Aboriginal Health this weeks TOP 30+ #jobalerts @MiwatjHealth @NATSIHWA @CATSINaM


This weeks #Jobalerts

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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


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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 –


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


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.


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


  • Full Time , Up to 12 month contract SUJECT TO FUNDING
  • AHW 4 – salary range $67,635.00 to $70,762.00 per annum
  • 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



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:


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

All references here :

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.


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


  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


NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Alcohol @FareAustralia 2017 annual alcohol poll report released #ALCpoll2017


FARE has released its 2017 annual alcohol poll : Attitudes and behaviours today. The Poll is now in its eighth yearr of publication and explores Australia’s attitudes towards alcohol, drinking behaviours, awareness and experience of alcohol harms, and opinions on alcohol policies.

This year the results of the Poll have shown that Australians are concerned about and impacted by alcohol harm, and they are suspicious and deeply cynical about the alcohol industry.
Key findings include:

• 81% of Australians believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol-related illness, injury, death, and related issues (up from 78% in 2016).

• 44% of Australian drinkers (five million Australians) consume alcohol to get drunk (up from 37% in 2016).
• 92% of Australians think that there is a link between alcohol and family and domestic violence.
• 68% of Australians support a ban on alcohol advertising on television before 8.30pm.

The Poll is available at http://www.fare.org.au , along with a series of short videos.

FARE will be promoting the Poll and using supporting collateral on Twitter and Facebook over the course of the day.

Why not check out the findings, share the link and join the conversation using #alcpoll2017.

NACCHO Aboriginal Health ” Opt out ” My Health Records News : Why aren’t more people using the My Health Record?


 ” With a My Health Record, both a patient and their healthcare professional can gain immediate access to important health information on-line.

This can improve co-ordinated care outcomes, reduce duplication and provide vital information in emergency situations.

“It also enables us, as a consumer, to become more active in managing your health and provide links between the multiple services many of us may need through our lives.”

                          MY HEALTH RECORD WEBSITE

 HISTORY OF E-Health/My Health Record from NACCHO

” COAG Health ministers decided on Friday 24 March that the My Health Rec­ord system would be opt-out, making electronic medical records compulsory for all Australians unless they said otherwise, despite trials of that model having yet to report.

Those trials concluded this year, with only 1.9 per cent of individuals deciding to opt-out — so proving the success of this approach “

Update March 24 2017

 ” The opt-out approach, which was first proposed in a 2013 Department of Health review, has been trialled in both the Nepean Blue Mountains and Northern Queensland since June last year.

Around 1 million new My Health Records were automatically created for all people living in the areas, unless they responded in the negative.

Nationally the number of people signed up to My Health Record is 4.6m, according to figures shared today by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA).”

 ” The Australian Medical Association has called on the government to tackle barriers to the use of ehealth and telemedicine in rural and regional Australia.

In a position paper released earlier this year the AMA argued that “the utilisation of telehealth and telemedicine in rural and remote Australia remains patchy and is not used to full potential, because of no, or inadequate internet access”.

Internet connections in rural areas are often expensive, slow and have relatively small download allowances.”

Download the AMA Position paper

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Read moreEhealth: AMA call for bush broadband boost

The AMA Position Statement on Shared Electronic Medical Records 2016 can be found here

Why aren’t more people using the My Health Record?

Published in The Conversation 24 March


The My Health Record is an online summary of personal health information that patients can share with health providers. As many as one in five Australians have a My Health Record.

But recent statistics show the My Health Record is only being used by a small percentage of consumers, and even then not to its fullest uses. So how can we get a greater return on the estimated A$1.2 billion taxpayer dollars invested in the system?

1. More health professionals need to add information

To date, approved health-care providers in the system have uploaded only about 1.7 million clinical documents, for the 4.6 million Australians who have a My Health Record. Just over one third of these clinical documents are Shared Health Summaries – listing health conditions, allergies, medications, and immunisations.

Information about health-care recipients is also added to the My Health Record from other sources – including Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, along with pharmacy medications information and hospital discharge summaries. Some health-care providers might be willing to share clinical documents, but hold concerns about privacy and may be unsure how sharing the information will improve patient care.

The shared health information in the My Health Record could help many patients recall vital health information. It could be particularly useful for those who struggle with medication management, have multiple health conditions, enter hospital frequently, or have multiple health providers.

