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      Suicide prevention strategy targets ATSI communities:
      Australian Human Rights Commission


      Newsletter date: 1 June 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/31/wgar-news-suicide-prevention-strategy-targets-atsi-communities-australian-human-rights-co

      Contents:

      * AHRC: Suicide prevention strategy targets ATSI communities
      * NITV News: National strategy targeting Indigenous suicide announced
      * CAAMA interviews Professor Pat Dudgeon about the strategy to tackle suicide and self harm
      * Pro Bono News: National Strategy on Indigenous Suicide
      * SBS Radionews: National strategy to reduce Indigenous suicide
      * SBS Radionews: Applause for Indigenous suicide prevention plan
      * Australian: Kimberley indigenous suicide prevention plan set to expand
      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens welcome important announcements for suicide prevention & Healing Foundation
      * PS News: Strategy to prevent Indigenous suicide

      * SBS World News: Indigenous Australians 'facing psychological distress'
      * ABC: Head First - The Lost Boys [Suicide attempts in Yirrkala, NT]
      * Billi McCarthy-Price, On Line Opinion: Mind the gap on indigenous health [Indigenous youth suicide]
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Political reaction needed to end suicides
      * The Wire: Aboriginal youth suicide spike prompts crisis meeting in WA
      * SBS World News: WA crisis meeting on Aboriginal suicide
      * SBS Radionews: Indigenous suicide summit in Perth

      * ABC: More birthing support urged for remote Indigenous women
      * SBS Radionews: Concern over Indigenous dementia rates
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Telethon study on mental health disorders
      * Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

      * Greens Jamie Parker MP: NSW government refuses funding for live-saving Aboriginal legal advice line


      * AHRC:
      SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY TARGETS ATSI COMMUNITIES



      - News

      Australian Human Rights Commission:
      Suicide prevention strategy targets ATSI communities

      http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/suicide-prevention-strategy-targets-atsi-communities
      23 May 13: ""Suicide is robbing young Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander people of their lives," Social Justice
      Commissioner Mick Gooda said today. Responding to the
      launch of the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, Commissioner Gooda
      said the unnecessary loss is taking a devastating toll on
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and
      communities. "The national strategy announced today will
      help build strength and resilience within individuals and
      within our communities. ... " Commissioner Good said."


      * NITV NEWS:
      NATIONAL STRATEGY TARGETING INDIGENOUS SUICIDE ANNOUNCED



      - News

      SBS World News:
      National strategy targeting Indigenous suicide announced

      Source: Ryan Liddle, NITV News
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1770066/National-strategy-targeting-Indigenous-suicide-ann
      23 May 13: "A new national strategy specifically addressing
      Indigenous suicide was launched today on both sides of
      Australia. The new strategy will focus on early
      intervention, coordinate approaches to prevention and aim
      to build stronger communities around the country. The
      federal government will provide nearly $18 million over
      the next four years to fund the approach. Indigenous
      Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin says the funding is going
      to target communities with high suicide numbers."


      * CAAMA INTERVIEWS PROFESSOR PAT DUDGEON
      ABOUT THE STRATEGY TO TACKLE SUICIDE AND SELF HARM



      - Audio Interview

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Experts want local mob involved in mental health

      http://caama.com.au/experts-want-local-mob-involved-in-mental-health
      31 May 13: "The Federal Government has launched a national
      strategy to tackle suicide and self harm in the Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander community. The Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy has a
      strong focus on building hope, resilience and awareness by
      promoting positive social and well being in communities.
      Professor Pat Dudgeon spoke to Paul Wiles about the
      strategy."


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/AM-27-05.mp3
      27 May 13: "The country’s peak Aboriginal and Islander
      Psychology representative body says it played a strong role
      in the development of the Federal governments National
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
      Strategy and that it will also have a strong and ongoing
      role in its delivery."

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/am-24-05.mp3
      24 May 13: "* A global educator and campaigner for non
      violence against women says he believes that mainstream
      media continues to portray Aboriginal men in a negative
      way despite the problem occurring in all cultures.
      * The Federal Government’s decision to launch a national
      strategy to tackle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      suicide has been welcomed by beyondblue."


