Press Releases

 

QAIHC & QISMC: AOD-Our-Way Project- Dual Diagnosis/ Brief Intervention Staff Training Workshop

Date Posted: 24 May 2017

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) & The Queensland Substance Misuse Council (QISMC) through the “AOD-OUR-WAY Project” have partnered with The Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN) to develop a 2 day “Dual Diagnosis/ Brief Intervention” staff training workshop to support frontline workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations to better respond to people affected by Crystal Meth (Ice) use.

 

 

QAIHC hosts 7th Annual SEWB State Gathering, June 2017, Cairns

Date Posted: 11 May 2017

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) is once again convening the annual State Gathering for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet funded Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workforce across Queensland. This includes SEWB Counsellors/Workers, Link-Up Counsellors and Caseworkers, as well as Substance Use (AOD) Workers.

Held in Cairns over three consecutive days (June 20th to 22nd) the event will provide an opportunity for the sector workforce and stakeholders to come together to share knowledge, ideas and practice as well as network and form partnerships.

The theme for this year’s QAIHC SEWB State Gathering is “OUR STRENGTH- From Then to Now”.

 

 

QAIHC and QISMC workshops aim to help workers manage impacts of ‘Ice’

Date Posted: 28 February 2017

A series of ‘Crystal Clear Workshops’ being held around the state aim at helping front-line Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled health service staff respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the families impacted by methamphetamine use.

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), in partnership with the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council (QISMC) and the Queensland Government, is delivering the workshops as part of an ‘AOD-OUR-WAY’ Queensland Government-funded project.

 

 

 

Sexual health advisory committee announcement a positive move: QAIHC

Date Posted: 16 January 2017

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) has welcomed Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick’s recent announcement that the Queensland Government is to establish a new Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee to support the implementation of Queensland’s new Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021.

QAIHC CEO Matthew Cooke said the Minister’s announcement was timely, given the well-documented increase in HIV diagnosis and resulting deaths impacting a growing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in Queensland, particularly in the north of the state.

 

 

Shared vision aims to develop sustainable primary healthcare workforce

Date Posted: 28 October 2016

A Statement of Commitment was signed this afternoon that formalises a working partnership designed to build a highly skilled, sustainable and culturally responsive primary healthcare workforce for the Aboriginal and Islander community controlled health sector in Queensland.

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) Chairperson Elizabeth Adams signed the agreement with Health Workforce Queensland Chairman Emeritus Professor Robert Stable before 80 QAIHC Member representatives and invited guests at the QAIHC Annual Member Conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

View QAIHC’s Statement of Commitment »

 

QAIHC’s Statement of Commitment

Dr Robert Stable with QAIHC CEO Lizzie Adams signing the Statement of Commitment

 

 

QAIHC hosts ‘AOD-Our-Way’ Project Crystal Clear Workshops

Date Posted: 22 September 2016

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Heath Council (QAIHC), the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council (QISMC) and the Queensland Government have partnered to support front line workers to better respond to people affected by problematic crystal methamphetamine (Ice) and other drug use.

In May this year, QAIHC secured funds from the Queensland Government to deliver the “AOD-OUR-WAY” project which includes the half-day ‘Crystal Clear Workshop’. This QAIHC workshop provides front line staff with background information on Ice, as well as practical tools, interventions and resources so they can better respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families impacted by methamphetamine use.

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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) empowers members through governance training

Date Posted: 15 August 2016

QAIHC recognises that key challenges of organisations based in remote locations is access to training programs and up to date information on issues affecting board and management.

For this reason, QAIHC arranged for several Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) courses to be undertaken by its members at its Brisbane office.

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Successful governance workshop

Date Posted: 2 August 2016

QAIHC has delivered a successful governance workshop over two days in Bowen for the Member Organisation Girudala Community Co-operative Society. Four other local organisations took part: Bur-del Co-operative Advancement Society; Juru Enterprises; Bowen Tourism and Business; and Bowen Neighbourhood Centre. The sessions covered the Directors Role, Meetings, Finance, Strategy and Risk. Thanks to Mark Walker, QAIHC Company Secretary, for imparting his knowledge and to those who attended.

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Mossman Gorge cooking for generational change

Date Posted: 21 July 2016

Community-driven collaboration has secured healthy cooking skills for life in the Aboriginal community of Mossman Gorge.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen has just wrapped up its final week of classes after being stationed in Mossman Gorge. The program offers practical hands-on cooking classes and shares tips and tricks for preparing meals from scratch with fresh affordable ingredients.

