WGAR News: New test for depression in older Aboriginal people: CAAMA Radio; featuring Osvaldo Almeida

Newsletter date: 27 April 2014

Contents:

* CAAMA Radio: New test for depression in older Aboriginal people [Featuring Osvaldo Almeida]
* The Stringer: Depression tool culturally sensitive
* SNAICC News: New edition of book on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing

* Joline Samawi, The Wire: Community led organizations to prevent Aboriginal youth suicide [Featuring Randall Ross, Peter Mckonkey & Scott Herring]
* Michelle Lovegrove, SBS Living Black Radio: The Elders Report [Featuring Lorna Hudson]
* SNAICC News: Elders look for reasons and answers on Indigenous youth suicide crisis
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Scullion bent on saving lives
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Quality of life: White Australia 2nd, First Nations 122nd
* Background to Suicide and Self-harm in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

* Marc Tong, SBS World News Radio: High rate of Indigenous youths under supervision
* Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

* Sovereign Union: Tribute to Mr. Roe written by Mark Jones from Save The Kimberley
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* CAAMA RADIO: NEW TEST FOR DEPRESSION IN OLDER ABORIGINAL PEOPLE [FEATURING OSVALDO ALMEIDA]

- Audio Interview

CAAMA Radio: New test for depression in older Aboriginal people
[CAAMA: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association]
http://caama.com.au/new-test-for-depression-in-older-aboriginal-people
23 Apr 14: "The creators of a new culturally acceptable screening tool which helps diagnose depression in older aboriginal people believe that it will allow the start of new processes in diagnosing a range of other mental health issues. University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Professor Osvaldo Almeida says he expects the tool will be useful to medical professionals and others who are working in remote areas."

* THE STRINGER: DEPRESSION TOOL CULTURALLY SENSITIVE

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: Depression tool culturally sensitive
http://thestringer.com.au/depression-tool-culturally-sensitive/
18 Apr 14: "University of Western Australia researchers have developed a first of its kind culturally acceptable screening tool for depression among older First Nations people living in remote areas. It is widely accepted that remote First Nations peoples are not inclined to turn up to health practitioners and describe sadness or depression, and rather any undiagnosed depression needs to be detected by information gathering from the practitioners. UWA Professor Leon Flicker said the new tool "has been modified from the commonly used depression risk assessment tool Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)." "We have adapted this tool by rewording and translating some of the questions to align with Indigenous cultural norms," said Professor Flicker." By The Stringer

* SNAICC NEWS: NEW EDITION OF BOOK ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

- News

SNAICC News: New edition of book on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing
[SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1414
22 Apr 14: "The Telethon Institute for Child and Health Research and the Kulunga Research Network have released a new edition of 'Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental and Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice'. Originally published in 2010, the book is designed for health workers, mental health practitioners, those working in areas supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, as well as students. The new edition - edited by Pat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy and Roz Walker - contains a number of new chapters, providing more information on children and young people. ... "

* JOLINE SAMAWI, THE WIRE: COMMUNITY LED ORGANIZATIONS TO PREVENT ABORIGINAL YOUTH SUICIDE [FEATURING RANDALL ROSS, PETER MCKONKEY & SCOTT HERRING]

- Audio

The Wire: Community led organizations to prevent Aboriginal youth suicide
Produced by Joline Samawi
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11442
15 Apr 14: "While successive Governments have implemented strategies to support aboriginal well being, aboriginal youth suicide remains a continuing concern among the community. A report released today which collects the thoughts of around 30 elders is asking for people to support local organizations so that Aboriginal youth suicide can be prevented.
Featured in story:
* Randall Ross - co-founder and facilitator of Red Dust Healing
* Peter Mckonkey - Manager from The Culture is Life Campaign.
* Scott Herring - Yirimans Project mens coordinator"

* MICHELLE LOVEGROVE, SBS LIVING BLACK RADIO: THE ELDERS REPORT [FEATURING LORNA HUDSON]

- Audio Interview

SBS Living Black Radio: The Elders Report
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/330200/t...
18 Apr 14: "Nationwide consultations with Elders on why youth suicide is still such a huge issue for communities. ... Elders in northern Australia say a loss of cultural identity is one of the main reasons for rising Aboriginal youth suicides. ... A new report - The Elders Report - has been released, where 15 elders from across the country speak candidly about the increasing loss of young lives in their communities from self harm and suicides. ... Lorna Hudson from Derby in the Kimberley says young males in particular need access to 24-hour mental health support."