      * PRO BONO NEWS:
      NATIONAL STRATEGY ON INDIGENOUS SUICIDE



      - News

      Pro Bono News: National Strategy on Indigenous Suicide
      http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2013/05/national-strategy-indigenous-suicide
      23 May 13: "The Strategy identifies six broad action areas,
      which are:
      * Building strengths and capacity in Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander communities;
      * Building strengths and resilience in individuals and
      families;
      * Targeted suicide prevention services;
      * Coordinating approaches to prevention;
      * Building the evidence base and disseminating information;
      and * Standards and quality in suicide prevention."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      NATIONAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE INDIGENOUS SUICIDE



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: National strategy to reduce Indigenous suicide
      By Laurie Lawira
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/268662/National-strategy-to-reduce-Indigenous-suicide
      23 May 13: "A new national strategy to reduce Indigenous
      suicide highlights the role of local communities in
      addressing the issue. Over the next four years, almost
      18-million dollars will be spent in identifying early
      intervention strategies, strengthening community prevention
      services and supporting grieving families. A particular
      focus of the strategy will be young Indigenous people.
      Laurie Lawira reports."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      APPLAUSE FOR INDIGENOUS SUICIDE PREVENTION PLAN



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Radionews: Applause for Indigenous suicide prevention plan
      By Laurie Lawira
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/268810/Applause-for-Indigenous-suicide-prevention-plan
      24 May 13: "The Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory
      Council has welcomed a new national strategy to reduce
      Indigenous suicide. The federal government has announced
      almost $18-million over four years for the strategy. An
      Indigenous member of the Advisory Council, Adele Cox, was
      on a working group that consulted with communities on how
      it should be devised and conducted. She spoke with Laurie
      Lawira."


      * AUSTRALIAN:
      KIMBERLEY INDIGENOUS SUICIDE PREVENTION PLAN SET TO EXPAND



      - News

      Australian:
      Kimberley indigneous suicide prevention plan set to expand

      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/kimberley-indigneous-suicide-prevention-plan-set-to-expand/story-fn9hm1pm-1226649531574
      24 May 13: "CULTURAL immersion programs, like the Yiriman
      project in the Kimberley could be rolled out in other
      communities as part of the Gillard government's national
      indigenous suicide prevention strategy. The strategy, which
      is the first to specifically target Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait islander people, would gather examples of best
      practice from around the country to determine how and where
      else they could be applied. With $17.8m in new money, there
      would be a focus on early intervention and strengthening
      communities to reduce the rate of indigenous suicide, ... "
      Nicolas Perpitch


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      GREENS WELCOME IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
      FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION & HEALING FOUNDATION



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Greens welcome important announcements
      for suicide prevention & Healing Foundation

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-welcome-important-announcements-suicide-prevention-healing-foundation
      23 May 13: "The Australian Greens have welcomed the
      announcement of two key funding investments- the suicide
      prevention strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander peoples and the Healing Foundation.
      "Suicide rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander peoples remain alarmingly high and specific
      strategies to address this are essential," Senator Rachel
      Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
      "I am pleased the Minister has announced a national
      whole-of-government strategy approach. Sustained, long term
      investment across the country is fundamental for ensuring
      programs and strategies can be effective.
      "The huge suicide rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander communities devastates those regions and must be
      addressed as a matter of priority.
      "I am also relieved to see the Government announce renewed
      funding for the Healing Foundation, who are undertaking
      incredibly important work with members of the Stolen
      Generation. ... [Senator Siewert said]"


      * PS NEWS:
      STRATEGY TO PREVENT INDIGENOUS SUICIDE



      - News

      PS News: Strategy to prevent Indigenous suicide
      http://www.psnews.com.au/Page_psn3638.html
      28 May 13: "Funding of $17.8 million over four years has
      been announced to support the first national
      whole-of-government strategy specifically addressing
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide. The
      development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      suicide prevention strategy was recommended by a Senate
      inquiry into suicide in Australia in 2011. The new National
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
      Strategy focuses on early intervention and building
      stronger communities with the aim of reducing the
      prevalence of suicide and the impact on individuals, their
      families and communities."


