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New $1m program targets family wellbeing

by Tony Barrass in HEALTH

New Aboriginal family wellbeing training will be a priority across WA’s Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields in a first for the state. The Aboriginal Health Council of WA welcomed a WA Government commitment to contribute $1 million over two years towards the pilot Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Project. The project will aim to prevent self-harm and suicide in the regions by strengthening [...]

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NEWS

  • Fresh qualifications empower trailblazers

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  • Murchison officers to front Federal Court

    July 12, 2017
    Legal proceedings by the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations against two former officers of the Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation – alleged to have misused a total of more than a million dollars of corporation funds – [...]
  • Historic statues rebuilt with careful hands

    July 11, 2017
    Striking statues that have kept watch over Warriu Park in Western Australia’s majestic Kimberley for 28 years are being restored to their former glory after being vandalised and damaged over time. Reggie Birch, a Wyndham [...]
  • From Uluru to reform: the journey continues

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  • NT hotel project aims to boost workforce

    June 28, 2017
    The Indigenous Land Corporation is funding jobs for 10 workers at a Northern Territory hotel owned by the Toga Far East hotel group in a move to increase the number of Indigenous people working in [...]
  • NT govt eyes off sacred site for water park

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    A sacred site in Darwin is part of a parcel of land being examined by the Northern Territory Government for a tourist water park in a feasibility study that is costing taxpayers half a million [...]
  • Population growing, language shrinking: census

    June 28, 2017
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  • ‘His vision will live on forever’ – musical pioneer dies

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  • Mintabie may be returned to traditional owners

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  • Page and Mailman receive royal nod

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    Actor Deborah Mailman and Bangarra Dance Artistic Director Stephen Page were among those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this week. Mailman was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service [...]

HEALTH

  • New $1m program targets family wellbeing

    July 12, 2017
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  • NT Aboriginal men fall behind in life expectancy

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  • Pain continues for domestic violence victims

    June 28, 2017
    Women who experience domestic violence have long-term physical and mental health problems, according to researchers from the University of Newcastle. The researchers tracked three generations of women for 16 years. Professor Deborah Loxton, from the Research [...]
  • Petrol sniffing stunts growth: new study

    June 28, 2017
    Petrol sniffing stunts growth — and users don’t catch up even if they stop, researchers at Victoria’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health have found. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is [...]

BOOKS

  • Prize beckons Indigenous illustrators

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    Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous publisher, Magabala Books, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a call for entries to the inaugural Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award. The winner of the biennial award will receive $10,000, a mentorship [...]

DANCE

  • Hip kids hop to it at Kimberley Moon

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    Children from two remote communities in Western Australia’s north-west put the hip and the hop into the annual Kimberley Moon concert, warming up the crowd for rock legends Jimmy Barnes and Daryl Braithwaite. The children, [...]

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FASHION

  • Fashion fusion set to make a statement

    July 12, 2017
    Fashion and the environment will converge when models take to the catwalk on the opening day of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair this Friday. Garments by Hopevale Arts Centre, Indij Design, Mossman Gorge’s Uki Burchill, [...]

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MUSIC

  • Gulkula gets on its Garma groove

    July 12, 2017
    Some of Arnhem Land’s most popular music acts will take to the stage at this year’s Garma Festival. They will include singer-songwriter Dhapanbal Yunupiŋu, the daughter of former Yothu Yindi front-man Dr Yunupiŋu, and hometown [...]
  • Big music acts on their way to NIMA

    June 28, 2017
    A star-studded line-up of performers has been announced for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards to be held on August 12 in Darwin. Hip hop legends A.B. Original, Dan Sultan, Paul Kelly and Gawurra will [...]
  • Deadly tune wins heart of Robbie Miller

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    When singer-songwriter Robbie Miller walked into an IGA and heard Goanna’s 1982 hit single ‘Solid Rock’ playing on the sound system, he took it as a sign. Earlier the same day, Miller had been Googling [...]
  • ‘Life is hard but stay on your path’: Christine Anu

    May 17, 2017
    Christine Anu believes in making your own breaks. From her early years in the Torres Strait Islands where she says domestic violence was rife, opportunities for Indigenous women limited and the bare necessities in short [...]
  • Nominations open for nation’s top music awards

    May 3, 2017
    Indigenous music’s night of nights is back — and nominations are open for this year’s awards. The 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards will be held at Darwin’s Amphitheatre on August 12. For the first time, [...]
  • Bunna Lawrie to bring ‘Black Boy’ beats back to Barunga

    May 3, 2017
    Music legend Bunna Lawrie remembers the time his band Coloured Stone knocked Michael Jackson off the top of some radio playlists. It was 1984 and the King of Pop was still riding high on the [...]