 

 

Indigenous communities on the pulse with grant for defibrillators

Date Posted: 19 July 2016

A Queensland Government grant has enabled more than 20 Aboriginal communities across the state access to vital life-saving equipment.

Funded through the Queensland Government Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Gambling Community Benefit Fund, 20 portable automated defibrillators have been given to Community Controlled Health Organisations (CCHOs) for use within their organisations and at community events.

 

 

Roadshow addresses Queensland spike in HIV infection

Date Posted: 19 July 2016

HIV infection in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will be the focus of a series of workshops throughout Queensland from Monday, 25 July.

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), in collaboration with the HIV Foundation Queensland, will engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Queensland HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP) Roadshow, starting next week and continuing into early August.

 

 

Effects of STIs funding cutbacks in NSW ‘will reverberate nation-wide’

Date Posted: 19 July 2016

QAIHC Chair Elizabeth Adams is calling on the Australian Government to take a lead from the Queensland Government and review its decision to withdraw funding of $2.3 million of funding to sexual health programs in New South Wales Aboriginal and Strait Islander communities.

Ms Adams said the Palaszczuk Government recently announced $15.7 million over three years to address a spike in syphilis and other STIs in North Queensland, which worsened after the Newman Government withdrew funding for sexual health programs.

 

 

CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) Workshop

Date Posted: 11 July 2016

QAIHC’s CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) Workshop at Hotel Grand Chancellor in June was well attended by more than 80 participants. Among the topics of discussion were: The Vital Role that the AICCHO Sector plays and the investment of CQI, NACCHO engagement at national level, CQI reflections from 2015, an update on the Clinical Governance Framework, clinical leadership, patient feedback, recruitment, communication, clinical data infrastructure and more.

 

QAIHC Data Reports Officer Amy Dellit discusses ‘Saved Filters’ at the CQI Workshop.

Nhulundu Health Service GP Dr Claudia Collins discusses Clinical Leadership.

Discussing community engagement, clients and clinicians at the CQI Workshop is CWAATSICH CEO Sheryl Lawton.ntently at the CQI Workshop in Brisbane.

Attendees listen intently during the CQI Workshop.

QAIHC’s Public Health Physician Sophie Couzos and Wuchopperen Health Service Limited CEO Debra Malthouse.

 

QAIHC welcomes action on STI spike in the state’s north

Date Posted: 6 June 2016

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) has welcomed the State Government’s commitment of $15.7 million over three years to combat syphilis and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in North Queensland.

QAIHC Chief Executive Officer Matthew Cooke said the funding commitment and release of the North ‘Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016– 2021’ showed the government had listened to sector concerns; and responded to the alarming statistics around the increased notifications of syphilis and other STIs in the north of the state.

 

Campaign urges smokers to consider the effects of second-hand smoke

Date Posted: 31 May 2016

Today is World No Tobacco Day for good reason: Nation-wide, about 19,000 people die each year of smoking-related illnesses.

Similarly alarming is the fact that the statistics show a disproportionate number of Indigenous people (47 per cent) over the age of 15 years smoke daily compared with the non-Indigenous population (17 per cent).

To tackle the problem, Nhulundu Health Service today (May 31) launched the ‘Deadly Places, Smoke-Free Spaces campaign’ which encourages people to sign a ‘Deadly Homes’ pledge and commit to ridding their environments of smoke.

 

Nhulundu Health Services Deadly Choices Senior Tobacco Officer Sharrna Parter and Tobacco Officer Lizzie Cartwright promoting the Deadly Places, Smoke-Free Spaces campaign that features the Deadly Homes pledge and offers participants an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes including a family pass to the State of Origin III game at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, July 13.

 

 

Better integration of children’s health services under microscope at regional workshop

Date Posted: 12 May 2016

Improving the provision of health services for children across Central Queensland and Wide Bay moved a step closer today (May 11) with the staging of a Hearing Health Connect Regional Stakeholder Workshop in Gladstone.

The workshop was commissioned by Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation (CQRAICCHO) in response to the Queensland Government’s ‘Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures’ 10‐ year Ear and Hearing Health Framework for improving the health, early childhood development and education outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland.

 

At the Hearing Health Connect Regional Stakeholder Workshop in Gladstone are (front, from left) CQ RAICCHO CEO Justin Saunders, Byellee traditional owner Michael Eggmolesse and CQ RAICCHO Manager of Health, Planning and Access Melena McKeown, (back, from left) TOG consultant representatives Jodie Edge, Tiana Gurney and Lindy Fentiman.

