121130 – Grog Summit Outcomes: APO NT – Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory

Contents:

* APO NT Grog Summit: Grog in the Northern Territory
* APO NT Communiqué: Grog in the Northern Territory:
Summit Outcomes
* Grog Summit: Introductory Speech by Priscilla Collins,
CEO NAAJA – North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
* Grog Summit: AMSANT Presentation
– Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT
* Grog Summit: CAAAPU Presentation
– Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit
* Grog Summit: Russell Goldflam
– People’s Alcohol Action Coalition Presentation
* Grog Summit: Dr Peter d’Abbs,
Menzies School of Health Research Presentation
* Grog Summit: Fitzroy Crossing Presentation
* Grog Summit: Anyinginyi Health Service Presentation

* Congress:
Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing to help close the gap
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Greens Opal Fuel Bill passes the Senate

* ABC Indigenous: Elders’ stories to be caught on film
* The Wire: Patchy media coverage of indigenous issues
making for poor policy

* To mark International Human Rights Day,
STICS will be holding an NT Intervention / Stronger Futures Forum
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* APO NT GROG SUMMIT: GROG IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

– Reportback on the Summit

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory – APO NT:
Grog Summit:
Grog in the Northern Territory: Summit on alcohol policy
and its impacts on Aboriginal people and communities
http://apont.org.au/index.php/grog-summit.html
23 Nov 12: “On 16 November 2012 APO NT held a summit on
alcohol policy and its impacts on Aboriginal people and
communities in the NT in Darwin. A media release announcing
the summit is below. The agenda and invite flyer for the
summit can be found below. Priscilla Collins, CEO of the
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency opened the
summit with a speech entitled ‘Our peoples’ right to choose
on grog’ (see below). …
Some of the presentations made at the Grog Summit are
available below:
* AMSANT;
* Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit;
* Russell Goldflam, People’s Alcohol Action Coalition;
* Dr Peter d’Abbs, Menzies School of Health Research;
* Fitzroy Crossing;
* Strong Men, Strong Culture – Anyinginyi Health Service.
On 19 November APO NT issued a communique outlining the
outcomes of the Grog Summit.”

– About APO NT

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory
http://apont.org.au/
“Welcome to APO NT
Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory-APO NT
-is an alliance comprising the
Central Land Council (CLC),
Northern Land Council (NLC),
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA),
Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) and
the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT).
The alliance was created to provide a more effective
response to key issues of joint interest and concern
affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory,
including through advocating practical policy solutions to
government. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Grog warning
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
28 Nov 12: “LEADING Indigenous organisations in the
Northern Territory have issued a dire warning about risks
of allowing more alcohol into remote communities.
Aboriginal health, land and law and justice organisations
have demanded Indigenous people be included in any
decision-making regarding alcohol policy, program
development and resourcing following a major summit in
Darwin this month. About 150 representatives from
Gunyangara, Galiwinku, Yirrkala, Milingimbi, Gapuwiyak,
West Arnhem, Bagot community, Tiwi Islands, Katherine,
Barunga, Katherine East, Beswick, Kakadu, Borroloola,
Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Jilkminggan, Darwin and
Tennant Creek, as well as Fitzroy Crossing in Western
Australia, took part in the Aboriginal Peak Organisations
of the Northern Territory (APO NT) summit, which also
attracted drug and alcohol experts.”

* APO NT COMMUNIQUE:
GROG IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY:
SUMMIT OUTCOMES