* SNAICC NEWS: ELDERS LOOK FOR REASONS AND ANSWERS ON INDIGENOUS YOUTH SUICIDE CRISIS

- News

SNAICC News: Elders look for reasons and answers on Indigenous youth suicide crisis
[SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1419
24 Apr 14: "Over the last two decades rates of suicide have dramatically increased in Aboriginal communities across the top end of Australia, and Indigenous youth are most at risk. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the rate of suicide amongst Aboriginal youth is up to five times that of their non-Indigenous counterparts. In remote communities, such as the Kimberley region in Western Australia, suicide rates are almost 100 times the national average. Over 30 Aboriginal Elders from Australia’s Top End have released a new report in which they discuss the alarming increase of youth suicide and self-harm in their communities. ... "

* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER: SCULLION BENT ON SAVING LIVES

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: Scullion bent on saving lives
http://thestringer.com.au/scullion-bent-on-saving-lives/
18 Apr 14: "996 reported suicides of First Nations people from 2001 to 2010 – 1 in 24 of all First Nations deaths are by suicide. 400 suicides estimated from 2011 to 2013, up from 100 per year to more than 130 per year. It is estimated that suicides could be as high as between 1 in 12 to 1 in 16 if unreported suicides and the difficulty factor in securely classifying deaths by suicide are considered. Suicide rates among First Nations peoples in Western Australia and the Northern Territory are the highest in the nation, and among the highest rates in the world. Yesterday, I met once again with the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, not as a journalist however as a researcher – in unveiling racism, premature deaths, unnatural deaths and suicides." By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist

* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER: QUALITY OF LIFE: WHITE AUSTRALIA 2ND, FIRST NATIONS 122ND

- Analysis / Opinion

Quality of life: White Australia 2nd, First Nations 122nd
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/876
Source: The Stringer
16 Mar 13: "Once again the United Nations has ranked Australia second behind Norway in its annual Human Development Index – for public health, social wealth, education, even happiness. But if Aboriginal peoples go stand-alone they would not be part of that 2nd rating – they would be 122nd. The United Nations Human Development Index is a measure of the quality of life across 187 nations. Aboriginal peoples in various parts of Australia continue to languish in third-world conditions despite Australia powering on as the world’s thirteenth largest economy." Gerry Georgatos, Co-editor, The Stringer

* BACKGROUND TO SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM IN ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES:

Last updated: 18 April 2014

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/08/13/background-to-suicide-and-self-harm-i...

* MARC TONG, SBS WORLD NEWS RADIO: HIGH RATE OF INDIGENOUS YOUTHS UNDER SUPERVISION

- Analysis / Opinion

SBS World News Radio: High rate of Indigenous youths under supervision
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/04/17/high-rate-indigenous-youth...
17 Apr 14: "There's concern over the fact that almost half of the total numbers of youths under supervision are Indigenous. ... The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's latest report on youth justice has revealed a significant drop in the number of young people within the system. The Institute says the decrease of over 1000 youths is a promising trend. But concern remains over the fact that almost half of the total numbers of youths under supervision are Indigenous. Marc Tong reports." By Marc Tong

* BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT, ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 10 April 2014

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment...

* SOVEREIGN UNION: TRIBUTE TO MR. ROE WRITTEN BY MARK JONES FROM SAVE THE KIMBERLEY

- In Memorium

Sovereign Union: Tribute to Mr. Roe written by Mark Jones from Save The Kimberley
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/878
Source: Save the Kimberley - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-Kimberley/146254135411987
11 Apr 14: "'I, like many, really got to know Mr Roe during the long and brutal James Price Point campaign. He approached us and asked if we would support both himself and his mob in the upcoming stoush after the WA Premier announced JPP as the site for the world's largest gas refinery. History will show that we agreed, and I am proud to say that not only did we assist Mr. Roe and the protection of his land, we also formed a friendship that will last for many generations. The first time I bonded with Mr. Roe was on the Manari road."

* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN - JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA

Last updated: 21 March 2014

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-...

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