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NAIDOC 2015: We All Stand On Sacred Ground, Learn Respect Celebrate!

The theme for NAIDOC 2015 is We All Stand On Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect, Celebrate and couldn’t be better suited as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia continues to strengthen their culture.

The NAIDOC Committee which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, was started in the early 1900’s sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

National NAIDOC Co-Chair, Ben Mitchell told CAAMA Radio the week celebrations is for all people residing in Australia to be part of.

Congress Kicks off NAIDOC Celebrations 2015

NAIDOC celebrations kicked off in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) with an afternoon tea and Health Promotion stalls. The stalls included congress eye health team, Headspace the National Mental Health service, Ingkintja male health service and congresses education and training program for Aboriginal health workers.

NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

NAIDOC Week a platform for Ear Health awareness.


Photo: Hearing Australia

In an attempt to combat the high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders who suffer from ear infections a leading audiologist is using NAIDOC week as a time to remind Aboriginal people to take better care of their ears.

Hearing Australia is using NAIDOC weeks as a platform to raise awareness about looking after your ears and your hearing. Speaking on CAAMA Radio the manager of hearing Australia Samantha Harkus, stressed the importance of maintaing proper ear health.

Hearing Australia will join other health providers during NAIDOC week to spread awareness about ear disease which effects many aboriginal communities.


2015 Alice Springs Show

The crowds gathered early on another cool Friday morning to see what was in store for the 56th annual Alice Springs show. As the stalls opened people didn’t waste any time looking at what they can snap up.  Side show ally once again drawing large crowds with each ride hosting lines and lines of people. Once again people were spoiled for choice when it came to deciding what to eat.

BROTHERS at the 2015 Alice Springs Show

It’s that time again and the BROTHERS are at the Alice show, as always a jam packed show with a number of guests dropping by to have a chat with us in the CAAMA truck.

Today’s show was a bit different to what we usually do with Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion dropped by to talk about what he has been doing.

We also had our very own Patrick Ah Kit roaming the greatorex pavilion talking to some of the stall holders to get some idea on what is going on.

Finally but certainly not least a BROTHER we have had on the show before Jimmy Cocking giving us an insight into the ongoing efforts to keep the Northern Territory Frack free.

Affordable Housing in Alice Springs.


Lauren Moss with Lorena Walker caama photo

There was an open public meeting held in Alice Springs which allowed members of the community to voice their concerns about important issues of homelessness in the Northern Territory.

The NT Shadow Minister for Public and Affordable Housing Lauren Moss who attended the meeting said it had come at a good time because of the growing number of people unable to get into the housing market.

A Safer Future for Children and Families

A Promotional event for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responseto Child Sexual Abuse, and the Ochre Ribbon Campaign for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.

Hosted by the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit (CAAFLU) in association with the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS).

The event took place at the Araluen Arts Centre with welcome to country from Rosalie Kumalie Riley, Introductory speeches from Phynea Clake CEO and Eunice Blackmore Chairperon (CAAFLU). Guest Speaker Mary Keaney from Knowmore Legal Service and Sue Roman from Stolen Generations (Darwin).

There was a performance from Kirra Voller and Cassi Williams (Desert Divas) and Casey Donovan and Band.


The Ongoing Fight Against Scabies: One Child Affected, Is One Too Many.


The goal of closing the life-expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is now one-step closer thanks to a $1.2 million donation to the cause today. MSD in Australia have donated $600,000 to not-for-profit organisation One Disease, which is also being matched dollar-for-dollar by an unnamed benefactor, in a bid to combat the high number of people affected by scabies. One Disease, aims to eliminate preventable disease, one at a time from remote Indigenous communities.

General Manager of One Disease Dr Sam Prince joins Mikaela Simpson on the program.

Embassy threatens future construction at the block.

Jenny Munro CAAMA KD photo

Aboriginal Tent embassy campaigners in Redfern have vowed to hold up future construction work at the Block if a court hearing in two weeks fails to stop development at the site.

The Aboriginal Housing Company which is waiting to start construction at the iconic Block site took the matter to the Supreme Court in an attempt to have the protesters removed but late last week the Court granted protesters a two week stay to prepare their defense.

Wiradjuri elder Jenny Munro talks to Lorena Walker on Strong Voices.

CEO’s Sleeping it rough for the homeless

This Thursday marks the national 2015 CEO Sleepout, with CEO’s across the country sleeping it rough to help raise awareness and funds for the homeless.

The Sleepout began as a local community venture in Sydney in 2006 and since developed into a national occasion, with 2015 marking the second year of the CEO Sleepout in Alice Springs.

Geoff Huyben CEO of the Chifley resort in Alice Springs has set himself a massive task to raise money for the homeless as part of the National CEO sleepout challenge. Mr Huyben is rowing a hundred kilometres… and none of his journey is in the water.

Kay Eade CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in the Northern Territory, is another local Alice Springs resident taking part in the important occasion. Both CEO’s share their thoughts over a chat with Kyle Dowling.

Researcher says Poverty is driving incarceration of Aboriginal people.


A Western Australian based researcher says while programs such as Justice Reinvestment and diversionary do have a role to play little will change until the core reason behind ever increasing rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration is addressed.

Human rights campaigner Gerry Georgatos says many people fail to understand that poverty is a competing factor which is driving the massive over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.

Soaring Suicide Rates In Aboriginal Communities – Australia’s National Emergency


Photo courtesy: http://vivacommunications.com.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides remain among highest in the world. 2,522 Australians died by suicide in 2013 (latest ABS stats). This remains an unacceptably high number of suicide deaths. Suicide was the 5th leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (compared to the 14th leading of cause of death for all Australians). This group continues to represent some of the highest rates of suicide anywhere in the world. These numbers are indicative of the critical need to close the gap in health and wellbeing for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Sue Murray joins Mikaela Simpson on Strong Voices to address this national emergency.

If you, or someone you know is suffering from depression or needs someone to talk too, contact the 24hr Lifeline Australia service on 13 11 14.