CQ RAICCHO Senior Aboriginal Health Worker Karen Murphy, Rockhampton Child Family Centre Nurse Kaye Maver and Rockhampton Child Family Centre Senior Health Worker Rachel Aberdein at the Hearing Health Connection Regional Stakeholder Workshop in Gladstone.

Department of Education and Training representatives (from left) Tracy McEachran (Rosella Park School), Suzanne Oates (Rockhampton) and Amanda Jepson (Rockhampton) at the Hearing Health Connect Regional Stakeholder Workshop in Gladstone.

 

 

Workshop focuses on regional hearing health services

Date Posted: 6 May 2016

Improving the integration of health services for children across the Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions is the focus of a Hearing Health Connect Regional Stakeholder Workshop to be held in Gladstone on May 11.

The workshop has been commissioned by Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation (CQRAICCHO) in response to the Queensland Government’s ‘Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures’ 10-year Ear and Hearing Health Framework for improving the health, early childhood development and education outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland.

 

Pilot program tackles community and social issues head-on

Date Posted: 19 April 2016

The community of Cunnamulla isn’t resting on its laurels in tackling social issues head-on.

Today, national company Australian First Aid and the Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health (CACH) joined forces to deliver the nationally-accredited ‘GR8 4 Life’ (Great for Life) drug and substance awareness and a nationally-accredited Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) program.

 

QAIHC Chairperson Lizzie Adams, CACH CEO Kerry Crumblin and QAIHC CEO Matthew Cooke at the ‘GR8 4 Life’ Program launch at Cunnamulla today.

 

Program addresses hearing issues in school-age children

Date Posted: 19 April 2016

A program aimed at addressing the high incidence of hearing issues and improving educational outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children has been extended to Biloela.

This week, Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation (CQRAICCHO) Senior Health Worker Karen Murphy is visiting Biloela State Primary and High Schools to conduct ear and hearing assessments as part of the federally-funded ‘Healthy Ears – Better Hearing, Better Listening Program’.

 

 

Apunipima calls on government to Close the Gap in Cape York

Date Posted: 10 February 2016

Today’s publication of the Closing the Gap Report identifies the small gains that are being made nationally by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, however, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, the Aboriginal health service for Cape York in Far North Queensland wants to know if the government are going to continue business as usual or look at serious reforms in order to meet the Closing the Gap targets.

 

Celebrating Apunipima’s coming of age

Date Posted: 21/12/2015

Apunipima recognised the commitment and faith shown by its original members and past chairmen as the health organisation celebrated its coming of age on Friday night.

With 200 people at the fully sponsored event, the night showcased the hard work and efforts shown by staff, and the overall achievements of Apunipima as we celebrate 21 years.

 

21 Years of Making a Difference for Cape York Health

Date Posted: 9/12/2015

Next week (Friday 18 December) sees Apunipima celebrate its 21st Anniversary in grand style with a gala event being held at the Pullman International in Cairns.

This fully sponsored event has been organised to recognise the commitment and faith shown by our original members and past chairmen, the dedication and effort shown by our staff and the overall achievements of Apunipima as we come of age.

 

Kowanyama Resilience Week

Date Posted: 7/12/2015

The people of Kowanyama will come together next week for the community’s inaugural Resilience Week.

A range of organisations including Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, the Men’s Group, AFL Cape York, local emergency services, the playgroup and the church are partnering to host the event which will celebrate the resilience, connection and culture of the people of Kowanyama.

 

Mossman Gorge’s Deadly Dan urges men to put health first

Date Posted: 25/11/2015

Dan Fischer is no stranger to men’s health. In fact, Mr Fischer, a men’s health worker at Apunipima, loves having a yarn to his clients about their health to keep them on track mentally, physically, socially and emotionally.

On Friday November 27, Deadly Dan is encouraging men to visit Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre to have a men’s health check to recognise Male Ochre Day.


‘Deadly Dan’ – Men’s Health Worker

 

Encouraging men to put family first

Date Posted: 24/11/2015

As we approach the end of the year’s most hairy month, Apunipima Cape York Health Council is encouraging men to put their families first during the festive season.

During this month for Movember, Apunipima’s men’s health team has encouraged male staff (Mo Bros) to grow their mos and female staff (Mo Sistas) to move for at least 30 minutes each day for November to raise much needed funds for men’s health.

 

Shining a light on diabetes prevention

Date Posted: 16/11/2015

Apunipma’s diabetes education team are continuing to spread the message about chronic disease prevention as a yarning and activity session will be held at Kowanyama tomorrow (November 17).

