“What I have seen in Alice Springs are examples of good news stories – committed people, adequately resourced, who are engaged with the Indigenous community, doing good things”
Professor Sir Michael Marmot visited Alice Springs last week to speak at a seminar ( View 90 minute broadcast Part 1 below ) and witness Congress Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service’s work in reducing the impact of disadvantage and the effects this has on health outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Picture above Sir Michael at the CAAC health clinic Areyonga, NT
Sir Marmot, Director of the University College London’s Institute of Health Equity and a leading researcher on health inequality issues, is a powerful international advocate for the social determinants of health.
Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, Sir Marmot has investigated the reasons for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality.
1.Flinders University Lecture
Kath Martin welcome to Arrernte Country
Why treat people and send them back to what made them sick !
3. Sir Marmot visited Congress specifically to learn how Aboriginal Community Controlled health services improve the lives of Aboriginal people.
“Importantly, through our use of data we have been able to clearly demonstrate to Sir Marmot how effective Congress is as a leading Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service” Congress CEO, Donna Ah Chee, said.
“The way we collect and use data is building an evidence base about what works, and he commented on the importance of this approach. He was also clear that one of the key ways that health services implement a social determinants approach is by providing Aboriginal employment and in this regard, he was very impressed with the current 50% Aboriginal employment rate and strategic target of 60%.
He was impressed that there are so many good things happening in Aboriginal health as compared with the doom and gloom he had previously heard about.”
“This has been a fantastic opportunity to show case the great work of Congress to an internationally renowned advocate for social determinants of health” Ms Ah Chee said.
“We are very pleased that Sir Marmot will be taking what he has learnt here to the rest of the world.”
Local Aboriginal health worker, Sarah and @baumfran, in local health clinic Areyonga, NT
Downtown Areyonga/Utju – an Aborigine population of about 150, with a well-resourced health centre
NACCHO encourages the Commonwealth to recognise that the social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their ensuing health inequities are significantly influenced by broad social factors outside the health system.
NACCHO asserts that the Commonwealth is well positioned to identify those factors and act upon them through policy decisions that improve health – supported by current evidence – in housing, law & justice and mining & resource tax redistribution, for example.
1. Closing dates 15 October for next edition 16 November
NACCHO Aboriginal Health Newspaper
To be distributed at the NACCHO AGM and Members meeting 2016
2.Celebrate #IndigenousDads Registrations now open
ONLY a few 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;
5.National Stroke week kits are now available for ACCHO’s
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.
The Closing the Gap: Building Cultural Resilience national conference will look closely at issues around changing the Australian criminal justice system while celebrating grassroots, community-led and unfunded activities being undertaken by First Nations People.
Australia has a long history of over-incarceration of First Nations peoples, beginning with the first Aboriginal Protection Act in Victoria in 1869, and culminating in the abuses at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in the Northern Territory in 2016.
It is obvious that we need to make changes in the Australian criminal justice system – studies on risk and protective factors have shown that cultural resilience is a major factor involved in protecting new generations from the trauma and disadvantage of the past.
Cultural resilience was first mentioned in the literature by Native American educators who noticed that their students on the reservation succeeded, in spite of poverty and exposure to substance abuse and lateral violence, when they were supported by traditional tribal structures, spirituality and cultural practices.
The theory of cultural resilience suggests that the practice of culture creates a psychological sense of belonging and a positive
8. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services (QAAMS) – The workshop program will include full training for people undertaking competency certification for the first time and competency update for those previously trained. The workshop program will also allow for interactive group sessions, presentations from services and education about diabetes care. Darwin, NT – Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 2016
Date: 20-21 October 2016 Time: 08:00 – 16:30 (each day)
Location: John Matthews Building (Building 58) Menzies, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Darwin
Course overview: The rheumatic heart disease workshop is designed for key health staff involved in the diagnosis and management of people with acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the Northern Territory. This workshop will engage participants with a combination of objective driven information sessions, and consolidate that knowledge with a series of targeted clinical and practical case studies.
Hurting, helping and healing workshop – This workshop aims to bring attention to the mental health and wellbeing of individuals suffering from ‘at risk’ mental states. Perth, WA – Wednesday 23 November 2016.
The CheckUP Forum 2 September, Brisbane
The health system is on notice – transform or be transformed. The forces for change are driving innovation from within and disruption from outside the system. #health2020 represents a new health economy in which value and outcomes, not volumes, matter and where an engaged, informed health consumer is the major driver of value and activity. Find out more here.
Health Law Seminar: Improving patient outcomes 8 September, Sydney
Book your place now for the FREE Health Law Seminar: Improving Patient Outcomes jointly presented by AHHA, the Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and Holman Webb. A number of expert speakers will present and discuss health law issues in relation to improving patient outcomes. Find out more here.
Mid North Coast Local Health District Rural Innovation and Research Symposium 15-16 September, Coffs Harbour
The Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) Rural Innovation and Research Symposium will showcase how innovation and research is embedded into MNCLHD’s everyday work practices. MNCLHD’s focus is on creating a connected health environment – One Health System For You. The Symposium will showcase innovation, research and programs that support integrated care, communication, connectivity and access to services across the health spectrum. The Early Bird registration special closes at midnight on Sunday 14 August. Find out more here.
Health Planning and Evaluation Course 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.
RACMA – Harm Free Health Care Conference 10-11 October, Brisbane
The theme for the Royal Australasian College of Medial Administrators conference this year is “Harm Free Health Care”. This conference is designed to challenge and debate whether health care can be Harm Free and what practical approaches can be considered. As one of their flagship events, the RACMA Annual Scientific Meeting is expected to attract around 250 delegates to Brisbane who will be a mixture of senior managers, clinical specialists with management roles, researchers, educators, policy makers, and health ministry and health provider executives. This year they have an international keynote speaker, Samuel Shem M.D who is also a renowned author sharing his experience at the conference. Find out more here.
Sidney Sax Medal Dinner 19 October, Brisbane
The Sidney Sax Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research. Join us celebrate the awarding of the 2016 Sidney Sax Medal at a networking dinner following the AHHA AGM. The dinner will also feature Sean Parnell, Health Editor at The Australian as the guest speaker. Find out more here.
Stepped Care Models for Mental Health Workshop 28 October, Sydney
Primary Health Networks have been funded by the Commonwealth to facilitate implementation of stepped care models in Australian mental health services. Effective implementation will require partnerships, resources, new and redefined models and services. With no clear national guideline or agreement on what stepped care models should look like, and the need for a strong coalition across jurisdictions and providers to drive implementation, PHNs do not have a clear road map. This workshop will bring together key players to understand what has been learned to date in the development and implementation of stepped care models and the way forward to effective implementation in the Australian health care system. Find out more here.