NACCHO Aboriginal Health and the #StolenGeneration : Download #ActionPlanForHealing @AIHW and @HealingOurWay Report that has uncovered an alarming and disproportionate level of #StolenGenerations disadvantage

We now know that around 17,000 members of the Stolen Generations are living across Australia today and that they experience higher levels of adversity in relation to most of the 38 key health and welfare outcomes analysed in the report,” 

Even compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the same age group, who are already at a disadvantage, Stolen Generations members are suffering more.

It’s important to remember that behind all the data, are real people who are living with adversity every day and who have shared their stories many times over the past decade.

Healing Foundation Board Chair Professor Steve Larkin says the report, which was commissioned by The Healing Foundation, has uncovered an alarming level of social and economic disadvantage for our Stolen Generations and their descendants. See full press release Part 1 below 

Download full report HERE 

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While the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government failed to commission this important work following the National Apology in 2008, I am pleased that we now have a comprehensive understanding of the demographics and needs of surviving members of the Stolen Generations.

The Stolen Generations have experienced a lifetime of trauma, grief and loss, a legacy which is still felt in families and communities across Australia,

The results are significant and illustrate the enduring devastation of past government policies.

I thank the AIHW and the Healing Foundation for their comprehensive work on this report, the first analysis of its kind.

“These findings will help all governments to better support the Stolen Generations and their families.

Minister of Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion see full Press Release Part 2

A Shorten Labor Government will respond to the legacy of pain and trauma that the Stolen Generations, their families and their communities continue to experience today. A Shorten Labor Government will establish a Stolen Generations Compensation Scheme.

To each of the survivors removed from their families, country and culture we will offer an ex gratia payment of $75,000. As well as a one-off payment of $7000 to ensure the costs of their funeral are covered.

See Labor Party Press Release HERE 

Labor Party Stolen Generation response Press Release

 

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlights the urgent need to overhaul policies and services for Australia’s Stolen Generations and tackle the impact of Intergenerational Trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, according to The Healing Foundation Board Chair Steve Larkin.

According to today’s report the Stolen Generations are more than three times as likely to have been incarcerated in the last five years, almost twice as likely to rely on government payments and 1.5 times as likely to experience poor mental health. They are also more likely to suffer chronic health conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

“For the first time, we have comprehensive data to illustrate a direct link between poor health and welfare outcomes and the forced removal of tens of thousands of children from their families,” said Professor Larkin

“And we can also see the ongoing impact on subsequent generations.”

The AIHW report shows that the descendants of the Stolen Generations consistently experience poorer health and social outcomes, compared to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For example, they are almost twice as likely to have experienced violence, 1.5 times as likely to have been arrested by police (in the last 5 years) and 1.2 times as likely to have used substances (in the preceding 12 months).

Professor Larkin said the level of disadvantage outlined in the report was appalling but should not come as a surprise.

“The Stolen Generations were denied a proper education or a decent wage, which put them at a financial loss right from the start. But more fundamentally, they endured significant childhood trauma when they were taken from their families, isolated, institutionalised and often abused.

“If people don’t have an opportunity to heal from trauma, it continues to impact on the way they think and behave, which can lead to a range of negative outcomes, including poor health, substance abuse, suicide and violence.

“This leads to a vicious cycle of trauma, and its many insidious symptoms, and increasing levels of social and economic disadvantage, across generations,” said Professor Larkin.

“This report shows us that one third of today’s adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community are descendants of the Stolen Generations and that number is going to keep growing.

“If we don’t break the trauma cycle soon, adversity for our people will keep increasing, the gaps with non-Indigenous Australians will keep widening and so will the cost to the Australian taxpayer.”

Today’s demographic report is the first step in The Healing Foundation’s Action Plan for Healing project, which the federal government funded last year.

Professor Larkin said we need to act quickly to scale up appropriate services, address reparations at a national level and deal with the complex aged care needs that have been outlined in the report.

“We also need a National Intergenerational Trauma Strategy to halt the spread of trauma and attack the root cause of many social and health problems.

“It’s too late for many of the Stolen Generations who died young and tragically because of the poor health and welfare issues outlined in this report, but we can do better for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people still experiencing the impacts,” he said.

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to heal trauma caused by the widespread and deliberate disruption of populations, cultures and languages over 230 years. This includes specific actions like the forced removal of children from their families.