Women will make candles to help shine a light on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, help to prepare a healthy meal and have a yarn at the Atharpuch Mums ‘n’ Bubs Family Health Centre from 4.30pm-7.30pm.


Diabetes nurse educator and client

 

Beating the kilos

Date Posted: 11/11/2015

As a health worker in Hope Vale, Georgia Gibson believes in practicing what she preaches.

In educating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the importance of exercise and good nutrition, Ms Gibson was so busy helping others that her own health took a back seat.

After seeing a photo of herself at Christmas in 2014 where she tipped the scales at 100kg, Ms Gibson decided she had to “walk the talk”. She became a participant in Apunipima’s 12-week lifestyle program, Beat IT, in March and has continued on with success.

 

Reforms needed in light of syphilis outbreak

Date Posted: 11/11/2015

Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Islander health body has called for changes to health screening and increased investment into sexual health in the face of Australia’s biggest reported syphilis outbreak in thirty years.

Sandy Gillies, General Manager, Policy Innovation and Service Development of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), said the outbreak in remote Northern Australia, including over 500 cases in Queensland since the outbreak commenced in 2010, indicates a need for greater funds to deal with sexual health and greater allocation of research money to combat syphilis, other blood borne viruses (BBVs) and STIs.

 

Bernie Singleton Scholarship opens

Date Posted: 09/11/2015

Apunipima is delighted to welcome the next round of applications for its Bernie Singleton Scholarship.

Bernie Singleton, former Chairman of Apunipima, has had a career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs spanning 50 years, often acting as cultural broker for the organisations he has worked for and represented over the years.

 

All Star Success

Date Posted: 06/11/2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s eHealth Business Administration Trainee Kai Lowah has been selected for the National Indigenous Australian Under 20s Invitational rugby union team which will begin a two-week tour of the USA on Saturday (November 7).

The tour will see the team compete against five college teams across the country in 14 days. The Australians will take on three Los Angeles teams as well as teams from Arizona State and University of New Mexico. The team will also play against an invitational Native American squad with time set aside for cultural exchange.

 

Apunipima’s Dr Mark Wenitong appointed to commonwealth advisory committee

Date Posted: 26/10/2015

Apunipima’s Public Health Medical Advisor Dr Mark Wenitong has been appointed to the commonwealth government’s GP Training Advisory Committee.

As the only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander GP on the committee, Dr Wenitong will be able to give a valuable insight into the skills GPs need to deliver high quality medical services in remote aboriginal communities.

 

Naidoc in Napranum

Date Posted: 26/10/2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council celebrates NAIDOC Week nationally in July but some Cape communities mark their celebrations at various times during the year.

Napranum will celebrate NAIDOC from October 28-30 and Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council has declared October 28 a public holiday to commemorate of the anniversary of the signing of the Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) on October 28, 1988.

 

Thurston and Apunipima standing united against ice

Date Posted: 14/10/2015

NRL Grand Final winner Johnathan Thurston and Apunipima Cape York Health Council Public Health Medical Advisor Dr Mark Wenitong are reminding communities to say no to ice.

A National Ice Roundtable summit will be held in Canberra tomorrow (Thursday October 15) where government-level discussions will continue to put ice in the spotlight.

     

 

Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector welcomes new assistant health minister

Date Posted: 23/9/2015

The peak body representing Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector has welcomed the appointment of Ken Wyatt to the position of assistant health minister and expressed its hope that sector’s expertise and skills might be given greater prominence in the development of health policy.

 

 

Sporting deadly program in Kowanyama for wellbeing

Date Posted: 14/09/2015

A line up of elite sports stars from footy to netball will be in Kowanyama today (Monday September 14) as part of a two-day deadly sports program to engage youth in wellbeing and physical activity.

 

 

Early intervention key message to working collaboratively

Date Posted: 08/09/2015

The framework for a child’s development is set up in the first 1000 days of life and Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health team will educate audiences at The Early Years Conference on its award-winning Baby One Program this week (September 10-11).

 

 

Cape York health findings in the spotlight at annual Congress

Date Posted: 7/09/2015

Apunipima Health Promotion Officers Priscilla Gibson, Fiona Millard and Andrew Packer will present findings from projects delivered in Cape York communities – Beat It, Photovoice and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

 

 

Indigenous Literacy Day

Date Posted: 2/09/2015

Today (September 2) is Indigenous Literacy Day and Ms Wilson, along with Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Team proactively work to improve early language and literacy development in young children for better life outcomes.

