NACCHO Ice NEWS: Qld Aboriginal and Islander health sector welcomes COAG ICE action

“In Queensland anecdotal evidence suggests that in some places methamphetamine use is ripping our communities apart. Our local communities and community-controlled health sector and residential rehabilitation service members, need support and opportunities to partner with government and non-government organisations in order to be proactive and to get on top of this issue before it grows any larger.

Sandy Gillies from the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC).

Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body has strongly welcomed the COAG communique on a National Ice Action Strategy released yesterday.

“Our communities across Australia are being challenged daily from increased use of this drug and we are pleased that COAG has recognized the urgency of a response,” said Sandy Gillies from the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC).


“We need a comprehensive national strategy to deal with rising rates of ICE use and I think the Communique and its “six areas of action” indicates that COAG has got the priorities right. “These six areas mirror the key priorities determined by QAIHC in a document we provided to the Queensland Government some weeks ago,” she said. QAIHC’s Ice options paper identified the following key priorities:

  • Dedicated research into the nature, prevalence and culture of methamphetamine use in Queensland Indigenous communities.
  • A coordinated and resourced Indigenous ICE prevention strategy.
  • A specially designed state-wide media information campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of ICE in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Improved training for an ICE (poly drug) competent, confident and connected workforce across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.
  • Specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detox and treatment services including residential rehabilitation facilities.

Ms Gillies said the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health sector and residential rehabilitation service are best placed to develop and implement local initiatives with the committed support of Government and key stakeholders.

“In Queensland anecdotal evidence suggests that in some places methamphetamine use is ripping our communities apart. Our local communities and community-controlled health sector and residential rehabilitation service members, need support and opportunities to partner with government and non-government organisations in order to be proactive and to get on top of this issue before it grows any larger.

QAIHC is organising a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ICE Roundtable on 11 September in Brisbane to further develop a state-wide response to growing ICE use and its effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

Ms Gillies said the roundtable will identify local community initiatives which contribute to evidence and address the harmful effects of ICE.

Frontline Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, state and Federal politicians, the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health and specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers will be invited to participate and provide input towards a robust and inclusive state wide response.

The drug ICE will also be on the agenda at the NACCHO National Male Health Ochre Day Summit

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NACCHO Health News: Remote Aboriginal leaders in bid to avert ice crisis



An indigenous-led coalition of leaders and frontline health workers has launched a pre-­emptive strike to avert a socially catastrophic explosion of ice use in remote communities.

Mounting evidence of the increasing use of ice and related “psychotic episodes” in the past six months has sparked fears of a reversal of a decade of social improvements under alcohol bans.

PHOTO :Concerned about the ice threat are Jaidyn Yeatman, left, Jayden Kynuna and Thaddeaus Johnson at Yarrabah near Cairns. Picture: Brian Cassey Source: News Corp Australia (see their interview below)

PLEASE NOTE : NACCHO is in the process of organising a National Ice Forum here in Canberra during August : Details to be announced shortly

Forget jobs and land, ice is our big issue: MP Billy Gordon (see article Below)

Queensland’s Aboriginal mayors and indigenous-led health and social services are pushing for a zero-tolerance response to suppliers and are alread­y funding grassroots anti-ice campaigns.

Lockhardt River Mayor Wayne Butcher, the chairman of the Indigenous Leaders Forum, put the drugs threat on the top of the agenda at a meeting of mayors last month to ramp up the fight in collaboration with police, government and social services.

“We know the threat: it would destroy us, to be honest,” Mr Butcher said after a meeting. “There were 17 mayors of indigenous communities sitting around the table and I asked for a show of hands if they knew that ice was in their community, and nearly everyone put up their hand. It’s happened so quick. It seemed like a city problem but it has been sneaking into the communities.”

Several mayors are flagging a proposal to evict convicted suppliers of ice from public housing, with reports of at least one suspected dealer recently “chased out’’ of a community.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said vulnerable indigenous communities were at a social “tipping point” in a war on ice that he believes can only be won through “true collaboration” between communities, politicians and law enforcement.

“I am not saying it is epidemic yet but it has the potential,” Mr Stewart said. “If we don’t cover off before it starts we are all going to be in strife.”

Mr Stewart said he had been encouraged by the indigenous leadership in moving to face the threat. “We have actually got, in my humble opinion, some of the best thinkers and some of the most passionate mayors that we have had in our history,’’ he said.

