Anchorage Statement: Indigenous Peoples and Viral Hepatitis

2nd World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Viral Hepatitis, August 2017

The Anchorage Statement is a statement on Indigenous Peoples and Viral Hepatitis, which was prepared by Indigenous peoples globally who attended the 2nd World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Viral Hepatitis held in Anchorage Alaska in August 2017.

The Anchorage Statement sets out the aspirations of Indigenous peoples globally in ensuring that they are not a population left behind in global efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis by the year 2030.  The statement is timely for Australia as the Commonwealth Government are embarking on the development of a new set of national strategies addressing viral hepatitis, HIV and STIs and the 5th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STI and BBV Strategy.  Those who have prepared the statement ask you consider the actions and principles embedded in the Anchorage Statement, and hope you or your organisation can contribute to the global efforts of elimination of viral hepatitis.

Feel free to post the Anchorage Statement to social media, websites and or discuss in staff meetings within your own organisation.

‘I Just Want to Be Myself’: How We Can Challenge Homophobia, Transphobia, and Racism in Australian Schools

Drawing on the experiences of Safe Schools Coalition in Australia since 2010, this article focuses on the potential for successfully challenging homophobia, transphobia, and racism in schools.

The discussion challenges assumptions about the incompatibility of cultural difference with gender or sexual diversity, in particular the perceived irreconcilability of Islamic faith or culture with same-sex attraction. Comparing research on the health impact of homophobia and transphobia on students with the impact of racism provides the basis for a discussion of the benefits of challenging all forms of prejudice-based abuse and discrimination.

While there are some key differences, the methods and strategies used in schools to value and support cultural diversity can also be applied in schools to support gender and sexual diversity. Lessons from the practice experiences of Safe Schools Coalition suggest that all forms of diversity can and do positively interact to create more inclusive educational environments.

 

We won’t close the gap if we put an ‘Indigenous spin’ on western approaches

The Guardian, Thursday 16 March 2017

Good health isn’t simply determined by provision of or access to medical and allied health services. It is influenced by a range of factors impacting on human lives on a day-to-day basis including income, education, conditions of employment, power and social support – the social determinants of health.

While the social determinants of health take on a critical role in trying to close the gap, in Australia we continue to try and respond to the Indigenous health crisis by putting an “Indigenous spin” on western approaches. We must change this around. It has to be solutions that are developed, designed and supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves, for their own communities. If not we will not close the gap.

Read more here

SHine SA’s Sexual Health Course for those who work with CALD communities

SHine SA, January 2017

  • Do you work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities?
  • Do you want to be confident speaking about sexual health with your clients?
  • Do you want to understand how sexual health affects the overall health of your clients?

If so, then the Relationships & Sexual Health Course is for you.

This course provides you with opportunities to explore attitudes towards sexual health and relationships. You will gain skills to support your clients to make sense of their sexual health. It is important that workers promote and support the sexual and reproductive health of their clients as well as reducing the barriers to improved sexual and reproductive health. This is also a great networking opportunity.

Who would benefit from this course?  Youth workers; sexual health workers; CALD health workers; reproductive and sexual health service providers; domestic violence workers; settlement workers; allied health workers; anyone who works with CALD communities.

A further optional day includes assessment which allows you to apply for a sexual health focused competency that may contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Community Services.

When 

  • Course 1: 17, 24 & 30 March 2017
  • Course 2: 19 & 27 October, 3 November 2017

Where

SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time

9am – 5pm

Cost

$399 Student Concession: $199 Early Bird Concession: 10% off if registered 2 months ahead

Topics include:

  • Sexuality & Sexual Health/Culture
  • Sex & the Law
  • Cultural Sexual Violence
  • Sexual Diversity
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Contradictions of Pleasure & Culture
  • Client Stories
  • Attitudes to Sex & Sexuality
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Resources

Further Information & online enrolment here

Enquiries Phone: 8300 5320 / Email: shinesacoursesATshinesa.org.au

Download flyer (PDF) at this link: FRESH CALD 2017

Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities

Australian Institute of Family Studies, December 2016

Family violence is a serious and widespread issue in Australia, and is a key priority area for government. This resource sheet investigates the effectiveness of current mainstream, international, and Indigenous prevention programs and identifies the principles behind successful programs.

Background information is also provided on the extent and nature of the problem in Australia, including impact and risk factors, The resource sheet examines what works, what doesn’t, and what further research is needed.

Download factsheet (PDF, 23 pages) here 

 

Mission Australia’s Annual Youth Survey results, 2016

Mission Australia, December 2016

Each year Mission Australia encourages young Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through their annual Youth Survey, the largest of its kind. In 2016 they had close to 22,000 respondents.

Since its inception 15 years ago, the Youth Survey has become a critical piece of research and is used to inform the agendas of governments, policy makers and community organisations. The results can also be reported for specific locations or schools where there are enough respondents.

The Youth Survey 2016 showed that for the record number of 21,846 15 to 19 year olds who took part, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination were the top two issues facing Australia today, with mental health entering the top three for the first time in its 15 year history.

  • In the survey, young people continued to nominate coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues of personal concern
  • 1 in 4 young people experienced unfair treatment or discrimination in the past year } due to gender, race/cultural background , or age.
  • 1 in 2 young people witnessed someone being unfairly treated or discriminated against due to race/cultural background, sexuality, and physical health or ability.
  • Of the four in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who reported experiencing discrimination, MORE THAN HALF reported discrimination on the basis of race or cultural background.

There is a chapter in the report looking specifically at South Australian results in detail.

  • Download summary infographic (PDF) here
  • Read whole report (PDF) here