Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education – Prime Minister’s Closing The Gap report 2015

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February 3, 2016

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education has been recognised in the Prime Minister’s Closing The Gap report 2015 as a key issue that school attendance contributes to school results and in turn affects educational goals and employment opportunities. The graph below demonstrates the success and rise of Year 12 or equivalent had increased by almost 45%.

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(Courtesy of Australian Government)

Organisations such as The Stronger Smarter Institute based in Queensland have a Leadership program to create high expectations, excellence orientated school cultures. www.strongersmarter.com.au

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National Indigenous Golf Championship for 2014

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February 3, 2016

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he National Indigenous Golf Tournament was co-founded in 1979 in Victoria by former Carlton footballer Syd Jackson. The tournament is held annually at changing locations in Australia.

The Championship attracts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all corners of the country to gather, renew and create friendships, craft memories and embellish stories of their golfing experiences.

In 2014 the Championships will be played from 3-6 November at the Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club, Meadow Springs, Western Australia.

Celebrity Pro Am:

On Sunday 2 November 2014, all Championship entrants are invited to participant in a Celebrity Pro Am hosted by the Championship Committee. The Pro Am will be a 12 noon Shotgun start and players are advised to book in early by telephoning the Nyoongar Golf Club on (08) 9359 1587. A maximum field of 144 players including the celebrities will be the cut off. Book early.

For your chance to play in this year’s event at Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club, Meadow Springs, in Western Australia, download the Entry Form.

Download: 2014 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Championships Entry Form

Golf Administrator Peter Trudgian at Nudgee Golf Club where the 2008 Championship was held.

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Written by Donald Johannessen
Published: 01 November 2014

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Toowoomba brothers face off in Imparja Cup clash

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February 12, 2015

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Toowoomba brothers Sam and Brendan Doggett played in opposing teams for the first time this week to represent their Imparja Cup sides NSW and QLD.

The fast bowlers joined the best male and female Indigenous cricketers from across Australia for the annual journey to Alice Springs to compete in the all-Indigenous cricket carnival the Imparja Cup which runs from 9-14 February 2015.

Older brother 23-year-old Sam Doggett was picked up by the NSW side when he recently moved from Toowoomba to Sydney for work.

The Doggett brothers went head to head in the tournament’s second round with younger brother 19-year-old Brendan, who is also the BBL Brisbane Heat’s Community Rookie, taking two wickets from 14 deliveries and helping his side achieve victory over NSW.

The brothers spoke to media this week to discuss their experience at the 2015 Imparja Cup and how they will go competing for the tournament’s title in opposing teams.

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(Courtesy of Cricket Australia and Getty Images)

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Written by Donald Johannessen
Published: 12 February 2015

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NRL All Stars launch 2015

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January 19, 2015

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Indigenous All Stars debutant Josh Hoffman (Gold Coast Titans) was joined by assistant coach Wendell Sailor to announce the 2015 Indigenous All-Stars Squad in Brisbane today.

The Indigenous All Stars Team:

1. Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs)
2. Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs)
3. Will Chambers (Storm)
4. Justin Hodges (Broncos)
5. Josh Hoffman (Titans)
6. Ben Barba (Sharks)
7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
8. George Rose (Dragons)
9. Ray Thompson (Cowboys)
10. Ryan James (Titans)
11. Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
12. Sam Thaiday (Broncos)
13. Greg Bird (Titans)
14. Chris Sandow (Eels)
15. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Storm)
16. Dane Gagai (Knights)
17. Kyle Turner (Rabbitohs)
18. Jack Wighton (Raiders)
19. Kierran Moseley (Titans)
20. Brad Tighe (Titans)

The NRL All Stars Team:

1. Matt Moylan (Panthers)
2. Manu Vatuvei (Warriors)
3. Jarrod Croker (Raiders)
4. Dylan Walker (Rabbitohs)
5. Antonio Winterstein (Cowboys)
6. Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles)
7. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)
8. James Graham (Bulldogs)
9. Michael Ennis (Sharks)
10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters)
11. Beau Scott (c) (Knights)
12. Jason Taumololo (Cowboys)
13. Paul Gallen (Sharks)
14. Jesse Bromwich (Storm)
15. Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers)
16. Will Hopoate (Eels)
17. Trent Merrin (Dragons)
18. Corey Parker (Broncos)
19. Jeremy Smith (Knights)
20. Dave Taylor (Titans)

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Gold Coast Titans Josh Hoffman looking forward to playing his first All Stars game on the Gold Coast February 13th 2015.

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Written by Donald Johannessen
Published: 19 January 2015

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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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