NACCHO Aboriginal Health #IAS :Burney, Mundine clash over violence in Indigenous communities and Indigenous Advancement strategy

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“The issue that Warren is not addressing is he is the chairperson of the Indigenous Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and that council has overseen the budget for Aboriginal Affairs services cut by a half a billion dollars,”

“It has overseen the introduction of the Indigenous Advancement strategy which has seen the defunding of all the Brighter Futures programs for Aboriginal children across the country, the defunding of many Aboriginal community services that are there to address social justice issues, the defunding of Aboriginal pre-schools, the defunding of legal services that assist Aboriginal people in these situations with legal advice.

“It’s just a bit rich for him to be outraged when in fact these things have happened on his watch.”

The first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives, Linda Burney, has unloaded on the Prime Minister’s chief Indigenous adviser Warren Mundine, saying many of the setbacks to efforts to tackle domestic violence “have happened on his watch”.

Speaking to NIT Wendy Caccetta 

Ms Burney said domestic violence rates in Indigenous communities was a “national disgrace” but government funding cuts had thwarted many programs trying to stop it.

She said federal and State governments needed to re-invest the money that had been pulled out of Aboriginal programs and domestic violence services in the last two years.

Mr Mundine on Monday launched a searing attack over what he said was silence over domestic violence in Indigenous communities, singling out Labor Senator Pat Dodson.

In a column in The Australian, Mr Mundine, a former national president of the Australian Labor Party, wrote that if Indigenous people remained silent then they deserved to be tarnished.

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Mr Mundine pointed to research that had shown Indigenous women in Australia were 34 times more likely to be hospitalised from domestic abuse and to an epidemic of sexual abuse of Indigenous children that largely went unreported.

He also pointed to a study that found Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia were 17.5 times more likely to be murdered.

He told NIT today that the government’s swift action in July on the treatment of youths at the Don Dale detention centre in the NT had prompted his comments. He said if quick action could be taken on youth detention, why not on domestic violence.

He said domestic violence should be the top priority for the Council of Australian Governments. Round table talks involving all sectors of the community, including Indigenous leaders, needed to be held.

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“The fact of the matter is we can’t just lock everyone up, we’ve got to have support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, we’ve got to have support for men in this process as well, dealing with alcohol, the drugs, the violence and everything else that happens,” he said.

“We need to have jobs, education programs. A whole range of things need to happen.

“I’d like us to sit down and I’d like us all to be involved to make sure we don’t make the sins of the past the sins of today.”

Mr Mundine said communities could help by not tolerating domestic violence.

“Even with cultural issues, I’d like to see everything on the table,” he said. “Even if people go through manhood ceremonies and then they go around beating women then they should be told to go back through manhood ceremony to learn the proper behaviour towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

“It’s something that we need to have on the table.”

He told NIT that he would be urging the Prime Minister and the government to act immediately on domestic violence in the same way they had confronted the problems at the Don Dale youth detention centre in the Northern Territory.

But Ms Burney, Labor MP for Barton in NSW and former deputy leader of the NSW Opposition, said Mr Mundine’s comments about Aboriginal leaders, particularly Pat Dodson, were out of line and unfair. She said Indigenous MPs, including herself, had been active on the issue and many communities had also introduced anti-domestic violence programs.

Ms Burney last year revealed her own experience with domestic violence, which occurred a long time before she met her late partner Rick Farley. She fled the relationship after a severe beating left her with a broken nose and eye socket.

“He’s calling on Indigenous MPs as if we’ve done nothing,” Ms Burney said. “And I think he’s particularly focused on Patrick Dodson saying all that Patrick’s banging on about is incarceration.

“I find that unacceptable. I have spent my entire career working in Aboriginal education which, of course, is key to addressing some of the endemic issues in the community.

“I’ve spoken out publicly on many occasions about domestic violence, including my own experience with domestic violence. I’ve established Aboriginal programs that specifically address domestic violence for example the Tackling Violence program in NSW.

