)
  • The opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
  • A flexible and supportive workplace with ample opportunities for career progression and development
  • The chance to meet and work with people who are some of the best in their fields

This is an Indigenous Identified role only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and s 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

Appointment to this position will require a satisfactory clearance of a police check and/or Working with Children Check.

Oxfam Australia is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people.

To be eligible for this position, you must have the legal right to work in Australia.

For enquiries relating to this position, please contact Emma O’Brien via emmao@oxfam.org.au

Click on the Apply Online button at the base of the advertisement
Complete the on-line application form and attach three separate documents, cover letter (max 2 pages), CV (max 2 pages) and a response addressing the selection criteria outlined in the ad
Applications close: Friday 17 November at 11pm (AEST)

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4. Scholarship opportunity, the Australian Hearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Master of Audiology Scholarship.

The scholarship, valued at $15,000 over two years, will recognise and support Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the Master of Audiology at Flinders University. Its main purpose is to encourage individuals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background to study audiology and to enter the profession, which we feel is a very worthwhile goal.

Please note: In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must first have gained admission to the Master of Audiology, through the normal competitive entry process.

Applications for the Master of Audiology for the 2018 intake close on 6 November 2017.

5-13  Danila Dilba ACCHO Darwin 8 Positions

1 Aboriginal Health Practitioner (AHP) / Registered Nurse
2 Transport Officer
3 Team Leader, Deadly Choices
4 Manager – Marketing and Communications
5 Team Leader, Mobile Unit
6 Community Support Worker (AOD)
7 Indigenous Outreach Worker (Palmerston)
8 Clinical Psychologist

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14. Senior Rural Medical Practitioner – Port Augusta

 

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!

15.Nhulundu Health Service : General Practitioner : Gladstone QLD

 General Practitioner

(Full time positions based in Gladstone)

Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation Inc. (“Nhulundu”) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service delivering an integrated, comprehensive primary health care service to the whole Gladstone community.

Services include; bulk billing GP services, chronic disease management program, diabetes education, health promotion programs, mums and bubs clinic, aged care and community support service functions.

The position is responsible for providing best practice comprehensive primary health care. Leadership in the safety and quality of clinical services delivered by the health team. Optimising uptake and income generation across the service through MBS billings

This is an exciting opportunity to join an enthusiastic and committed team and make a direct impact on improved health outcomes in the community.

  • Competitive Salary Package – including salary sacrifice
  • Well Balanced working environment – Hours = Monday – Friday 8.30 – 5.00pm

Key Requirements include

  • Qualified Medical Practitioner, holding unconditional current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Eligible for unrestricted Medicare Provider Number
  • Vocational Registration preferred
  • Knowledge, understanding and sensitivity towards the social, economic and cultural factors affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health; An ability to communicate and empathise with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

You will be supported by a team of dedicated clinic staff including Registered Nurses Aboriginal Health Workers, the Tackling Indigenous Smoking team, Dietician/Diabetes Educator, Medical Receptionist, Practice Manager and visiting Specialists and Allied Health providers

Enquiries and Applications (Resume) can be addressed to:

Karen Clifford – Business Service Manager:

By Email: jobs@nhulundu.com.au

By Phone: 0428 228 851

 

 

 

 16. Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community NSW  : Medical Practitioner 

 

 

Katungul ACCMS is an Aboriginal Community controlled corporation providing community and health services to Aboriginal Australians located in the South Coast of NSW. Katungul has recently been recognised for its excellence in business in the Eurobodalla and Far South Coast NSW Business Awards.
The role will involve working with a multi disciplinary team of health workers and other staff to provide culturally attuned, integrated health and community services on the Far South Coast of New South Wales.
Applicants will ideally be fully accredited as General Practitioners with experience working in an Aboriginal Medical service. However other General Practitioners  who do not meet this criteria will be considered.
Remuneration and terms of employment will be negotiated with the successful candidate(s).
Enquries should be directed to Chris Heazlewood, Human Resources Manager on 02 44762155 or by email chrish@katungul.org.au

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MEDICAL PRACTITIONER October 2017

17. Miwatj Health NT Tackling Indigenous Smoking Community Worker

Job No: MHAC19
Location: Ramingining
Employment Status: Part Time
No. of Vacancies: 2
Closing Date: 30 Dec 2020

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.

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Are you reliable, self-motivated and hardworking? Do you want to make a difference to Indigenous health? You will work with individuals, clients, families and communities to help quit tobacco use. You will deliver and promote healthier life choices and encourage smoke free behaviour. You will report to the Coordinator TIS on progress and issues. You will need to maintain confidential client information, have the ability to speak and understand Yolngu Matha and have a good understanding of Yolngu kinship and traditional systems.

You must have a current NT Class C Drivers License and a current Ochre Card (or the ability to obtain one).

Click here for Job Description

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

18-26 Congress ACCHO Alice Springs 8 positions

Thank you for your interest in working with Congress!

CONGRESS HR Website

We have two types of applications for you to consider:

General Application

  • Submit an expression of interest for a position that may become available.
  • This should include a covering letter outlining your job interest(s), an up-to-date resume and three current employment referees.

Applying for a Current Vacancy

  • Applying for a specific advertised vacancy.
  • Before applying for any position general or current please read the section ‘Job App FAQ‘.

TRANSPORT OFFICER

Hourly Rate: $22.78 + 25% casual loading

Location: Alice Springs | Job ID: 3696530| Closing Date: 01 Dec 2017

GENERAL PRACTITIONER – ALICE SPRINGS

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) has over 40 years’ experience providing comprehe …

Location: Alice Springs | Job ID: 3677297| Closing Date: 30 Dec 2017

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS

Multiple Positions Available

Location: Alice Springs | Job ID: 3683459

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST- CLIENT SERVICE ROLES

Client Service Officer     …

Location: Alice Springs | Job ID: 3672944| Closing Date: 31 Dec 2017

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST- CLINICAL ROLES

Location: Alice Springs | Job ID: 3672893 | Closing Date: 31 Dec 2017

 

27 – 31 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:

 

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32 . Daybreak Coach Sydney

Team: Clinical

Hours: 7 am – 1 pm (Monday to Friday)

Location: Sydney HQ, with extensive opportunity to work remotely

Salary: $50,000 + superannuation + entitlements

Role: Daybreak Coach

We are a tech charity focused on building software that supports people to change their relationship with alcohol. We support the largest community in the country focused on this social problem and we continue to grow rapidly.

Our product, the Daybreak app, offers live text-based coaching alongside a supportive community and science-based exercises.

What is a Daybreak Coach?

A Daybreak Coach is a person that helps our members uncover and operationalise health related goals, build and maintain motivation, and identify barriers to overcome them; all of these with a focus on changing a member’s relationship with alcohol and enhancing wellbeing.

Daybreak Coaches are experienced and trained in our process of changing people’s relationship with alcohol. They do not limit conversations to alcohol consumption, but do not explore topics more suited to therapy or completely unrelated to alcohol behaviour change. When these topics come up, a Daybreak Coach will facilitate the right kind of support for our members.

Daybreak Coaches are not there to supplant crisis lines or clinics. When possible they will endeavour to direct members to this kind of support, but are not equipped to deliver it.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain ongoing chat conversations with Daybreak members from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday;
  • Respond to coaching requests in a timely manner;
  • Deliver proactive coaching invitations to members based on our pre-defined scenarios;
  • Administrate Daybreak “experiments” for our members;
  • Deliver feedback for continuous improvement;
  • Assist in the creation of scripts, guidelines, proactive scenarios and conversation prompts.

Suitable candidates will possess:

  • Regulatory framework requires a Certificate IV in Mental Health, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol, Social Work, or related fields;
  • At least 3 years experience in AOD behaviour change;
  • Excellent written english;
  • Organised and effective, capable of maintaining multiple clients in ongoing conversations;
  • Warmth and empathy;
  • Comfortable working at the fringe of mental health intervention technology.

Some of our benefits:

  • Be part of shaping the next chapter for Australia’s most unique charity;
  • Flexible, family friendly workplace;
  • Tax free salary options as a Health Promotion Charity (PBI) up to $15,900pa;
  • Generous remote working options;
  • Competitive, externally benchmarked salaries.

