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Indigenous HIV groups place future in hands of young and Elders

Marie McInerney reports: Elders and young people may hold the key to beating stigma and discrimination about HIV and AIDS and to promoting better prevention in Indigenous communities. Eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders from across Australia were special guests at the  International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, held in the lead-up to [...]

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AMSANT calls for action to avoid mental health service cut

While there has been a lot of focus on the federal budget’s potential impact on health services it is easy to forget that there are many health services facing immediate funding issues. Today AMSANT released the following press release: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) today called for urgent action to ensure that Aboriginal communities [...]

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How the global response to HIV/AIDS renders Indigenous peoples “invisible”

Marie McInerney reports: Australian Indigenous health researcher James Ward has called on the international HIV and AIDS community to identify Indigenous peoples as a “priority population”, warning that they are often invisible in international reports and declarations that shape HIV responses. He told AIDS 2014 – the 20th International AIDS Conference – in Melbourne on [...]

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For Indigenous women and children with HIV, what are the issues?

At a recent international conference in Sydney, Indigenous women shared some heart-breaking stories about the HIV-related stigma that they and their children have faced. As Marie McInerney reports below, the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples with HIV as they grow older was also discussed at the 2014 International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, which [...]

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Antiretroviral therapies not the “silver bullet” for Indigenous peoples with HIV, AIDS

Marie McInerney reports: The use of antiretroviral therapies for prevention as well as treatment for HIV and AIDS should not be seen as a “silver bullet” and could actually widen the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, an international Indigenous conference has been told. Canadian First Nations health leader Dr Alexandra King said the [...]

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Why I will celebrate NAIDOC Week next year: Dr Chelsea Bond

The Guardian recently published an article by Nakkiah Lui, a Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman and writer, titled “Why this year’s NAIDOC week will be my last”. In response, Dr Chelsea Bond, an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University [...]

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A call for action on reducing the risk of HIV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

 Marie McInerney reports: Australian organisers of an international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS have opened the Sydney event with the release of new data and concerns that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are at risk of a “rapid escalation” of HIV and AIDS. Conference co-convenor Associate Professor James Ward said Australia is at [...]

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Putting Indigenous peoples on the HIV & AIDS global agenda: #IPCHIV14

An international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS will be held in Sydney this week, ahead of the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne next week. Marie McInerney previews the discussions below, and will cover the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. Follow the discussions on Twitter at #IPCHIV14, and @ToddFernando will also be tweeting for [...]

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Recognise the importance of culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – 52 weeks of the year

“There are close to 500 million indigenous peoples the world over and if you think of the collective wisdom that represents that is extraordinary, why wouldn’t we be drawing on that in order how we progress as people?” Professor Ngiare Brown, of the Yuin nation. In her final report from the Healing Foundation’s recent Cultural [...]

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Introducing new column: “I am The Koori Woman and you will hear my truth”

My name is Kelly Briggs. I tweet and blog under the moniker of The Koori Woman. My blog  recently won The Australian Writers Centres Commentary Blog of the Year. I have been named one of the top 20 women shaking things up on Twitter, by the online publication The Shake and am a very active participant [...]

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