Mr Stewart warned that the push against drug use also had to involve all members of the communities abandoning a traditional reticence to inform police of criminal activity in the tight-knit communities.

“Their responsibility is not just to talk about this … if they know stuff within their communities it will only work if they let us know, so we can go out and snuff these things out.’’

After a decade of leading the fight against indigenous social dysfunction, including the use of alcohol bans and tough welfare measures pushed by Noel Pearson, Cape York could set the model in the nationwide battle against ice.

Grassroots health groups such as the Apunipima Cape York Health Council are funding front-foot social-media and public-awareness campaigns.

Apunipima chief medical officer Mark Wenitong said: “We don’t actually get any substance-abuse funding or anything. We thought: ‘Well, we could sit around and wait for some funding to come through, wait for somebody else to do it, but let’s just start doing it.’ ”

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council has reported a “surge in demand’’ for ice-rehabilitation services, which have been cut in recent years.

The number of dedicated Aboriginal drug and alcohol services had been cut from 11 in 2011 to just five, with reduced state and federal funding.

QAIHC general manager of policy innovation and service development Sandy Gillies said governments needed to boost funding and support for her staff, who were “largely doing it alone’’. “There’s been a history of governments waiting for health crises to develop before responding and we are determined to be proactive this time,” she said.

“We have little experience and knowledge of this drug and are only just beginning to see the impact it is having on already high rates of family violence and incarceration.’’ Ms Gillies said QAIHC and its affiliate, the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council, would submit a policy paper to the state government that included a call for more training of its workers and increased rehabilitation funding.

Increased drug use, particularly with cannabis, appears to have been an unintended consequence of the introduction of alcohol management plans, from 2002.

Under AMPs, alcohol-related violence and injury fell to historically low levels within a few years. School attendance also jumped — helped along with more punitive measures against parents and guardians who failed to get their kids to class — and the chaotic scenes of public drunkenness subsided.

New research shows that in three AMP communities, two-thirds of males aged 14-47 and 30 per cent of females smoke marijuana on at least a weekly basis, with a large proportion dependent. Epidemiologist Alan Clough, who has been evaluating the impact of AMPs, said researchers found that cannabis use in the Northern Territory and far north Queensland communities became endemic within four years.

“A similar four-year window of opportunity may therefore be all that is available to reduce the impacts of ice if a demand for it increases,’’ Associate Professor Clough said. “The narrow window could be further reduced given the unknown impacts of this highly addictive drug.’’

In February, Yarrabah Mayor Errol Neal brought in ice experts for a special meeting he convened in the 2000-strong community, about 60km from Cairns, to “educate and warn’’ people about the drug. “We have to expose people early,” he said.

“Most people don’t know what it is or what it looks like but we have been told by our health workers and young people that it is here.

“We think it has had an effect, it seems to have died down a bit and there is a feeling of zero tolerance about (ice).’’

Mr Neal said various mayors had been discussing tough measures, including a proposal to evict anyone caught supplying the drug from public housing.

Forget jobs and land, ice is our big issue: MP Billy Gordon

Balance-of-power MP Billy Gordon is demanding the Palaszczuk minority government ramp up effor­ts to stem the spread of ice across Queensland’s Aboriginal communities.

The independent MP, who has supported the Labor government on most legislation, said increased rehabilitation and mental health funding and the need for an anti-ice campaign targeted specifically at indigenous youths was at the top of his policy agenda.

Mr Gordon, an indigenous MP with a sprawling electorate that covers Cape York Peninsula, said he met Health Minister Cameron Dick over his concerns after suspected ice-fuelled suicides in an Aboriginal community last month.

Queensland police, mayors and social workers have reported a spike in the use of ice throughout most of the state’s Aboriginal communities in the past year.

In a report in The Weekend Australian on the emerging threat of ice in the communities, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and the Queensland Aboriginal and ­Islander Health Council called on state and federal governments to increase education and rehabilit­ation services.

The number of dedicated Aboriginal drug and alcohol services has been cut from 11 in 2011 to just five, with reduced state and federal funding.

Mr Gordon feared government would ignore the potential dangers of ice in isolated indigenous communities, which are already struggling with unemployment, welfare dependency and substance abuse.

“Drugs like ice that have such profound psychological effects on the user could destroy Aboriginal communities,’’ he said.