Contact Details: Chris Raine, CEO – chris@hellosundaymorning.org

CV and cover letter

 

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1- 2  : Galambila and Werin ACCHOs :Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie Project Coordinator Suicide Prevention / Aboriginal Health Support Worker – Mental Health Project 

3. GP : General Practitioner :  Bega and Narooma, NSW

4. Nganampa Health Council :Mental Health Nurse (Remote Area)

5. Gidgee Healing Aboriginal Health Worker

6-10 : Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (CKAHSAC)

11.Aboriginal Coordinator -Aboriginal Quitline Program

12.General Practitioner | Remote Aboriginal Health Service NT

13– 32 Employment at Miwatj Health NT Nurses Health Workers etc

  33. Mulungu ACCHO QLD Tablelands : GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

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1- 2  : Galambila and Werin ACCHOs :Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie Project Coordinator Suicide Prevention / Aboriginal Health Support Worker – Mental Health Project 

 

Who we are:

Galambila is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service located in Coffs Harbour, NSW.   Werin is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service located in Port Macquarie, NSW.

Galambila Aboriginal Health Service and Werin Aboriginal Corporation are collaborating on suicide prevention programs in the region.  The new project will identify improved access pathways for the Aboriginal community, to culturally safe mental health services in the Mid North Coast. This project will identify sustainable skills, structures, systems and develop resources to support, improved mental health service access for Aboriginal people.  The project will work with a panel of experts to define the scope of the project including identifying existing suicide prevention strategies, and identifying existing support services.  The project will include detailed and in-depth analysis of strategies and services to enhance further collaboration and coordination of care to minimise gaps in mental health and / or suicide prevention support and service delivery for Aboriginal people.

The role will be required to travel regularly between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.  The home location will be negotiated with the preferred candidate.

1. Project Coordinator Suicide Prevention 

The Project Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate the delivery of the project to enhance the capacity of Aboriginal people to engage in mental   health and/or suicide prevention services.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and communities to enhance the capacity of service providers and the health system to improve access for Aboriginal people and deliver culturally competent mental health and/or suicide prevention services to Aboriginal people
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to pilot new models of, or approaches to, mental health services/ suicide prevention services for Aboriginal people to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or efficiency of these models/approaches to achieve service integration and improved access to stepped care options across the service spectrum.

Your role responsibilities:

  • Undertake comprehensive stakeholder engagement in the community ;
  • Manage all aspects of a project;
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders and service providers to build their cultural competency to effectively deliver culturally appropriate Mental Health and / or suicide prevention services and programs to Aboriginal clients and community members;
  • Provide secretariat support to the panel of experts;
  • Undertake evaluation and analysis of projects and services.
  • Provide supervision, leadership, and management for one direct report; and
  • Provide advice and assistance to Galambila AHS and Werin Aboriginal Corporation team members.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • have demonstrated ability to manage projects, plan workloads, identify resource requirements and deliver outcomes against defined objectives;
  • have extensive community and stakeholder engagement skills;
  • have well developed communication skills including the ability to be sensitive, and respectful of Aboriginal Community members affected by suicide;
  • have demonstrated ability to undertake analysis and evaluation of programs and services.

More details on the role responsibilities and the Selection Criteria can be obtained from the application pack.

Application packs can be obtained by emailing your request to Jane at mailto:HR@Galambila.org.au or Jen at Jen.Cook@Galambila.org.au.  Alternatively you may obtain directly from the Galambila website.

Applications will close 5pm Tuesday, 12 September 2017

 

2. Aboriginal Health Support Worker – Mental Health Project 

As the Aboriginal Health Support Worker – Mental Health Project you will be responsible for supporting the Project Coordinator implement and deliver the Mental Health Access Improvement Project by:

  • Supporting the delivery of consultation and stakeholder engagement to enhance the health of Aboriginal people primarily focusing on the mental health access improvement project;
  • Reviewing the social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginal clients and identifying existing resources, services, service delivery structures, and the accessibility of services against these needs; and
  • Supporting the service delivery improvements that focuses on social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal clients and community members.

Your role responsibilities:

  • Support the comprehensive stakeholder engagement in the community;
  • Provide project support to the Project Coordinator ;
  • Work closely with the project coordinator in the delivery of building service providers cultural competency to effectively deliver culturally appropriate Mental health and / or suicide prevention services and programs to Aboriginal clients and community members;
  • Support the evaluation and analysis of programs and services.
  • Provide recommendations and advice on the health care needs of Aboriginal clients and community members;
  • Work closely with the project coordinator to develop, implement and evaluate programs, resources and activities relating to Aboriginal health and wellbeing, illness and distress, including provision of education and information on health care issues to clients, community groups and organisations.

To be successful in the role you will

  • have a proven ability to build rapport with community members, clients and other stakeholders;
  • have extensive knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal traditional culture and history;
  • Ability to function in a multi-disciplinary team; and
  • Proven ability to prepare a variety of types of documentation including briefing notes, reports, and correspondence.

More details on the role responsibilities and the Selection Criteria can be obtained from the application pack.

Application packs can be obtained by emailing your request to Jane at HR@Galambila.org.au or Jen at Jen.Cook@Galambila.org.au.

Alternatively you may obtain directly from the Galambila website.

How to apply?

To submit your application for this role you will need to provide:

  1. Applicant details form;
  2. Your current resume;
  3. A cover letter highlighting your experience in project management and community engagement.

Applications will close 5pm Tuesday, 12 September 2017. 

For more information, opportunity to discuss the role or to submit your application please contact Jane Lennis or Jen Cook By phone: 02) 6652 0850

Email: mailto:HR@Galambila.org.auor mailto:Jen.Cook@Galambila.org.auDrop in: Corner of Harbour Drive and Boambee Street, Coffs Harbour

3. GP : General Practitioner :  Bega and Narooma, NSW

Closing Date: 16 Feb 2018
  • Multiple positions available with dynamic and growing organisation!
  • Attractive remuneration circa $200,000 – $250,000 plus a range of benefits, including generous salary packaging options!
  • Enjoying working in NSW’s stunning south coast! 

About Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services

Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services (KACCMS) is a not for profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) providing culturally attuned, integrated health and community services on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. The organisation’s vision is that all Aboriginal people on the Far South Coast live fulfilled lives and reach their potential. Katungul seeks to achieve this by reducing access barriers, delivering high-quality services with a continuous improvement focus, fostering community ownership, operating from a strengths-based approach and based on a kinship model of care.

About the Opportunity

KACCMS now has multiple opportunities for full-time General Practitioners to join their Clinical Team in Bega and Narooma, NSW.

Working under the direction of the CEO, you will ensure the highest standards of medical care for Aboriginal clients. This will include providing culturally appropriate clinical care, overseeing clinical conditions and requirements, and community health promotion and education activities to improve health status.

You must exhibit solid clinical experience and hold full, current Specialist APHRA registration – FRACGP or FACRRM or be working towards obtaining FRACGP/FACRRM. Additionally, you are required to maintain your own Professional Indemnity Insurance cover (the amount shall be prescribed by KACCMS from time to time).

KACCMS are looking for candidates with demonstrated experience working within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Organisation. As such, you will have a good knowledge of the issues pertaining to the health of Aboriginal Australians in rural and remote areas.

You will also have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain client confidentiality at all times.

While not essential, teaching skills and an interest in helping the next generation of health professionals plus a desire to improve the health and welfare of Aboriginal Australians will be held in high regard.

Please note: Candidates must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, be willing to consent to a National Police Record Check, be willing to obtain and Working with Children’s Check and hold a current driver’s license.

About the Benefits

In return for your hard work and dedication, KACCMS is offering an attractive salary package of $200,000 – $250,000 commensurate with skills and experience.

Generous salary packaging options are available. Relocation support will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

KACCMS also offer 2 weeks’ study leave in recognition of their commitment to continued education and improvement.

If you are looking for your next opportunity with a fantastic multidisciplinary team and great benefits –

APPLY HERE

4. Nganampa Health Council :Mental Health Nurse (Remote Area) 

Nganampa Health Council is an Aboriginal owned and controlled health organisation operating on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north west of South Australia. Across this area, we operate seven clinics, an aged care facility and assorted health related programs including aged care, sexual health, environmental health, health worker training, dental, women’s health, male health, children’s health and mental health.

When you join Nganampa Health, you are joining a community of primary health care professionals, united by our desire to make a difference. We learn and experience something new every day, and we are supported by the professionalism and spirit of our colleagues and our organisation.

Widely recognised as being an exemplar Aboriginal health service in the country, here at Nganampa Health we understand the power of every small step we make to support the health of our community. We embrace the diversity of our challenge and thrive on the rewards that come with it.

Further information can be found at www.nganampahealth.com.au

At Nganampa Health, our people are our greatest strength.