The main purpose of the My Health Record is to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. Reducing medical errors related to the poor exchange of health information between patients and their health providers, or across multiple health providers, is a high priority.

We need more health information added into the system before it’s going to be useful for more people in supporting their health-care decisions. Patients prompting their GP or practice nurse to upload a Shared Health Summary at each visit could increase use of the system, which is designed to improve patient control over their health information.

2. We need to add more information ourselves

Many consumers with a My Health Record have only had one since June 2016 through a trial of “opt-out” sites. Lacking experience or guidance in using the My Health Record, they will not know what they can upload or why, or how to use the technology.

Currently, there are only about 80,000 “Consumer Entered Health Summaries” in the My Health Record. These summaries contain emergency contact details and very brief information on allergies and medications. There are also about 35,000 “Consumer Entered Health Notes” – similar to a health journal or diary.

Fewer than 900 people have uploaded a copy of their Advance Care Directive – a critically important document outlining a person’s wishes for future medical treatment – into the My Health Record. As it is the only national online repository for Advance Care Directives that can be accessed anywhere, more legal information websites need to prompt people to store their Advance Care Directive in the My Health Record.

Not knowing how to use computers, navigate the My Health Record, or save and upload documents will prevent many people from taking advantage of the system.

3. More people need to know how to use it

Currently, the My Health Record places high demands on reading and e-health literacy, making it difficult for many people to use. This could be a barrier for a large number of people.

People with low health literacy, people who lack engagement with digital health, people who lack access to a computer and the internet, and people with limited English literacy could struggle with these online records.

Information about the My Health Record needs to be inclusive, easier to read, and translated into many languages – and use pictures and videos – to enable everyone to use the system.

4. The people who need it most need support to use it

As many as one in five Australians have a disability. Anyone with a condition that affects their ability to explain their health history to others might need help to use the My Health Record. This includes people with dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, intellectual or developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, and people with a wide range of social, physical, cognitive, or sensory impairments affecting communication.

People with communication difficulties have three times the risk of preventable harmful adverse events in hospital, relating to their problems communicating their needs to health providers. The My Health Record might be particularly helpful for this group, who are at risk of exclusion because of their communication impairments and low levels of digital inclusion.

While the My Health Record is set up for use by all Australians, people with communication difficulties and their families may need additional information, funding, and other supports to enable their participation. They might also need help to identify who would be their Nominated or Authorised Representative in the system.

Future enhancements of the My Health Record need to take into account the views and experiences of people with multiple health conditions who are engaging with the My Health Record. Gathering their stories of experience could lead to a greater understanding of the types of support needed for more people to use and benefit from this important e-health initiative.

NACCHO #Aboriginal Women #Pregnancy Healthcare : Reaping benefits of an #ACCHO Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service


They can come in and access the midwives to do their antenatal checks, they can use that time for their children to access other services within the clinic. As a result, women were engaging with the clinic throughout their whole pregnancy.

We try and aim for seven antenatal visits throughout the pregnancy, we’re actually hitting that mark, if not more, so for mum and baby that’s huge.

It means we’ve got better health outcomes, we’ve got better birth weights and they can access the other services as well so it’s definitely a huge success with engaging the women within our services.”

Aboriginal health practitioner and team leader at the Danila Dilba centre in Palmerston, Tiana McCoy

NACCHO has published 192 Women’s Health articles

Photo above : Natalia Moore-Deagan says the Indigenous health workers are one reason she goes to Danila Dilba. ABC News: Lucy Marks

Originally published in Darwin

A Northern Territory Aboriginal health service is working to improve the way Indigenous mothers access health care during their pregnancy and is improving generational health practices along the way.

Aboriginal health practitioner and team leader at the Danila Dilba centre in Palmerston, Tiana McCoy, said a success of the clinic’s model had been using Indigenous healthcare workers to connect with women who would not access health care otherwise.

“The family support workers who go out into the community and engage the women into the service they become familiar with who people are and they really do come in and they’re comfortable coming in which is excellent,” she said.

Some women access the mother’s clinic for the first time during a monthly gestation diabetes testing session, but healthcare workers are using the three-hour clinic to screen for other conditions and educate the women on general health in an environment that provides a culturally safe service.


