Every two years the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) releases a national report card on the health of Australians and the health system. In September, the AIHW released their 15th report in the series which for the first time draws upon the findings from the Australian Burden of Disease Study undertaken by the AIHW. The report also highlights that health is not the same for everyone, and presents detailed health data regarding the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. ANFPP was identified within the report as contributing to a reduction in smoking during pregnancy.
This publication is available from http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129555544 and is part of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australia’s health series. A complete list of the Institute’s publications is available from the Institute’s website: www.aihw.gov.au. The AIHW also provides the Indigenous Observatory, a repository of information on the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at http://www.aihw.gov.au/indigenous-observatory/ .Read more
This year the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children released their final report which has been designed to inform the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The report recommends a new approach to achieve lasting change in the area within the Australian context. The report includes a case study on ANFPP and how the program demonstrates the importance of building partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children – Final Report is available at: https://www.coag.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/COAGAdvisoryPanelonReducingViolenceagainstWomenandtheirChildren-FinalReport.pdf
The COAG 2016 national summit is being held in Brisbane, Australia on 27 and 28 October 2016 co-hosted by the Premier of Queensland, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, and the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP. https://coagvawsummit.pmc.gov.au/Read more
Earlier this year the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet released the Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2016 which outlines the progress made toward the seven closing the gap targets. The target to halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade (by 2018) is on track. The Australian-Nurse Family Partnership Program was highlighted as contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal and child health programmes.
The Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2016 is available at: http://closingthegap.dpmc.gov.au/assets/pdfs/closing_the_gap_report_2016.pdfRead more
The Nurse-Family Partnership publish newsletters four times a year. All their newsletters can be found here: https://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/about/news/nfp-newsletter.
They are very insightful and it is wonderful to see the great work that is happening across the world.
MCaFHNA extends a warm invitation to you to attend the 7th Biennial Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia conference to be held in Melbourne, Victoria on the 1st-3rd of June, 2017.
The conference promises to be a spectacular event and will be celebrating a “100 years” of Maternal & Child Health in Victoria and also in Tasmania. The 2017 conference will recognise amazing “Nursing” achievements of working with families to bring about improved health outcomes as well as looking to the future as we now continue to work with and embrace all families with whom we work across Australia.
The theme of the conference is “The Journey” reflecting on the challenges of the past and challenges of the future and how to seek a way forward. You will be issued with a MCaFHNa passport to assist you as you embark on your journey over the three days of the conference.
The Conference will be held at The Peninsula Centre, Docklands, Melbourne – an exciting 100 year building which will enable us to showcase our journeys…
Consider informing your MCaFHNA colleagues of the exciting programs running in your State or Territory and submit an abstract to the free papers sessions.
For more information regarding this conference please visit:http://www.mcafhna2017.com.au/Read more
Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) will be celebrated this year on Wednesday 7 September 2016. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation gifts new books and literacy resources to Indigenous kids and families in remote communities.
Why we do it
To level the playing field so that all Australian children have the same opportunities to develop a life-long love of reading
Who we are
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation - we are a not-for-profit charity, funded entirely by donations. Licence Number CFN/21762
How can you help?
You can support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation by donating funds or by conducting specific fundraising activities. For further information please view the web site https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/
2016 Theme: Indigenous Peoples' Right to Education
This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education.
The right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which in Article 14 states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”
The right of indigenous peoples to education is also protected by a number of other international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.
In spite of these instruments, the right to education has not been fully realized for most indigenous peoples, and a critical education gap exists between indigenous peoples and the general population.
Where data exist, they show consistent and persistent disparities between the indigenous and the non-indigenous population in terms of educational access, retention and achievement, in all regions of the world.
The education sector not only mirrors the historical abuses, discrimination and marginalization suffered by indigenous peoples, but also reflects their continued struggle for equality and respect for their rights as peoples and as individuals.
To read more please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/Read more
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by SNAICC. Children’s Day was first observed in 1988, with 2016 being the 29th celebration. Each year SNAICC produces and distributes resources to help organisations, services, schools, and communities celebrate.
The theme for Children’s Day 2016 is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping our kids feel connected and proud in culture. It’s all about ensuring all our kids feel like they belong.
This year’s theme aims to provide a space for everyone to come together to celebrate the achievements of the early learning services and the families and children they support. If we can ensure these services are funded in a sustainable way they can continue to support our kids stand tall and strong.
To find out more please visit: http://aboriginalchildrensday.com.au/Read more
The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives is holding their annual conference in Melbourne Australia on the 7th of November 2016 in Melbourne. This year is a unique event with the theme of ‘unmasking our collective history and pride in our global identity’. It is the first time CATSINaM have invited their First Nations’ nursing and midwifery sisters and brothers from other countries to meet with CATSINaM in Australia to share collective wisdom and experience in the provision of high quality and culturally safe services to ourr peoples. Speakers from Australia and abroad will explore topics relating to Indigenous knowledge, culture, experiences and identity in professional practice and health care.
A dedicated student day which continues the tradition started in 2014 will be held prior to the Meeting, 6 of November 2016. The session is designed to support student participation and leadership by providing the opportunity to hear from health leaders, connect with other students and share ideas in the lead up to the International Indigenous Health Workforce Meeting. The day has proved to be a well-attended and highly valued event by students, supporting them to stay focused on achieving their dream of becoming a nurse and/or midwife.
The evening of 6 November we invite you to join CATSINaM at their Inaugural Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and be inspired as we pay our respects to the trailblazing heroes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery sector. The social event not to be missed will 'unmask our heroes' with a unique photo exhibition and the first screening of a short CATSINaM documentary. The event is a masquerade ball and an evening not to be missed.
Who should attend? Health professionals, students, clinicians, researchers, educators, health advocates and policy makers who are interested in building and sharing knowledge on Indigenous health care and healing.
To register for these events please click the link below: http://catsinam.org.au/conference/conference-catsinam