A fantastic opportunity now exists for a full-time Mental Health Nurse (Remote Area) to join their team. There is a strong preference for the position to be based on the APY Lands, although basing the position in Alice Springs with regular travel to the APY lands is negotiable.

Reporting to the Clinical Services Manager, you’ll be providing mental health intervention, consultancy and liaison to patients with a mental illness on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. 

Clinical work will be a large feature of this hands-on role, thus you must be confident putting your advanced skills into action on a regular basis.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include::

  • Providing clinical services on referral and case coordination where appropriate, together with consultancy and guidance to clinic staff;
  • Providing mental health services within the framework of an integrated primary health care service, utilising a multidisciplinary approach, and promoting and implementing coordinated care for clients;
  • Providing assessment and crisis intervention services, treatment and case management in consultation with Nganampa Health Council Medical Officers and consultant psychiatrists;
  • Coordinating and participating in psychiatrist visits;
  • Orientation, clinical education, up-skilling, mentoring, and other support to registered nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers;
  • Assisting in the ongoing collection of program data and evaluation of mental health services; and
  • Participating in the development of mental health services and programs, contributing to the development and review of policies and protocols.

To be successful, you will be a Registered Nurse with postgraduate qualifications in Mental Health, in addition to having significant experience in the Mental Health field. You’ll be confident in managing your time effectively as you travel to and from communities, putting your working knowledge of contemporary mental health service delivery and primary health care into practice.

You will be hands-on in your work style and excited by the prospect of taking on a true outback position, from changing tyres on your 4WD to providing sensitive one-on-one care to clients.

We are seeking an adaptable and flexible individual who can display the initiative, discretion and cultural sensitivity needed to support and drive the organisation’s objectives and values. You must be able to both communicate and participate effectively within a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary health team.

Candidates who are open to change, accepting of and interested in engaging with Aboriginal people, and comfortable living in a remote environment will be best suited to this position. Previous experience working with Aboriginal communities in a remote setting will be advantageous.

The successful candidate must be willing to undergo a Police Check. A manual driver’s licence is required for this position.

Experience driving a 4WD vehicle is also desirable, however a 4WD training course is provided in your orientation week if required.

Why join the Nganampa Health team.

In return for your professionalism, commitment and care, Nganampa Health brings you a truly unique and satisfying career opportunity.

We offer excellent financial rewards and the chance to develop a remarkable skill set and experience a different side to Australia. But most importantly, we empower you to make a difference on the frontline of primary health care for Indigenous Australians.

As a Mental Health Nurse at Nganampa Health, you will receive an excellent remuneration package of approximately $140,000 in cash benefits, plus non cash benefits estimated at $36,970 will be offered.

The range of benefits include:

  • Annual district allowance;
  • Furnished rent-free housing;
  • Penalty & leave loadings and overtime entitlements;
  • Free electricity and subsidised internet and telephone access;
  • Relocation assistance (negotiable);
  • Generous leave provisions: 6 weeks annual leave, 3 weeks recreation leave, 3 weeks sick leave and 2 weeks study leave!
  • Annual airfares; and
  • Salary sacrificing options to greatly increase your take home pay by up to $16,000!

To help you embrace the challenge, we provide a true learning culture, professional processes and unrivalled support for you and your patients. Join us and become an integral part of our close, collaborative staff community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Please note: Applications will close at 5.00 pm, Friday 1st September

APPLY HERE

5. Gidgee Healing Aboriginal Health Worker

About us:

Gidgee Healing provides a comprehensive and growing range of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the areas of Mount Isa, North West and Lower Gulf of Carpentaria regions. Our core objective is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to improve their health and welllbeing, whilst continually enhancing the quality and scope of care provided.

The opportunity:

The primary function of this position is to provide high quality services including assessment, examination, treatment and case management, along with contributing to the development of models of holistic health incorporating continuity of care.

The Aboriginal Health Workers work within a clinical team environment with the aim of improving the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the provision of comprehensive and culturally valid primary health care services.

The lifestyle:

The Mount Isa region is the gateway to the Outback of Queensland, offers a relaxed and casual lifestyle, with a wealth of camping and exploring, scenic national parks, gorges, as well as top river, lake and open water fishing and recreation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply

To apply online, please click on the appropriate link below. Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please contact Bronwyn Morgan on 07 4743 6681, quoting Ref No. 771351.

6-10 : Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (CKAHSAC)

 

As a Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Service, Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (CKAHSAC) provides a range of culturally safe and high quality services specifically designed to improve the wellness and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

CKAHSAC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring there is no discrimination in the workplace. For further information please visit our website www.ckahsac.org.au

These position will be based with Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation. The successful applicant will be required to undertake duties specified in the Job and Person Specification.

All enquiries and requests for Job Descriptions must be directed to Lee-Ann Miller, Human Resources Coordinator via

Email: Lee-Ann.Miller@ckahsac.org.au  or telephone 8626 2500

How to Apply:

Applications in writing should address the selection criteria contained in the Job Description and include a cover letter outlining your suitability to the position.

Applications should be addressed to: Lee-Ann Miller, Human Resources Coordinator, CKAHSAC, PO Box 314, CEDUNA SA 5690.

CLOSING DATE: 5.00PM ON WEDNESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2017

Please note: Late applications will not be considered.

6.ABORIGINAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER/WORKER – several positions available

  • Aboriginal Health Practitioner/Worker – Connected Beginnings (0 – 4 Years
  • – 12 months with possibility of extension – Subject to funding
  • Aboriginal Health Practitioner/Worker – New Directions (5 – 14 Years)
  • – 12 month employment contract – Subject to funding
  • Fixed Term Contract , subject to funding
  • AHW 4 – salary range $67,635.00 to $70,762.00 per annum
  • Essential – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care qualifications
  • Full Time 1.0 FTEThe position of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner/Worker is to provide flexible, holistic and culturally sensitive health services to clients and community, and to improve health outcomes and better access to health services.

7.Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner – sexual health

8.ABORIGINAL TORRES Strait Islander Health Practitioner/WORKER – Outreach – Female

9.ABORIGINAL TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH PRACTITIONER/WORKER – clinic – MALE

  • Full Time , Up to 12 month contract SUJECT TO FUNDING
  • AHW 4 – salary range $67,635.00 to $70,762.00 per annum
  • Essential – ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH PRACTITIONER Certificate 4 – Sexual Health
  • Essential – ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER
  • HEALTH PRACTITIONER Certificate and/or 4 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care – Outreach – Female and Clinic Male
  • Several position available

The position of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner – Sexual Health is to provide flexible, holistic and culturally sensitive health services to clients and community, and to improve health outcomes and better access to health services.

The position of Aboriginal  and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner/Worker – Outreach – Female and Clinic – Male is to provide flexible, holistic and culturally sensitive health services to clients and community, and to improve  health outcomes and better access to health services.

10.Registered Nurse – Mother’s and Babies Coordinator

Up to 12 month employment contract with a possible extension

RN 2 , Level 1 (Depending on qualifications)

Essential – Register Nurse with a current practicing certificate and a current Immunisationprovider

Full Time 1.0 FTE

The position of Registered Nurse – Mother’s and Babies Coordinator is to provide flexible, holistic and culturally sensitive health services to clients and community, and to improve health  outcomes and better access to maternal women & child health services.

11.Aboriginal Coordinator -Aboriginal Quitline Program

 

We’re passionate about nurturing careers.

We support new innovation and thinking, and openly collaborate and share new ideas. We’re healthy and active in our lives and wellbeing is encouraged at every level.  Our people play an important role in the future of health and healthcare and we believe that working together, we’re stronger.

About Us

Medibank is a leading private health insurer with 40 years of experience delivering better health to Australians. We look after the health cover needs of millions of customers and deliver a wide range of programs to support health and wellbeing in the community.

The Opportunity

Medibank is delivering the best possible smoking cessation outcomes for Aboriginal clients in NSW and ACT on behalf of Quitline, the Cancer Institute of NSW and Healthdirect Australia.

The Aboriginal Quitline Program provides both inbound and outbound calls to Aboriginal clients who are considering smoking cessation. We have a dedicated team of counsellors who provide specific interventions such as delivering one off counselling, focusing on quit planning, supporting with quitting (including managing withdrawal symptoms), providing strategies for relapse prevention and providing outbound milestone checks.