      * SBS WORLD NEWS:
      INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS 'FACING PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS'


      - News

      SBS World News:
      Indigenous Australians 'facing psychological distress'

      Source: Naomi Selvaratnam, SBS
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1770442/Indigenous-Australians-facing-psychological-distre
      24 May 13: "A new report by the Council of Australian
      Governments Reform Council has found over nearly one-third
      of Indigenous Australians are experiencing high
      psychological distress. ... Comparatively, 12% of
      non-Indigenous Australians have the same levels of
      psychological distress. Psychological distress refers to
      how a person feels about their well-being. The report
      also shows that people living in low socio-economic areas
      are twice as likely to experience high levels of
      psychological distress."


      * ABC:
      HEAD FIRST - THE LOST BOYS



      - TV

      ABC: Head First - The Lost Boys
      http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/abc2/201305/programs/DO1133V005D2013-05-29T212958.htm
      29 May 13: "Sabour heads to Arnhem Land to spend two weeks
      in a small town called Yirrkala living completely under the
      rules of the Intervention. On his first night a suicide
      attempt by a young future leader shocks him to his core.
      ... What's amazing for Sabour though is that it's the young
      men who start coming to him wanting to tell their story. It
      starts to make sense when one of the women from the
      community tells him, "The boys harm themselves because they
      want someone to notice them so that for once they're not
      invisible.""


      * BILLI MCCARTHY-PRICE, ON LINE OPINION:
      MIND THE GAP ON INDIGENOUS HEALTH



      - Analysis / Opinion

      On Line Opinion: Mind the gap on indigenous health
      http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=15065&page=0
      30 May 13: "There remains a 10-year gap in life expectancy
      between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia.
      Around 12 per cent of this difference has been attributed
      to mental health conditions, with four per cent to suicide
      and six per cent to alcohol and substance abuse.
      Australians must start paying attention. What's more, they
      must be made more aware of the phenomenally high rates of
      Indigenous youth suicide that contribute to this gap. Male
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth aged 15-19 are
      more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than
      non-Indigenous males." By Billi McCarthy-Price,
      a Global Voices delegate to the United Nations Permanent
      Forum on Indigenous Issues underway in New York


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      POLITICAL REACTION NEEDED TO END SUICIDES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Political reaction needed to end suicides
      http://thestringer.com.au/political-reaction-needed-to-end-suicides/
      24 May 13: "Led by the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation
      which works with many grieving families of suicide victims
      a Suicide Crisis Summit was held on May 21. More than 300
      attended in what was both a highly emotive experience and
      a direct call to Governments to reduce the Aboriginal youth
      suicide rates in Australia. Australia’s Aboriginal youth
      suicide rate is the highest in the world. - Australia’s
      Aboriginal children - The world’s highest suicide rate.
      Dumbartung CEO Robert Eggington and his grief counsellor
      wife Selina Eggington called for the Summit and ensured
      that it was well attended by Government officials."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      - Past Event

      Event: Tue 21 May 2013: Waterford, Perth, WA
      Stop the Suicides in Our Community Now!
      "The Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation calls for
      all members of the Nyoongah community and organisations
      to stand up strong against the ongoing epidemic
      and spates of suicide in our Nyoongah community."
      Event details: http://allianceaustrale.org/Dumbartung/CommunityNote.html
      Event details: http://allianceaustrale.org/Dumbartung/SuicideMediaRelease.html
      News: Dumbartung convenes Suicide Crisis Summit: http://thestringer.com.au/dumbartung-convenes-suicide-crisis-summit/
      News: Alarm over Indigenous suicide in WA: http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/264404/Alarm-over-Indigenous-suicide-in-WA
      News: Dumbartung calls suicide prevention summit: http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29153/Dumbartung-calls-suicide-prevention-summit.html


