Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, has launched the second stage of the Indigenous Voice co-design process, inviting all Australians to provide their feedback and comments on the proposals.
Consultation will run over the next four months, with many ways for people to have their say. “Today marks a significant milestone in the very important process to consult on a Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Over the last 12 months, more than 52 members across three co-design groups have worked through options for what the Indigenous Voice might look like and how it might operate.
“Together with group members, we are now seeking feedback so they can refine their final recommendations to Government. All Australians are invited to have their say and further shape the proposals.
“I want to ensure the voices of all 800,000 Indigenous Australians can be heard. The more people that provide their feedback, the greater chance we have to refine the best possible options and set up structures that enjoy long-term success.”
The proposals presented to Government for an Indigenous voice will provide a mechanism for Indigenous Australians in communities around the country to have a direct say on matters to improve their lives.
Co-Chairs of the Indigenous Voice Senior Advisory Group, Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO and Professor Tom Calma AO said it’s important that all Australians be given the opportunity to engage in the process.
“These proposals are not finished. Now it’s time for everyone to consider them and provide comment so that we can put a well consulted final proposal to Government. Your feedback will help us make sure the final proposal is one that can work for all Australians,” Professor Langton said.
“There’s lots of ways to engage in the process over the coming months. We’ll deliver consultations flexibly, adapting to COVID-19 restrictions as needed to ensure safe discussions are held across the country. The Interim Report to the Australian Government, a discussion paper and other resources are now available online, and community consultations will be held this year,” Professor Calma said.
Minister Wyatt said that the Government is delivering on its election commitment to co-design options for an Indigenous Voice and improve local and regional decision-making.
“The Government has not reached any conclusions around the options presented in the report and is conscious that the consultation period is an important component of the process.
“The Government is particularly interested in ensuring that any Voice structure in its final form leads to a greater say for Indigenous Australians on matters that affect them and real changes on the ground. It will also ensure there is a shared responsibility for dealing with these matters – not only with jurisdictions but with Indigenous Australians as well.”
You can provide feedback and find out more about consultations at https://voice.niaa.gov.au.
The Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Interim Report and other resources to support people in responding are also available on the website.
Re-posted from National Disability Insurance Agency.
We’re changing the way we support young children and their families – our early childhood early intervention (ECEI) approach
We developed our ECEI approach in 2016. It was the first national approach to early childhood intervention, supporting children with developmental delay and disability, and their families to achieve their best outcomes.
In November last year the Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert released the NDIS Reforms – Information Paper which provides information on changes to improve the NDIS. A key part of that paper was a review of the Scheme’s early childhood early intervention approach to determine how we can continue to improve the way we support young children and families.
Early consultation found some children weren’t receiving early childhood intervention support early enough. We also found that families were unsure about how early childhood intervention could help them.
As a result, we’re making some changes. We have released two papers that set out 23 recommendations to reset the implementation of our early childhood early intervention approach. You can read more about what’s proposed to change and what will remain the same on our website.
Your feedback is important and will help us shape the new early childhood early intervention approach. We want to hear from you. You can provide feedback on the recommendations by going to the have your say page on our NDIS website.
The 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report assesses the current status of reconciliation and outlines some practical actions that need to be taken if we are to continue to progress the reconciliation process.
Reconciliation Australia, CEO Karen Mundine says the report shows the reconciliation movement is at a tipping point.
“Reconciliation must be about more than raising awareness and knowledge. The skills and knowledge gained must now motivate us to braver action. Actions must involve truth-telling, and actively addressing issues of inequality, systemic racism and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced.” The State of Reconciliation report’s focus of moving from safe to brave is supported by the year’s theme, “More than a word. Reconciliation takes Action” which urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Full report here.
SERVICE PROVIDERS WORKSHOP
Working with adult male survivors of child sexual abuse
Please see the attached flyer and the below link to register for this free workshop for service providers on working with male survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Lismore offered by SAMSN – Survivors and Mates Support Network on 4th February 2021. https://www.samsn.org.au/
The direct link to register is https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/137363994405
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The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) have their 2021 Webinar series starting.
COVID -19 has had a shocking effect on the health and wellbeing of older people. Join the free online event on Thursday 28 January from 1:30-2:30 pm. Experts will discuss how older people can exercise the rights they are entitled to under the Charter of Aged Care Rights, and how we can support them. A live Q & A will follow.
Register with the link below.
Healthy North Coast is committed to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Part of our commitment is to improve cultural safety and the quality of service delivered by health care providers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We invite you to join your primary health care colleagues for a cultural safety workshop in one of eight locations. This training will develop your understanding of cultural safety and how to ensure culturally safe health care. Morning and evening workshops are available in some locations.
The training will be delivered by Banaam Pty Ltd – leaders and innovators in the application of cultural frameworks to support cultural safety.
Each three-hour workshop is eligible for self-reported professional development points. A certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion.
This free-to-attend training is for all primary health care clinicians wanting to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and gain a better understanding of Indigenous cultural principles.
Contact the Healthy North Coast Events Team to learn more:
(02) 6618 5445
COFFS HARBOUR Friday 19 February or Monday 22 February 2021
GRAFTON Tuesday 23 February 2021at 5:30-8:30pm
BALLINA (two sessions) Wednesday 24 February 2021
10:00am – 1:00pm or 5:30pm – 8:30pm
LISMORE Thursday 25 February 2021 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
KINGSCLIFF Monday 1 March 2021 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
NSW Health has issued updated advice to all home care service providers as of 24 January 2021
Until further notice, all staff across NSW must wear a surgical mask during home visits.
For more key points follow the link
Join the free Webinar on Health + Wellbeing Equality Index next Tuesday 2 February 2-2:30 pm
Claire Allen, National Program Manager, ACON Pride Inclusion Program will join the webinar to talk about the free benchmarking tools for service providers to measure LGBT inclusiveness and ACON’s Pride in Health + Wellbeing Program.
ACON’s Pride in Health + Wellbeing program will help you do a FREE annual health check on your organisation’s inclusivity of sexuality and gender diverse people. The Health + Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI) is a free national benchmarking tool that any clinician, service provider, government agency or peak body can participate in. This benchmark reviews your work in the previous calendar year; providing you with your organisational results, and provides you with a comparison across the sector.
How well would you rate your LGBT Inclusive service provision? Register for the webinar to find out more about the FREE benchmarking tool developed by ACON.