 

Vegemite is not the issue

Date Posted: 21/08/2015

Recent calls for the banning of Vegemite in some Aboriginal communities are a distraction from the real issues of substance misuse. The Vegemite story was picked up by many media outlets following reports that some people in remote communities are using the popular spread to brew alcohol. Stories appeared in national dailies, on television network news and even the international media, and the Prime Minister himself scotched plans for what he described as a “Vegemite watch”.

Queensland Ice Roundtable to seek solutions to growing problem in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Date Posted: 21/08/2015

The peak body representing Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector will host a summit to find ways of reducing methamphetamine use in the state on 11 September in Brisbane. The Roundtable will follow a conference on 9 – 10 September of the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council which represents all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residential rehabilitation services.

 

 

Students in good hands with Apunipima’s school nurse

Date Posted: 10/08/2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council has appointed Julie Branford as school nurse at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy campus in Aurukun to support and drive community health initiatives, especially for school students.

 

 

Children, culture and nutrition celebrated at Wujal Wujal

Date Posted: 7/08/2015

Wujal Wujal Kindergarten kids celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day this week with a visit from Apunipima’s Healthy Lifestyle team.

 

World Breastfeeding Week

Date Posted: 5/08/2015

As a Breastfeeding Friendly workplace, Apunipima supports a nurturing mother-baby environment during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7). This year’s theme is Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it Work!

 

Children can take great LEAPS toward a healthy life with Apunipima

Date Posted: 31/07/2015

Good nutrition and physical activity early in a child’s life are essential for learning, healthy growth and development. Apunipima’s Community Nutrition team will focus on this by offering the LEAPS (Learning, Eating, Active, Play, Sleep) professional development program in Cape York communities.

 

New equipment for new life in the Cape

Date Posted: 31/7/2015

Expectant mums in Lockhart River are set to benefit as Apunipima takes delivery of its latest ultrasound machine. Although Apunipima has trained its midwives in the use of ultrasound machines, due to their cost, only a few communities have been able to benefit.

 

Kowanyama residents learn about healthy lifestyle to avoid chronic disease

Date Posted 24/7/2015

Kowanyama residents learned about the importance of healthy lifestyles in avoiding becoming victims at chronic disease this week.

 

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander health sector welcomes COAG ICE action

Date Posted: 24/7/2015

Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body has strongly welcomed the COAG communique on a National Ice Action Strategy released yesterday.

 

Renal nurse ambassador

Date Posted: 21/07/2015

Apunipima renal nurse Rochelle Pitt is taking her expertise in kidney health to a new level as the official ambassador for Kidney Health Australia.

 

Apunipima scoops hat trick of awards for its doctors

Date Posted: 13/07/2015

Apunipima won Best Registrar (Dr Jake Parker), Best Cultural Training Post (Sharyll Ellington for Mossman Gorge), and Best Training Post (Apunipima Paediatric Specialist Outreach) but sadly missed out on the Best Supervisor award.

 

 Holler to hearing health services on Cape York

Date Posted: 09/07/2015

Apunipima audiologist Kris Wallin will continue to provide hearing health services to Mossman Gorge, Laura, Wujal Wujal and Hopevale and will add Coen, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama, Mapoon, Napranum and Aurukun to her schedule.

 

 Have a Pitstop and be Diabetes aware

Date Posted: 06/07/2015

Oh sugar! If you haven’t had your Blood Glucose Level tested, now is the time to make sure you do as Apunipima Cape York Health Council gets behind Diabetes Awareness Week (July 12-18).

 

 Apunipima celebrates NAIDOC Week

Date Posted: 03/07/2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council will celebrate NAIDOC Week (nationally July 5-12) across the communities it serves. NAIDOC is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It is an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

 

 For Mums the 1st is a First for Lockhart River

Date Posted: 30/06/2015

Mums in Lockhart River are set to benefit from Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s award winning maternal and child health service for the first time tomorrow as Apunipima Midwife Judy Buckley heads to the community.

 

Apunipima expanding services in Coen

Date Posted: 30/06/2015

Mums to be in Coen are set to get more support as Apunipima Cape York Health Service expands its maternal health service.

  BEAT IT tackles chronic disease in Cape York

Date Posted: 29/06/2015

About 15 participants graduated from BEAT IT this week, an exercise program for people with or at risk of chronic disease. Apunipima Cape York Health Council, along with Hopevale Aboriginal Shire Council and PCYC, run BEAT IT, a 12-week lifestyle modification program developed by the Australian Diabetes Council.

 

Cooking up healthy lessons for life

Date Posted: 24/06/2015

Mixing cooking and education makes for a healthy lifestyle according to Apunipima Cape York Health Council. Students at Western Cape College Residential Campus in Weipa have learnt life skills surrounding nutrition thanks to a program, Need for Feed Cape York Style.

