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      From: WGAR News <wgar.news@...>
      Date: 29 May 2014 19:36
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment: NACCHO
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      Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment:
      NACCHO


      Newsletter date: 30 May 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/05/29/wgar-news-aboriginal-controlled-health-services-can-close-the-gap-in-employment-naccho

      Contents:

      * NACCHO: Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment
      * Eduardo Jordan, The Wire: Are we really closing the gap? [Featuring Greg Craven and Justin Mohamed]
      * NACCHO: Fears Tony Abbott will widen Indigenous health gap
      * The Stringer: Who do we believe? Different findings, Reform Council & Close the Gap
      * Marie McInerney, Croakey: Latest 'close the gap' update on Indigenous health underlines alarm over #Budget2014 cuts
      * Michael McKenna, The Australian: Health overhaul closes the gap
      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Budget cuts threaten future Closing the Gap outcomes

      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens call for end to Stronger Futures
      * Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
      * Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws


      * NACCHO:
      ABORIGINAL CONTROLLED HEALTH SERVICES CAN CLOSE THE GAP IN EMPLOYMENT



      - Report

      NACCHO: Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment
      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/05/23/aboriginal-controlled-health-services-can-close-the-gap-in-employment/
      IAHA: http://iaha.com.au/aboriginal-controlled-health-services-can-close-the-gap-in-employment/
      23 May 14: "Investing in Aboriginal Community Controlled
      Health Services will help address the increasing gap in
      employment outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
      people as revealed in the new report released by the COAG
      Reform Council. ... Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of the
      National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
      Organisation (NACCHO) said the COAG Reform Council report
      showed encouraging gains are being made in areas such as
      life expectancy, child mortality and immunisation, but
      unemployment and obesity rates needed greater attention."

      Download full report here:
      https://www.coagreformcouncil.gov.au/reports/indigenous-refo
      http://www.coagreformcouncil.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/Indigenous%20Reform%202012-13%20Five%20years%20of%20performance_30%20April%202014.pdf


      * EDUARDO JORDAN, THE WIRE:
      ARE WE REALLY CLOSING THE GAP?
      [FEATURING GREG CRAVEN AND JUSTIN MOHAMED]



      - Audio

      The Wire: Are we really closing the gap?
      Produced by Eduardo Jordan
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11571
      23 May 14: "This week, the Council of Australian
      Governments' Reform Council released a report regarding the
      actual situation of the Indigenous reforms on closing the
      gap. The report shows education in Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander communities is getting better, whereas
      health issues are still a concern. The Closing the Gap
      reforms have been an ongoing issue and businesses, the
      government, and the community are helping to close it.
      Are these reforms achievable in the future? ...
      Featured in story:
      * Greg Craven - Deputy Chairman of the COAG Reform Council
      * Justin Mohamed - Chairman of the National Aboriginal
      Community Controlled Health Organisation"


      * NACCHO:
      FEARS TONY ABBOTT WILL WIDEN INDIGENOUS HEALTH GAP



      - Analysis / Opinion

      NACCHO: Fears Tony Abbott will widen Indigenous health gap
      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/05/23/fears-tony-abbott-will-widen-indigenous-health-gap/
      23 May 14: "THE deputy chairman of Tony Abbott’s indigenous
      advisory council, doctor Ngiare Brown, has denounced budget
      cuts to indigenous affairs and says the $7 GP co-payment
      will hurt indigenous people and other vulnerable
      Australians who desperately need help to close the health
      gap. Professor Brown will use next week’s meeting of the
      council to warn that the cuts to indigenous health will
      inevitably affect frontline services. She told The
      Australian she would use her role on the council to push
      for reconsideration of the co-payment scheme and exemptions
      for vulnerable Australians and indigenous people based on
      income and burden of disease. ... "


      * THE STRINGER:
      WHO DO WE BELIEVE?
      DIFFERENT FINDINGS, REFORM COUNCIL & CLOSE THE GAP



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Who do we believe? Different findings, Reform Council & Close the Gap
      http://thestringer.com.au/who-do-we-believe-different-findings-reform-council-close-the-gap/
      25 May 14: "The Council of Australian Governments (COAG)
      Reform Council reports that in real terms there has been no
      bridging of literacy rates for Aboriginal peoples. But
      recently the Close the Gap campaign claimed there had been
      a bridging of the gap with literacy. But, according to the
      Reform Council, that little bridge was a perceptual one,
      with the decline of literacy rates for non-Aboriginal
      students the reason why it appeared that there had been a
      bridging of the divide." By The Stringer