– Media Release

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory – APO NT:
Communiqué: Grog in the Northern Territory: Summit Outcomes
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/121119%20-%20APO%20NT%20Media%20Communique%20-Outcomes%20Grog%20Summit.pdf
19 Nov 12: “On Friday 16 November 2012 a summit on alcohol
policy and its impact on Aboriginal people and communities
was held in Darwin, sponsored by the Aboriginal Peak
Organisations of the Northern Territory [APO NT]. The
summit was attended by around 150 people.
The forum heard from a number of speakers from Aboriginal
communities and organisations across the Territory
including: Anyinginyi Health Service, East Arnhem night
patrol, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, CAAPU,
CAAPS, Borroloola, Tiwi Islands, Ntaria, Beswick, Bagot
community, SAF,T, Jilkminggan and Katherine. There was
also a presentation from representatives from Fitzroy
Crossing.
The summit heard also from expert speakers including
Professor Peter d’Abbs from Menzies School of Health
Research; Associate Professor, Ted Wilkes from the National
Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Committee; Professor Dennis Gray
from the National Drug Research Institute; David Templeman,
CEO of the Alcohol & Other Drugs Council of Australia;
Donna Ah Chee, Acting CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal
Congress, Doctor John Boffa, Central Australian Aboriginal
Congress; Russell Goldflam, People’s Alcohol Action
Coalition and Michael O’Donnell, Chair of the NT Alcohol
and Other Drugs Tribunal. …
The key messages delivered throughout the summit, included: …
Aboriginal participants made a number of key resolutions
about action to be taken in their communities: …
Aboriginal summit participants called on both levels of
Government to: …
The outcomes of the summit will be followed up with
Government through nominated delegates. … ”

* GROG SUMMIT:
INTRODUCTORY SPEECH BY PRISCILLA COLLINS,
CEO NAAJA – NORTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL JUSTICE AGENCY

– Speech

“Our peoples’ right to choose on grog”
Priscilla Collins, CEO NAAJA
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/121115-Speech-PC-Our%20peoples%27%20right%20to%20choose%20on%20grog.pdf
16 Nov 12: “On 24 July 1966 the Northern Territory Council
for Aboriginal Rights met at Rapid Creek. They set out
their grievances in a document titled ‘Program for improved
living standards for Northern Territory Aborigines’. Wages
and working conditions were only a part of a wider and
deeper discontent. The Program also included standards for
housing, education, health-care and in relation to racial
discrimination. Nearly 50 years on, we are again gathering
in Rapid Creek to discuss an issue of vital importance to
Aboriginal peoples in the NT. Back then, access to alcohol
was seen by many Aboriginal people as a solely civil rights
issue. Half a century on, the game is far more complex. … ”

* GROG SUMMIT:
AMSANT PRESENTATION
– ABORIGINAL MEDICAL SERVICES ALLIANCE OF THE NT

– Presentation

Options for Alcohol Control in the Northern Territory
Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT, January 2008
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/AMSANT%27s%20Alcohol%20Policy%20Options.pdf
“Donna Ah Chee, Acting CEO, CAAC
APONT Alcohol Summit, 2012”
“Outline of the AMSANT alcohol policy
1. The need for alcohol control
2. Listen to Aboriginal communities
3. Proposed alcohol control measures
– Supply reduction:
– Demand reduction: encourage responsible drinking
– Demand reduction: provide adequate treatment and
rehabilitation services
– Harm minimisation: community based services and programs
4. Develop effective alcohol management strategies
5. Develop strong alcohol licensing, control and standards … ”

* GROG SUMMIT:
CAAAPU PRESENTATION
– CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ALCOHOL PROGRAMMES UNIT

– Presentation

Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit CAAAPU
Eileen Hoosan – Chairperson
Philip Allnutt – CEO
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/CAAAPU%20Presentation.pdf
“CAAAPU VISION:
CAAAPU has a responsibility to provide indigenous people
from the Central Australian region to:
* Provide a safe, non-discriminatory healing place that
equips clients with the tools with which to live a
healthy, sober, active and productive life.
* In recognition of the unique spiritual and cultural
strengths of Aboriginal people be a leading advocate in
the areas of alcohol and other drug dependency.
* Ensure that it incorporates practices that enable
clients to develop their full potential
* Work towards the reduction of the harmful effects of
alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and the
community, thus contributing to the well being of our
society. … ”

