Senator Jacinta Nampajimba Price opens up on the voice to parliament, the cashless debit card, alcohol laws and the future of remote Aboriginal communities and their residents…..

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Northern Territory CLP Senator Jacinta  Nampajimba Price might have only been in the  Federal Parliament  for a few weeks  but she  says that she wants  to be the voice for those living in remote  communities who do not have English as a  first language.

i Jacinta with her mother Bess Nungari Price

Senator Price has  voiced her strong opposition to an Aboriginal voice to parliament claiming it is an insult to those already there representing their constituents.

Listen to the full interview with Senator Jacinta Nampajimba Price here :

Native American guests in Central Desert – Language revival workshop

Earlier in the week, the launch of the Master Apprentice Indigenous Language Revival Conference at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs, had cultures come together, to discuss methods to revive endangered indigenous languages.

Experienced trainers taught the background to the master apprentice method of language revival, including focused sessions for elder speakers, as well as seperate sessions for new learners, workshops provided direct training in using technology for documentation as a learning aid, were also held at the conference.

Arrernte woman and teacher of the Arrernte language, Kumalie Riley, said language is important to keep connection to the land.

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CAAMA Radio News 11-08-2022

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CAAMA Radio News, August 11, 2022

Get in contact with the CAAMA newsroom: news@caama.com.au

CAAMA Radio produces two local news bulletins airing at 12pm and 6pm every weekday and our full bulletin can be heard online.

In today’s bulletin:

  • The Northern Territory government will plan a new rental system for remote communities off the back of a wipe-out of $70 million in rental debt, which was recently detailed in an NTCAT Tribunal.
  • A new podcast has been launched to increase awareness about superannuation in Aboriginal communities.
  • A local government report shows a controversial road project in the Pilbara would cost at least $30 million.

Plus more.

Connections 2022 Alice Springs

The National Mental Health Commission will brought its Making Connections for Your Mental Health and Wellbeing program (Connections2022) to Alice Springs on the 11 August 2022.

Connections2022 is an outreach program of the Commission that seeks to connect with people where they live, learn and work across diverse Australian communities in every State and Territory.

Over the next three months, people from communities across Australia will have the opportunity to participate in Connections2022 through

  • In-person community meetings
  • Group meetings with the Commission team
  • The National Connections2022 Survey; and
  • Interactive online portal to share experiences and have conversations with the Commission.

    The NMHC say that understanding the impact of changes being made by all governments to the mental health system is critical to ensuring we are on the right track. There is no substitute for understanding the reality of people who are engaged with the system, particularly from consumers and carers and service providers.

    The Chair of the National Mental Health Commission and proud Yuin nation woman from the South Coast of NSW, said “Recognising the diversity of experience as much as the common grounds for remote and metropolitan communities will be critical to informing how improvements can be measured,” and weighing further with her indigenous perspective of mental health and the systems in place, said, “Our intergenerational experience is that… cultural wellbeing and our connection to country, our handle on language our positive cultural practices, has been systemically and intentionally eroded over time, so I feel a significant proportion of what we experience, what we label as mental illness or poor mental health, are a direct result of those policies and practices.”

    More information on the Connections project is available at: making-connections.com.au. Everyone person living in Australia is welcome to get involved by registering to join a community meeting, participating in the National Connection2022 Survey, or contributing their experiences online.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing distress, support is always available from:

Lifeline on 13 11 14      Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800      Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636    

13YARN (13 92 76) – 24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples.



CAAMA Radio News 10-8-2022

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CAAMA Radio News, August 10, 2022

Get in contact with the CAAMA newsroom: news@caama.com.au

CAAMA Radio produces two local news bulletins airing at 12pm and 6pm every weekday and our full bulletin can be heard online.

In today’s bulletin:

  • The chair of a peak Government agency that provides strong policy advice on ways to improve mental health and suicide prevention is urging local people to voice and share their concerns at one of its outreach programs in Central Australia this week.
  • The launch of the Master-Apprentice Indigenous Language Revival Conference at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Mbantwe Alice Springs saw cultures come together to discuss methods to revive endangered Indigenous Languages.
  • A boxing world Champion has visited remote communities and Mbantwe Alice Springs to teach young people in the community to keep fit and healthy.