Tiana McCoyPhoto Tiana McCoy, an Aboriginal health practitioner and team leader at the Danila Dilba centre in Palmerston.ABC News: Lucy Marks

First time mother Lez Hall, 20, went with her partner to the clinic for the first time and said the service made her feel secure.

“For my first time it’s good to have a midwife with me and everything, so it’s good for my first pregnancy,” Ms Hall said.

“I don’t know much about pregnancy because it’s my first time so it’s good that I know that they’ll tell me what I have to do throughout my nine months.”

Others patients, like 23-year-old Natalia Moore-Deagan, return for their antenatal and diabetes checks, which they only access through the Danila Dilba clinic.

“One of the main reasons [I only come here] is they have Indigenous health workers,” she said.

Ms Moore-Deagan is in the last trimester of her third pregnancy and said she had learnt to improve her health during pregnancy.

“It’s good, it’s healthy, my whole pregnancy for three of my children now has been very healthy and no problems,” she said.

“I’ve learnt to eat healthy, drink healthy and also take my iron tablets.”

First time mother Lez HallPhoto First-time mother Lez Hall, 20, went with her partner to the Danila Dilba clinic for the first time and said the service made her feel secure.ABC News: Lucy Marks

The clinic has diagnosed seven cases of gestational diabetes in the past six months and after going on to received treatment and education about diet and exercise, four of women had babies of a healthy weight.

“We’ve seen ladies come in with their first pregnancy they ended up on oral medication and the second pregnancy, they’re diet control so that’s a good step,” Sumaria Corpus said.

The senior gestational diabetes educator said she was working to treat pregnant women and also educate them to prevent future generation from developing diabetes and associated health problems.

“As we’re seeing a lot of young people, from the age of nine years onwards, with diabetes, so this is the best place to stop that chain effect, giving them the right information, giving them the right support so people can make a choice of change and that’s the biggest thing.”

NACCHO Save a date and #strokeweek ,#OchreDay 2016 and #NACCHOAGM2016


Connect with NACCHO

Improving NACCHO communications to members and stakeholders

To reduce the number of NACCHO Communiques we now  send out most weeks  an executive summary -Save the date on important events /Conferences/training , members news, awards, funding opportunities :

Lodge info :  nacchonews@naccho.org.au

1.National Stroke week kits are now available for ACCHO’s

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Registrations are open
National Stroke Week is the Stroke Foundation’s annual awareness campaign taking place from September 12 – 18. Taking part in Stroke Week is a great chance to engage in a fun and educational way with your workplace, friends, sporting or community group.
This Stroke Week we want all Australians to know the signs of stroke and act FAST to get to treatment.
Time has a huge impact on stroke and we need your help to spread this message. A speedy reaction not only influences the treatment available to a person having a stroke but also their recovery. Most treatments for stroke are time sensitive so it is important we Think F.A.S.T. and Act FAST!
Get your Stroke Week kit NOW
Whether you are an office, hospital, community group or support group, there are lots of ways you can be involved in Stroke Week 2016 like:
• Organise an awareness activity
• Fundraise for the Stroke Foundation

• Host a health check
There’s no cost for your Stroke Week kit which includes posters, a campaign booklet and resources as well as social media kit and PR support.
Act FAST and register NOW at: 

2.Celebrate #IndigenousDads Registrations now open

ONLY 4 Weeks to go / Limited numbers

Aboriginal Male Health National -NACCHO OCHRE DAY


This year NACCHO is pleased to announce the annual NACCHO Ochre Day will be held in Perth during September 2016. This year the activities will be run by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) in partnership with both the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc.

Beginning in 2013, Ochre Day is an important NACCHO Aboriginal male health initiative. As Aboriginal males have arguably the worst health outcomes of any population group in Australia.

NACCHO has long recognised the importance of addressing Aboriginal male health as part of Close the Gap by 2030.

  • There is no registration cost to attend the NACCHO Ochre Day (Day One or Two)
  • There is no cost to attend the NACCHO Ochre Day Jaydon Adams Memorial Oration Dinner, (If you wish to bring your Partner to this Dinner then please indicate when you register below)
  • All Delegates will be provided breakfast & lunch on Day One and morning & afternoon tea as well as lunch on Day Two.
  • All Delegates are responsible for paying for and organising your own travel and accommodation.

