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      World Suicide Prevention Day and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

      Newsletter date: 15 September 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/09/12/wgar-news-world-suicide-prevention-day-and-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples

      Contents:

      * Melissa Sweet, Croakey - the Crikey health blog: How can Croakey readers contribute to efforts to prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides?
      * NACCHO Aboriginal Health news: Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
      * CAAMA Radio: World Suicide Prevention Day…
      * NACCHO RU OK News: Indigenous youth leading the way in suicide prevention
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Hopelessness in suicide riddled communities
      * Background to Suicide and Self-harm in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

      * SNAICC News: The voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be allowed to count on child protection
      * SNAICC News: Report looks at services for children subjected to trauma
      * NACCHO News: Aboriginal health service in NT bringing all community together for mediation forum
      * Background to 'Keeping Them Home': Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: More government neglect of Aboriginal children
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Where governments fail children, others step in


      * MELISSA SWEET, CROAKEY - THE CRIKEY HEALTH BLOG:
      HOW CAN CROAKEY READERS CONTRIBUTE TO EFFORTS
      TO PREVENT ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SUICIDES?



      - Interviews

      Croakey - the Crikey health blog:
      How can Croakey readers contribute to efforts
      to prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides?

      http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2013/09/11/how-can-croakey-readers-contribute-to-efforts-to-prevent-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-suicides/
      11 Sep 13: "Below is a lengthy interview that I did some
      weeks ago with Professor Dudgeon and Dr Tom Calma,
      co-chairs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.
      It is also timely to publish it now, in the wake of World
      Suicide Prevention Day
      . In discussing the new National
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
      Strategy, Professor Dudgeon and Dr Calma encourage Croakey
      readers to get involved in its implementation
      - by tackling racism, by becoming culturally competent,
      and by developing respectful working partnerships with
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and
      peoples." Melissa Sweet


      * NACCHO ABORIGINAL HEALTH NEWS:
      TODAY IS WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY



      - News

      NACCHO Aboriginal Health news:
      Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/09/10/naccho-aboriginal-health-newstoday-is-world-suicide-prevention-day/
      10 Sep 13: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      experience suicide at around twice the rate of the rest of
      the population. Aboriginal teenage men and women are up to
      5.9 times more likely to take their own lives than
      non-Aboriginal people,"
      Mr Mohamed said in a recent NACCHO press release
      "Let’s talk about what can be done by neighbourhoods and
      workplaces to identify and support people at risk. Let’s
      see if we can agree about what is best done by families,
      what by mental health professionals, what by government
      agencies. It’s a big ask but let us all think for some
      moments this week about what we personally can do, and
      whether there is someone in our personal network who would
      benefit from a chat about mental stress, or loneliness, or
      alienation. Doing nothing won’t help. Doing something may."


      * CAAMA RADIO:
      WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY...



      - Audio Interview

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      World Suicide Prevention Day…

      http://caama.com.au/world-suicide-prevention-day
      10 Sep 13: "The 10th of September marks the international
      World Suicide Prevention Day. Jacinta Hawgood, senior
      lecturer from the Australian Institute for Suicide Research
      and Prevention joins Mikaela Simpson to discuss prevention
      and what can be done to reduce statistics."


      * NACCHO RU OK NEWS:
      INDIGENOUS YOUTH LEADING THE WAY IN SUICIDE PREVENTION



      - Video

      NACCHO RU OK News:
      Indigenous youth leading the way in suicide prevention

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/09/13/naccho-ru-ok-news-indigenous-youth-leading-the-way-in-suicide-prevention/
      13 Sep 13: "This mob are encouraging community members to
      find a buddy and have regular meaningful conversations to
      prevent suicide. This is because of the high suicide rates
      in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
      (which can be caused by cultural disconnection,
      intergenerational trauma, socioeconomic disadvantage,
      mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse etc.) This video was
      created by 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young
      leaders from across Australia during the National
      Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy’s (NIYLA’s) 2013
      National Gathering "


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      HOPELESSNESS IN SUICIDE RIDDLED COMMUNITIES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Hopelessness in suicide riddled communities
      http://thestringer.com.au/hopelessness-in-suicide-riddled-communities/
      12 Sep 13: "Suicides are rampant among the 150,000 poorest
      Aboriginal peoples but many are concerned that next to
      nothing will be done to address this contemporary
      predicament. Community leaders are saying that thirty years
      ago Aboriginal peoples did not endure the rates of suicide
      they do today. Many remote communities have been neglected
      by Govenrnments to the point that there is nothing there
      but people and aimlessness. In Western Australia, rests
      the sleepy dusty remote Kimberley town of Mowanjum, but
      which has endured spates of suicides that are world-record
      high." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * BACKGROUND TO SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM
      IN ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES:


      Last updated: 14 August 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/08/13/background-to-suicide-and-self-harm-in-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-communities


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      THE VOICES OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE
      MUST BE ALLOWED TO COUNT ON CHILD PROTECTION



