NACCHO Aboriginal Health NEWS ALERT : New appointments to the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts


The Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council has been refreshed with new membership as part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to closer engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The new Council will play an important role by engaging at the heart of Government, including with the Indigenous Policy Committee of Cabinet, collaborating with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, and ensuring the Government is well positioned to renew the expiring Closing the Gap targets in the year ahead.

The appointments reflect the expertise and innovation that exist in Indigenous Australia and we look forward to working with the new Council to drive better outcomes for our First Australians.

The following Council members have been appointed for a period of three years:

Andrea Mason – CEO of the NPY Women’s Council

Susan Murphy – CEO of Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation

Ngiare Brown – Professor of Indigenous…

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Death by #racism: Is bigotry in the health system harming Indigenous patients ?

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts


” Death by racism should be a category on death certificates, because the racism in hospitals is hindering the recovery of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Spend some time as a patient in a hospital and you soon find out that the medical profession is full of bigots and people who might not consider themselves racist, but have preconceived ideas on race and hold outdated beliefs in racial stereotypes.”

 We need cultural awareness programs on all levels of the system, writes Colleen Lavelle for IndigenousX : Our stories, our way” – each week, a new guest hosts the @IndigenousX Twitter account to discuss topics of interest to them as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Produced with assistance of Guardian Australia staff.

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Read previous 69 articles NACCHO Aboriginal health and racism

Read previous 10 articles NACCHO Aboriginal health / Cultural safety

 ” The…

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Urgent: Join #Fundraising Colleagues for Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Michael Rosen Says...

President Trump’s tax plan would reduce charitable giving by 4.5 to 9 percent, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Analysis from the American Enterprise Institute estimates that Trump’s current tax proposal could eliminate more than $17 billion in annual giving.

It’s time to join the fight against any efforts to reduce charitable-giving incentives. As the US Congress drafts tax-reform legislation and negotiates with the Trump Administration, The Charitable Giving Coalition, Chaired by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is hosting an advocacy day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Feb. 16, 2017.

capitol-hill-by-elliott-p-via-flickrTo participate, you must email Ali Davidson (adavidson[at] to register by the end of business on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. When you register, provide your name, organization, state, and Congressional district. There is no charge to participate, but you will be responsible for your own travel and lodging expenses.

The “100 Years of Giving Fly-In” advocacy…

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health News : PM sacks Mundine and current Indigenous Advisory Council

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts


The body established by Tony Abbott to advise the prime minister on Indigenous issues has temporarily ceased to exist, but Malcolm Turnbull’s office said it was still committed to keeping it.

The ABC understands Cabinet will approve the appointment of a new head and some new members next week when it meets.

Photo above from the Australian see article 2 below

Head of the Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) Warren Mundine has been informed his role and the body itself — established after the 2013 election — have been dissolved.

Mr Mundine is understood to have received an email from the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to inform him that all further meetings and activities were now cancelled.

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Cashless Welfare Card : NACCHO CEO Pat Turner questions lack of evidence

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts


“The cashless welfare card is unfair, a form of control and reminds Aboriginal people every day that they are treated as second- and third-class citizens in their own land,”

One of the key issues in many of the areas where the card operates, such as in remote areas of South Australia, is the difficulty of accessing fresh produce at reasonable prices.

Where is the evidence that this card increases this access and enables Aboriginal people to get the healthy food they need?

A person’s dignity can also be lost when having to use such a card which can also have detrimental impacts on both their mental and physical health and wellbeing.”

Pat Turner, the chief executive of NACCHO  national peak body on Aboriginal health

From Melissa Davey The Guardian


The welfare card was “unfair” and “a form of control”, Turner said in response to a Guardian Australia report from the…

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A Pessimistic Resolution


Every new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start, the promise that this year, unlike last year, we can finally get things right. Thus, the resolution-industrial complex whereby the early weeks of a year are filled with a deluge of firm commitments (and encouragements to make such commitments) based around self-improvement. In the new year we will learn a new language, work out more, read at least a book a week, waste less time on social media, finish an ambitious creative project, spend more time with family, or [insert your very own resolution here], and so forth. There is usually a positive connotation surrounding these resolutions, even if what we’re aiming to correct about ourselves is a quality towards which we feel negatively.

But banish such negativity! Indeed, the first weeks of a new year are a time to think about improvement! A time for hope! A…

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health Plan #NATSIHP : New advisory group established to assist with implementation plan

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts


 “ The acknowledgement of racism as a critical component for health in the National Health Plan was a huge step forward and  I’m delighted the Implementation Plan had sown seeds to tackle social and cultural determinants of health , which contributed to 31 per cent of the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt see his comments about 18C below

At the #LowitjaConf2016 Assistant Minister Wyatt announced the makeup of a new advisory group established to assist with the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP)

Download PDF copy of NATSIHP implementation plan here


Download PDF copy of NATSIHP  here


Marie McInerney from Croakey writes

He said it would include representatives of the Department of Health and Prime Minister and Cabinet and of the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare.


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Prescience and Pessimism


Truly, I live in dark times!

The guileless word is folly. A smooth forehead

Suggests insensitivity. The man who laughs

Has simply not yet had

The terrible news.

– Brecht, “To Those Born Later”[1]

1. I do not believe that the words which will follow will provide anyone with comfort. They are not intended to be read as such. Though, neither are they intended to be read as a reprimand. Frankly, I doubt they will be read at all.

2. When times are good, pessimists are tolerated with a certain fond disdain. They are comical figures, fools who simply refuse to see how good things actually are. When one encounters the pessimist with their grousing and grumbling, their moaning and moroseness, their dirges and doom saying – one walks away wondering what is wrong with this somber individual? Shouldn’t they speak to somebody – such as a trained professional…

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