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      The Federal Government is not listening while people die:
      Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer


      Newsletter date: 10 June 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/09/wgar-news-the-federal-government-is-not-listening-while-people-die-gerry-georgatos-the-st

      Contents:

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Suicide attempts among women on the rise
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: The Federal Government is not listening while people die

      * SNAICC News: Governments must commit to survival of Aboriginal children and family centres

      * CAAMA: Big Bro's Shed... [health and well-being]

      * Jeremy Geia, NITV News: Calls to scrap cigarette 'skins' displaying Indigenous flag

      * Pro Bono News: Film Recognises Depression in Urban Indigenous Communities

      * NACCHO News: Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses appoints Janine Milera new CEO

      * NIRS: Peak bodies tell NT Gov't: Alcohol a health issue [not a criminal issue]

      * Larissa Nicholson, Canberra Times: Cold outside for ACT's indigenous [homelessness]

      * The Wire: Funding indigenous media


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      SUICIDE ATTEMPTS AMONG WOMEN ON THE RISE



      - News

      The Stringer: Suicide attempts among women on the rise
      http://thestringer.com.au/suicide-attempts-among-women-on-the-rise-2/
      31 May 13: "Suicide among Aboriginal peoples is
      disproportionately higher when compared to non-Aboriginal
      peoples. Western Australia and the Northern Territory have
      the most horrific suicide rates. Recently, following
      outcries of the high Aboriginal youth suicide rates,
      Western Australia is once again found to be lagging in the
      face of this crisis. There is a rising rate of suicide
      rates among Aboriginal women and girls. Suicide rates are
      higher among men but according to the Black Dog Institute
      there are more attempted suicides among women."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT LISTENING WHILE PEOPLE DIE


      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      The Federal Government is not listening while people die

      http://thestringer.com.au/the-federal-government-is-not-listening-while-people-die/
      31 May 13: "Aboriginal suicide rates are at record levels,
      with Aboriginal youth suicide the world’s worst. In
      response the Federal Government has launched a national
      strategy to 'address' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      suicide - but the strategy is inadequate. The Government
      strategy is built on the presumption of early intervention
      ... But to reduce the horrific suicide rates among
      Aboriginal communities what is actually needed is for the
      impoverishment of many of these communities to be addressed."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      See:

      WGAR News: Suicide prevention strategy targets ATSI communities:
      Australian Human Rights Commission
      (1 Jun 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/31/wgar-news-suicide-prevention-strategy-targets-atsi-communities-australian-human-rights-co


      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Community approach to suicide prevention

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29352/Community-approach-to-suicide-prevention.html
      6 Jun 13: "A key figure behind the new National Indigenous
      Suicide Prevention Strategy says it’ll aim to cut the rate
      which is about double the non-Indigenous number and
      increasing. ... Bardi woman Pat Dudgeon, from the
      University of Western Australia, says a major focus is to
      support community-based approaches."


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      GOVERNMENTS MUST COMMIT TO SURVIVAL OF
      ABORIGINAL CHILDREN AND FAMILY CENTRES



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 8 June 2013
      - governments must commit to survival of
      Aboriginal children and family centres

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1095
      8 Jun 13: "Representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander children and family centres across Australia have
      called on the Australian and state-territory governments to
      urgently confirm funding for the centres beyond June 2014
      and ensure their long-term future.
      Representatives from 22 centres met at the SNAICC national
      conference in Cairns this week and urged governments to act
      quickly or risk the closure of centres and the withdrawal of
      crucial support services for vulnerable Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait families, for whom the centres were designed.
      38 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and
      family centres have been established under a $300m national
      partnership agreement between the Australian and
      state-territory governments.
      This funding ends in June 2014 and centres have been advised
      to prepare for funding through the mainstream child care
      benefit system."


      - Past Event

      Event: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, Qld
      SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
      For Our Children: Living and Learning Together

      Organised by SNAICC:
      Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
      Keynote Speakers:
      * Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
      * Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
      * Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) - of Maori descent
      * Prof. Judy Atkinson - a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
      * Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) - a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman
      living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
      "The SNAICC National Conference is the largest
      conference of its type in the southern hemisphere
      and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers,
      researchers, government representatives, other
      non-government organisations and industry
      representatives to gather and make renewed
      commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander children."
      Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
      Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67
      Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=965
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1088
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1087
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1053
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1044
      SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1032
      NIRS News: http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29184/Peak-child-care-group-to-hold-fifth-conference.html


      * CAAMA:
      BIG BRO'S SHED...



      - Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Big Bro's Shed...

      http://caama.com.au/big-bros-shed
      4 Jun 13: "The issues surrounding health and well-being for
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is an on-going
      story. Tangentyere Council has launched a new program, big
      brother’s shed. Jonothan Hermawan spoke to CAAMA Radio
      about the program."