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release
      - The voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      must be allowed to count on child protection

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1200
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/_uploads/rsfil/03200.pdf
      2 Sep 13: "To mark 2013 National Child Protection Week,
      SNAICC has launched two major reports that reinforce the
      importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      participation in child protection.
      The reports provide further evidence that Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander participation in all stages of the
      child protection process is central to improve
      decision-making and to reduce the spiralling
      over-representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home
      care.
      The first report, titled Whose Voice Counts?, looks at
      whether current legislation, policies and systems are
      empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      communities to make decisions about the care and protection
      of their children. ...
      The second SNAICC report, produced with the NSW peak body
      AbSec, profiles a groundbreaking new approach to developing
      the capacity of Aboriginal out-of-home care agencies in NSW
      through partnerships with mainstream organisations. ... "


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      REPORT LOOKS AT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN SUBJECTED TO TRAUMA



      - News

      SNAICC News:
      Report looks at services for children subjected to trauma

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1207
      3 Sep 13: "A new report by Professor Judy Atkinson has
      outlined the need the trauma-specific care for Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander children dealing with trauma and
      its lasting effects. The paper, Trauma-informed services
      and trauma specific care for Indigenous Australian children
      [PDF] examines Indigenous children who have been subjected
      to trauma - including displacement from country,
      institutionalisation and abuse - and who either continue to,
      or are unable to, heal the trauma of past events."


      - Related News

      The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health Journal:
      Report looks at services for children subjected to trauma

      http://www.atsiphj.com.au/index.php/atsiphj-news-feed/4076-report-looks-at-services-for-children-subjected-to-trauma
      2 Sep 13: "A new report by Professor Judy Atkinson has
      outlined the need the trauma-specific care for Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander children dealing with trauma and
      its lasting effects."


      * NACCHO NEWS:
      ABORIGINAL HEALTH SERVICE IN NT
      BRINGING ALL COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR MEDIATION FORUM



      - Media Release

      NACCHO member news Press Release:
      Aboriginal health service in NT
      bringing all community together for mediation forum

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/09/09/naccho-member-news-press-release-aboriginal-health-service-in-nt-bringing-all-community-together-for-mediation-forum/
      9 Sep 13: "This is the start of a dialogue on a number of
      issues of concern, primarily violence, but not as an
      Aboriginal specific issue, but as an issue for the whole
      community." Congress Deputy CEO Des Rogers
      "Tuesday September 10 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm in the
      Theatrette at Centralian Senior College.
      Congress Alice Springs , who are the leading Aboriginal
      primary health care provider in Central Australia, are
      holding the forum in partnership with CASSE to promote an
      interactive dialogue between all groups in the Alice
      Springs community.
      The aim is find solutions that will make the region a
      happier, healthier, safer environment in which to live and
      raise a family.
      CASSE, which stands for "creating a safe, supportive
      environment" are partnering with Congress, who also provide
      extensive social and emotional wellbeing services, to
      understand and address issues of violence and underlying
      trauma that currently exist within the community. ... "


      * BACKGROUND TO 'KEEPING THEM HOME':
      CAMPAIGN AGAINST FORCED ABORIGINAL ADOPTION IN THE NT


      Last updated: 14 August 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-keeping-them-home-campaign-against-forced-aboriginal-adoption-in-the-nt-aus


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      MORE GOVERNMENT NEGLECT OF ABORIGINAL CHILDREN



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: More government neglect of Aboriginal children
      http://thestringer.com.au/more-government-neglect-of-aboriginal-children/
      7 Sep 13: "More than 150,000 of Australia’s Aboriginal
      people languish in acute poverty, a majority of them in
      impoverishment not dissimilar to third-world conditions.
      Who is to blame but our governments, for Australia is the
      world’s 12th largest economy and per capita the second
      wealthiest nation. The governmental neglect has led to
      malnutrition in Aboriginal children, one in every four
      Aboriginal children. Governments have long known,
      documented in far too many reports, that these Aboriginal
      children suffer from poor nutrition, anaemia, iron
      deficiences at many times the rates of non-Aboriginal
      children." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      WHERE GOVERNMENTS FAIL CHILDREN, OTHERS STEP IN



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Where governments fail children, others step in
      http://thestringer.com.au/where-governments-fail-children-others-step-in/
      7 Sep 13: "Glue ear is a problem that plagues Aboriginal
      children much more so than Australia’s non-Aboriginal
      children. The neglect of health care by one government
      after another of Aboriginal communities has led to poor
      health and myriad ailments of Aboriginal children, which
      then leads to their development being impeded and hence
      life-long problems. However, where government fails to
      sponsor the striving to just outcomes and equality,
      individuals step in where they can. Dr Ruth Thornton of
      the University of Western Australia (UWA) School of
      Paediatrics and Child Health is a part of a team who have
      been working to address painful ear infections ... "
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist

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