Plus more.

“We know this stuff happens so why wait until a community or family is in crisis” – Professor Ngaire Brown.

We continually tell the same story and have done so for some time. The answers are there….. so listen!

The Chair of a peak Government agency which provides strong policy advice and evidence on ways to improve mental health and suicide prevention across the nation is urging local people to voice and share their concerns at an outreach program in Central Australia this week.

The National Mental Health Commission which is holding a series of meetings in Mparntwe Alice springs  will also be providing an online portal allowing those  from  nearby communities to share their lived  experiences. Commission Chair  Professor Ngaire Brown is urging local Aboriginal people to provide their input which she says is extraordinarily important. Responding to the alarming rates of youth suicide in remote communities, Professor Brown  told CAAMA that  decision makers at the the pointy end  need to change the way that they outsource the delivery of programs.

Professor Ngiare Brown is a proud Yuin nation woman from the South Coast of NSW is recognised as the first identified Aboriginal medical graduate from NSW. Ngiare is a highly regarded clinician and researcher. She founded Ngaoara, a not-for-profit which provides clinical outreach for Aboriginal children affected by trauma, and in 2021 established Djanaba, a clinic for children and adolescents focused on social and emotional well being. Her work is focused on incorporating a strengths-based approach to breaking inter-generational cycles of trauma and disparity. Prof Brown has made extensive contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, research process, bioethics, policy, translation and practice. She is dedicated to Aboriginal child and adolescent well being, and supporting communities to develop initiatives focused on cultural education, and breaking the inter-generational cycles of disparity.

CAAMA Radio News 9-8-2022

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CAAMA Radio News, August 9, 2022

Get in contact with the CAAMA newsroom: news@caama.com.au

CAAMA Radio produces two local news bulletins airing at 12pm and 6pm every weekday and our full bulletin can be heard online.

In today’s bulletin:

  • The Territory’s hospitality industry peak body has supported a move for 60 new poker machines to be rolled out across Alice Springs Mbantwe.
  • Ten Aboriginal-controlled organisations say the community ‘has been failed’ by the two bodies negotiating the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence’s future and have provided 12 recommendations to save their programs.
  • The Pilbara Aboriginal Health Alliance say dozens of new houses need to be built in remote communities across their region to ease overcrowding concerns.

Plus more.

CAAMA Radio News 8-8-2022

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CAAMA Radio News, August 8, 2022

Get in contact with the CAAMA newsroom: news@caama.com.au

CAAMA Radio produces two local news bulletins airing at 12pm and 6pm every weekday and our full bulletin can be heard online.

In today’s bulletin:

  • The Native Title representative council over Alice Springs Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation has welcomed the repeal of the laws that enforced bans on drinking alcohol in town camps and communities,
  • Exceptional indigenous artworks from around the country have been shown this weekend at the Darwin Aboriginal art fair.
  • Fraser Island may be in line for a name change, with the Queensland government proposing that the island be referred to its Indigenous name.

Plus more.

Champion boxer tours NT communities

WBC Boxing World Champion Louisa “Bang Bang” Hawton, has been touring Central Australian communities, where she and her crew have been teaching kids boxing and skating.

At a barbecue held in the Alice Springs Youth & Community Centre, Friday 5th August 2022, Louisa told CAAMA an an interview that, “boxing has been something that has really helped me through some challenging times and taught me ways of bettering myself.” and that, “I’m passionate about boxing and sharing the benefits of it.”

The first NT olympic standard 3×3 Basketball Court – at Yipirinya School!

The Yipirinya School based in Alice Springs, will be the first in the Northern Territory, to have an Olympic standard 3×3 basketball court.

Director of Champion League Basketball and CLB 3X3, Yvette Williams, announced today the upcoming construction of the half-court at Yipirinya School, she says that Champion League Basketball have spent the week at the school teaching the kids how to play basketball and that they’ve found incredible talent in the school.

With the recent inclusion of 3×3 Basketball at the Olympics, Lachlan Sharpe, Western Arrernte man and Assistant Teacher at Yipirinya School, says that he hopes that students could go as far as the Olympics.

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