      * THE WIRE:
      ABORIGINAL YOUTH SUICIDE SPIKE PROMPTS CRISIS MEETING IN WA



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire:
      Aboriginal youth suicide spike prompts crisis meeting in W
      A
      Produced by Lisa Burns
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10388
      22 May 13: "An emergency meeting has been held in Perth, to
      discuss the alarming spike in Aboriginal youth suicides in
      Western Australia. More than 100 people, including
      Indigenous leaders, Social Justice Commissioner, Mick
      Gooda and Western Australian Mental Health Commissioner,
      Eddie Bartnik, were in attendance. Beverley Port-Louis, a
      Noongar Elder from the small regional town of Moora in
      Western Australia, was at the meeting yesterday and had her
      own very personal story to tell.
      Featured in story:
      Beverley Port-Louis,
      Noogar Elder from Moora, in Western Australia"


      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Suicide crisis summit held in Perth

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29300/Suicide-crisis-summit-held-in-Perth.html
      22 May 13: "Indigenous groups who have attended a crisis
      meeting in Perth say they hope to raise awareness of a
      spate of youth suicides. More than 100 people, including
      government representatives, discussed at the summit what’s
      been described as a 'suicide epidemic'."


      * SBS WORLD NEWS:
      WA CRISIS MEETING ON ABORIGINAL SUICIDE



      - Video

      SBS World News: WA crisis meeting on Aboriginal suicide
      Source: AAP
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1769052/WA-crisis-meeting-on-Aboriginal-suicide
      21 May 13: ""It's an absolute epidemic," Dumbartung
      Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Robert Eggington
      told ABC radio earlier today. "It's obviously really
      worrying in the last three to four months with the spate of
      suicides that have ravaged our community and families." He
      said other concerns included high rates of incarceration
      among Aboriginal men and indigenous impoverishment in an
      otherwise affluent nation. "Nyoongah men per head per
      population are the highest imprisoned men on the planet,"
      Mr Eggington said."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      INDIGENOUS SUICIDE SUMMIT IN PERTH



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Indigenous suicide summit in Perth
      By Ryan Emery & Kristina Kukolja
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/268280/Indigenous-suicide-summit-in-Perth
      21 May 13: "A summit on Indigenous suicide in Western
      Australia has been held in Perth. The summit was organised
      by the Dumbartung Aboriginal corporation, which says the
      Noongar community is deeply concerned about what they say
      is a spike in suicide rates -- particularly among young
      people. Kristina Kukolja asked West Australian
      correspondent Ryan Emery who attended."


      * ABC:
      MORE BIRTHING SUPPORT URGED FOR REMOTES INDIGENOUS WOMEN



      - News

      ABC: More birthing support urged for remote Indigenous women
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-30/more-birthing-support-urged-for-remote-indigenous/4722406
      30 May 13: "An Indigenous health organisation says more
      funding is needed to address birthing issues for women in
      remote Aboriginal communities. Health specialists from the
      Apunipima Cape York Health Council will attend an
      Indigenous birthing roundtable at Parliament House in
      Canberra today. The organisation's Rachel Sargeant says
      more support is needed for women travelling alone from
      Cape York to Cairns to give birth. "I think it's
      incredibly stressful on not just them but their children,
      their families, especially if English isn't your first
      language," she said." By Ashleigh Stevenson


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      CONCERN OVER INDIGENOUS DEMENTIA RATES



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Radionews: Concern over Indigenous dementia rates
      By Peggy Giakoumelos
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/269458/Concern-over-Indigenous-dementia-rates
      28 May 13: "A study has found that Indigenous Australians
      are three times more likely to suffer from dementia than
      non-Indigenous Australians. Neuroscience Research Australia
      says dementia also affects Indigenous Australians at an
      earlier age than in the general population. Neuroscience
      Australia's Professor Tony Broe says risk factors range
      from disadvantage in early childhood to environmental
      factors such as smoking, substance and brain injury.
      Professor Broe told Peggy Giakoumelos the effects of early
      institutionalisation that occurred with many members of
      the Stolen Generations is also a factor."