 

 Thurston joins Apunipima’s anti-ice campaign

Date Posted: 23/06/2015

Apunipima launched its social media campaign on the potent drug in April this year to help tackle the issue of ice in Cape York communities, and to help bring awareness of what ice can do to individuals, families, friends and communities.

 

 

Urgent action needed to combat ICE in Aboriginal communities

Date posted: 22/06/2015

Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body has called for urgent action to combat the rising use of meth-amphetamine in the state’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

 

 

Apunipima is proud supporter of Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

Date Posted: 19/06/2015

The internationally renowned Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival kicks off today (June 19, 2015) in Cape York Peninsula

 


Release of national Indigenous Health Report prompts calls for an urgent overhaul of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health.

Date Posted: 17/6/2015

QAIHC spokesperson Sandy Gillies is adamant solutions must be locally driven and this week spoke with NITV journalist, David Liddle.

To access the material, follow the link provided below:

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/462801475805/Calls-for-community-driven-overhaul-of-Indigenous-mental-health-QAIHC

 

 

Take a moment to talk about men’s health

Date Posted: 16/6/2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is getting behind Men’s Health Week and urging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to talk about their health.

 


Greater coordination and priority need for Aboriginal mental health

Date Posted: 10/6/2015

Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body has called for a rethink on the way Aboriginal mental health services (known as Social and Emotional Wellbeing services) are designed, delivered and funded, describing the current arrangements as “inefficient, uncoordinated and undermining of community efforts”.

 


Murri rugby league carnival secures health funds

Date Posted: 10/06/2015
Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body has enthusiastically welcomed a decision by Assistant Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash to provide funding for the annual Murri Rugby league Carnival to be held in South East Queensland later this year.

 

Apunipima shedding light on
chronic conditions at clinical forum

Date Posted: 5/6/2015

A collaborative inter-organisation effort between Queensland Health, Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to produce the first edition Chronic Conditions Manual will be on display at the State-wide Rural and Remote Clinical Network Forum in Cairns today.

 

 Apunipima proud to support deadly dance at Aurukun

Date Posted: 3/06/2015

Aurukun Shire Council is set to hold its biggest community concert this week when Christine Anu headlines on Saturday June 6 at the Wik Rock Concert. The Rock Concert, funded from the PCYC’s Indigenous Active Today – Stronger Communities Tomorrow grants program and supported by Apunipima and Glencore, will be the culmination of a week of events kicking off today that sees the young people of Aurukun engaged in hip hop activities.  

Community Leaders Recognised for Outstanding Achievements

Date Posted: 29/5/2015

Chief Executive Officer of Apunipima, Cleveland Fagan today congratulated community leaders across Cape York for the fantastic work they are doing in indigenous communities.

 World No Tobacco Day

Date Posted: 29/5/2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is urging Cape York communities to “butt out” cigarettes for World No Tobacco Day on May 31.Reducing the general smoking rate on Cape York by 15 per cent and the antenatal smoking rate by 25 per cent by 2018 is Apunipima goal.  

 Domestic Violence Awareness

Date Posted: 28/5/2015

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is a yearly event each year to highlight community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence. It also raises awareness of the support services available to those affected.

 

Say hello to your kidneys, it could save your life

Date Posted: 27/5/2015 Chronic Kidney Disease is a silent killer and is taking a toll on Cape York communities. With few warning signs, it can leave a catastrophic mark on families and communities, but Apunipima Cape York Health Council is working hard to provide vital education that will help reduce its impact.        

Apunipima helps keep the beat alive

Date Posted: 1/5/2015

The Heart Foundation’s Heart Week is May 3-9 and shines the spotlight on heart health issues in Australia. The Foundation raises awareness of the work it does to lead the fight against heart disease across the country.

Mossman makes the Deadly Choice

Date Posted: 30/4/2015 Education mixed with fun made for an afternoon of success at the Deadly Choices Community Day in Mossman this week.  

 Mossman Gorge makes the Deadly Choice

Date Posted: 27/4/2015 Deadly Choices events help boost healthy outcomes for Cape York communities and aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, eat good food and exercise daily.  

Dr Mel brings health to Hopevale across the airwaves

Date Posted: 23/4/2015 Apunipima Cape York Health Council Medical Officer Dr Mel Scrace and Remote Indigenous Broadcast Services 4ACR manager and announcer Russell Gibson conduct a one hour show each Thursday from the Hopevale studio.  

