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A call for funding certainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations

While there has progress in closing the gap between the health status of Indigenous Australians and that of non-Indigenous Australians, there is still much to be done. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Australia’s Health 2014 shows that a large gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians still exists. Perhaps [...]

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The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme [...]

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Indigenous doctors’ conference showcases strong culture, strong health

Marie McInerney reports: The centrality of culture to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is emphasised in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (which the Federal Government is planning to re-launch with some changes). It was also an important part of the recent Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) conference [...]

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Conference hears a damning critique of Indigenous housing program

Rosemary Cadden reports from the recent CRANAplus conference: An award-winning Australian company involved in housing projects in disadvantaged regions in Australia and around the world has raised serious questions about a national Indigenous housing initiative with a budget of $5.5 billion. Paul Pholeros, a director of Healthabitat, said successive governments had refused to look at evidence [...]

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I Heart My People: some stories from behind the scenes

I Heart My People is a three-part documentary series on NITV (Weds 9.30pm), following several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and emergency professionals. Below are some of their stories (as provided by SBS). *** Stanley Ozies – Remote Aboriginal Health Worker, Derby I’m a Senior Aboriginal Health Worker at the Derby Aboriginal Health Service [...]

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On the power of storytelling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Marie McInerney reports: “Once upon a time, there was a place where children were loved and safe to grow up as they should, happy, healthy, and free to dream dreams and achieve brilliance….” This is the story Professor Helen Milroy wants us all one day to be able to tell, when we have been able [...]

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From 12 patients to 10,000: building an Indigenous health success story

Marie McInerney reports: Twenty years ago, only 12 Indigenous people attended the Inala Community Health Centre, a primary care service in a south-western Brisbane suburb where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were estimated to make up eight per cent of the local population. Clinical director Associate Professor Noel Hayman commissioned an Indigenous community focus [...]

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On the “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science

Marie McInerney reports: Current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and medical scientists have been urged to ensure their “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science converge across their professional lives, from high level research through to  community health care. Leading public health researcher Professor Sandra Eades – a Nyungar woman from [...]

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Three Indigenous doctors share the stories of their journeys into medicine

Marie McInerney reports: One of the much loved traditions at the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association conference each year is the presentation to new medical graduates of special stethoscopes – in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. This year, for the first time, they also marked an intergenerational milestone. Australia’s first Indigenous [...]

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New art exhibition asks some tough questions about privilege, power and kidney disease

What if end-stage kidney disease was far more common among the rich and powerful than among those who are not so privileged? What if powerful politicians and their friends – people like John Howard, Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart, George Pell, Adam Giles, Andrew Bolt, Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey, or Christopher Pyne had to move far, [...]

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