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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
The Block Tent Embassy at Redfern is claiming victory for “people power” following deal with the Federal Government which will allow the Aboriginal Housing company to fast track the building of 62 affordable homes for local Aboriginal people.
The NSW Supreme Court ruled that the tent embassy residents were trespassing and gave the go ahead for the Aboriginal Housing Company’s Pemulwuy project…but the deal brokered by Federal Minister Nigel Scullion may have provided a solution.
Wiradjuri Elder and veteran rights campaigner Jenny Munro has always insisted that the embassy would not leave until the building of affordable housing had been prioritized in the project.
Jenny Munro Block decision
The West Australian Aboriginal MP whose Private Members Bill calling for recognition of her people in the states constitution, says the legislation which is likely to be passed next month; will also play an important part in the move towards national recognition.
The announcement that Aboriginal people in Western Australia will be recognised as the First Peoples of the state and the traditional custodians, may have taken many by surprise; but Josies Farrer the member for the Kimberley who introduced the private members bill in 2014 says that the process has been underway for years.
The constitution changes has been approved through the lower house of Western Australia’s States Parliament and now needs approval in the upper house.
But the recent announcement has caused some Western Australian Aboriginal people concern as Nyungah Land & Culture Protector Iva Hayward Jackson raises his peoples concerns.
Reclink Australia is a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. Established in Victoria in 1990, Reclink Australia operates nationally providing over 4500 activities and 80,000 participation opportunities for disadvantaged Australians annually.
The 2015 Reclink Footy Grand Finals took place at the TIO stadium Treager Park. It was a fun day of footy with the young kids of Clontarf kicking off in the morning and then the senior players taking to the field for the CAAMA Cup.
The Cottage All-stars where too strong this year taking out the CAAMA Cup with the final against Amoonguna Crows.
This week the Brothers Show discussed leadership, what the word means the different ways people can be seen as leaders within the community. We had the opportunity to sit down with some Brothers to discuss being a strong leader.
Boe Spearim all the way from Brisbane, called into the CAAMA studio for the Brothers the show. Boe is a young Aboriginal man from a long line of strong vocal Aboriginal campaigners, and he shared the importance of youth standing up and leading the way into the future.
An old friend of CAAMA and the Brothers show graced us with his presence, Aboriginal Olympic athlete Patrick Johnson. Patrick has represented Australia at the highest level on multiple occasions and is the current Australian record holder for the 100m sprint. Patrick discusses what needs to be done off the track to empower the mob.
And last but definitely not least Luke Carroll a well known Aboriginal actor who has starred in The Man From Snowy River, Water Rats and the hilarious Stone Bros. Luke was also in attendance at the AMSANT training course and he discusses what being a leader means to him.
The Cape York Aboriginal leader who told Prime Minister Tony Abbott that the disadvantage his people face is appalling and unacceptable …says the reality of Government and business really wanting to help still has a long way to go .
Despite years of effort by Governments to help close the health gap…. Northern area Peninsula Mayor Bernard Charlie says his people are still dying too young.
Mr Abbott told the mainstream media entourage traveling with him that he is determined to ensure Aboriginal people are first class citizens …but Mr Charlie says although it was great to have the Prime Minister on country to see first hand the range of issues impacting on his people … . there is still the problem of how Aboriginal and Islanders are really seen by the wider Australian public.
Listen to the full interview with Bernard here :