The Foundation celebrates NAIDOC week
This NAIDOC week, we're celebrating the amazing achievements of Indigenous Australians who are working with The Foundation to improve Indigenous health and raise cultural awareness.
The fantastic results from our work in Indigenous Australia, as outlined in our recently released 2011 Annual Report, are only possible because we work closely with Indigenous leaders and organisations at a grass roots level.
NAIDOC week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, giving us all a chance to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
The theme of NAIDOC Week 2012, which runs from the July 1-8, is focused on the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy—acknowledging the key contributors to its long history.
The Foundation supports this celebration and continues to work with Indigenous Australians to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people—and support indigenous cultural expression.
Some key achievements in 2011
- Increased eye surgery rates for Indigenous people from remote Central Australia and Barkley region
- Delivered cameras to remote eye clinics in Northern Territory for early detection of diabetic retinopathy
- Funded and trained eye health professionals and community health workers
- Continued initiatives to fight trachoma in remote communities
Essential Health Care
- Helped provide health checks to detect and treat diseases like diabetes
- Performed growth checks on 493 Indigenous children in the APY Lands and applied action plans to improve health
- Supported the Close the Gap coalition
- Supported advocacy training to health professionals and leaders
- Helped a youth drop-in-centre in far west NSW to build Indigenous teenager’s life skills and self-esteem
- Supported school holiday programs for Indigenous students to learn about culture from their elders
- Provided Aboriginal infants with a nutritional supplement to combat iron deficiency
- Trained community health workers to improve nutrition in communities and provided mothers with support to target healthy feeding of infants
- Supported the election of the Banatjarl Women’s Council—giving women of the Jawoyn region a stronger voice on a range of decisions that impact them.
- Supported the development and distribution of Mibala Wei – Art and Craft our way, a book by female artisans of Gulin Gulin near Katherine. Books are now being used by women’s centres in the Northern Territory to develop local craft enterprises.
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