“(NT Labor MP) Malarndirri McCarthy is literally in Alice Springs as we speak meeting with town camps about domestic violence. Patrick Dodson has been an advocate for many years as has (WA Liberal MP) Ken Wyatt about these issues.

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“I’m glad the issue is being spoken about by Warren, but I’m disappointed that there isn’t the recognition that there needs to be about the work many of us have done over the years.

“We’ve also seen wonderful programs like the Hey Sis program being defunded by the Federal and State governments, which is a key program to support the champions in our community who do address domestic violence.

“They are shutting down all the safe houses in the western district of NSW and I didn’t see Warren out there criticising the Baird government when they shut down the women’s refuges in NSW, criticising the Turnbull-Abbott government for defunding programs that are there to address issues of violence in Aboriginal communities.”

Ms Burney said Mr Mundine should be taking the issue up with the Prime Minister.

“It goes back to education, health and also addressing and looking at the history.,” she said. “You cannot divorce this issue from the history of violence and segregation and racism that Aboriginal people have experienced.

“Warren discounts that, well I’m sorry, the issues of intergenerational violence have that basis in that history.

“I’m glad he’s shown an interest in this area, but let’s talk about real solutions and many of those solutions have been defunded and disregarded by the State and federal Liberal Coalition government, of which he is an advisor to.

“People have been working in this area for a long time. To say nothing is happening and nothing is changing is wrong. I agree resoundedly with Warren that this is a national disgrace and there needs to be enormous focus on it, but to paint it as something that he’s belatedly come to is rather naive I think.

“If he wants to mouth off about stuff like this then he needs to get his facts correct and recognise the work many of us have been doing for a very long time.

“I don’t want to say that I’m cross because I don’t want to play politics in this space, but for heaven’s sake if you are going to go out there and make this your personal crusade then have some skin in the game.”

Asked if funding cuts had contributed to the problem, Mr Mundine said: “I don’t want to get into what’s happened in the past, I want to move forward. If that means extra funding, then it needs extra funding. If money needs to go back into areas, then money needs to go back into areas.”

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NACCHO Aboriginal Women’s Health and Safety : Community domestic violence is out of control

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Domestic violence is a contagion. In the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory it is literally out of control, says NT Coroner Greg Cavanagh

Those words alone should have been enough to prompt outrage, if not action.

But it didn’t. Nor did the damning statistics revealed by NT police: almost 75,000 domestic violence incidents reported in three years, more than 80 per cent of them involving Aboriginal people. ‘

Matt Cunningham reporting for Skynews and writing in the Daily Telegraph see full article 2 below  

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW AND POLICY NEEDS URGENT CHANGE

The Alice Springs Women’s Shelter calls on the NT Government to implement as a matter of urgency legislative and policy changes recommended by Coroner Greg Cavanagh aimed at increasing the safety of women and children impacted by domestic violence.

ASWS CEO Di Gipey said the Coroner’s report into the deaths of two women after long histories of domestic violence again highlighted the pressing need to make real changes that will make women and children safe.

“Coroner Greg Cavanagh’s findings are extensive and make horrifying reading but sadly they don’t tell us what we already know in the NT,” Ms. Gipey said.

“Yes domestic violence is out of control, the justice system doesn’t adequately protect women, and yes there needs to be new approaches.

“But the big questions are when will the Coroner’s recommendations be put in place and when will our Governments and the wider community accept we are already paying far too high a price by not acting or dragging our heels.

“The ASWS is asking the NT Government to urgently implement the Coroner’s recommendations, particularly in regard to changing legislation to allow footage captured on new police body cameras to be used as evidence in chief.

“This takes the onus off women to provide evidence against their partners.”

Ms Gipey said support for alternative intervention strategies was also a priority.

“We cannot rely on the criminal justice system to solely protect women and children from domestic violence.