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      TELETHON STUDY ON MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS



      - News

      The Stringer: Telethon study on mental health disorders
      http://thestringer.com.au/telethon-study-on-mental-health-disorders/
      20 May 13: "Mental health disorders are on the rise among
      Aboriginal peoples according to a study by the Telethon
      Institute for Child Health Research. The study found that
      the incidence of mental disorders has an impact on
      children’s health and for Aboriginal parents this is at
      least twice the rate than for non-Aboriginal parents. ...
      The main outcome measure of the study was the prevalence
      of prior mental health disorders in parents by birth year
      and by parent and child characteristics, including
      Aboriginality, maternal age, socioeconomic status and
      diagnostic groups." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH


      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Health funding must reach ground level: NACCHO

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29303/Health-funding-must-reach-ground-level%3A-NACCHO.html
      22 May 13: "Community groups are calling for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander health funding to more efficiently
      reach the ground. ... The Chief Executive of the National
      Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation is
      Justin Mohamed."

      SBS Radionews: Torres TB death highlights "worst of both worlds"
      By Stefan Armbruster
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/268328/Torres-TB-death-highlights-worst-of-both-worlds
      22 May 13: "Queensland's government says federal efforts to
      deal with tuberculosis in the Torres Strait "are not
      meeting the needs" after the first death of an Australian
      citizen from the region. ... Last week state Health
      Minister Lawrence Springborg confirmed a Torres Strait
      islander woman died of multi-drug resistant TB in April.
      ... Mr Springborg told Queensland correspondent Stefan
      Armbruster the PNG Prime Minister's call to reopen TB
      clinics in the Torres Strait to treat PNG citizens is not
      an option."


      - News

      newsTracker: Torres Strait Islander woman dies of tuberculosis
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/05/torres-strait-islander-woman-dies-of-tuberculosis/
      20 May 13: "QUEENSLAND: A Torres Strait Islander woman has
      died from an apparent drug resistant strain of
      tuberculosis (TB), becoming the first Australian in several
      years to succumb to the disease. Queensland’s chief health
      officer Jeanette Young on Friday confirmed the
      20-year-old’s death on April 25. Dr Young says it is yet to
      be determined how she contracted the illness, but she
      frequently visited Papua New Guinea, which has one of the
      world’s highest incident rates."

      Australian Human Rights Commission:
      Support for Indigenous people with disability

      http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/support-indigenous-people-disability
      16 May 13: "The First People’s Disability Network Australia
      will receive $900,000 over three years to assist Indigenous
      Australians to understand and access support from the
      newly-created DisabilityCare Australia. Social Justice
      Commissioner Mick Gooda said the funding would help close
      the gap on Indigenous disadvantage by ensuring the benefits
      of DisabilityCare Australia are realised for Indigenous
      people. He said the prevalence of severe or profound
      disability among Indigenous people is around twice the rate
      for non-Indigenous Australians."


      * GREENS JAMIE PARKER MP:
      NSW GOVERNMENT REFUSES FUNDING
      FOR LIVE-SAVING ABORIGINAL LEGAL ADVICE LINE



      - Media Release

      Greens Jamie Parker MP:
      NSW government refuses funding for
      live-saving Aboriginal legal advice line

      http://www.jamieparker.org.au/nsw-government-refuses-funding-for-live-saving-aboriginal-legal-advice-line/
      29 May 13: "Greens MP Jamie Parker has slammed the NSW
      Liberal government for failing to fund a live-saving legal
      advice line for Aboriginal people who have been taken into
      police custody.
      "The Federal government has cut funding and now the NSW
      government is refusing to accept responsibility, despite
      the fact that the requirement for the service is
      legislated under state law," Mr Parker said.
      "Vulnerable people are being put at risk because
      governments in this country cannot be shaken into action.
      "The Custody Notification Service was created as a
      crucial reform following the Royal Commission into
      Aboriginal Deaths in Custody to ensure that the rights
      and welfare of Aboriginal people in custody are
      maintained.
      "Two decades after the landmark Royal Commission into
      Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, most of the 339
      recommendations for reform still have not been
      implemented. This service is a rare example of a positive
      and effective reform that resulted from the Royal
      Commission and we must ensure it continues. ... " Mr
      Parker said."


      See:

      WGAR News: "Stop Aboriginal deaths in police custody
      by saving the Custody Notification Service"
      (15 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/14/wgar-news-stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-police-custody-by-saving-the-custody-notification-ser

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