CULTURE

  • Fox weighs in on being young and black

    July 12, 2017
    What’s it like to be young and black in 2017? A panel of Indigenous people with different views on a range of issues will explore this question at a special forum being presented by SBS [...]
  • Suicide, youth and the wisdom of an Elder

    June 28, 2017
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  • Runners ready to round the rock

    June 14, 2017
    Marathon great Robert de Castella will join runners from across Australia at Uluru on June 17 for the annual National Deadly Fun Run Championships. About 125 runners will take part in the event — a [...]
  • Karijini Experience continues to show Pilbara at its best

    May 17, 2017
    The fifth annual Karijini Experience is being hailed a success by organisers, attracting more than a thousand visitors to the national park in April. The five-day event in WA’s Pilbara region combined art, food, music, [...]
  • If your photos are this good, there’s a contest you should enter

    May 17, 2017
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ARTS

  • Exhibition explores Referendum through art

    July 12, 2017
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  • Mystery set to unfold in the Kimberley

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  • Jarrod stands tall as first musical theatre entrant

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APPOINTMENTS

ACHIEVEMENT

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  • Ben Wyatt treasures NAIDOC honour

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    West Australian treasurer Ben Wyatt has been honoured for his outstanding achievements at the NAIDOC Perth awards. Mr Wyatt became the first Indigenous person in Australia to hold the purse strings when he was appointed [...]
  • ‘Rolled gold genius’ Ian Anderson wins top gong

    June 14, 2017
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SPORT

  • Gardener, Christian to captain cricket sides

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    Ashleigh Gardner and Dan Christian have been named captains of the national Indigenous women’s and men’s cricket teams ahead of next year’s tour of the United Kingdom. The announcement was made last week by Cricket [...]
  • Harold Matthew runs past Big Ben and into history books

    May 3, 2017
    Indigenous runner Harold Matthew has conquered another of the world’s great running races and taken his place in history. Matthew, who ran laps of tiny Thursday Island to train for the London Marathon, crossed the [...]

NATIVE TITLE

  • Oil company to pay up in rare Native Title ruling

    July 12, 2017
    An oil and gas explorer will have to pay court costs of more than $200,000 for what has been described as “unreasonable conduct” in relation to a Native Title claim. After a loss in the [...]
  • McGlade team may contest ‘unjust’ govt ruling

    June 28, 2017
    A legal challenge could be mounted against Federal Parliament’s changes to the Native Title Act following the so-called ‘McGlade case’. The lawyer who acted for the plaintiffs in McGlade — the David-versus-Goliath battle that blocked [...]
  • Land use deals kill native title: Pat Dodson

    June 28, 2017
    Opportunities offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under Indigenous Land Use Agreements often come at too high a cost, WA Senator Pat Dodson has warned. Senator Dodson said agreements — where native title [...]
  • Former native title chief must repay Githabul

    May 31, 2017
    A former director of Githabul Nation Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC has been convicted of three charges of dishonestly misusing his position to gain a personal advantage, according to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. [...]

OPINION

MEDIA

  • US journalist shines light on Oz race relations

    May 3, 2017
    Race relations in Australia will be put under the microscope in a special edition of current affairs program Foreign Correspondent filmed on home soil. In a one-off special, The New York Times national correspondent John [...]
  • Lavinia Collins finds her voice on Cairns airwaves

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EDUCATION

  • Determined Amelia eyes career in health care

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  • Broome program gets wheels turning for Anthony Yakai

    May 3, 2017
    SPONSORED CONTENT As a 19-year-old boy growing up in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, Anthony Yakai has faced many barriers to employment and training. Anthony is from the Nyigina language group and grew [...]
  • WA study explores teaching on country experience

    April 20, 2017
    A Western Australian university is investigating how teaching on country could become an important part of school for Aboriginal children in remote areas. Associate Professor Libby Lee-Hammond and Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett from Murdoch University’s School of [...]
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