Joining our Relationship Management team, the Aboriginal Coordinator will provide team leadership and program direction in relation to Quitline, specifically focused on the delivery of the program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clients. This is a 12 month maternity leave contract and will be critical in promoting the service & liaising with Aboriginal Health workers & key Aboriginal Health & Community Controlled Services to ensure strong partnerships. The role will have a distinct community focus and will be key in the promotion of the program amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This is a satisfyingly broad role with a range of responsibilities including:

  • Develop and implement Aboriginal Health Community Engagement Strategies for the NSW and ACT Aboriginal Quitline program
  • Foster relationships within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to promote awareness of services by travelling to identified communities;
  • Represent NSW Quitline at Aboriginal Health community events, organising and hosting promotional stalls as required;
  • Lead Aboriginal Advisory Groups with participation from key influencers in Aboriginal health groups to inform service design and the delivery of service improvement initiatives;
  • Lead engagement efforts to increase the variety of services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • Support the development and delivery of cultural education and training across the business and contribute to the Aboriginal Employment Strategy.

About You

You have exceptional communication and stakeholder engagement skills which enable you to build strong and lasting relationships across a range of internal and external stakeholders/clients and community groups. Critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills are your strong suit as is your ability to lead and motivate others to achieve shared goals and objectives. You will also have the following skills and experience:

  • Strong community engagement experience with Aboriginal communities, ideally in health, welfare or similar;
  • Strong delivery focus; project management skills will be highly regarded;

This position will only be open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants – Medibank considers this to be a genuine occupational requirement under the relevant anti-discrimination legislation.

What We Offer

In return for your hard work we offer a range of great benefits. Furthermore, we take the health and wellbeing of our employees seriously, offering flexible working conditions and encouraging well-being at all levels of life.

Medibank is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

A Career at Medibank adds up to more. More achievement. More progress. More passion and more innovation for health.

For a career option that will suit you better, click to apply.

12.General Practitioner | Remote Aboriginal Health Service NT

The Role
Cornerstone Medical are seeking Vocationally Registered Doctor for an exciting permanent position within an Aboriginal Medical Service in the NT. You be will be responsible for providing holistic primary health care services alongside an experienced team of Registered Nurses and visiting specialists.

The Centre
You will work alongside an experienced team of 1 additional GP, 14 nurses, allied health workers, and an experienced support team. The hours of work are 5pmwith no on call or after hours. There is a pharmacy onsite, numerous health programs and visiting specialists weekly.The location
You will be located on the beautiful and untouched coastline of NT; right on the coast. This is an is an indigenous community in one of the largest most remote towns of Australia’s Northern Territory. The renowned fishing town is the major service centre for the population of 2,300 as well as more than 30 outstations or homelands, with a school, health clinic, multiple food outlets, two supermarkets, service station, arts centre, créche and a tarmac airport with daily commercial flights to Darwin.The Criteria 
To be eligible for this position you must meet the following criteria:

  • MBBS
  • Vocational AHPRA registration
  • Interest in indigenous health, Chronic Disease and remote GP work

The Package
On appointment for this position, you will be offered:

  • OTE $240-350,000 per annum including
  • Free Accommodation and full relocation assistance
  • Quarterly return flights to Darwin with accommodation
  • Yearly retention allowance lump sum $35,000
  • Salary sacrificing up to $30,000
  • Professional development allowance and Attraction allowance
  • 4 return trips to Darwin per annum incl accommodation
  • House, vehicle, laptop and phone
  • Indemnity insurance reimbursed
This really is a fantastic opportunity to expand your career in Indigenous Health as a part of a supportive and community focused organisation.  For more information on this or other exciting opportunities please phone Aoife (Eva) McAuliffe today on 07 3171 2929 or email aoife@cmr.com.au
Aoife (Eva) McAuliffe
07 3171 2929

13-32 .Employment at Miwatj Health NT

Miwatj Health offers a wide range of employment opportunities for health and other professionals, in a unique primary healthcare environment.

We offer satisfying career paths for doctors, nurses, Aboriginal Health Practitioners, allied health staff, public/population health practitioners, health informatics specialists, administrative, financial and management personnel.

If you are suitably qualified and are looking for a rewarding and challenging experience in one of the most diverse, beautiful and interesting regions of Australia, we invite you to apply for any of the current vacancies listed below.

All applications for current vacancies must include:

  • a current Resumé,
  • names and contact details of at least two referees, at least one of whom must be a employment referee.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those with links to and knowledge of local communities in the region.

Separately from the list of current vacancies, you may also submit a general expression of interest, with a current Resume, and we shall retain it on file for future reference if an appropriate vacancy arises.

Miwatj strongly prefers that all applications and expressions of interest submit your application via our recruitment platform by clicking the link below.

You may contact HR via recruitment@miwatj.com.au. However, if that is not possible, EOI or resume may be mailed or faxed, to arrive by the closing date, to:
Miwatj Health – Human Resources Department
PO Box 519
Nhulunbuy NT 0881
Fax number (08) 8987 1670

See Website for all details and APPLY

https://miwatj.applynow.net.au/

 33. Mulungu ACCHO QLD Tablelands : GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

The Tablelands region has diverse landscapes including world heritage rainforests, crater lakes, expansive savannahs and wetlands, along with a variety of rural and agricultural farming.

Located in Far North Queensland, west of Port Douglas and Cairns, known as the Gateway to Cape York, Mareeba offers friendly country hospitality and a range of experiences – from the Tableland’s beautiful waters to the Heritage Rainforest there is always something to captivate you.

Mareeba has excellent coffee, wineries, and only 45 minutes from Cairns where city meets country. Local Schools, quality high schools in the area

Work in new 2 storey building, state of art clinical equipment, professional team envrionment. Central to shopping centre, up to date technology. Computerised Medical data bases. AGPAL and ISO Accreditated Practice.

Be part of a multi dimensional profession and friendly team that works with an inspirational Primary Health Care model working in the Mareeba, Kuranda and Atherton areas.

We are a large Health Service with a general clinic, with linkages to Wellbeing and Family Support Services. We have a strong focus on Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease prevention.

We require a:

GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

Full and Part Time with the following qualifications:

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent

Registration with the Medical Board of Queensland or able to apply on acceptance of offer. Fellowship of the RACGP or ACRRM

To commence as soon as possible.

For more information please email Human Resources Manager

EMAIL: hr@mulungu.org.au

NACCHO Aboriginal Children’s Health and #racism : Speech Ms June Oscar AO, Aboriginal Social Justice Commissioner

 

“Australia’s First Peoples have endured an intolerable amount of grief and trauma, which has had a splintering effect on our health and wellbeing for generations. There is no question that racism causes trauma

As a result, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live out our lives overshadowed by ongoing and relentless experiences of trauma.

Cycles of trauma results in lifelong chronic illnesses and health implications for our people. It weighs heavy on all our hearts and if unaddressed, exacerbates drug and alcohol dependence and mental health risks such as anxiety, depression and suicide.[4]

We warn people against drug and alcohol dependence however – society should always be safeguarding against ever creating trauma because it is what is at the root of our public health crisis.

But there are positive practices where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are stepping up to and creating their own responses to social disadvantage and trauma.

Envisioning change, I would like to imagine what children and young people can be and give to the world when they are free from discrimination.

Our children and young people are our future – they are the next generation of leaders and lawmakers for our communities

The nature of the challenge that we face is complex and overwhelming – but for the sake of our children, we must tackle this, one step at a time, one person at a time, one policy at a time.

A voice gives us the ability to do that.”

Selected Extracts Ms June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

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Read all 80 plus NACCHO articles Aboriginal Health and Racism HERE

Jalangurru lanygu balanggarri.
Yaningi warangira ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Boon Wurrung way Wurundjeri yani u.

Good morning everyone.

I stand here today on the lands of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri People.

I acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations, in particular the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the land upon which we meet today and I pay my respects to their elders both past and present, and the generations to come.

I come from the Bunuba people, and Warangarri, my traditional lands in the Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia.

Thank you to Sarah Joseph and your team from the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law for bringing us together and inviting me to speak to you all.

Earlier today, I was reflecting on speaking here at an institute named after the late Ron Castan QC, who was a remarkable man. A steadfast human rights lawyer committed to advancing the rights of Australia’s First Peoples.

As we recently commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Mabo No.2 High Court decision, we cannot forget those who stood by Koiki Mabo and his co-claimants to fight the decade long legal battle which ensued.

I’d like to acknowledge Ron’s wife Nellie and their daughter Melissa who are here today.

Nellie I treasure the memory of your visit to the Kimberley with your late husband a couple of years after the Mabo 2 High Court judgment. Your husband was such wonderful and cheerful company who reached out to all he encountered with his easy going manner and great sense of humour and conversation.