“It would chew them up and spit them out — it’s very scary and we have to do something now.

“Forget native title, forget employm­ent — the single biggest issue that I am worried about in communities is mental health and if ice really spreads then it will be devastating.’’

In a statement, Mr Dick said the state government was working on strategies to tackle ice across Queensland.

“The federal government has established a taskforce on ice and we want to make sure that there is no duplication of services between the state and federal government,” he said.

“This is also a matter which require­s a whole-of-govern­ment response, with other agencies such as the police and education and training authorities involved.’’

The 19 mayors of Queensland’s indigenous communities have also called for government to ramp up its efforts.

Errol Neal, Mayor of the 2000-strong community of Yarrabah, east of Cairns, said indigenous mayors had been discussing tough measures, including a proposal to evict from public housing anyone caught supplying the drug.

Yarrabah youths Jayden ­Kynuna, 22, Jaidyn Yeatman, 21, and Thaddeaus Johnson, 19 — who were educated outside their community but returned to work in local health and social services — said education about the dangers of the drug and “zero tolerance’’ could work. Mr Kynuna said many young people didn’t want a return to the “social dysfunction’’ that existed when the grog was flowing.

“It’s showing up at parties, ­people are bringing it from Cairns and (it’s) getting more popular, it’s scary,’’ he said.

“Some people who have been smoking the ganja say it’s no big deal, but they don’t know what they are talking about.

“We need to educate people, everyone, especially the schools, kids and people my age about what this drug can do.’’


NACCHO welcomes new service to North West Queensland

Matt and Lizzie at Gidgee Normanton cropped

Pictured L to R: Matthew Cooke (Chair NACCHO), Elizabeth Adams (Chair QAIHC), Shaun Soloman (Chair Gidgee Healing) and Dallas Leon (CEO Gidgee Healing)

The peak Aboriginal health organisation today welcomed the opening of a new Aboriginal community controlled health centre in the community of Normanton in Queensland’s north west.

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chairperson Matthew Cooke attended the opening and said the new Recovery and Community Wellbeing Centre was key to providing improved health services to Aboriginal people in the lower Gulf.

The new centre is a federally funded initiative which is operated by Gidgee Healing, an Aboriginal Medical Service, and The Salvation Army.

“Getting appropriate health and wellbeing services into remote parts of Australia is a huge challenge,” Mr Cooke said.

“It’s difficult for remote communities to get the quality health care they need.

“This centre will go a long way to helping many Aboriginal people get on the road to good health.”

Recovery and Wellbeing Centre Normanton cropped

Mr Cooke said the new Normanton Recovery and Community Wellbeing Service would be run by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

“The population of Normanton and surrounding areas is overwhelmingly Aboriginal and they need access to culturally-appropriate health care.

“Having local people involved in this centre will be key to it’s success in attracting clients and improving the health of the community. It also has the potential to boost employment and training opportunities for local residents.

“This is a significant addition to the Gulf and we congratulate all involved in making it a reality.”

NACCHO Aboriginal Health:Aboriginal Community-Controlled health services are a success: Report


“The Report and its statistics provide a good reminder that ongoing efforts to improve outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders is being achieved through community controlled health services, where local people are involved in decision-making processes that effect their overall health and well-being.”

Selwyn Button, CEO, QAIHC (pictured above)

QAIHC Press Release September 2013

A report on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) External Report 2013 (the Report) is a clear indication that the National Close the Gap effort is working.

The Report is a compilation of primary health care data collected from a number of QAIHC clinics across Queensland from 2009 to 2013.

It shows that QAIHC member services are providing regular care to around 70,000 patients across Queensland. This represents close to 45 percent of the Queensland Indigenous population, an astonishing number considering QAIHC member clinics are not located in all parts of the state.

Additionally, over twenty percent of the Queensland Indigenous population passed through the doors of QAIHC member services and clinics in the past six months alone.

Selwyn Button, CEO, QAIHC has welcomed the Report and the timeliness of its release.

“QAIHC member clinics are the largest provider of primary health care services to Indigenous people across Queensland,” Mr Button said.

“This Report demonstrates that the demand for more community controlled services continue to grow throughout the state, particularly in areas where a QAIHC service is yet to be developed.

“The Report is evidence that QAIHC’s services are integral in providing a much needed and significant contribution to improving the health of Indigenous Queenslanders.