“Frontline services such as ASWS working in partnership with police, health and community organisations have a proven role to play in preventing violence and making sure women and children are safe.

“But our programs often face an insecure future due to the short term nature of some Government funding.

“This can make continuity of service delivery and staffing a challenge, which in turn has a direct impact on vulnerable women and children.

Currently ASWS has no guarantee of funding after June 30th 2017 apart from one position which ends June 2018.

“Demand on our services is increasing and we are hoping to introduce and expand innovative programs that will make a real difference to the safety of women and children.

“But we can’t do this with no guarantee of funding security from year to year. This increases the vulnerability of our service and in turn the vulnerability of women and children who are already at risk.

“If tackling our unacceptably high rates of domestic violence, which should be a cause for national shame, is a real priority for our leaders and the community we cannot afford to waste any more time talking.

“We have to just do it.”

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THERE were no video cameras at Hoppy’s Camp on December 20, 2014. There’s no footage of the horror that took place in the shed behind house 19. No video evidence of the night Stanley Scrutton came home drunk, again, and beat his partner so severely she died of her injuries.

They say a picture tells a thousand words, and that an image, particularly a moving one, can have an impact that could never be achieved with black ink on a white page. If you need proof of this, consider the haste with which Malcolm Turnbull called a royal commission after seeing video footage from inside the Don Dale detention centre.

But let’s imagine what the scene at Hoppy’s Camp might have looked like in the final minutes Wendy Murphy was alive. She had cuts, abrasions and bruises to her head, neck, back, arms and legs. Her lungs were bruised and so was her bowel. Her ribs were fractured. Her brain was covered in blood, after she was repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped. All this caused by an abusive partner who had beaten her for more than a decade.

Coroner Greg Cavanagh handed down his report into Murphy’s death two weeks ago. It was covered in the local media, just as the Don Dale incident was two years earlier. But, beyond the Northern Territory, few seemed to care. There were no outraged politicians calling for inquiries or smarmy journalists tweeting their disgust. Perhaps if there had been video footage they might have taken notice. Or perhaps the coroner’s report revealed a truth too uncomfortable to bear. “Domestic violence is a contagion. In the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory it is literally out of control,” Mr ­Cavanagh wrote.

Those words alone should have been enough to prompt outrage, if not action. But it didn’t. Nor did the damning statistics revealed by NT police: almost 75,000 domestic violence incidents reported in three years, more than 80 per cent of them involving Aboriginal people.

Australians are gold medallists at campaigning against domestic violence. When a Victorian father beat his son to death with a cricket bat we rightly lost our minds with rage. Yet when the victim is a black woman or child, we want to turn the other way.

In the past two months, two Aboriginal women were beaten to death near Darwin’s Nightcliff foreshore. If this happened in any other Australian city it would lead every news bulletin in the country. Yet the nation has never heard of these women and will never know their names.

On the day Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister, every newspaper in the country dedicated its front page to the news; every newspaper except the NT News.

Conway Stevenson was being sentenced in the NT Supreme Court for bashing his partner to death over three hours, punching and kicking her in the face before jumping on her head. That story ran on the top half of page 1 in the NT News the next day, a front page that did catch the nation’s attention.

Canberra journalists retweeted it and morning TV shows talked about it. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote an article about it. But it had nothing to do with domestic violence in Aboriginal communities. They were captivated by the headline at the bottom of the page: “Rich dude becomes PM”. If that rich dude has a copy of that paper somewhere, he might want to read the words at the top of the page.

“What have we become?” Justice Judith Kelly asked.

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Senator Nova Peris pushes campaign on alcohol-related domestic violence

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Senator Peris said in the Northern Territory an indigenous woman is 80 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault than other Territorians.

“I shudder inside whenever I quote that fact because it makes me picture the battered and bloodied women we see far too often in our hospitals.

“Every single night our emergency departments in the Northern Territory overflow with women who have been bashed.”