* GROG SUMMIT:
RUSSELL GOLDFLAM
– PEOPLE’S ALCOHOL ACTION COALITION PRESENTATION

– Presentation

Russell Goldflam
– Alice Springs Peoples Alcohol Action Coalition
Presentation to APONT Alcohol Summit, Darwin
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/Presentation%20to%20APONT%20Alcohol%20Summit%20Darwin%2016%20Nov%202012.pdf
16 Nov 12: “… About 15 years ago, I helped form the Alice
Springs Peoples Alcohol Action Coalition, and we’ve been
working hard on what to do about grog ever since. We’ve
learnt some important things, and we’ve had some big wins,
but we’re not even close yet to knocking this problem on the
head. We have two guiding principles: firstly, a whole of
community approach – everyone is entitled to the same
service – everyone in a community should be subject to the
same rules. And secondly, we support what works, whether
it’s popular or not. Look at the evidence, and be guided
by it. … ”

* GROG SUMMIT:
DR PETER D’ABBS,
MENZIES SCHOOL OF HEALTH RESEARCH PRESENTATION

– Presentation

Menzies School of Health Research:
What does the evidence show?
Peter d’Abbs,
Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, &
School of Population Health, University of Melbourne (Adjunct)
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/Dr%20Peter%20D%27ABBS%20Presentation.pdf
[Click on above link to read the presentation]

* GROG SUMMIT:
FITZROY CROSSING PRESENTATION

– Presentation

Grog Summit – Darwin
June Oscar, Emily Carter and Patrick Davies
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/Fitzroy%20Cross.%20Presentation.pdf
“BACKGROUND:
* Fitzroy Crossing – 2007
* 40 years of chronic over supply of alcohol on top of
ineffective Government Policy
* Rise in deaths in the community
* 13 Suicides
* 50 Deaths, mostly related to alcohol
* Something needed to be done”
“Community Action:
* The women of the valley decided at a Women’s Bush meeting
that action needed to be taken so they began to seek
approval to bring in Alcohol restrictions to the entire town
* There was much opposition
* The women stood strong and pursued the cause”
[Click on above link to read the full presentation]

* GROG SUMMIT:
ANYINGINYI HEALTH SERVICE PRESENTATION

– Presentation

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Coprporation
Prevention is the Solution
HEALTH ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
Culturally Responsive
WELCOME TO PILIYINTINJI-KI STRONGER FAMILIES
http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/62/Strong%20Men%20Strong%20Culture%20-%20Anyingingi%20HS.pdf
“Piliyintinji-ki (Stronger Families) provides culturally
appropriate services for men, women and families of the
Tennant Creek Region. We provide a wide range of services
for community members to assist with:
* Substance misuse
* Bringing Them Home
* Social & Emotional Well-being
* Family Violence
The counselling services are a part of the solution and we
provide a Capacity Building Timetable, for the Men’s and
Women’s Centre, that value add to our clients needs and
capacity building for their daily lives. The timetable
includes:
* Cultural re-connection
* Bush Tucker/Medicines
* Nutrition
* Specialist Education Sessions
(diabetes, nutrition, phychology, healthy lifestyle etc) … ”
[Click on above link to read the full presentation]

* CONGRESS:
SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING TO HELP CLOSE THE GAP

– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing to help close the gap
http://nationalcongress.com.au/supporting-mental-health-wellbeing/
27 Nov 12: “Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun has welcomed the
first national mental health report card and its
recommendation that that mental health of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples be included in ‘Closing the
Gap’ targets.
“The report’s chapter on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples stresses the importance of mental health
and wellbeing to extending life expectancy and in reducing
early deaths,” said Co-Chair Broun.
“The necessity of a more holistic approach to Aboriginal
health has been a consistent message I have heard during
the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Plan consultations during the past two months.
“That is, that health and wellbeing, culture and family
are all linked with our physical health. … ”
[said Co-Chair Broun]”

See:

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

– Related Audio Interviews

SBS Living Black:
Australia’s First Mental Health Report Card Released
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/243779/t/Australia-s-First-Mental-Health-Report-Card-Released/in/english
28 Nov 12: “Australia has failed in its delivery of mental
health services and the situation needs urgent attention
– according to Professor Alan Fels, Chair of the National
Mental Health Commission. This follows the release of
Australia’s inaugural “report card” on mental health
services. … One of the Comissioners involved in the
report card is Professor Pat Dudgeon, a Bardi woman from
the Kimberley, a psycholoigst for many years, and the first
identified Aboriginal psychologist in Australia. Professor
Dudgeon tells Michelle Lovegrove, this report card focuses
on people and community first.”