“It is a reminder to us all that short term solutions simply are not the answer, and we require ongoing quality care to make a difference. Our Indigenous health clinics are up for the task and these numbers clearly show this fact.”

“QAIHC has over 40 Indigenous controlled health clinics throughout Queensland, and these community controlled health clinics are all proven success stories.”

“The growth in numbers clearly demonstrates this, but the growth in activities, including increasing number of health checks, chronic disease management plans and other related activities shows that our services are improving the quality of care

through systematic and best-practice approaches to patient care and continuity.”

The Report and its statistics provide a good reminder that ongoing efforts to improve outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders is being achieved through community controlled health services, where local people are involved in decision-making processes that effect their overall health and well-being.

The Report shows that the fundamental principles of local community governance and autonomy in decision-making can make a significant difference to Indigenous health and well-being.

“There is still much work to be done to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders,” Mr Button acknowledged.

“However, the foundations are now in place to support ongoing improvements, and the statistics in The Report are there as proof.

It is time for the Government get on board and show support community control for the Indigenous community of Queensland.”

Highlights of The External Report 2013 outlined:

• The development of QAIHC Primary Health care indicators and process for data collection and monitoring of outcomes commenced in 2007

• 20% of Indigenous Queenslanders seen in past 6 months

• 70,000 of all patient numbers across all QAIHC member services

• 200,00 patients visits across all services in past 6 months

• 41% of total patient population is made up of male patients

• 60% on average of all patients have had a health check in past 12 months

• 70% of hypertension patients on recommended medication

• 50% of diabetics on GPMP

• 49% of patients in AICCHS were smokers

• 27% of patients are overweight and 41% are obese

•15% of patients screened were identified as having poor kidney function and at risk of renal disease

NACCHO health awards:Unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal women is the winner National Prize for Excellence


Dr Mark Wenitong, Senior Medical Officer at the Apunipima Cape York Health Council and Part time PHMO at NACCHO pictured bottom left one of the team

A UNIQUE trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is the winner of the 2013 MJA, MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research, for the best research paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia in the previous calendar year.

Entitled “An intensive smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a randomised controlled trial”, the winning paper was authored by Sandra Eades, head of the Indigenous Maternal and Child Health Research Program at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne; Rob Sanson-Fisher, Laureate Professor of Health Behaviour at the University of Newcastle; Mark Wenitong, Senior Medical Officer at the Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns; Katie Panaretto, Population Health Medical Officer at the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council in Brisbane; Catherine D’Este, Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle; Conor Gilligan, lecturer at the University of Newcastle; and Jessica Stewart, a PhD student at the University of Newcastle.

Smoking rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are high and a particular problem is the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy, which is thought to be about 50%.

In this trial — the first of its kind — 263 women attending their first antenatal visit at one of three Aboriginal community-controlled health services were randomly allocated to two pathways.

The intervention group was invited to participate in a program of tailored advice and ongoing support to quit smoking, delivered by a general practitioner and other health care workers.

The “usual care” group received standard advice and support from the GP at scheduled antenatal visits.

There was a high uptake of the intervention by the women to whom it was offered but this was a “negative study” in the sense that smoking rates remained high at 36 weeks of pregnancy — 89% in the intervention group and 95% in the usual care group — a difference that was not statistically significant.

This was in some ways a disappointing outcome, especially as it came on the back of extensive background research and a unique collaboration by this group of researchers from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, the University of Newcastle, the Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.

However, the judges from the MJA’s Content Review Committee recognised that this research, conducted with robust and transparent methodology in a difficult real-world setting, contributes to the very important endeavour of improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.

Sponsored by MDA National, this prize awards the authors a cash prize of $10 000.

Acting PM supports the 2013 NACCHO “deadly choices” NRL national challenge

Matty Cooke

Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan and NACCHO Deputy Chair Matty Cooke took time out in a very busy schedules to attend Friday nights NACCHO NRL Deadly Choices Challenge Cup a lead up event to the Indigenous All stars event .


With Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett to present the Winners trophy to QAIHC Argun Warriors NACCHO #deadlychoices Challenge cup Friday Night 8 February

Game report below



NACCHO CEO Lisa Biggs and Deputy chair Matty Cooke catching up with Kevin Rudd at All stars game


2013 NACCHO Deadly Choices Murri V Koori Challenge between the Argun Warriors (QLD) and Newcastle Yowies (NSW).

Match report By MARK BOUSEN Torres News

Badu’s Argun Warriors are now officially the best All Blacks rugby league side in Australia after defeating the Newcastle Yowies 28-24 in golden-point, extra-time in Brisbane on Friday night.