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LABOR’S first indigenous MP Nova Peris has challenged the Australian Medical Association to advocate for more action in tackling alcohol-related domestic violence.

In a powerful speech, Senator Peris said alcohol-related domestic violence was on the rise and ruining the lives of Aboriginal women.

She told the launch of the AMA’s national women’s health policy that the AMA must use its high standing in the community to “advocate for more action in tackling alcohol-related domestic violence”.

Report from PATRICIA KARVELAS   The Australian

SEE AMA Position Statement on Women’s Health below

“Today I call on the AMA to formally adopt a policy position that supports the principle that people who have committed alcohol-related domestic violence be banned from purchasing alcohol at the point of sale.

“The technology to implement point-of-sale bans exists; it is cost effective and has been proven to work.”

Senator Peris said in the Northern Territory an indigenous woman is 80 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault than other Territorians.

“I shudder inside whenever I quote that fact because it makes me picture the battered and bloodied women we see far too often in our hospitals.

“Every single night our emergency departments in the Northern Territory overflow with women who have been bashed.”

In 2013, domestic violence assaults increased in the Northern Territory by 22 per cent, she said.

She criticised the incoming NT government’s August 2012 decision to scrapped the banned drinker register.

“For those of you who may not be familiar with the banned drinker register, or BDR as it is also known, it was an electronic identification system which was rolled out across the Northern Territory.

“This system prevented anyone with court-ordered bans from purchasing takeaway alcohol — including people with a history of domestic violence.

“Around twenty-five hundred people were on the banned drinker register when it was scrapped. “Domestic violence perpetrators were again free to buy as much alcohol as they liked. As predicted by police, lawyers and doctors, domestic violence rates soared.”

Senator Peris said she had met with doctors, nurses and staff from the emergency department in Alice Springs and they confirmed these statistics represent the true predicament they faced every day.

“Every night the place is awash with the victims of alcohol fuelled violence, with the vast majority of victims being women.”

She said the Northern Territory faces enormous issues with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

“We have such high rates of sexually transmitted infections, especially and tragically, with children.

“Rates of smoking are far too high, and diets are poor and heart disease is widespread.”

Senator Peris’s speech was well received by the AMA, which committed to taking on her challenge.

AMA SHINES LIGHT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THE HEALTH NEEDS OF DISADVANTAGED AND MINORITY GROUPS OF WOMEN

AMA Position Statement on Women’s Health 2014

The AMA today released the updated AMA Position Statement on Women’s Health.

The Position Statement was launched at Parliament House in Canberra by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash, Senator for the Northern Territory, Nova Peris, and AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton.

Dr Hambleton said that all women have the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

“The AMA has always placed a high priority on women’s health, and this is reflected in the breadth and diversity of our Position Statement,” Dr Hambleton said.

“We examine biological, social and cultural factors, along with socioeconomic circumstances and other determinants of health, exposure to health risks, access to health information and health services, and health outcomes.

“And we shine a light on contemporary and controversial issues in women’s health.

“There is a focus on violence against women, including through domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

“These are significant public health issues that have serious and long-lasting detrimental consequences for women’s health.

“It is estimated that more than half of Australian women have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.

“The AMA wants all Australian governments to work together on a coordinated, effective, and appropriately resourced national approach to prevent violence against women.

“We need a system that provides accessible health service pathways and support for women and their families who become victims of violence.

“It is vital that the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children is implemented and adequately funded.”

Dr Hambleton said the updated AMA Position Statement also highlights areas of women’s health that are seriously under-addressed.

“This includes improving the health outcomes for disadvantaged groups of women, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, rural women, single mothers, and women from refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Dr Hambleton said.

“We also highlight the unique health issues experienced by lesbian and bisexual women in the community.”

Dr Hambleton said that the AMA recognises the important work of Australian governments over many years to raise the national importance of women’s health, including the National Women’s Health Policy.