His giant intellect was natural and inclusive and never consciously asserted. Although the judges of the High Court may have had a different view when he argued Koiki Mabo’s case so persuasively.

Role of the Social Justice Commissioner

I address you today as the first Aboriginal woman appointed to the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

Some of you here today may agree with me when I say that women are often the glue holding our communities together, particularly in times of stress.

Like many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, I have multiple kinship and caring responsibilities as a mother, daughter, sister, aunt and as a community leader.

I’d like to take note that this year represents 30 years since the Australian government funded programs and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are beginning to gain their voice in our society and I want to emphasise the importance of our role in weaving families and communities into being.

In our many roles, we have a responsibility, to nurture and grow strong children, to pass on knowledge, mentor our young people, and listen to what the younger generations in our communities have to say about their lives.

While each generation has sought to hold onto their future by addressing the challenges of the time, for far too long, the narrative of our fate has been held in the hands of others. It is now our time, to take hold of our future.

We draw on our strengths, which are centred around our cultural identity, our unwavering connection to our country, our family and kinship, our languages, our song lines and ceremonies.

And we stand on the shoulders of our leaders that have drawn from the same deep reservoir of strength.

As the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, it is my responsibility to report to the Australian Government on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Throughout my five-year term, I will advocate for and promote the great strengths of our peoples across our diverse communities.

We know the strength that comes from our culture and this should be the starting point for many of the challenges that we face. It is what gives us the resilience we need and we know that resilience is the bedrock to combat the pervasive trauma that so many in our communities experience.

We must invest in our most precious possessions – our children. We must invest in their safety, their protection and their quality of life.

Sadly, our children have to be equipped with the tools to combat trauma in a rapidly changing world where the future will bring many complex and perplexing challenges.

Overcoming racism in our society is one of these particular challenges.

Nelson Mandela once said that, ‘the very fact that racism degrades both the perpetrator and the victim commands that, if we are true to our commitment to protect human dignity, we fight on until victory is achieved.’[1]

Human Rights Framework

Under international human rights law, freedom from racism and racial discrimination is a fundamental human right. Australia has an obligation to ensure that children are protected against all forms of violence and discrimination, not least any discrimination that is racially motivated.

In practice, human rights law doesn’t easily translate in our everyday lives – for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people it can seem so unattainable that it becomes an irrelevant concept. During my term as Social Justice Commissioner, I want to make rights real for our people. Our rights are real and tangible. They are not abstract concepts.

In September this year, we commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration was developed by and for Indigenous peoples across the globe and it provides a framework on how to fully realise the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across Australia.

We need to be able to make this framework of human rights law and principle accessible and relevant in the daily lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – there is a need for more rights awareness in our communities, in a language we can understand and has to be translated into tools for people to use.

The language many of us understand is equality and equity – it is language that gives people fair and impartial access to their rights.

Racism/Racial Discrimination

The second article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that:

‘Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.’

Australia has expressed a commitment to upholding the Declaration’s principles.

Imagine what it would be like to instil all our children with a zero tolerance to racism? Can we imagine a celebration of racial diversity where all our children are taught the proud and resilient history of Australia’s First Peoples?

I’d like to imagine this for the sake of our children and this nation.

But first, we have to understand what racism means – it puts a halt to people’s lives, it curtails their futures. When we discriminate based on race the likelihood is that we are destroying someone’s future. We know the outcome of racial discrimination, the more frequently it occurs over time, the more entrenched harm becomes.

It is no secret; Australia’s First Peoples have endured systemic racial discrimination in this country and it is unsurprising that the majority of complaints made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the Australian Human Rights Commission are about racial discrimination.[2]

According to the 2016 Australian Reconciliation Barometer, both perceived and actual experiences of racism have actually increased with almost 40% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians reporting they had experienced verbal racial abuse in the last 6 months.[3]

These experiences can be relentless, numbing even.

We often become so desensitised to the normalisation of social and institutional racism in this country that we do not think to call it out or make a formal complaint over the other priorities of daily life.

And we cannot escape the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience constant exposure to racism, profoundly influencing the education, employment, housing, health and life outcomes for our people.

Unresolved trauma

It is true that there remains much unresolved, unreconciled and unfinished business for our people and this nation.

Australia’s First Peoples have endured an intolerable amount of grief and trauma, which has had a splintering effect on our health and wellbeing for generations. There is no question that racism causes trauma.

The brutal impact of colonisation that has displaced our people, has left a great wake in its path and has had a devastating impact on our communities. The growth of Australian society has established its own structures to maintain this position and brick by brick, has engulfed us. This legacy has left us as aliens in our own lands and lead to much of the structural racism and social disadvantage that we face today.

As a result, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live out our lives overshadowed by ongoing and relentless experiences of trauma.

Cycles of trauma results in lifelong chronic illnesses and health implications for our people. It weighs heavy on all our hearts and if unaddressed, exacerbates drug and alcohol dependence and mental health risks such as anxiety, depression and suicide.[4]

We warn people against drug and alcohol dependence however – society should always be safeguarding against ever creating trauma because it is what is at the root of our public health crisis.

But there are positive practices where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are stepping up to and creating their own responses to social disadvantage and trauma.

A few years ago in my own community of Fitzroy Crossing, a high spate of youth suicides and alcohol related deaths brought about deep sadness within the community – coroner inquests noted that many of these deaths were preventable.

It forced the women within my community to come together. We called for action on alcohol restrictions and we were met with much resistance, but we were determined to make things better for our community.

We had to imagine the long term, permanent healing of the gaping wounds left from alcohol abuse in our community.

We have a vested interest in the survival of our peoples and have to make hard decisions so that our people not only survive, but thrive. We also know that as Indigenous peoples, our contribution to the world is incredibly important.

We sat down with families to understand their needs, built relationships with the local police, with local businesses and government service departments. At the core of any discussion, our strengths as cultural people laid the foundations to overcome these challenges.

While not flawless, our approaches resulted in multipronged engagement across all sectors of the community and the delivery of wrap around services to assist families in need.

Just last week I attended a regional roundtable on alcohol management in the Kimberley and it was a pleasure to see a broader discussion and participation from more stakeholders sitting with the Aboriginal leadership and working through future steps to address this situation at a regional level. This is what is required for greater, lasting impact for change.

Children and Racism

Envisioning change, I would like to imagine what children and young people can be and give to the world when they are free from discrimination.

Our children and young people are our future – they are the next generation of leaders and lawmakers for our communities, they are the artists, scientist, writers and astronauts of tomorrow.

Even though we experience setbacks, our people are achieving great things! We now have over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have been awarded their PhDs, having reached the highest level of academic attainment in the Western system.

We must not lose sight of our positive gains.

We must dream big! Our children are capable of doing all of these things and we better start believing it otherwise it won’t become reality.

Almost 50 per cent of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is under the age of 22. That is a huge demographic coming through. [5]

We know that when a child is given the best start in life, that child succeeds throughout their life.

We all, of course, would like to see our children and young people succeed. It is incredibly exciting to think of what our children can become and about the type of modern and inclusive Australia they will inherit. We have no choice but to get things right!

Child Protection

This year also commemorates the 20 year anniversary of the Commission’s Bringing them Home Report, which highlighted the pain and suffering of the children and families of our Stolen Generations.

The Bringing them Home Report found that ‘between one in three and one in ten Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and communities between 1910 and 1970.’[6]

Many of the descendants from the stolen generation still carry trauma of their removal and time separated from their families with them. Again, these laws are further evidence of the structural racism which has affected and inhibited the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The power of laws to control our movements and the survival and cultural practices of our peoples and the current rates of removals speak to the enduring effect of these policies which have paralysed us.

Knowing what we know now from the Bringing them Home Report, it is almost inconceivable that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children today are being removed at an even greater rate than when the report was released!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are now almost 10 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be in the out-of-home care system and numbers are set to triple by 2035.[7]

This is a national tragedy.

The child protection system is meant to safeguard the rights of children, keep them safe with the best interests of the child being the primary consideration.

I also believe our communities are supposed to be where children feel safe and protected. In this regard, the child protection system has a role in strengthening families and ensuring the cultural security of communities.

If a child is under the protection of child welfare, we need to consider the ways that that child remains connected to their culture, identity and community, rather than be taken away, cut off from the things that may be able to provide ongoing strength throughout their life.

Juvenile Justice

It is sad to say, that the child protection system has become a prerequisite for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to enter the justice system.

