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August 12, 2016

TACKLING INDIGENOUS SMOKING PORTAL

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has recently launched the "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal".  This online service hosts information for services funded by the "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme", but much of the information on the site is useful for any worker or service who is supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait ISlander people to quit smoking. The site includes an overview of activities that are effective at reducing smoking including community health promotion activities like school based education and social marketing approaches, as well as individual activities like brief interventions, and physical activity.

Go to "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal"

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June 30, 2016

NAIDOC WEEK 2016: 3-10 JULY

NAIDOC Week commences this Sunday July 3 with a range of events planned across Queensland and around Australia. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples annually. The theme of the 2016 NAIDOC Week is "Songlines: The living narrative of our nation". The NAIDOC website has a calendar of events as well as NAIDOC merchandise.  Get involved in NAIDOC events in your community!

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April 28, 2016

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SOCIAL SURVEY

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia.The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a short animated video highlighting the key findings of the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey.

Check it out here

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March 10, 2016

NATIONAL CLOSE THE GAP DAY

National Close the Gap Day aims to bring people together, to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.There are a range of events, from workplace morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country and anyone can take part and make a difference.

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January 28, 2016

ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES IMPROVING ABORIGINAL HEALTH

This review from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW considers the published literature documenting the contribution Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) have made to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities. A key strength of the review is that it takes a broad perspective of the ways in which ACCHSs impact on the health of Aboriginal peoples, and explores the scope of possibilities for their contribution to improving health.

Read more and download the report here

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November 27, 2015

THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING OF INDIGENOUS YOUTH

Back in 2013, a report was release which we think deserves re-visiting.  "The social and emotional wellbeing of indigenous youth: Reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice" is a comprehensive overview of research, policy and practice, which brings together a broad collection of information.  The report includes an overview of the characteristics of successful social and emotional wellbeing programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, as well as a framework for understanding the role of transformative social and emotional wellbeing programs in facilitating change.

Go to "The social and emotional wellbeing of indigenous youth: Reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice"

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November 20, 2015

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CHILD AND FAMILY RESOURCES PORTAL

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has developed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Resources Portal "Knowledge Circle", that brings together a broad range of information, including service provider profiles with examples of good practice, a comprehensive resource list, discussion board and a collection of webinars.

Go to "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Resources Portal - Knowledge Circle"

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October 28, 2015

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL and TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES' DRUG STRATEGY 2014-2019

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy 2014-2019 (NATSIPDS) is a sub-strategy of the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015. The overarching goal of the NATSIPDS is to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by preventing and reducing the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families, and their communities. The NATSIPDS provides an opportunity for communities, non‐government organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community‐controlled organisations and all levels of government to pursue strategies that are specifically relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and appropriate to their circumstances, needs and aspirations.

Download the NATSIPDS here

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September 25, 2015

NIGHT PATROL: REDUCING INDIGENOUS INCARCERATION

Vice Media in conjunction with The Guardian have been conducting a series of reports on the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian jails.  They recently spent a weekend filming with the Darwin Palmerston night patrol, preventing alcohol-related disputes, providing first aid and transporting intoxicated people to places of safety.  The short 15 minute documentary shows how the night patrol program works - engaging with people all across Darwin in a respectful, non-judgemental way, and ensuring that intoxicated people are safe.

Watch "Vice doco on the alcohol patrols protecting Indigenous people from arrest"

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August 28, 2015

CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN DELIVERING HEALTH SERVICES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

The "Closing the Gap" clearinghouse has published an Issues paper titled "Cultural competency in the delivery of health services for Indigenous people."  This comprehensive guide includes an overview of what works and what doesn't work and an overview of what we don't know.  The authors found that cultural awareness training is not enough - cultural competence is a set of behaviours, attitudes and policies across systems that allow effective engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  The authors found that there needs to be more research into culturally competent interventions, and there needs to be a range of validated indicators to measure progress in culturally competent health services.

Download "Cultural competency in the delivery of health services for Indigenous people." (1.6MB PDF)

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