“There has been ground-breaking policy in recent decades, but much more needs to be done if we are to achieve high quality equitable health care that serves the diverse needs of Australian women,” Dr Hambleton said.

“Although women as a group have a higher life expectancy than men, they experience a higher burden of chronic disease and tend to live more years with a disability.

“Because they tend to live longer than men, women represent a growing proportion of older people, and the corresponding growth in chronic disease and disability has implications for health policy planning and service demand.”

The Position Statement contains AMA recommendations about the need to factor in gender considerations and the needs of women across a range of areas in health, including:

  •  health promotion, disease prevention and early intervention;
  •  sexual and reproductive health;
  •  chronic disease management and the ageing process;
  •  mental health and suicide;
  •  inequities between different sub-populations of Australian women, and their different needs;
  •  health services and workforce; and
  •  health research, data collection and program evaluation.

Background:

  • cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke, and other heart and blood vessel diseases – is the leading cause of death in women;
  •  for women under 34 years of age, suicide is the leading cause of death; and
  • in general, women report more episodes of ill health, consult medical practitioners and other health professionals more frequently, and take medication more often than men.

The AMA Position Statement on Women’s Health 2014 is at

https://ama.com.au/position-statement/womens-health

NT alcohol crackdown makes gains, but questions over mandatory rehabilitation remain

By Michael Coggan NT ABC

It appears that stationing police officers outside bottle shops in regional towns in the Northern Territory has had a significant impact on alcohol consumption.

The latest figures show consumption has dropped to the lowest level on record, but the statistics do not include the impact of the mandatory rehabilitation policy or punitive protection orders.

The ABC has investigated the situation as a new federal parliamentary inquiry is promising to test the evidence.

On a weeknight in Darwin’s city centre, locals and tourists mingle at Monsoons, one of the pub precinct’s busy watering holes.

Less than a block away, six women have found their own drinking place under the entrance of an office building, sheltered from monsoonal rain.

Most of them are visiting from Indigenous communities on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. They’re “long-grassing” – living rough on the city streets.

Northern Territory Labor Senator Nova Peris is here to talk to them.

One of the women, from the Torres Strait Islands, tells the Senator how she is trying to get through a catering course while struggling with homelessness and alcoholism.

“I am doing it. I’m trying to get up and I’m finding it hard,” she said.

In an interview after talking to the “long-grassers”, Senator Peris emphasised how homelessness makes alcohol abuse among Aboriginal people more obvious than alcohol use in the non-Indigenous community in Darwin.

“Those ladies, they weren’t from Darwin, they were from communities that came in, so they’re homeless and they drink when they come into town and it’s easy to get alcohol [in town].”

Senator Peris also blames alcohol abuse for much of the poor health in Aboriginal communities.

“When you look at alcohol-related violence, when you look at foetal alcohol syndrome, when you look at all the chronic diseases, it goes back to the one thing and it’s commonly known as the ‘white man’s poison’,” she said.

Alcohol-related hospital admissions increase, senator says

The Northern Territory has long grappled with the highest levels of alcohol abuse in the country, but figures released recently by the Northern Territory Government show the estimated per capita consumption of pure alcohol dropped below 13 litres last financial year for the first time since records started in the 1990s.

Territory Country Liberals Chief Minister Adam Giles believes a more targeted response by police has made a difference.

But Senator Peris says data released last week tells a different story.

Senator Peris has quoted figures showing an 80 per cent increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions over the past 14 months as evidence that the previous Labor government’s banned drinker register was working.

The Territory Government scrapped the BDR when it won power in September 2012.

Alice Springs-based associate professor John Boffa from the Peoples Alcohol Action Coalition wants to see the consumption figures verified.

“If it’s true, it’s very welcome news and it would reflect the success of the police presence on all of the takeaway outlets across the territory,” he said.

Parties, police association at odds

In regional towns where alcohol-fuelled violence is high, police have been stationed outside bottle shops to check identification.