SBS Living Black: Mental Health Report Card – Julie’s Story
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/243783/t/Mental-Health-Report-Card-Julie-s-Story/in/english
28 Nov 12: “The Mental Health Report Card also includes the
experiences of a number of courageous people, on the
impacts of mental health issues, and lack of services
– on their lives. Shock, loss and grief are three
byproducts of mental health trauma, particularly when loved
ones self harm or commit suicide. The bereavement and loss
Wakka woman and school teacher Julie Turner went through is
a parent’s worst nightmare. Her daughter suffered from
depression and committed suicide at just 17 years of age.
Julie tells Marc Tong, there’s a critical need for
culturally appropriate support groups in remote communities.”

* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
GREENS OPAL FUEL BILL PASSES THE SENATE

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert: Greens Opal Fuel Bill passes the Senate
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-opal-fuel-bill-passes-senate
27 Nov 12: “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues
The Australian Greens Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 has
passed the Senate this evening, with a commitment from
Government that existing problem spots will be addressed by
mid year 2013.
The Bill will now move to the House of Representatives.
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who has worked on
the issue since entering Parliament in 2005, told the
Senate that the Bill was an important step towards ending
the harm caused by petrol sniffing.
“The voluntary rollout of non sniffable fuel has been an
important strategy, but is one that has had a big hole in
it – this Bill helps resolves that issue and ensures the
rollout can be completed,” Senator Siewert said today.
“I am pleased the Government has supported this Bill to
progress work to end the life threatening harm caused by
petrol sniffing. … ” [Senator Siewert said]”

– Related News

newsTracker: Opal fuel bill passes upper house
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/opal-fuel-bill-passes-upper-house/
28 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: A Greens bill aiming to force
retailers to stock Opal Fuel has passed the Senate, after
Labor reversed its opposition. The Low Aromatic Fuel Bill
will mandate the supply of Opal Fuel in an effort to
eradicate petrol sniffing in Aboriginal communities. It
will now go to the House of Representatives. The
non-sniffable fuel, subsidized by the federal government,
was rolled out on a volunteer basis in 2005, and resulted
in a reduction in petrol sniffing of up to 70 percent in
selected communities.” By Amy McQuire,
a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, editor of Tracker

* ABC INDIGENOUS: ELDERS’ STORIES TO BE CAUGHT ON FILM

– News

ABC Indigenous: Elders’ stories to be caught on film
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-26/elders-stories-to-be-caught-on-film/4392524/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
26 Nov 12: “A team of filmmakers has arrived in the East
Kimberley to record the stories and memories of Aboriginal
elders at a remote community. The Indigenous Community
Stories project was started up by the Film and Television
Institute four years ago, to capture the stories of
Aboriginal elders across Western Australia. The Djaru
people, who live in the remote Ringer Soak community, have
asked to have their oral histories, songs, dances and
rituals recorded for future generations. Project manager
Mandy Corunna says the recording will help the region
retain its ancient history.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

27 Nov 12: “The stories and memories of elders in East
Kimberley are to be recorded on Film.”

* THE WIRE:
PATCHY MEDIA COVERAGE OF INDIGENOUS ISSUES
MAKING FOR POOR POLICY

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Patchy media coverage of indigenous issues
making for poor policy
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9903
27 Nov 12: “The way indigenous issues are covered in the
media is sometimes leading to bad policy, according to a
group of academics studying how these topics are reported.
They say some indigenous issues get no coverage, while other
issues receive short bursts of intense media interest. These
periods of acute media attention can lead to quick policy
responses that don’t take account of the existing evidence
in the field. …
Featured in story:
Kerry McCallum
– Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
at the University of Canberra”

* TO MARK INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY,
STICS WILL BE HOLDING AN
NT INTERVENTION / STRONGER FUTURES FORUM:

