Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

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October 19, 2014

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Australia is improving slowly, however constant funding cuts by State and Federal Governments stretch resources for the Aboriginal Medical Services and its dedicated staff. Organisations such as the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) which is the national peak body representing over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) around Australia on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues have been affected by funding.

In 1997, the Federal Government funded NACCHO to establish a Secretariat in Canberra which greatly increased the capacity of Aboriginal Peoples involved in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) to participate in national health policy development. Aboriginal communities operate over 150 ACCHSs in urban, regional and remote Australia.

The recent Closing The Gap report by the Prime Minister 2015 outlines how much more needs to be done to reach achievable targets (pictured) for Aboriginal Health. Meeting these targets for future generations will be difficult if on-going funding cuts continue at the current rate.

(Courtesy Australian Government)

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Written by Donald Johannessen
Published: 19 October 2014

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sports

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October 19, 2014

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It has been said by many that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women have natural sporting abilities.

As an Aboriginal journalist who has covered a wide range of Indigenous sports for many networks, I have seen first hand the remarkable skills, ability and pride that Indigenous athletes have. The barrier of age does not enter the thought process. This was demonstrated at the State and National Indigenous Golf Championships In 2008 at the North Course at Nudgee GC. A young India Matthews (pictured) played against opponents twice her age. Matthews was also the 2010 Leigh-Anne Goodwin Youth Award winner at the Indigenous Sports Queensland Awards dinner on the Gold Coast.

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Ball Sports such as Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Rules Football (AFL) have been dominated by Indigenous players since the inception of these codes.

In Rugby League, players such as Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston and Ben Barba (pictured) have represented their clubs in finals football, their country and their people in the annual Indigenous All Stars format.

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Written by Donald Johannessen
Published: 19 October 2014

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture

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October 19, 2014

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture is the oldest and most respected in the world. The Arts stream includes arts, music, song and dance. These elements are a way of life for Indigenous people. Culture is a sense of belonging and connection to country including rituals, food and a traditional way of life such as hunting and story telling.

The Arts stream for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has transformed over many years and with it successful artist in the music field have entertained audiences in Australia and overseas. One such entertainer is Warren H Williams. Born in Hermannsburg in Central Australia Williams plays music and works as a broadcaster for CAAMA Radio in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Williams was nominated for an ARIA Award (Australian Recording Industry Award) in 1998 for “Raining on the Rock” and won a Deadly Award for Single Release of the Year and won Song of the Year at the Music Northern Territory Indigenous Music Awards in 2006.

(Williams at Clancesrty in Brisbane)

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Fellow musicians – (L-R) Archie Roach, Shane Howard (standing) Warren H Williams and Troy Cassar-Daley.

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Written by Donald Johannessen
Published: 19 October 2014

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