Anyone living in one of the many Aboriginal communities or town camps where drinking is banned faces the prospect of having their takeaway alcohol seized and tipped out.

Northern Territory Police Association president Vince Kelly believes police resources are being concentrated on doing the alcohol industry’s work.

Mr Kelly has also questioned the will of the two major political parties to introduce long-term alcohol supply reduction measures since it was revealed that the Australian Hotels Association made $150,000 donations in the lead-up to the last Territory election.

“No-one I know gives away $150,000 to someone and doesn’t expect something back in return,” he said.

But Mr Giles dismisses Mr Kelly’s view.

“I don’t respond to any comment by Vince Kelly from the Police Association, I think that he plays politics rather than trying to provide a positive outcome to change people’s lives in the territory,” he said.

Giles stands by alcohol rehab program

The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister has asked a parliamentary committee to investigate the harmful use of alcohol in Indigenous communities across the country.

The committee is expected to examine the application of new policies in the Territory, including mandatory alcohol treatment that was introduced in July 2013.

People taken into police protective custody more than three times in two months can be ordered to go through a mandatory three-month alcohol rehabilitation program.

The figures showing a drop in consumption pre-date the introduction of mandatory rehabilitation but Mr Giles believes the policy is making a difference.

So far there is not enough evidence to convince Professor Boffa that mandatory treatment is making any difference.

“We just don’t have publically available data on the numbers of people who have completed treatment, [or] how long people who have completed treatment have remained off alcohol,” he said.

One of the women from Groote Eylandt explained how she had been locked up to go through the mandatory treatment program but was now back on the grog.

“I was there for three months and we didn’t like it,” he said.

The Chief Minister’s political stablemate, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, has commended the Territory Government for using a mix of police intervention and mandatory rehabilitation, but says jail is not the solution.

“We can’t keep treating people who are sick as criminals. However annoying they might be, people who are alcoholics are ill,” he said.

Alcohol Protection Orders seen to criminalise alcoholism

Police were given the power to issue Alcohol Protection Orders to anyone arrested for an alcohol-related offence, attracting a jail sentence of six months or more.

Aboriginal legal aid services have criticised the orders for criminalising alcoholism.

Priscilla Collins from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency says the orders are predominantly being handed out to Aboriginal people, threatening jail time if they are breached.

“Alcohol protection orders are really being issued out like lolly paper out on the streets. You can be issued one just for drinking on the street, for drink driving. We’ve already had 500 handed out this year,” she said.

Mr Kelly has welcomed the introduction of APOs as a useful tool but has questioned what they will achieve.

“The community and the Government and everybody else needs to ask itself what the end game is,” he said.

“Are we going to end up with even fuller jails? No matter what legislation we introduce we’re not going to arrest our way out of alcohol abuse and Aboriginal disadvantage in the Northern Territory.”

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You can hear more about Aboriginal women’s health  at the NACCHO SUMMIT

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The importance of our NACCHO member Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS) is not fully recognised by governments.

The economic benefits of ACCHS has not been recognised at all.

We provide employment, income and a range of broader community benefits that mainstream health services and mainstream labour markets do not. ACCHS need more financial support from government, to provide not only quality health and wellbeing services to communities, but jobs, income and broader community economic benefits.

A good way of demonstrating how economically valuable ACCHS are is to showcase our success at a national summit.

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NACCHO supports White Ribbon Day 25 November : Australia’s dark secret -one woman killed every week

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“It is certainly the case that violence against women is  very often a manifestation of wider social problems, but there is absolutely no  excuse for it, and I think it sends a powerful message when more and more men  are prepared to stand up and say they are against it on White Ribbon Day.”

TOM CALMA  AO White Ribbon Ambassador

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As an Aboriginal woman you are 45 times more likely to experience domestic  violence than a white woman.

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It is important to understand how every act of male violence against women can have serious effects on women, families and society as a whole.

