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A New Informational App in Local Language.


(Photos courtesy of Menzies School of Health)

A new educational and informational app in Yolngu Matha language at Galiwinku in the Northern Territory has been launched to help and address the high rates of hepatitis B in their community.

The Menzies School of Health Research says between 10 and 20 per cent of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory suffer from hepatitis B and language had been a barrier to addressing the issues.

Pam Reilly spoke with Dr Jane Davies, Infectious Disease Clinical Research about the app on Strong Voices.


Namatjira’s legacy lives on in Alice Plaza Mural

Albert Namatjira’s watercolour landscape artistry is being honoured by his descendents and kin with a new mural of Heavitree Gap at Alice Plaza. The Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre in collaboration with the Hermannsberg School of Landscape Artists and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education have completed a colourful artwork designed by Ntaria artist Peter Taylor. The mural is inspired by the Yeperenye Dreaming and is painted in Albert Namatjira’s famous style.  Pam Reilly reports.


Purple House


Here in Central Australia there are a lot of our mob that are affected by Kidney disease and this often means that they have undergo Dialyses Treatment.

For many this will mean a trip into Alice Springs to receive their treatment at the Purple House, where Sarah Brown is the smiling face that greets them and she has a chat to Damien Williams about her work.

Sarah Brown Purple House

CAAMA’s new chairman drops in for a chat………

Karl Hampton CAAMA Photo

“Karl Hampton, CAAMA’s new Chairperson says he  looks forward to working with the staff and stakeholders of the organisation into the future. Karl has thanked former Chairperson Michael Griffin for his contribution to the organisation.

Self harm researcher says a lack of recognition prevents young Aboriginal people being proud of their identity.

Adele Cox  CAAMA photo


The  lack of acknowledgement and respect for Aboriginal and Islander people’s as the “First Australians” has a major impact on their mental health and wellbeing ….according to a leading suicide prevention researcher.

Adele Cox, a Bunuba and Kija (Gija) woman from the Kimberley region in Western Australia  has spent  15 years  researching suicide prevention and how communities can best turn around alarming levels of self harm.

Adele Cox -full interview

Aboriginal Communities get help from the Army.

Warren Snowden caama photo


A program which is run by the Australian Army in Aboriginal communities has been acknowledged by the Federal Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Warren Snowden.

Mr Snowden has welcomed member of the 6th engineer support regiment to the Northern Territory to work with Aboriginal communities as part of this year’s Army Aboriginal Community Assistance program (AACAP).

The soldiers will be travelling to Wutunugurra and Canteen Creek to improve environmental health and living conditions by providing them with infrastructure training in skills and development.

Pam Reilly spoke to Minister Snowden about the AACAP on Strong Voices.

Traditional “caretaker” of country ” tells his story………..

Peter Coco Wallace

A Central Australian based Kurdungurlu or “caretaker” of country says the attraction of modern technology is making it difficult for him to keep his young people connected with their culture.

Peter “Coco”  Wallace …an Eastern Arrente Elder says traditionally  doing drawings on the ground and talking  were once normal ways of sharing knowledge and keeping culture strong…. but now the young people are  being heavily influenced by new technology.

Education is Important


School principal Mike Hansen is going above and beyond to help local indigenous students achieve their academic dreams.

After 14 years working as a teacher and principal in remote indigenous communities, Mike became principal of Cairns West State School, bringing with him the belief that every child can, and will be, successful.

With a high proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, attendance levels and academic averages at the school were below state standards.

Mike was determined to raise the bar and in 2009, he introduced the Academic Success Guarantee.

Justin Fenwick sat down with Michael Hansen and had a chat about his work at Cairns West State School.

Bess Price wins NT Women’s Leadership Award

CAAMA congratulates Bess Nungarrayi Price, Member for Stuart, Minister for Community Services and Women’s Policy, on winning the NT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership! The national awards recognise those working to close the gender inequality gap and promote the need for more female leaders. Ms Price said she hopes “to help inspire other women to take on positions of leadership, no matter where they’re from.”

Just WHO discovered Alice Springs?

The Alice Springs Town Council errected a controversial statue of the town’s ‘discoverer’, John McDouall Stuart, on Wednesday. Pitjantjatjara Kokatha man Scott Hayne is just one of many people outraged by the statue, and says that the plaque to be installed next month needs to be worded carefully.

The 2014 NAIDOC Youth of The Year Award recipient Amelia Telford talks on CAAMA.

Amelia Telford is a young Aboriginal women from the Bundjalung nation on the north Coast of NSW. She is Indigenous Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and is encouraging youth from around Australia to get involved in the conversation about climate change.