Alarmingly, more than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged between 10-17 years are in juvenile detention.[8]

Over the last few years, we have seen increasing numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people with complex behavioral and psychological needs being placed in the child protection and juvenile justice systems.

There are many things we can do now to begin to break this cycle of trauma however what we are dealing with now is not acceptable.

It is my view that these institutions are just not appropriately equipped to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children generally, let alone our children with complex needs.[9]

I have seen this in my own community, working with mothers, their children and families who are dealing with the effects of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder or FASD.

Some of the most vulnerable children in our communities are being exposed to irreparable harm and lifelong effects of trauma. We can prevent this but only if we understand, where it is coming from.

Our children and families need access to therapeutic educational programs to deal with the effects of early life trauma and complex health related illnesses such as FASD.

As our world is rapidly changing, these children will be waking as adults in a very different future. We have to consider giving them a future they deserve and equip them for what the future holds.

We need to end the all too common and disturbing life trajectory of our children – it is imperative that we break the circuit!

I’d like to briefly talk about the plight of a young Aboriginal man, Dylan Voller. Some of you may have seen the Four Corners program which exposed the abuse and neglect of children and young people, including Mr Voller in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Northern Territory.

The centre was previously a maximum-security adult prison, now it’s a maximum-security detention centre for youths – of all youths detained in the Northern Territory, 95% are Aboriginal.

Mr Voller had spent time in the child protection system and had a number of encounters with the law before he found himself in youth detention at the age of 11 years. The majority of his life to date has been spent in youth detention – what seems to be a revolving door for many of our young people that further descends down into a life in adult prison.

The treatment of Dylan Voller and other youth at the Don Dale Detention Centre was the tipping point for our nation.

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has heard appalling evidence of neglect and abuse of youth detainees – from being denied toilet breaks during transportation and having to ‘go’ in their own clothing to being hooded in restraint chairs, the use of tear gas and children being left in solitary confinement, sometimes naked, for prolonged periods.

The purpose of youth detention is to detain and rehabilitate children who have broken the law. These institutions as they currently operate, are simply unable to do what is required to support our young people. We just cannot treat our children with violence and abuse and expect they will become non-violent law-abiding citizens.

As we await the Royal Commission’s findings and recommendations, more stories of prison guards and people in positions of power sexually harming children at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre is distressing and simply unacceptable!

Although I am an optimist at heart, we must have hope and we must not give up demanding the change we need to heal our communities – our families and children.

I am quietly optimistic to hear that Mr Voller, now a young adult, has received a suspended sentence, which, with the right supports, provides him with a chance to grow with opportunities for a better future.[10]

Institutional settings and racism

Though, I do also believe the recommendations in the Bringing them Home report are just as relevant today as they were 20 years ago. There is a resurgence and urgency to implement recommendations made in the past – now.

The Bringing them Home report set national legislative standards for:

  • the placement of Indigenous children in out-of-home care, and
  • for rules to be followed in every matter involving an Indigenous child or young person in the Juvenile justice system.

Despite attempts made over the years to provide some remedy for our kids in these institutional settings, the fact remains, far too many of our children:

  • are being placed with non-Indigenous carers,
  • are being separated from their siblings
  • are losing their connection to their community, country, language and culture and
  • far too many of our children are given custodial sentences for relatively minor offences – such as stealing a toothbrush because they are homeless.

Systemic racism is a major obstacle to addressing these issues and our peoples are tired of the decades of reports and inquiries that have captured the experiences of our peoples only to be left largely not actioned and not implemented.

Importance of healing and education

As I said earlier, our culture is our strength. The best form of resilience we can give to our children is the therapeutic healing which comes from strong identity, our traditional medicines and practices.

I also believe that through education, we can overcome many obstacles.

Self-determined models of education are paving the way for our children. I have heard incredible successes achieved by Aboriginal owned and run schools such as the Murri School in Queensland. They provide a holistic learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families with healing camps and make available daily family support services.

Education can provide a deeper understanding of the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It can foster the development of empathy – to understand what it really means to walk in the shoes of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person in this country.

We do have the power and responsibility as parents and elders to shape the thinking of our children. Their minds are like sponges, they are smart and when given the opportunity, are hungry to learn.

I’d like to encourage you all to be mentors and have high expectations of our children so they are encouraged to achieve and be their best person and so that racism has no place in their lives.

How can we rebuild and strengthen communities? We are beginning to see some education models taking the lead on this approach already. If we transfer the learnings and best practices from education settings to the child protection and youth justice arenas, our children may just have a chance in life.

The Australian Constitution and the Racial Discrimination Act

I’d also like to talk to you today about how the Australian Constitution is an instrument with the potential to both hinder and benefit the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

You don’t need to be a constitutional lawyer to know that the constitution wasn’t written with the inclusion of the First Peoples of this country in mind.

It is hard to imagine the drafters of the Australian constitution were not aware of the active social and political measures working at the time to deny, dehumanise or breed out our mere existence.

For the most part of the last two centuries, we have been oppressed and excluded from wider society – from our own lands, our home. This complete disregard or denial of our existence and the violent history of this nation is often referred to as the Great Australian Silence.

So for some, the constitution reminds us of the living examples of structural racism that frames our existence as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our nation has been reflecting upon the historical achievements of the 1967 referendum half a century ago this year.

50 years ago, our fellow Australians stood alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, united in the desire for change. We know that not enough change has occurred in the subsequent five decades but our nation has an opportunity to complete that journey.

We know we just can’t continue to deny the rightful place Australia’s First Peoples have in this country. Moving forward together is our only option.

I’d like to provide you with a quote from Gularrwuy Yunupingu of the Yolngu people which I believe sums up the spirit by which we should be guided along this constitutional reform journey. Gularrwuy says,

What Aboriginal people ask is that the modern world now makes the sacrifices necessary to give us a real future. To relax its grip on us. To let us breathe, to let us be free of the determined control exerted on us to make us like you. And you should take that a step further and recognise us for who we are, and not who you want us to be. Let us be who we are – Aboriginal people in a modern world – and be proud of us. Acknowledge that we have survived the worst that the past had thrown at us, and we are here with our songs, our ceremonies, our land, our language and our people – our full identity. What a gift this is that we can give you, if you choose to accept us in a meaningful way’ – Gularrwuy Yunupingu[11]

I was at Uluru a few months ago, when our people spoke about the structural changes needed for our nation to come together in a meaningful way – in mutual respect and reciprocity.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart, raises a series of challenges to the Parliament and people of Australia. It calls for:

  • constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country.
  • the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution.
  • a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.

These calls for structural change are not new. For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for these things. Now more than ever, history and the future for our people to be self-determining needs to be set right!

In fact, indigenous peoples across the globe are feeling like this now, that although our desires for a more humane society aren’t new, the urgency to create it is. We have got to find a way to reground ourselves where we are able to pursue self- determination, which is primarily a collective right but it also recognises rights of individuals in pursuing a better life.

The changes made to the constitution in 1967 empowered the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the implied intention that these laws would be for our benefit.

While there are only limited examples, we have seen occasions where the Australian Constitution has served as a powerful instrument in asserting our right to be treated as equal citizens.

Ron Castan himself was adept in arguing for the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to protect Indigenous peoples rights.

In Mabo No1, the High Court had to consider whether Queensland legislation aimed to extinguish the claimed rights of the Meriam people to the Murray Islands, was constitutionally valid.

The High Court agreed with Ron’s argument and found that the Queensland legislation contravened the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act 1975, applying the principle of non-discrimination in the enjoyment of property rights.[12] And without the victory in Mabo 1, the High Court would not have heard Mabo 2.

For the most part, the Racial Discrimination Act has provided a degree of legal protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience racial discrimination. However, it is important to note, the act has been suspended on three occasions at the expense of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – one of those occasions was to enact the Northern Territory Emergency Response – or the Intervention as it has become known, 10 years ago.

Conclusion

For our peoples, emergency responses such as the intervention, inquiries and reports have become a substitute for action and whilst I have real hopes for what recommendations come out of the Don Dale commission, we know that real change requires a generational commitment not bound by political cycles – that works with us to shift how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are currently able to participate in Australian society.

We need structures, schools, safe spaces where we see ourselves reflected back to us, where we are respected, but also where our voices are heard. I don’t mean having a separate society for our peoples but one where we clearly see a place for ourselves in what exists around us. Sadly, many of our people do not see that as a part of their lived reality.

Decades of powerlessness and feeling voiceless have really led to where we have arrived at with the Uluru Statement, and more recently the Referendum Council report recommendations. They are demands from our peoples to finally address the structural racism, which the Australian nation is founded upon – in a way that gives our peoples a permanent say in the matters that affect us.