Download the Above as a PDF 

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Part 2 Government  Press Release

The Turnbull Government has today released a landmark analysis conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in partnership with the Healing Foundation into the outcomes and current needs of the Stolen Generations.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: Numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes report found that there are an estimated 17,000 members of the Stolen Generations alive in 2018 who continue to experience significant social and economic disadvantage compared to other Indigenous Australians.

The report estimated that an average of 11 percent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people born before 1972 were removed from their families.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said this report was a critical analysis needed to enable governments to better meet the contemporary needs of members of the Stolen Generations.

“The Turnbull Government will consult with the Indigenous Advisory Council and continue to work with members of the Stolen Generations to ensure that the Stolen Generations and their families receive the support they require.”

The Commonwealth has provided around $50 million to the Healing Foundation since 2009 to support their work and is currently delivering more than $44 million to over 100 organisations to provide social and emotional wellbeing activities including to support members of the Stolen Generations and their families.

The report was commissioned by the Australian Government in partnership with the Healing Foundation. This work was undertaken in response to the Healing Foundation’s Report titled Bringing them Home 20 years on: an action plan for healing,  which recommended a comprehensive analysis to understand the current needs of the Stolen Generations.

Aboriginal Health #ThePointNITV and Stolen Generation : Guilty of Being Aboriginal reveals the nation-wide practice of giving #StolenGeneration children criminal records.

NITV news has uncovered the story of how thousands of Stolen Generation children had their lives permanently affected after they were charged and given criminal records – purely for being an Indigenous child taken away from their family.

Featuring both on The Point tonight at 9pm, and in an investigative story online Guilty of Being Aboriginal, NITV unearths forgotten evidence of the widespread practice and reveals that these ‘offences’ still appear on full police records requested by individuals today.

Research by Woor-Dungin volunteer Elizabeth Proctor and Law Professor Bronwyn Naylor from RMIT University reveals that in Victoria, it was a systematic, standard practice up until 1989 for Aboriginal children to get a police record for being an Indigenous child in ‘need of protection’.

This means for decades, Aboriginal and Torres Strait children were given criminal records by the courts after being forcibly taken away from their families.

In particular, the story follows 63-year-old Larry Walsh and his journey of uncovering the truth behind his criminal record from 1956, when he was only two and a half years old. During the course of going through old court documents, Walsh discovered that he had been branded a criminal because he was a ‘stolen child’.

Walsh says that having a police record has affected his life: “They picked on me as a kid, the police, saying I had a criminal record. If they’d left me alone in peace, who knows what my life would have been.”

As well as leading to him being targeted and harassed by local police, Walsh says that this childhood record meant that Magistrates referred to his ‘criminal record from 1956’ on more than one occasion, for example when he went to court for driving without a licence.

“As far as I’m concerned it has been used against me, as part of painting a picture of me as a very bad person. I’ve been telling people about this for years but nobody believed me. How many other people in my age group, or as young as their 30s, have they done this to?”

The Victorian Children’s Court has published documents stating that there was a “failure of the previous system to distinguish between children [deemed to be] in need of protection and young people who were offending against the criminal law.”

There have been calls for the official removal of the charges from people’s records.

The story airs on The Point tonight, Thursday 24 August, on NITV at 9pm. Visit The Point online or get involved on Twitter and Facebook using #ThePointNITV

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NACCHO Deadly Awards results:Deadly Archie wants action from Abbott

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Singer-songwriter Archie Roach, recipient of a Lifetime Contribution Award for Healing the Stolen Generations at Tuesday night’s Deadly Awards, says new Prime Minister Tony Abbott needs to prove he is serious about indigenous Australia.

FULL list below 2013 DEADLY AWARDS – THE WINNERS

‘‘I don’t know what to think about Tony Abbott. He reckons he wants to work with indigenous people but only time will tell if we are able to work with this man and his Government and bring about some real change.’’

Roach’s work focused an international spotlight on the stolen generations and did much to mobilise Australia into action.

Roach says the Northern Territory intervention remains a ‘‘sore point’’ for indigenous people and he also wants to see Australia’s first people recognised in the constitution. Indigenous people should have also have a say in who is considered genuine asylum seekers: ‘‘People who are sincere. We know there are genuine people fleeing war torn countries who have no hope,’’ Roach said.