Male violence against women can happen anywhere and can take many forms; including physical, sexual, emotional and financial violence and has a profound cost across the personal, social and economic sphere.

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White Ribbon Australia is uncovering the nation’s most shameful secret; the extent of male violence against women, which claims at least one woman’s life every week[1]. Australia, land of secrets is a new awareness raising campaign launched in the lead up to White Ribbon Day, Monday 25 November.

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Australia, land of secrets intends to give a voice to the everyday experiences of violence that occur all around Australia. These acts, from inappropriate behaviour or harassment to physical and emotional abuse, are part of a culture of violence in Australia.

Chairman of White Ribbon Australia, Lt. Gen Ken Gillespie (Rtd) says that while Australia is a proud nation and unrivalled for not only its physical beauty but its way of life, it has a dark secret.

“The high incidence of male violence against women in this country is very alarming,” said Ken. “Not only do one in three women over the age of 15 report having experienced physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives,[2] violence is a major cause of homelessness for women and children[3] and costs the economy US$14.7 billion annually in Australia.[4]

“It is important to understand how every act of male violence against women can have serious effects on women, families and society as a whole. Male violence against women can happen anywhere and can take many forms; including physical, sexual, emotional and financial violence and has a profound cost across the personal, social and economic sphere.

“The issue of male violence against women is real, it’s worrying and, in many instances, remains hidden. Every woman, and man, can make a stand and speak up about the issue. Australia, land of secrets calls on men, women and the whole community to help uncover Australia’s secrets, raise awareness and stop violence against women.”

This White Ribbon Day, Monday 25 November, White Ribbon Australia is encouraging people to speak up and uncover stories of violence against women. Australia, land of secrets brings a new creative element to Australia’s only national male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women in its 10th Anniversary year.

White Ribbon Australia will be hosting awareness and fundraising events across the country throughout November. Australians are encouraged to participate in the many events happening in their local area, and to donate to show their support of the campaign.

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History: 2008 Inteyerrkwe Statement Apology to women

Nearly 400 Aboriginal men took part in the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Male Health gathering in the NT and issued the  Inteyerrkwe Statement, an apology from men to women for violence and abuse.

Inteyerrkwe Statement

“We the Aboriginal males from Central Australia and our visitor brothers from  around Australia gathered at Inteyerrkwe in July 2008 to develop strategies to  ensure our future roles as grandfathers, fathers, uncles, nephews, brothers,  grandsons, and sons in caring for our children in a safe family environment that  will lead to a happier, longer life that reflects opportunities experienced by  the wider community.

We acknowledge and say sorry for the hurt, pain and suffering caused by  Aboriginal males to our wives, to our children, to our mothers, to our  grandmothers, to our granddaughters, to our aunties, to our nieces and to our  sisters.

We also acknowledge that we need the love and support of our Aboriginal women  to help us move forward.”

NACCHO members such as ANYINGINYI are taking an active role in White Ribbon Day

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For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.

Follow this link to view and share the new TVC: www.uncoversecrets.com.au

HOW THE COMMUNITY CAN SUPPORT WHITE RIBBON DAY

White Ribbon invites people to show their support for White Ribbon Day by hosting or attending one of the many White Ribbon events that take place across Australia (www.whiteribbon.org.au/events), sharing the campaign online (www.whiteribbon.org.au/secrets) or purchasing White Ribbon wristbands and ribbons at any Suzanne Grae, The Salvation Army (QLD, NSW, ACT) stores or the White Ribbon shop (www.whiteribbon.org.au/shop).

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NACCHO press release:NACCHO launches new Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands App

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The chair of National Aboriginal Community Controlled health organisation (NACCHO) this week joined with the AFL Indigenous All Stars at its International rules training session in Melbourne to launch Australia’s first Aboriginal Health APP.

