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Batchelor Institute Graduation Ceremony 2015

Bush Bands Business 2015

The 2015 Bush Bands Bash is back for another year, showcasing some of the best music to come from the desert region! As one of the biggest Aboriginal music events in the Northern Territory, the BBB allows desert bands to take part in sharing their music with both national and international crowds. Before jumping on stage to wow crowds with their music, the bands must take part in a three day business skills camp which teaches the bands how to deal with artist management, festival programming, publicity and other activities and workshops which see the bands grow from strength to strength.

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Academia is ready to break the cycle of Aboriginal kids in care….

Prof Fiona Arney

An expert in child safety and protection says the growing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from their families and placed into out of home care has sparked  international concern and attention.

Professor Fiona Arney Director of the Adelaide based Australian Centre for Child Protection has told a forum on health development that over the past decade the number of Aboriginal children coming into contact with the child care system has doubled and as a nation we cannot stand by as the rates continue to escalate.

Professor Arney says state and territory child protection agencies are very locked into their current systems and that academia driving change will provide greater  focus on innovation.

Prof Fiona Arney child removal

Minahan Medal 2015


The Minahan Medal presentations were on once again as the Central Australian Football League heads into the final stages of the competition. The night acknowledges the Best and Fairest of the CAFL from players to supporters, umpires and representatives all the hard work and dedication of individuals were recognised.

Premier League Minahan Medal Count –  Nathan Mutch (Federals FC)

Margaret Liddle Medal – Ebony Miller (Pioneer FC)

What a great night and a great year of footy in the Centre, congratulations to all the winners and participants for the year.


Kimberley Girl… Aboriginal Youth Leadership Development Program

The Western Australian Government is supporting the continuation of a youth leadership development program for young Aboriginal women in an attempt to address the gap in services in remote areas.

The state Government has assured a one-off allocation of $200,000 to support the Kimberley Girls program. Goolarri Medias Chief Operations Officer Kira Fong told CAAMA radio that the program hopes to develop self-confidence and skills in young women empowering them to address a range of social issues in their home communities.

Kira Fong is the Chief Operations Officer at Goolarri Media and is one of the founders of Kimberley Girl and she joins us on the program.

Traditional Owners…Enough is Enough Government should take action


Environmentalist and Traditional owners of the Roper-Gulf region in the Northern Territory are calling for immediate closure of one of the worlds largest lead and zinc mines.

A 2014 environmental report revealed that several serious incidents had occurred the spillage had been played down and little significance given to the events.

Acting director of the Environment Centre NT Anna Boustead told CAAMA radio action by the mining owner Glencore has been slow with little regard to the public and the environments protection.

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Trauma and dis empowerment continues to impact on the mob.

A Prof Robert Parker AMA  (2)

A new Northern Territory mental health strategy for frontline services will target  six priority areas including future planning, prevention and early intervention, better involvement of patients and families, and the up-skilling of the workforce.
Associate Professor Robert Parker is president to the AMA Northern Territory. He is an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry with James Cook University and the Northern Territory Clinical School. Robert has authored or co-authored more than 30 articles on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and mental health issues.

Professor Robert Parker

1965 Australia’s racist past

A  new photographic exhibition showcasing the iconic 1965 Freedom Ride provides a stark and confronting look into racism in rural Australia’s in the 1960’s.

In 1965 Charles Perkins took a group of Sydney University students on a bus trip across rural NSW,to  highlight  and breakdown  racist practices  which  were still  commonplace  in many parts of the country,

50 years later more than a 100 images captured by a photographer who also made the journey   are on display at the NSW State Library.

Gamilaroi man and Co-Curator of the collection Ronald Briggs joins Lorena Walker on Strong Voices.

Aboriginal footy players share culture and sport in China.


Young Aboriginal footballers have been given a unique opportunity to promote and share their culture in China, courtesy of the Port Adelaide football club.Approximately 20 young Aboriginal footballers are set to compete against China’s national football team, flying all the way to the city of Guanzhou Hong Kong.

The project uses AFL as an incentive for young Aboriginal people to perform well in the classroom and Andrew Hunter General Manager of community programs for the Port Adelaide Football club says the trip provides international exposure of Aboriginal people though the nations beloved sport.

There are currently around 1000 registered footy players from Auskick through to the professional level, but time well tell whether Australia’s loved game will become a major sport in the future.


Indigenous Literacy Day at Yipirinya School

Indigenous Literacy Day looks at raising awareness of indigenous literacy and the important need for children of all ages living in remote aboriginal communities to access to books and other resources.

It was a great day at Yipirinya School where students enjoyed the performance from Yamba The Honey Ant and Jacinta Price spreading the importance message of education and staying in school. CAAMA Radio was there to broadcast the event with special guests speakers Aboriginal elder Kumalie Riley and Dr. Lance Box the teaching and learning manager at Yipirinya School.

Warren Mundine- a lot more needs to be done !

Warren Mundine caamapwphoto


Indigenous Advisory Council chair Warren Mundine says following the PM’s visit to the Torres Strait and Cape York he is  keen to promote the significance of both Government and business engaging with communities and involving them in  decision making processes.

Mr Mundine told CAAMA   while it was important for the Prime Minister to recognise and pay respect to a distinct culture which is different to the mainland….there is still a great deal to be done to improve economic development in the region.

warren mundine cape visit

Nurnakah Show – Health and Support



Today on the Nurnakah Show we’ll be discussing transgender health care pathways in the Northern Territory. Members of the transgender and gender diverse community have recently claimed that they may be forced to leave the NT to be able to access appropriate health care needs. One NT Brotherboy wanting to medically transition was turned away from the Royal Darwin Hospital and told to seek help interstate.