Roach, who suffered a stroke in 2010 and had surgery for lung cancer in 2011, also won a Deadly last night at the Sydney Opera House for indigenous album of the year, for Into the Bloodstream. “I’m just happy to be able to make music at this stage of my career, so it’s a great honour to be recognised in this way,” Roach said.

Deadlys organisers said Roach’s contributions to his people “are deep, long-lasting and real . . . his work focused an international spotlight on the stolen generations and did much to mobilise Australia into action”.

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NSW Magistrate Pat O’Shane. Photo: Wade Laube

One of indigenous Australia’s highest honours, the Marcia Langton award for lifetime achievement in leadership, went to controversial retired NSW magistrate Pat O’Shane.

Ms O’Shane, a Kunjandji woman, was the first woman to head a ministry (the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 1981) and the first Aboriginal barrister and magistrate in Australia. Ms O’Shane, 72, retired from the Local Court of NSW this year, after a 26-year career on the bench.

Deadlys organisers said she “blazed a path for others to follow . . . she is a genuine and inspiring role model for others”.

Ms O’Shane is also the subject of an unresolved Judicial Commission investigation into many of her decisions as a magistrate.

Pop singer Jessica Mauboy, of Darwin, repeated her 2012 success by again winning the female artist of the year/single of the year double, this time for Something’s Got a Hold on Me, which is the theme song for this year’s NRL season. Country singer Troy Cassar-Daley was male artist of the year.

The Sapphires, which has so far made $20.4 million worldwide, was named film of the year, while cast member Deborah Mailman was named best female actor.

The acclaimed television drama series Redfern Now was TV show of the year, while one of the program’s lead actors, Luke Carroll, was named best male actor.

Best hip-hop group was Melbourne’s Yung Warriors, while hip-hop duo Stik n Move, from Queanbeyan, picked up the the most promising new talent in music award.

Other major arts awards went to Steve Mullawalla Dodd (Jimmy Little lifetime achievement award for music), Brenda Croft (visual artist of the year), Ella Havelka (dancer of the year) and singer-songwriter Shellie Morris (excellence in cultural advancement). Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari won the published book prize.

2013 DEADLY AWARDS – THE WINNERS

Music

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT IN MUSIC -Stik n Move

SINGLE RELEASE OF THE YEAR – Jessica Mauboy, Something’s Got a Hold on Me

ALBUM OF THE YEAR -Archie Roach, Into the Bloodstream

BAND OF THE YEAR – Street Warriors

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR -Troy Cassar-Daley

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR -Jessica Mauboy

HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Yung Warriors

Sport

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT -Mariah Williams

AFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Adam Goodes

NRL PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Johnathan Thurston

FEMALE SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR -Ashleigh Barty

MALE SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR – Daniel Geale

Arts

DANCER OF THE YEAR – Ella Havelka

VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Brenda Croft

MALE ACTOR OF THE YEAR -Luke Carroll (Redfern Now)

FEMALE ACTOR OF THE YEAR -Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires)

FILM OF THE YEAR – The Sapphires

TELEVISION SHOW OF THE YEAR – Redfern Now

PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR – NPY Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation

(Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari)

Community

EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH -Professor Pat Dudgeon

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION -Deadly Sista Girlz and the David Wirrpanda Foundation

HEALTH WORKER OF THE YEAR -Leonie Morcome, Biripi Aboriginal Medical Service

EXCELLENCE IN EMPLOYMENT -Koori Job Ready

COMMUNITY BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR -John Harding, 3CR

EXCELLENCE IN CULTURAL ADVANCEMENT – Shellie Morris

SCIENTIST OR SCIENCE PROJECT OF THE YEAR -Gerry Turpin

EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH THROUGH THE PROMOTION OF HEALTHY AND SMOKE

FREE LIFESTYLES -Rewrite Your Story Campaign, developed by Puiyurti (Don’t Smoke) Tackling Tobacco Program

JOURNALISM STORY OF THE YEAR – NITV News, Shayden and Junaid Thorne in Saudi Arabia

Hall of Fame

THE ELLA AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT – Adam Goodes

THE JIMMY LITTLE AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC -Steve Dodd

THE MARCIA LANGTON AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN LEADERSHIP -Pat O’Shane

THE LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD FOR HEALING THE STOLEN GENERATIONS -Archie Roach

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