Country, Culture, People, Future

August 2012

Native Title Stories: Susan Oakley

Posted: August 7th, 2012

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Watch Yamatji Committee member Susan Oakley share her experiences and reflections on native title in Australia.

This is the second in a series of interviews with our Committee and Board Members, in which they share their stories of country and culture. To see the previous interview with Yamatji Committee member Ben Roberts, click here.

Susan Oakley

Posted: August 7th, 2012

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Watch Yamatji Committee member Susan Oakley share her experiences and reflections on native title in Australia.

Take part in national Indigenous suicide prevention forums

Posted: August 3rd, 2012

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A series of consultation forums on the subject of Indigenous suicide prevention will be held across Australia throughout August and September this year.

The Department of Health and Aging, the Menzies School of Health Research and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) are working towards a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, which will coordinate programs and resources aimed at preventing Indigenous suicide in Australia.

The consultation forums aim to generate feedback and advice on the proposed strategy. All agencies, groups, communities and individuals involved in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing are encouraged to attend, to ensure that their voices are reflected in the national strategy.

The WA forums will be held in Perth and Broome at the following venues:

–  Perth: Tuesday 7 August, 2012 at Burswood Park, Roger MacKay Drive
–  Broome: Thursday 9 August, 2012 at Goolarri Media Gemme Club

If you would like to attend a community consultation forum, please register online or contact the project team on (08) 8943 5017 or email

If you cannot attend a forum, there is also the opportunity to complete a public input form or submit an outline of your existing suicide prevention program, via email or post:

National Suicide Consultation
Menzies School of Health Research
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811

All resources contributing to the consultative process are appreciated.

For more information on the Community Consultative Forums, including a full list of locations and dates, contact the Project Coordination Team via the details above, or visit the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy website.

Lunchtime Learning with Fred Taylor – Making a positive impact on Aboriginal families

Posted: August 2nd, 2012

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Lunchtime Learning sessions at CityHive in Geraldton are a simple yet invigorating affair, designed to give you an injection of inspiration mid-day, mid-week. The free sessions run from 12:35 to 13:35 so they fit within lunch hour, and are byo lunch. Participation is for Pollinators members, and you can sign up on the day.

On Wednesday, 8 August Fred Taylor will be presenting on “Making a positive impact on Aboriginal families”. The session is free, but registration is required.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Fred Taylor is a Yamatji senior and leader in the Yamatji community, is a custodian of the country and is recognised as a spokesperson for the Yamatji region. He has extensive experience as a public officer in Aboriginal and Government agencies. He has worked as the Regional Manager and Aboriginal Liason Officer for the Yamatji Land and Sea Council and has also worked for the Midwest, Gascoyne & Murchison Areas Native Title Working Group.

CityHive is a social enterprise operated by Pollinators Inc, a non-profit, member-based organisation serving a growing community of social entrepreneurs. Pollinators Inc provides information, training, coaching, support and the physical, cultural and institutional ‘space’ to our region’s social entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next level. For more information on CityHive Geraldton, visit their website, or click here to learn more about Pollinators Inc.