The nature of the challenge that we face is complex and overwhelming – but for the sake of our children, we must tackle this, one step at a time, one person at a time, one policy at a time. A voice gives us the ability to do that.

On that note I would like to finish with a comment about the legacy of Ron Castan. He was a man of extraordinary integrity and wisdom who understood well Australia’s history and contemporary social and political character. He was someone who, I remember as being a genuine believer in arguing the merits of a case for the benefit of this nation as a whole.

As we enter the serious process of political decision making about the appropriate question that the Australian Parliament decrees should be put to the Australian people at a Referendum about recognising Indigenous peoples in Australia’s Constitution, we should not shy away from being courageous and arguing for the right question.

And we should never underestimate or prejudge the wisdom of the Australian people who we know from the 27th of May 1967 are more than capable of doing the right thing.

Thank you

Theme: Home

The 2017 Human Rights photo competition is now open.

The 2017 photo competition by the Australian Human Rights Commission explores the broad theme of Home, and we’ll showcase here a selection of the best photos you’ve sent us.

The theme is inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home…

About the competition

  • There will be two categories for entries: Under 18 and 18 & over.
  • Overall winners will receive their prizes at the 2017 Human Rights Awards on December 8 in Sydney. A selection of photos from the Competition will also be on display.
  • Prize is a $600 voucher to spend at JB-Hifi, Apple or camera store.
  • The competition will close on 30 September 2017.

If you have a query about the competition, please email photocomp@humanrights.gov.au

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Why the @NRHAlliance needs a new Rural and Remote Health Strategy

 

” The National Rural Health Alliance has been leading advocacy to the Government that it is time to develop a new Rural and Remote Health Strategy, together with a fully funded Implementation Plan. 

In developing its thoughts on the need for a new Strategy and its contents, the Alliance is developing a series of discussion papers, with the first now available – considering the reasons why we need a new Strategy and what has been achieved under the 2011-12 Strategy.”

This paper has been prepared to stimulate discussion on an issue of importance to rural and remote health.

The views and opinions in the paper do not necessarily represent those of the National Rural Health Alliance or any of its Member Bodies.

For  The National Rural Health Alliance’s new own Strategic Plan just released and spanning  the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019

The Alliance intends to focus on seven priority areas including: Improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples;

 See background 2 below

Download 19 page PDF   need-new-rr-health-strategy

How submit comments

Comments on the paper can be directed to

nrha@ruralhealth.org.au .

A new strategy and plan ?

There is no point in continuing to reference a Framework that is not in use and that is deeply flawed (see background 1 below and in download ) . Whatever document replaces the Framework, it must include outcome measures and set indicators to measure progress against the most pressing needs.

And there must be annual reporting against those outcomes to enable jurisdictions to consider how they are progressing and fine tune their responses as necessary.

Ideally, a new National Rural and Remote Health Strategy should be developed with stakeholder input and introduced with a fully funded Implementation and Evaluation plan.

This should include, but not be restricted to, a rural and remote workforce plan – as pointed out throughout this report, the solutions needed to bridge the divide in the health and wellbeing of the city and the bush deserves and requires far more.

We need concrete, on-the-ground actions, which make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities in rural and remote Australia.

The Alliance has been an active participant and co-signatory in the development of previous strategies and plans, and stands ready to fulfil that role again.

We must learn from the past and strive to address the inequity of health outcomes that are experienced by the seven million people living outside Australia’s major cities

Background 1 of 2

The National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health (the Framework) was developed through the Rural Health Standing Committee, a committee of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, and agreed by the Standing Council on Health, the committee of Ministers of Health, in late 2011. It was launched in 2012. The Framework was developed through a consultative process that included significant input from the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) and other rural and remote health stakeholders, including State and Territory governments.

While the Framework can be accessed through the Department of Health website, it is not in use. No reporting has ever been undertaken to present an update on progress, recognition of the range of policies and programs implemented by Commonwealth, State or Territory Governments to address the goals of the Framework, or to examine the effectiveness of the Framework in addressing those goals.

Further, the health workforce strategy developed as a companion document to the Framework – National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action 2011–2015 – is also no longer in use, having been archived when the Health Workforce Agency was disbanded in 2014.

At the time, the Alliance called for a National Rural and Remote Health Plan to be developed to operationalise the Framework, but this never eventuated.

The role of a comprehensive Framework to guide and direct better health outcomes in rural and remote communities is critical. Where players from communities, jurisdictional and private health providers and federally-funded organisations come together to meet the challenges of delivering health services in rural and remote communities, it must be through a shared understanding of the issues and a clear vision for the future.

At the outset, the Framework acknowledged that the people who live in rural and remote Australia “tend to have lower life expectancy, higher rates of disease and injury, and poorer access to and use of health services than people living in Major cities”.

Drawing on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare publication Australia’s Health 2010, the Framework identified key areas of concern with regard to the health of people in rural and remote communities, particularly:

  •  higher mortality rates and lower life expectancy;
  •  higher road injury and fatality rates;
  •  higher reported rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity;
  •  higher death rates from chronic disease;
  •  higher prevalence of mental health problems;
  •  higher rates of alcohol abuse and smoking;
  •  poorer dental health;
  •  higher incidence of poor ante-natal and post-natal health; and
  •  higher incidence of babies born with low birth weight to mothers (in very remote areas).

The Framework does not include data quantifying these concerns. In referring back to Australia’s Health 2010, the data used to describe the health of people in rural and remote Australia is from 2004-2006 – it was already up to six years old at the time the Framework based on it was launched. It is very difficult to plan appropriately to address inequality when data is this out of date.

Perhaps the biggest gap in the Framework is that it does not link the inequities it identifies in rural and remote health generally to the five goals it develops. While this is largely due to a lack of narrative, what this lack of narrative does is lose the unifying rationale for the five goals and how they will work together to make a difference to the inequities identified in the Framework. If this was simply a lack of a coherent narrative to drive the needed policy responses, it may be excusable. But unfortunately, the lack of this coherent narrative has resulted in:

  •  lack of recognition of the need for baseline indicators against which progress can be measured and reviewed;
  •  loss of the connectedness of the goals – at the Commonwealth level we now see rural health reduced to workforce policy responses without a clear understanding of how those responses will actually lead to improvements in health outcomes and the range of health inequities in rural and remote communities; and
  •  undermining one of the most crucial needs underpinning the Framework as a whole – the need for quality and TIMELY data. The lack of good quality, current, data is apparent as soon as you begin to seek answers to the question “what has the Framework achieved?”

In developing this Discussion paper, the Alliance is seeking to undertake a high level, selective assessment using publicly available data to ascertain to what extent progress is being made in addressing health concerns and inequities in rural and remote Australia, referencing back to the goals and outcomes set out in the Framework.

Where related specific programs stemming from the Framework can be identified and their outcomes assessed, this will be included in the discussion. Given there are nine specific issues identified in the Framework and set out in dot point format above, the Alliance will seek information on only three to discuss whether any change in outcomes following the implementation of the Framework can be assessed accurately, and if so, what outcomes were achieved.

Background 2 of 2

The National Rural Health Alliance’s new Strategic Plan has been released and spans the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019.

Download PDF Copy NRHA_Strategic-Plan

It is a high-level document to set directions, priorities and key areas of activities over the coming two years.  It also includes measures of success and effectiveness, identified as process, impact and health outcomes.

The Alliance intends to focus on seven priority areas including:

  • Unlocking the economic and social potential of the 7 million people living in rural and remote Australia;
  • Improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples;
  • Integrating teaching, training, research and development to attract and retain the right workforce;
  • Strengthen prevention, early intervention and primary health care;
  • Developing  place-based, community and individualised local approaches to respond to community needs;
  • Reducing the higher burden of mental ill-health, suicide and suicide attempts; and
  • Securing long-term, sustainable funding  to extend our core work.

These seven priority areas have been strongly influenced by the recommendations coming out of the recent 14th National Rural Health Conference held in Cairns.  Further, these are all areas in which the Alliance believes further efforts and advocacy is required to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and remote Australia.

A common link across all these priority areas is the need for a National Rural and Remote Strategy and associated Implementation Plan. The Alliance will work with members and other stakeholders in the pursuit of such a Strategy and Plan.

The Alliance is currently developing a workplan that will guide specific work streams.

NACCHO Aboriginal Women’s Health #FASD Workshop dates : Development of the National #FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028

The Australian Government Department of Health is undertaking consultations to inform the development of the National FASD Strategy 2018– 2028.