A try by Maipele Morseu, which started from inside their own half in the final minute of the first, five-minute period of extra time, carried the courageous Warriors to victory in the inter-state challenge.

The Warriors trailed the Yowies for most of the game – down 8-4 at 1/4 time, 20-10 at 1/2 time, 20-16 at 3/4 time, with the scores locked at 24-all at full-time.

The Warriors hit the front for the first time late in the final quarter leading 24-20 before the Yowies scored a late try in the corner to force the title into extra-time.

They were also on the end of a lop-sided penalty count (8-1 in the first-half) and played for long periods, especially in the first-half, without the ball.

But the Badu-based side lived up to their Warriors’ name, and the courage and spirit that took them to the national championship.

NSW Team report

The NSW Indigenous Under 16’s are preparing for the game of their lives this weekend as the build up towards their match against QLD intensifies.

Currently in camp in Brisbane, the boys faced a tough day of training with an opposed session against the Indigenous Women’s team, before attending the launch of the 2013 NRL All Stars at Suncorp Stadium in the evening.

A highlight of the day was the presentation of jerseys by both the NRL and Indigenous All Star teams in the dressing rooms of the famous ‘Cauldron’.

Brydon Ramien, of Coonamble, was thrilled to receive his jersey from last years Dally M Medal Winner Ben Barba.

“It was amazing, Ben is one of the best players in the game,” Ramien said.

“To meet Ben, JT (Jonathan Thurston) and George Rose was something i’ll never forget, its already been one of the best weeks ever.”

As the players mingled and took the opportunity to take photo’s with their NRL heroes, Indigenous 16’s player Tyler Terare spoke about what the week means to him and his teammates.

“Its a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Terare.

“It feels so good to represent my people. Its my first NSW jumper and hopefully more to come.

“My family are coming to watch me and I’ve never played in front of a big crowd before, so hopefully it feels good.”

The team will train again today in the morning before attending the Indigenous Careers Expo and 2013 NACCHO Deadly Choices Murri V Koori Challange between the Argun Warriors (QLD) and Newcastle Yowies (NSW).

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NACCHO salutes the 2012 QAIHC Hall of Fame inductees


Hall of Fame introduction

The Board of Directors of the Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (QAIHC), the peak body for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector, established the QAIHC Hall of Fame in 2008 to formally recognise and honour the dedication and commitment of individuals to the establishment and expansion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services in Queensland.

The QAIHC Hall of Fame acknowledges the struggles and achievements of those that have gone before, providing a platform for the present day sector to build upon and continue to support their communities to improve their health and well being.

The QAIHC Hall of fame is located in the QAIHC Secretariat Office in West End, Brisbane. The Hall of Fame serves as an archive of the careers and accomplishments related to the Community Controlled Health Sector for those chosen for induction.

The QAIHC Hall of Fame is governed by the QAIHC Board the QAIHC Board is responsible for establishing the criteria for selecting inductees and methods for determining eligibility for and election to the Hall of Fame QAIHC Board will induct individuals to the QAIHC Hall of Fame on an annual basis.

Sister Muriel Kanomi Stanley


Home Missionary and Nurse

Muriel Kanomi Stanley was born on 6th April 1918 in Yarrabah – the eldest daughter of a Bindal man, Luke Stanley from the Ayr area and Jessie Keppel Ross, a Wappaburra woman from Great Keppel Island off Rockampton.

Named Kanomi for her Aunt and also after the Island North Keppel Island – Muriel Kanomi Stanley was educated at Yarrabah Anglican Mission School. At 18 years of age in 1936 Muriel decided to join the Church Army, and by 1937 Muriel had become an assistant-teacher. In 1938, she travelled to Newcastle in NSW to attend the training college of the Church Army Children’s homes in the Hunter valley and Armidale and became in turn deputy matron and matron of an orphanage in Hobart.

