Professor Jenny Hocking is Research Professor and ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a well-known biographer and script-writer and a highly regarded scholar and commentator on Australian politics and history, political biography, counter-terrorism and security matters.
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The latest Australian Council of Social Service National Poverty Report shows the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community remains one of the most at-risk groups in Australia.
ACOSS CEO DR Cassandra Goldie told CAAMA Radio that significant numbers of Aboriginal people are on social security and particularly impacted by long-term unemployment.
A leading adviser to Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described his own four-day stay in a Central Australian Aboriginal community…. as a massive learning curve.
Warren Mundine… the Sydney based chair of the PM’s Indigenous Advisory Council travelled to the remote Ampiliwatja community 320 kms north-east of Alice Springs to gain his own personal appreciation of life in the bush in an Aboriginal community.
Mr Mundine told CAAMA RADIO the stay had re inforced many of his own thoughts about how Governments deal with Aboriginal and Islander Australians.
Benny Hodges, together with his wife and 2 daughters, is a carer for his son Reggie, who was born with Autism-an intellectual disability.
Reggie is the only son.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. It is estimated that there are over 2.6 million carers in Australia .
12.4% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population are carers, compared to 10.5% of the non-Indigenous Australian population .
A large proportion of people living in rural and remote areas are Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders.
Recognition from both Government and the Opposition that the massacre of more than a hundred Aboriginal people at Coniston in the Northern Territory just 85 years ago…. was a tragedy for the local Walpiri people…. but not uncommon form of reprisal following the death of a white person.
The Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Territory Senator Nigel Scullion says Yurrkuru, also known as Brookes Soak was the site where Fred Brooks, a dingo trapper, was killed by Aboriginal men in 1928…leading to the reprisal killings of large numbers of innocent Warlpiri and Anmatyerre people
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says it is particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take the lead in helping to determine their own destiny.
The National Party leader who is also the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development told CAAMA Radio that both Government and people of goodwill are working for reforms which will make a difference in communities where are very few of the basic facilities that most people take for granted.
The President of Australia’s peak mental health body says it will create a specific committee to directly advise on Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander matters .
Speaking from the 49th annual Australian Psychological Society conference in Hobart outgoing President Tim Hannan says APS wants to ensure that indigenous psychologists are able to communicate more directly with the sector on what, when and how issues affecting their communities need to be addressed.
Uncle Rex Japanangka Granites is a Senior Walpiri Man from the Western Desert who speaks Walpiri and English.He has extensive experience interpreting and translating and is in high demand as a mentor. Rex shares his thoughts about a number of ongoing concerns in the Centre.
Jack Charles photo courtesy Bindi Coles
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently told UK media that his country has not yet come to terms with the uncomfortable reality of early settlement or that the early British settlers were all bad for Aboriginal people.
Highly acclaimed Aboriginal Actor and human rights campaigner Jack Charles agrees….but says in view of the push to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders recognized in the Australian Constitution…. it is a rather gentle claim.
Jack tells Justin Fenwick that the PM should sit down with the mob… and have a yarn about what they really want.
Dementia is not a specific disease; it is the term used to describe a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Dementia is characterised by widespread impairment of mental function, decline in activities of daily living, and impaired social function. This means thinking, memory, communication, emotions, and other functions of the brain get worse over time, and cannot be cured. Most people with dementia will eventually require assistance to perform even simple tasks.
Allied Health Academic at the Centre for Remote Health, Heather Jensen, shares her experiences working with Aboriginal people in bush communities.