Tag Archives: Strong Voices

Cross- cultural approach is important -mental health expert !

Prof. Tim Carey

A Central Australian based mental health academic has added his own thoughts about the Northern Territory governments “tough love” approach to youth anti social behavior in Alice Springs.

While many  have applauded the Territory Governments hard line approach to deal with young offenders, .Professor Tim Carey, Director of the Centre for Remote Health says he too isn’t interested in a “namby pamby” approach to  dealing  with the problem.
Professor Carey who has been  working in Central Australia for five years after returning from o’seas says studies suggest it is possible to establish common principles that are important cross culturally. and create  solutions  which will work.

Prof Tim Carey onNT Gov response to anti social behaviour

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress helps to fight ICE addiction in Alice Springs.


There is growing concern from people in communities about the use of the drug ice in Central Australia. Recent times has seen the Prime Minister launch a Task-force to help combat the epidemic within Australia.

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress is now in the process of working with the community to help fight the issue front on and to have a clear understanding of the drug, the after affects it causes its users and family members who see the changes.

Speaking on CAAMA Radio Central Australian Aboriginal Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee has a chat with Lorena Walker on Strong Voices.

Children in care should only be a temporary measure – NT Children’s Commissioner.

NT Children's Commissioner Colleen Gwynne.

The Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner says she is not convinced that the Territory is doing enough to support families and ensure that they get the the best outcomes for their kids.

Collen Gwynne… a 25 year veteran of the Northern Territory Police… was instrumental in the establishment of the Child Abuse Task force and continues to hold strong views on the health and well being of young Territorians.

Responding to the Northern Territory Governments tough love approach  to recent youth anti social behaviour in Alice Springs … Ms Gwynne says while she does not disagree with Government that interventions need to be made where parental supervision isnt available… any decision to take a child into care should only be temporary measure.

Colleen Gwynne talks with Paul Wiles on Strong Voices.

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Just what is Victoria doing with its Aboriginal people ?

Victoria has seen one of Australia’s largest increases in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that are being locked up.

Despite making up just one percent of the local population,Aboriginal people in Victoria are locked up at 11 times the rate of the non-indigenous population and now make up approximately eight percent of the state  prison population.

Acting CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Meena Singh has called on the Victoria Government to use the Aboriginal Justice Forum to hold genuine dialogue with community organisations which she says know best how to address offending in ways that are culturally appropriate, therapeutic and provide long-term impact.

Meena Singh Victorian Aboriginal Legal aid

Scullion completely out of touch and has lost the confidence of Aboriginal people – Shadow Minister !

Shane Neumann MP  Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs caama pwphotoThe Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Australians, Qld MP Shane Neumann joins Paul Wiles on Strong Voices to discuss the  fallout of the Abbott Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

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Aboriginal people in W.A. shouldn’t be worried at all… Federal Minister.

Nigel Scullion answers the BIG questions………

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The Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Northern  Territory Senator Nigel Scullion has been in the spotlight since the latest funding under the  Abbott governments  Indigenous Advancement Strategy and the loss of services in some remote  Western Australian Aboriginal communities.

The Minister chats with Kyle Dowling about the funding, job creation within the  public service and the vexing question about what will happen to Aboriginal people living  in Western Australia’s remote communities.

Nigel Scullion IAS funding

New WA legislation threatens right to peaceful protest

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A peak Australian Human rights advocacy group says legislation being debated in the Western Australian Parliament goes too far and that it risks criminalising peaceful protest.
The Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of lawful activity) Bill 2015 creates vague new offences of “physically preventing a lawful activity” and “possessing a thing for the purpose of preventing a lawful activity”.
Both offences carry serious penalties of prison of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $12,000. In certain circumstances, the penalty for preventing a lawful activity can rise to 2 years and $24,000.
Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre says under the proposed legislation understanding what might be considered an offence is vague and could be prone to misuse.

Hugh de Kretser HRLC on proposed WA law changes

Going backward is the problem – Rosalie Kunoth Monks.

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Respected  Anmatjera/Arrente Elder Rosalie Kunoth Monks made a nation sit up and take notice when  she made the comment  ” I am not the problem ”

Ms Kunoth Monks  shares her thoughts on Prime Minister Tony Abbot’ts comment that taxpayers shouldn”t have to fund the lifestyle choice of Aboriginal people.

Listen to the full interview here :


Nurse practitioners can and will make a difference in people’s lives !

Hazel Booth Nurse practitioner Centre for Remote Health Alice Springs. caama photo

Hazel Booth is  a remote area University Lecturer, Nurse Practitioner based at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs.

. A Canadian from Ottawa, Ontario and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory –  Hazel designed and worked as the first Yukon nurse practitioner. The  role provided services to people living in long-term care facilities. While the majority of her career has been working in advanced practice nursing roles in remote communities in Canada, Hazel has also worked in a clinical leadership role in infectious disease and public health.She joins Paul Wiles on Strong Voices to explain the importance  of nurse practitioners.

Hazel Booth Centre for Remote Health

SBS boss wants to educate wider community about the mob !

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SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) CEO Michael Ebeid admits a big effort is needed to educate the wider Australian community about Aboriginal and Torres  Strait Islander peoples.. and their significance as First Nation Australians.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Michael  moved to Sydney  with his family when he was three.

CAAMA News Director Paul Wiles recently visited SBS headquarters in Sydney and spoke with Mr Ebeid about the future of the National Indigenous Television Service and the ongoing role that SBS has to play in educating ethnic Australians about our history.

Tracker Tilmouth….. driven to ensure a better deal for his people !

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Tributes are flowing for the Territory larrikin who spent a lifetime working for his people both  “on country ” and as boss of the Central Land Council,  protecting their hard-fought gains.
Tracker Tilmouth….the boy from The Gap in Alice Springs grew up on Croker Island as a member of the Stolen Generations before returning to Central Australia where he first  started work in the building sector.

Best remembered as a cheeky adversary  never too shy to voice his opinions…lifetime friend and current Director of the Central Land Council David Ross says Mr Tilmouth was a driven man  who worked to ensure that his people received a better deal.

Warren Mundine not happy – says Government is playing games !

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Warren Mundine –  the man  who  heads up Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s National  Indigenous Advisory Council is not happy with the latest Closing the Gap results… and says his people  are now starting to bypass Government in their efforts  to make a difference.

Speaking on  “Strong Voices” Mr Mundine tells Paul Wiles Government  appears to be  playing political games….just giving money to make his  people go away !

Listen to the full interview here :

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