Apunipima says don’t let ICE put your life on the rocks

Date Posted: 4/07/2015 Apunipima as we launch a social media campaign to help bring awareness of what the potent drug, ICE, can do to individuals, families, friends and communities.  

Leaders make the Deadly Choices

Date Posted: 26/3/2015 Students from the Weipa Residential Campus from Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama, Cooktown, Aurukun, Mapoon and the Torres Strait Islands complete their Deadly Choices Healthy Lifestyles Program.  

ABS Report underplays hidden hunger in Cape York

Date Posted: 25/3/2015 Yesterday’s report by the ABS confirms the serious food security situation in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Cape York.    

Coen kids get healthier start to school life

Date Posted: 24/3/2015 Every child attending Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in Coen last week received a health screen as the team from Apunipima hit town.  

Healthy choice rewards to increase fruit and veg intake in Aurukun

Date Posted: 23/3/2015 Apunipima Cape York Health Council & Cape Retail Enterprises have teamed up to introduce a new healthy choice reward scheme in Arukun.  

ACCHO key to closing the gap

Date Posted: 19/3/2015 Today’s publication of the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare’s Healthy Futures Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Report Card clearly shows that Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations are making significant gains in Closing the Gap.

Kowanyama women know how to make it happen!

Date Posted: 16/3/2015 To celebrate this week’s international women’s day, Kowanyama women used the theme “making it happen” to relaunch their very own women’s group.  

 Your heart’s in your hands at Hopevale

Date Posted:13/3/2015 We have all worn our heart on our sleeve but now you can have your heart in your hands thanks to the use of a new tool being used at Hopevale.  

Health Workers get the Drum on Healthy Ears

Date Posted: 13/3/2015 Goondir Health Services in St George and Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health in the state’s southwest team up with Queensland Health to better equip health workers to detect hearing problems in children in rural areas.  

Federal investment misleading taxpayers

Date Posted: 13/3/2015 While welcoming a new funding agreement worth $100 m over three years, the Chief Executive Officers of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, Apunipima, Gurriny Yealamucka, Mamu, Mookai Rosie, Mulungu and Wuchopperen warn people not to be misled by this week’s announcement that $100 m of federal funding is to be invested in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health across the far north to close the health gap.    

Coen’s Kalan cares for Countrymen

Date Posted: 11/3/2015 Kalan Enterprises Aboriginal Corporation, a company dedicated to land and sea management in Coen, Cape York has taken the unusual step of offering each of its employees a health check.

 Aboriginal People to benefit from funding security for Aboriginal health services

Date Posted: 5/03/2015 The peak Aboriginal health body today welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of three-year funding agreements for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.  

Sky’s the limit for Deadly Dr Dan

Date Posted: 3/03/2015

Despite already achieving great things, Mossman Gorge, Men’s health worker Dan Fischer wants to go the extra mile and achieve “a bit more” in his career. Starting out at Apunipima Cape York Health Council as community health engagement officer, Dan wanted to expand his horizons and became a health worker.

Mental Health First Aid

Date Posted: 26/2/2015

Delivering Mental Health First Aid courses to Cairns and Cape York communities is helping quash the stigma of mental health.

Apunipima performing well against national indicators

Date Posted: 24/02/2015 Apunipima Cape York Health Council is consistently outperforming other health services when it comes to meeting the government’s National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.  

 Kids in Cape benefit from Apunipima Paeds

Date Posted: 23/02/2015 This year Cape Kids are set to benefit from the expertise of not one but two Paediatric Registrars. Over the next 12 months, Apunipima Cape York Health Council is set to be home to Paediatric Registrars, Dr Sally Evans and Dr Jake Parker who chose Apunipima over a number of different organisations to conduct their training.

   A picture paints 1000 words

Date Posted: 17/02/2015 As the old adage says a picture paints a 1000 words and that is no more than true when it comes to Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s brand new child health check consent form.

 $5 million boost to 27 Indigenous Medical Services in Queensland

Date Posted: 10/12/2013 The Queensland State Government has today donated $5 million to the Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd. to fund a two year pilot project aimed at treating and preventing avoidable blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Queensland.  

Community-Controlled health services are a success: Report

Date Posted: 10/09/2013 A report on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.

CQ RAICCHO Mobile Health Clinic is open for business

Date Posted: 26/08/2013

Today marks the launch of the Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation (CQ RAICCHO) mobile Health Clinic in Gladstone, funded by the Queensland Gas Company (QGC).