– Upcoming Event

Event: Thu 6 December 2012, 6:30pm: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
To mark International Human Rights Day,
STICS will be holding an
NT Intervention / Stronger Futures Forum
Forum: After the NT Election:
The Struggle Against the NT Intervention
Aboriginal leaders speak out:
“Stronger Futures” means Stolen Futures
Special guest speakers:
* Rosalie Kunoth Monks &
* Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks
from Utopia community, Central Australia
* Jeff McMullen,
CEO (Honorary) Ian Thorpe’s Foundation for Youth
“Join us to hear voices in the fight for Aboriginal
rights discuss the shifting terrain in the struggle
against the NT Intervention: a new government
in the NT, community attempts to evict Intervention
and Shire bosses from their land and the fight
to stop the national expansion of income management.
All welcome.”
Hosted by STICS:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Note: New location:
Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/29/public-forum-%E2%80%9Cstronger-futures%E2%80%9D-means-%E2%80%9Cstolen-futures%E2%80%9D-for-nt-communities
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/30474/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/6-12-12-SF-New-venue.jpg

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 11 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 26 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* OTHER ARTICLES

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Yagan doco tells chapter of nation’s “shared story”
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7653-yagan-doco-tells-chapter-of-nations-qshared-storyq
28 Nov 12: “The director of a new film celebrating the
famous Nyoongar warrior Yagan says the first screening will
be held in Perth next month for free. The film documents
the conflicts between Nyoonger people and Swan River
colonialists in the early 1800s where Yagan was a central
figure of resistance, as well as the challenges of
repatriating his remains back from the UK more recently.
Spear Point Productions’ Kelrick Martin says the story is
significant for Nyoongar culture and history and also for
Australia’s overall history.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
NAPLAN’s cultural relevance under scrutiny
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7652-naplans-cultural-relevance-under-scrutiny
28 Nov 12: “A linguistics researcher from the University of
Melbourne says there’s evidence the national literacy and
numeracy test, NAPLAN, discriminates against Indigenous
children. NAPLAN testing assesses Year 3, 5, 7 and 9
children in Reading, Writing, Language and Numeracy.
Dr. Debbie Loaks told CBAA’s The Wire program research has
found the test’s content could be more culturally-inclusive
of Indigenous students.”

National Indigenous Times:
Treaty and sovereignty “still on the cards”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2295-treaty-and-sovereignty-still-on-the-cards.html
28 Nov 12: “by Callum Clayton-Dixon (Anawayn). Emotions ran
high on Monday morning when Black activists blockaded the
entrance to Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza in an act of protest
against the Native Title conference being held at the
hotel. Police were unsuccessful in removing the protestors
and met an irate response from veteran sovereign rights
campaigner Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Child abuse inquiry must include Indigenous Royal Commissioners
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2297-child-abuse-inquiry-must-include-indigenous-royal-commissioners.html
28 Nov 12: “The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse
must include a dedicated Indigenous space with Indigenous
commissioners according to a former senior public servant.
Assistant Professor Tjanara Goreng Goreng sees the current
Royal Commission as a great opportunity for Indigenous
Australians. “I believe there have been a lot of abused
Aboriginal people who have never had the… ”

Koori Mail: Outrage grows over taser use
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
28 Nov 12: “OUTRAGE over police misuse of tasers – too
often against Indigenous people – is growing across
Australia. In recent weeks police have copped criticism in
New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and other
jurisdictions for incidents where tasers have been used
unnecessarily to ‘torture’ and subdue victims, in some
cases followed by death.”

National Indigenous Times:
Review of NSW’s Land Rights Act offers 47 major recommendations
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2292-review-of-nsws-land-rights-act-offers-47-major-recommendations.html
28 Nov 12: “Among 47 recommendations contained in an
historic review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983
(ALRA) tabled in New South Wales Parliament include
proposals on housing, land claims, regulatory powers and
incentive models, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Victor Dominello said. The statutory review of the ALRA,
which is required every five years, began in December 2011
with the establishment of a Working… ”

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