Muriel Kanomi Stanley then decided she could do more for her people as a nurse. Because of prejudice against the colour, she found difficulty in realising her ambition until she was eventually accepted by the South Sydney Women’s Hospital. She completed an 18th month course, passed the final examination in November 1944, and was registered as an obstetric nurse in March 1945. Reputedly, she was the first Aboriginal person to qualify in midwifery, after having already gained her triple nursing certificate. She was offered jobs in Sydney hospitals but decided she wanted to return home to Yarrabah to help her people.

Back home, Sister Muriel Stanley was appointed matron of the hospital and in addition to her duties there visited chronic invalids in their homes and led the St Mary’s Girls Guild. Margaret Clifford, Ethel Wilson, Doris Choikee, Dulsie Fourmile and Hilda Murgha were among numerous women to work with Sister Muriel in the early years. With the help of her three brothers Connie, Charlie, Luke and brother-in law Bernie Singleton Snr, they would transfer sick patients and many expectant mothers by boat to Cairns; some babies were born in the boat on the way. Transport then meant waiting for the tide to change, rough seas and battling the weather.

In 1959, with her adopted daughter Mina, Sister Muriel left Yarrabah and travelled to London for the Church Army to undertake a 2 year course in moral welfare. On their return to Cairns in 1962 Sister Muriel became a social – welfare officer : the Anglican Church’s only full-time welfare worker with Aboriginal people in Queensland. Sister Muriel Kanomi Stanley nephew, Bernie Singleton, considers his aunt an exceptional woman of her time. She went through the Suez Canal and showed us all photos.

From 1967 Sister Muriel was based at Woorabinda mission, South West of Roackampton, as liaison officer. Her employer, the Department of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs (DAIA) moved her to Brisbane in 1970 but she returned to North Queensland. In December that year, at St Alban’s Church of England, Yarrabah, Sister Muriel married Norman Gresham Underwood from Gordonvale, a canecutter and a widower. She retired in 1974 but she and her husband continued to work at a Children’s home at Mt Gravatt and for the One People of Australia League (OPAL).

Mrs Undewood but always referred to as Sister Muriel, suffered with a heart condition. When she passed away on 18th May, Sister Muriel Kanomi Stanley was laid to rest in Gordonvale.

Kay Mundraby


Mrs Kay Mundraby has served in many roles during her more than 24 years-service at Kambu Medical Center. In more recent years she has worked as the Aboriginal Health Worker responsible for the Diabetes Support Program and as a committed supporter of her many clients within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of the Ipswich and West Moreton Region.

Amongst her many attributes Aunty Kay has a unique ability to engage with people of all backgrounds. She displays a passion for ensuring that people get the support that they need. This includes the elderly in our communities who sometimes are living independently and are experiencing isolation; mothers anxious about their babies’s health and wellbeing; to lending a kind ear to those less fortunate who are struggling with life’s challenges on a daily basis.

Aunty Kay hold a wealth of knowledge in the community and is a specialist when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the sector she represents. She is highly regarded and respected by her clients and peers for the professional and ethical work she has undertaken over the course of her career. She visits clients in her own time on week-ends and often after her work day has finished to see that all is ok.

Kay Mundraby is affectionately known as Aunty Kay to many young people in her own Ipwich community : those she weighed as babies or as children of the mothers she took care of and supported in the early days of coming home with their new babies.

As a health worker Aunty Kay has seen many changes and people over the years, a record which has prompted the following description : like a fine wine that gets better with time, or just like a fine fiddle-there are many strings to this blow, and she has played them all.

Kambu Medical is undoubtedly enriched by the services and presence of such an esteemed lady who has achieved many goals and done so in her quite humble way. Aunty Kay has helped pave the way for another generation of health workers supporting the community controlled health sector further along the journey of assisting clients in taking control of their own health care.

Anne Tranby

Anne Tranby

Aunty Anne Tranby has worked at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Limited for over 25 years.

Her mob is the Wutathi and Aunty Anne has long demonstrated a love and passion for her people and the community. This is evident in the way she works for our people and her commitment to improving Indigenous health outcomes.

She began her service at ATSICHS Brisbane as a part-time driver. During her career she has performed numerous other roles which include serving as a Hospital Liaison Officer, an Aboriginal Health Worker and more recently as an Outreach Worker at Brisbane ATSICH’S Logan Clinic.

Aunty Anne is highly regarded and respected for her professional and caring manner when providing services to our community. The nomination of Aunty Anne Tranby to a level of representation such as this is an opportunity to recognise someone who has dedicated their life and career to Indigenous health at the service delivery level in Queensland.