NRL and Community Control Promotes Commitment to Close the Gap

Date Posted: 16/08/2013

This weekend marks the third annual Close the Gap round held at all NRL games nationally. Selwyn Button, CEO, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), the peak body for community controlled health services delivering healthcare to Indigenous people across Queensland, welcomes this commitment from the NRL.

Indigenous communities welcome National Aboriginal Health Plan

Date Posted: 24/07/2013 After a long and detailed consultation process with Indigenous communities and health experts, the Federal Government has this week released a ten year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (the Plan).

Better Health outcomes for Queenslanders recognised

Date posted: 27 June  2013

The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing has selected  CheckUP in partnership with Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), to provide outreach services in Queensland under the Rural Health Outreach Fund and Medical Outreach – Indigenous Chronic Disease Program.

 

Federal Budget – Detail lost for Closing the Gap

Date posted: 27 May 2013

The Federal Government’s investment to close the gap on Indigenous health is appreciated but does not go far enough in explaining the ‘devil in the detail’. Selwyn Button, CEO, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), has cautiously welcomed the 2013-2014 Budget but says the limited detail in the Budget is cause for concern.

 

$777 million to Indigenous Health shows renewed effort

Date posted: 18 April 2013

The Australian Government has today announced a $777 million package to fund its share of a renewed National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Closing the Gap for a further three years to June 2016.

 

Community Control Can Make a Difference - Report

Date posted: 02 April 2013

The release of Queensland’s version of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework report, and the Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) release of Closing the Gap targets, further proves that good quality and comprehensive primary health care services, through community controlled organisations, supports communities in addressing Indigenous health needs.

 

Close the Gap – Celebrating 40 years of Indigenous Health

Date posted: 21 March 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service, Brisbane Ltd (ATSICHS) are today celebrating Close the Gap Day in Queensland.

 

Media Alert! QAIHC Hall of Fame Awards

Date posted: 06 March 2013

QAIHC Hall of Fame Awards Evening, to be held tonight, Thursday 22 November 2012, from 6pm onwards.

 

Celebrating NRL Indigenous All Stars Festival in Style

Date posted: 06 March 2013

A host of Indigenous All Stars will be lending their support for today’s NACCHO & Deadly Choices Interstate Challenge between QAIHC Argun Warriors and AHMRC Newcastle Yowies.

 

Closing the Gap report card needs action

Date posted: 06 March 2013

Selwyn Button, CEO of Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) has expressed some disappointment in Closing the Gap, Prime Minister’s Report 2013.

 

Community Controlled Health Sector Sweeping Reforms

Date posted: 24 October 2012

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council sets new standard to Governance Reform and Constitutional Change.

 

Media Alert - Walk Ride Widders

Date posted: 09 October 2012

Raising awareness for Indigenous healthy communities.

 

Kickoff for the Queensland Murri Rugby League Carnival

Date posted: 27 September 2012

Today marks the start of the Queensland Murri Rugby League Carnival bringing together rugby league players from all over the state for a four-day carnival.

 

Queensland Government turn their back on Indigenous Health

Date posted: 25 September 2012

The decision to cut funding grants to non-government health providers is a clear demonstration that the Queensland Government is seeking to shirk their responsibility to primary health care provision across the state, assuming that the Federal Health departments pick up the costs.

 

Community Controlled Health Sector put at risk in Queensland

Date posted: 14 September 2012

The cutting of important Indigenous programs from the Queensland Budget handed down this week, shows that the Government has delivered significant risks to the overall health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Queensland.

 

Community Controlled Health Services continue successes

Date posted: 23 August 2012

Selwyn Button, CEO, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) has today finished another round of intensive meetings with Queensland MP’s from all sides.

 

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2012

Date posted: 17 August 2012

Selwyn Button, CEO of Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) has today welcomed the start of the 4th Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

 

Federal Budget Response to Indigenous Health

Date posted: 11 May 2012

QAIHC concerns for Indigenous Australians health reforms under Federal Treasure Wayne Swan's budget 2012.

 

Roadmap to Indigenous Health in Queensland

Date posted: 29 October 2011

The Hon Curtis Pitt, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, has today launched the \'Blueprint for Aboriginal and Islander Helath Reform\' in Queensland.

 

TAIHS Issues Can Be Fixed With Our Help

Date posted: 28 October 2011

QAIHC and Palm Island Shire Council Mayor join forces in opposing audit report recommendation three for Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services.

 

GPQ and QAIHC Partnership Agreement

Date posted: 17 May 2011

PRESS RELEASE

 

QAIHC Budget Statement

Date posted: 17 May 2011

PRESS RELEASE

 

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