      * JEREMY GEIA, NITV NEWS:
      CALLS TO SCRAP CIGARETTE 'SKINS' DISPLAYING INDIGENOUS FLAG


      - Video

      SBS World News:
      Calls to scrap cigarette 'skins' displaying Indigenous flag

      Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV News
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1773166/Calls-to-scrap-cigarette-skins-displaying-Indigeno
      31 May 13: "A small container that conceals government
      warnings on cigarette packets is stirring up a storm with
      health representatives. The cigarette packet covers are
      known as 'skins', and one design in particular has an
      Aboriginal flag on it. The nation's top Health advocates
      are calling for the federal government to make it illegal
      to sell it."


      * PRO BONO NEWS:
      FILM RECOGNISES DEPRESSION IN URBAN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES



      - News

      Pro Bono News:
      Film Recognises Depression in Urban Indigenous Communities

      http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2013/06/film-recognises-depression-urban-indigenous-communities
      3 Jun 13: "Beyondblue collaborated with The Aboriginal
      Medical Service of Western Sydney and producers,
      isee-ilearn, to develop the script and produce the film
      Story for Keeping Strong, which was launched in Western
      Sydney. Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander people who lived with psychological
      stress, especially depression and anxiety, may not
      recognise it or talk to family, friends or a health
      professional about their symptoms."


      * NACCHO NEWS:
      CONGRESS OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER NURSES
      APPOINTS JANINE MILERA NEW CEO



      - News

      NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts:
      NACCHO News:
      Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses
      appoints Janine Milera new CEO

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/06/05/naccho-newscongress-of-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-nurses-appoints-janine-milera-new-ceo/
      5 Jun 13: "NACCHO recently announced that the Manager of
      Projects Janine Milera (pictured above) will be leaving
      NACCHO after 6 years dedicated service to Aboriginal
      Community Controlled Health. Speaking about her time at
      NACCHO Ms Milera said "I’m so proud to have worked for
      NACCHO for the past 6 years - it is the living embodiment
      of our people, strong and resilient and ours - hence I will
      always be protective of it and like my mum taught me I’ll
      never forget where I came from. ... " ... Ms Anne Maree
      Maher, the President of the Congress of Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN), at the same time
      announced the appointment of Ms Janine Milera as the new
      Chief Executive Officer of CATSIN."


      * NIRS:
      PEAK BODIES TELL NT GOV'T: ALCOHOL A HEALTH ISSUE



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Peak bodies tell NT Gov't: Alcohol a health issue

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29360/Peak-bodies-tell-NT-Gov%27t%3A-Alcohol-a-health-issue.html
      6 Jun 13: "A coalition of peak Aboriginal bodies in the
      Northern Territory has prepared its submission to the NT
      Government on its mandatory alcohol treatment policy. The
      paper provides evidence showing issues in alcohol
      management are a health concern and argues the Government
      will criminalise people with drinking problems by sending
      them off to mandatory treatment."


      See:

      WGAR News: CAAMA interview with AMSANT CEO John Paterson:
      Jail not the answer
      [Alcohol Mandatory treatment Bill] (31 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer


      * LARISSA NICHOLSON, CANBERRA TIMES:
      COLD OUTSIDE FOR ACT'S INDIGENOUS



      - News

      Canberra Times: Cold outside for ACT's indigenous
      http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/cold-outside-for-acts-indigenous-20130605-2nqps.html
      6 Jun 13: "Real estate agents and landlords are
      discriminating against Aboriginal people in Canberra and
      contributing to one of the highest rates of indigenous
      homelessness in the country, say welfare and tenants'
      groups. Homelessness Australia chief Nicole Lawder said the
      ACT had the second highest rate of indigenous homelessness
      in Australia, after the Northern Territory. Speaking before
      the St Vincent de Paul Society's forum on homelessness to
      be held in Canberra on Thursday, Ms Lawder said more than
      14 per cent of homeless people in Canberra were Aboriginal,
       ... " Larissa Nicholson, Journalist at The Canberra Times


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/am-7-06.mp3
      7 Jun 13: "Alleged discrimination by Real Estate agents and
      landlords in Canberra is contributing to one of the highest
      rates of Aborignial and Islander homelessness in the country
      ...according to local welfare and tenants’ groups."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      COAG figures report jump in overall homelessness

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29361/COAG-figures-report-jump-in-overall-homelessness.html
      6 Jun 13: "By ABC: The COAG Reform Council says governments
      have to look at how to reduce the number of Australians
      living without a safe and secure house of their own. The
      Council’s latest report shows there was a six per cent drop
      in the number of rough sleepers between 2006 and 2011. But
      overall homelessness rose by 17 per cent."


      * THE WIRE:
      FUNDING INDIGENOUS MEDIA



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire: Funding indigenous media
      Produced by Graham Backhaus
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10425
      31 May 13: "The chairperson of the Australian Indigenous
      Communication Association, Mr Tiga Bayles criticised the
      recent Federal Budget for failing to allocate additional
      funds to indigenous media, despite managing to find an
      additional thirty million dollars for the ABC. He said the
      the potential for the growth of indigenous media was not
      being met. If the recent Budget is any indication, the
      Federal Government would appear to be indifferent to the
      potential of indigenous community media. With no additional
      funding, it will be a struggle for indigenous media to
      extend into more remote communities ...
      Featured in story:
      Mr Brett Leavy - Manager National Indigenous Radio Service"

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