      * MARIE MCINERNEY, CROAKEY:
      LATEST 'CLOSE THE GAP' UPDATE ON INDIGENOUS HEALTH
      UNDERLINES ALARM OVER #Budget2014 CUTS



      - News Analysis

      Croakey - the Crikey health blog:
      Latest 'close the gap' update on Indigenous health underlines alarm over #Budget2014 cuts

      http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2014/05/23/latest-close-the-gap-update-on-indigenous-health-underlines-alarm-over-budget2014-cuts/
      23 May 14: "The Close the Gap Campaign’s response to the
      COAG Reform Council’s latest report on Indigenous health
      sums up the terrible misdirection of the Federal
      Government’s 2014 Budget, which is inflicting pain in all
      the wrong places and puts at risk recent gains and its own
      priorities. "Mixed results on closing the gap confirms
      alarm over budget cuts" was the CTG Campaign’s verdict on
      the latest - and possibly last - independent update on the
      Close the Gap agenda." Marie McInerney


      * MICHAEL MCKENNA, THE AUSTRALIAN:
      HEALTH OVERHAUL CLOSES THE GAP



      - News

      The Australian: Health overhaul closes the gap
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/health-overhaul-closes-the-gap/story-fn9hm1pm-1226931065736#
      26 May 14: "SIX months has been added to the life
      expectancy of Aborigines living in southeast Queensland
      with the launch of streamlined chronic-disease services and
      aggressive preventive health programs masterminded by local
      indigenous medical clinics. Just five years after
      overhauling the region’s indigenous health services, the
      rate of diabetes-­related illnesses, chronic heart disease,
      smoking and obesity has fallen dramatically among the
      70,000 Aborigines living in and around Brisbane."
      Michael McKenna


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      BUDGET CUTS THREATEN FUTURE CLOSING THE GAP OUTCOMES



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Budget cuts threaten future Closing the Gap outcomes

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/budget-cuts-threaten-future-closing-gap-outcomes
      23 May 14: "The Australian Greens said today that the COAG
      Reform Council's final report on the nation's Closing the
      Gap targets highlights the serious threat posed by the
      Abbott Government's budget cuts to Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander programs.
      "Today's COAG Reform Council's report on the Closing the
      Gap agenda shows encouraging progress in areas such as
      child mortality, literacy and some progress in closing of
      the gap in life expectancy," Senator Rachel Siewert,
      Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander issues said today.
      "It is encouraging that outcomes in a number of areas are
      improving, however employment remains a concern. The
      Council has noted the need to increase the rate at which
      the life expectancy gap is closing if we are to reach our
      target by 2030.
      "To continue and more importantly improve progress, we
      need long term funding and cooperation between the
      Commonwealth, states and territories, but the
      Government's budget has cut funding and has scaled up
      conflict with the states.
      "Tony Abbott has cast serious doubt across a range of
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs as a
      result of budget cuts, with over half a billion dollars
      being axed, including $165.8 million in health funding. ... "


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      GREENS CALL FOR END TO STRONGER FUTURES



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens call for end to Stronger Futures
      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-call-end-stronger-futures
      24 May 14: "The Australian Greens have called for the
      Stronger Futures regime to be abandoned and for the
      Government to work with Aboriginal communities to develop
      effective and cooperative programs that are delivered in
      partnership with communities.
      "The NT Intervention and Stronger Futures policies have
      been expensive, wasteful and ineffective, they have not
      delivered the health, social, education and employment
      outcomes we need," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian
      Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander issues said today.
      "The latest Stronger Futures report shows that for all the
      money put into this approach, the outcomes are just not
      there. This is deeply disappointing, and people across the
      community have been raising these concerns for years, but
      neither the Coalition or ALP governments have listened.
      "The few positive gains that have been made could have
      come through direct investments in communities and
      effective programs, but instead, governments are persisting
      with a flawed, top-down approach.
      "The disappointment about this report is magnified by the
      fact that $534 million is being stripped from Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander programs in the budget, which
      will take vital funding away from effective programs while
      the Government pushes on with the Stronger Futures regime. ... "


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

      Last updated: 27 May 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention


      * BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

      Last updated: 27 May 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

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