For further information please contact Mark Saunders;


3. NACCHO Members Conference AGM: Save a date  : 6-8 December 2016  Melbourne Further details

AGM 2016

The NACCHO AGM conference provides a forum for the Aboriginal community controlled health services workforce, bureaucrats, educators, suppliers and consumers to:

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

4. Biennial National Forum from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2016 Canberra ACT


Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national not for profit, member based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, is holding its biennial National Forum from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2016 at the Rex Hotel in Canberra.

The 2016 IAHA National Forum will host  a diverse range of interactive Professional Development workshops and the 2016 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner.

The fourth IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge, a unique event specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students, will precede the Forum.

Collectively, these events will present unique opportunities to:

  • Contribute to achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality
  • Be part of creating strengths based solutions
  • Build connections – work together and support each other
  • Enhance professional and personal journeys
  • Celebrate the successes of those contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

All workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, detailing the duration, aims and learning outcomes of the workshop, which can be included in your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) personal portfolio.

Register HERE

5. NATSIHWA  6th & 7th of October 2016


On the 6th & 7th of October 2016 NATSIHWA is holding the bi-annual National Conference at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane. The conference is the largest event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners.

The theme for this year’s conference is “my story, my knowledge, our future”

my story – health workers and health practitioners sharing their stories about why they came into this profession, what they do in their professional capacity and what inspires them.

my knowledge – being able to gain new knowledge and passing knowledge onto others by sharing and networking.

our future – using stories and knowledge to shape their future and the future of their communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners are our valuable frontline primary health care workers and are a vital part of Australia’s health care profession. This conference will bring together health workers and health practitioners from across the country.

Register now and get the early bird special. Each registration includes a ticket to the awards dinner.

Register Now     Book Accomodation

 6. VACCA Cultural Awareness Training – Book Now!

Looking to deepen your cultural journey?

VACCA’s Training and Development Unit offers a range of programs to external organisations working in the field of child and family welfare, to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal organisations, families and communities.

VACCA delivers cultural awareness training throughout the year for people interested in developing cultural competency.

Registrations are now open for August.

See the flyer for all details and how to register for these sessions.

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All enquiries can be emailed to: trainingevents@vacca.org

 7.AHHA Save a date

Health Planning and Evaluation Course
8-9 August and 10-11 October, Brisbane
QUT Health is delivering a new course for individuals seeking to develop skills and knowledge in the planning of health services and the translation of health policy into practice. Delivered over two block periods, each block consisting of two days, this new course has been developed and will be delivered by experts in health planning, policy and evaluation. AHHA members are entitled to a 15% discount on the course fees. Read more.

Consumer Engagement: How can PHNs and LHNs involve consumers in co-creation to improve healthcare?
25 August, Sydney
While consumers continue to be involved as active participants in managing their own health, the focus is now moving forward to include consumers to be involved in innovation and value creation in health care. This is a topical area of health system development both globally and nationally and in turn, the focus of this one day, intensive workshop event presented by the Consumers Health Forum and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Anyone interested in developing their skills in engaging meaningfully with consumers and particularly those involved in creating health services will find this workshop of interest. Find out more here.

8. HealthinfoNET Conferences, workshops and events

Upcoming conferences and events.

Conferences, workshops and events

  • 17th International Mental Health Conference – Gold Coast, Qld – Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 August 2016 – this conference will provide a platform for health professionals such as, clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts, to discuss mental health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.
  • 2016 National Stolen Generations Conference – Gold Coast, Qld – Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 August 2016 – this conference aims to provide an educational platform to the wider community and endeavours to assist in a sensitive and culturally appropriate way with healing the spirit, mind and body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Working with Children and Young People through Adversity – Parramatta, NSW – Friday 29 August 2016 – this one-day workshop equips participants with a framework for working therapeutically with children and young people who are experiencing personal diversity. The key focus of this workshop is working with children and young people with a diagnosis of serious illness.

Connect with NACCHO

Improving NACCHO communications to members and stakeholders

To reduce the number of NACCHO Communiques we now  send out on Mondays  an executive summary -Save the date on important events /Conferences/training , members news, awards, funding opportunities :

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Bougainville Referendum News : A pledge by Bougainville leaders to work together

” All four national Members: Hon Joseph Lera, Minister for Bougainville Affairs, Jimmy Miringtoro, Minister for Communications, Hon Louta Atoi, member for North Bougainville and the recently …

Source: Bougainville Referendum News : A pledge by Bougainville leaders to work together