The Strategy will provide a national approach for all levels of government, organisations and individuals on strategies that target the reduction of alcohol related harms relating to FASD, reducing the prevalence of FASD in Australia and provide advice and linkages on the support which is available for those affected by the disorder.

The objectives of the National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028 are:

  • strengthen efforts and address the whole-of-life impacts of FASD;
  • address the whole-of-population issues;
  • support collaborative cross sectoral approaches required to prevent FASD in Australia; and
  • provide information and support those living with and affected by the disorder.

The Department has engaged Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd (Siggins Miller) to undertake the development of the National FASD Strategywhich includes consultation with stakeholders and the development of a national strategy which provides a national holistic approach to reducing the prevalence of FASD; support Australians living with the disorder; guide the activities of individuals and communities as well as all levels of government, the public and research sectors, Not-For-Profit organisations which can adapted and implemented across Australia.

Siggins Miller is an experienced Australian consultancy company providing services for over 20 years in policy and program research, evaluation and management consultancy. The Siggins Miller project team is led by Professor Mel Miller (Director) and Mr James Miller (Senior Consultant).

As part of the consultation process, Siggins Miller will be conducting face-to-face strategy development workshops. There will also be other opportunities to provide feedback including through supplementary telephone interviews and written submissions.

The consultation period will run from 1st July, 2017 and conclude on the 1st September, 2017.

The workshops will be attended by with individuals and organisations working on FASD, individuals and organisations working with people affected by FASD, public health organisations and representatives of State and Territory Departments including: Health, Corrections and Juvenile Justice and Education and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Affiliates.

The workshops will be catered and run from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Face-to-face strategy development workshops will be held in and on:

Sydney: Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Canberra: Thursday August 3, 2017.

Melbourne: Tuesday,August 8, 2017.

Hobart: Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Brisbane: Tuesday,August 15, 2017.

Cairns: Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Perth: Tuesday,August 22, 2017.

Broome: Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Darwin: Tuesday,August 29, 2017.

Alice Springs: Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Adelaide: Monday, September 4, 2017.

Exact addresses of venues are in the process of being finalised and will be communicated to all stakeholder by Siggins Miller in the coming weeks.

It should be noted that due to capacity of venues, spaces to attend the face-to-face strategy development workshops are limited in each location. Invited participants will also be responsible for any costs associated with attending the face-to-face workshop in each location.

Siggins Miller will be in contact with you by email in the coming weeks with an invitation for you to attend one of the face-to face strategy development workshops.

In the meantime, should you have any questionsabout the consultation and written submission process, please contact Siggins Millerby email on fasdstrategy@sigginsmiller.com.au or by phone on: 1800 055 070.

Please note that the 1800 number provided is a message bank service in which you can leave your inquiry, a senior Siggins Miller staff member will endeavour to return your call within 72 hours.

 

 

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #Heartweek : #hypertension – the biggest risk factor for #heartattack & #stroke for our mob

 ” Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who experience and die from cardiovascular disease at much higher rates than other Australians.

What you don’t know can hurt you. Heart disease and strokes are the biggest killers of Australians, and the biggest risk factor for both of them is high blood pressure.

But high blood pressure – known to doctors as ‘hypertension’ – is a silent killer because there are no obvious signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realise they have it. “

John Kelly CEO-National, Heart Foundation see Press release below

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, when compared with other Australians, are:

  • 1.3 times as likely to have cardiovascular disease (1)
  • three times more likely to have a major coronary event, such as a heart attack (2)
  • more than twice as likely to die in hospital from coronary heart disease (2)
  • 19 times as likely to die from acute rheumatic fever and chronic rheumatic heart Disease (3)
  • more likely to smoke, have high blood pressure, be obese, have diabetes and have end-stage renal disease.(3)

This year, the Heart Foundation’s annual campaign, Heart Week, will shine a spotlight on the importance of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure. In particular, the campaign encourages health professionals to get acquainted with the Heart Foundation’s new hypertension guidelines.

The guidelines recommend:

  • that the management of patients with hypertension should also consider absolute cardiovascular disease risk
  • different treatment strategies for individuals at high risk of a cardiovascular event to those at low absolute cardiovascular disease risk even if they have similar blood pressure readings
  • blood pressure-lowering therapy for patients with uncomplicated mild hypertension (systolic BP, 140–159 mmHg)
  • the benefits of lower targets of < 120 mmHg systolic for patients with at least moderate cardiovascular risk (10-year risk, 20%)
  • a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, eating a nutritious diet and regular adequate exercise for all Australians.

Did you know that the Heart Foundation in partnership with NPS MedicineWise has produced a collection of hypertension resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and that health professionals can obtain them for free?

The resources include a flipchart for educational sessions, a patient brochure on high blood pressure and flyers on the following medicines:

  • ACE inhibitors
  • angiotensin receptor blockers
  • beta blockers
  • calcium channel blockers
  • thiazide diuretics.

For more information about high blood pressure and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, see the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource about cardiovascular disease.

John Kelly CEO-National, Heart Foundation Press release

New research by the Heart Foundation, released for Heart Week, has found that of the six million Australians who have high blood pressure, more than 2.7 million have high blood pressure that is not treated at all, and 1.4 million have high blood pressure that is treated but not controlled.

This is a recipe for tragedy for individuals and families, too many of whom will have to cope with sudden death or life-long disabilities. Even in young Australians, high blood pressure can cause serious long-term damage; it is linked to chronic kidney disease, as well as Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The prevalence of uncontrolled high blood pressure is a ticking time-bomb in terms of our already overstretched health system. Each year, heart disease and stroke are responsible for more than 30,000 deaths and $3.1 billion in direct health costs, and their incidence is rising.

At the moment, most people do not realise how crucial blood pressure is to their health. Only seven percent of Australians know that hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease (it causes half of all heart disease deaths), and only two per cent would focus on lowering blood pressure as a way of reducing their heart disease risk. People are much more likely to nominate stress and alcohol as key triggers.

Perhaps surprisingly, the problem of lack of treatment is more common in the cities than in regional Australia. More adults in regional and rural Australia have high blood pressure (39 percent vs 31 percent in the cities). But their city cousins are much more likely to have untreated, uncontrolled high blood pressure (52 per cent vs 37 percent). This might be because people in the regions tend to have more health problems and are more likely to be seeing their GPs regularly.

All adult Australians should have their blood pressure checked by a doctor at least every two years. Every GP should be routinely checking the blood pressure of adult patients who present to them for any kind of problem.

High blood pressure can be managed and controlled.  Your eating patterns, alcohol intake, weight and level of physical activity have a strong influence on your blood pressure.

Many people need to take blood pressure-lowering medicine. You should work closely with your doctor to find the medicine that works best for you.

If you are among the one in 11 Australians who has not had a blood pressure check in the last two years, make that appointment today. Then urge the people you love to do the same. Consider it a heartfelt gift.

Our commitment

The Heart Foundation is a co-signatory to the national Close the Gap campaign. We are committed to improving the life expectancy and quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  No plan or strategy can successfully address these health challenges unless it specifically addresses heart, stroke and blood vessel disease.

For more than a decade, the Heart Foundation has been building knowledge and experience in improving the cardiovascular health of Indigenous Australians.

Our priorities

The Heart Foundation has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to identify the following seven priorities that need to addressed to tackle the unacceptable disparity in health outcomes suffered by the first Australians. The following documents outline how health practitioners can help reduce disparity.

  1. Reduce consumption of tobacco and make healthy lifestyle choices easy (PDF)
  2. Improve early identification and ongoing management of cardiovascular risk factors (PDF)
  3. Improve access to timely and culturally appropriate diagnostic services (PDF)
  4. Strengthen the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic heart disease (PDF)
  5. Improve in-hospital disparities in care for patients experiencing acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (PDF) 
  6. Improve participation in cardiac rehabilitation and ongoing care (PDF)
  7. Improve access and adherence to medication across the continuum of the patient journey (PDF)

More information

References

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2004 05, Cat. No. CVD 29, June 2008.
  2. AIHW: Mathur S, Moon L, Leigh S. 2006. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with coronary heart disease: further perspectives on health status and treatment. Cardiovascular disease series no. 25. Cat. No. CVD 33. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
  3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Heart, stroke and vascular diseases Australian facts 2004. AIHW Cat. No. CVD 27. Canberra: AIHW and National Heart Foundation of Australia (Cardiovascular Disease Series No. 22).

Guidelines, tools and position statements

Source: Heart Foundation and Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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