Pictured above: MICK O’Loughlin coach of the Indigenous All Stars and Sydney Swan legend promoting the NACCHO APP

Mr Mohamed said it was quite appropriate to publicly launch the NACCHO Aboriginal Health App in front of 25 of the fittest Aboriginal males in Australia, because the new APP compliments NACCHO’s  Investing in Healthy Futures for Generational Change plan 20130-2030 and  sports activity is a key element to Close the Gap.

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“Our APP promotes the sports healthy futures program that will give Aboriginal youth the opportunity to improve their overall health and wellbeing through active participation in sports.

Research shows that if a young person is happy and healthy they will be able to get the most out of their education, build their confidence and their self-belief and hopefully one day become a well-educated “Indigenous All-star” in the sport or employment of their choosing.” Mr. Mohamed said.

Mr. Mohamed said he is encouraging all  150 NACCHO members and stakeholders to promote the APP to their 5,000 staff and over 100,000 clients so that our community members can really have Aboriginal health in Aboriginal Hands. All ready in first few days over 1,000 Apps have been downloaded from the APP Store and Google Android store.

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Here are the URL links to the App – alternatively you can type NACCHO into both stores and they come up!

iPhone/iPad

ios.giveeasy.org/naccho

Android

android.giveeasy.org/naccho

“The NACCHO App contains a geo locator, which will help you find the nearest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in your area and  provides heath information online and telephone on a wide range of topics and where you can go to get more information or assistance should you need urgent help “ Mr Mohamed said.

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Health help includes:

Ambulance, Alcohol, Babies Breast Cancer, Cancer, Children,  Depression, Diabetes, Domestic Violence, Drugs, eHealth, Eye Health, Gambling, Healthy Eating, Hearing, Male health, Medicare, Mental Health, Prostate cancer, Smoking , Suicide, Teenagers, Women’s Health.

The NACCHO App allows users  to share, connect or contact NACCHO through our social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, daily news alerts and the NACCHO website.

The App also allows people to donate to the NACCHO Sport Health Futures program. Through the NACCO App you can make secure credit card donations, have receipts delivered straight to your device and find out how your donation is making a difference to the lives of young and old Aboriginal Australians.

The Sport Health Futures program aims to distribute up to 1,000 AFL/NRL footballs, netballs, soccer balls, basketballs and other sports equipment to Aboriginal community organisations, sporting clubs and schools throughout Australia.

Mr Mohamed said he would encourage any NACCHO member, Aboriginal community, sports or school to complete this  online  application.

For the donated sports equipment the applicant must partner with a NACCHO member and organise for  team members to have a health checks at an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service or other medical service if applicable –

APPLY HERE

For media contact and further information contact Colin Cowell Mobile 0401 331 251 or Email

APP DETAILS

This App provides a quick and easy way

1. Find an Aboriginal Health Service

Aboriginal patients can now locate their nearest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health service throughout Australia.

2. Health Help online and Telephone

Need health help or information online or a telephone hotline number for;

Ambulance, Alcohol, Babies Breast Cancer, Cancer, Children,  Depression, Diabetes, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Ehealth, Eye Health, Gambling, Healthy Eating, Hearing, Male health, Medicare, Mental Health, Prostate cancer, Smoking , Suicide, Teenagers, Women’s Health.

3. NACCHO AFL Indigenous players

Our NACCHO Investing in Healthy Futures For Generational Change Plan 2013-2030 has just been released and by partnering in 2013 with the AFL we can promote and achieve our Close the Gap targets for our future generations.

NACCHO is a proud partner of the Indigenous All-Stars Team and all the current listed AFL indigenous players are listed on this APP.

4. Learn/Inform

How our NACCHO members are making a difference

5. Share, Connect or contact

With NACCHO through our social media platforms such as Twitter, FACEBOOK and Daily News Alerts and website

6. Invest/donate to healthy futures.

We are inviting all sport followers to help NACCHO “invest in healthy futures for generational change” by donating to our sports star future fund that aims to supply over 1000 footballs, netballs, soccer balls and basketballs to Aboriginal community clubs over the next 12 months.