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NACCHO-National Aboriginal Community Controller Health Organisations

National Communications and Media Advisor

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is a living embodiment of the aspirations of Aboriginal communities and their struggle for self-determination.

NACCHO is the national peak body representing over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues.

A Secretariat in Canberra has greatly increased the capacity of Aboriginal peoples involved in ACCHSs to participate in national health policy development.

An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service is a primary health care service initiated and operated by the local Aboriginal community to deliver holistic, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate health care to the community which controls it, through a locally elected Board of Management
My current role included
1.An understanding of and support for the philosophy of Aboriginal community control in health, and the ability to communicate well with Aboriginal people and to work effectively in an Aboriginal community controlled setting :
2.Demonstrated awareness of contemporary Aboriginal health issues ;
3.Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a communications/media strategy that is suited for the NACCHO Board, NACCHO Members and NACCHO State/Territory Affiliates;
4.Demonstrated experience in working in the media industry ;
5.High level written communication skills and demonstrated experience in publication and in preparing  media releases, letters to editors, columns, articles, speeches and reports

Integrated media Projects developed.

  1. New Website: in 2012 Designed and edited a new corporate website .Full of Aboriginal health content, history and NACCHO role as the national authority to reform, promote and research.
  2. New Daily Aboriginal Health News Alert site: Attracted 5,000      subscribers and I million plus  views to . All content was integrated with the NACCHO website by subject and had the ability to be shared in all social media platforms
  3. New NACCHO Branding: Designed a new branding for all online communications
  4. New Twitter account: Developed one of the most influential Indigenous accounts with 87,000 tweets  to 30,000 followers.
  5. New Facebook account : Developed over 13,000 followers reaching up to 65,000 community member and stakeholders per week
  6. New NACCHO newspaper: In conjunction with the Koori Mail introduced Australia’s first printed Aboriginal Health newspaper that was available also online as a download 2012 -2016
  7. NACCHO TV; Created in YouTube to share NACCHO videos
  8. New NACCHO APP: Designed Aboriginal health app with geo location system and access online to support networks for issues such as depression, suicide, alcohol. smoking, healthy lifestyles etc 2013-2016


Managing and facilitating a National Aboriginal Male Health Summits


In 2008 whilst working with the Arrernte Council and Congress (Central Australian Aboriginal Health Service) I project managed and implemented a national Aboriginal male health summit attended by over 400 delegates from Aboriginal medical services from around Australia..

As Project Manager-Consultant, I administered a budget of $186,000. I developed and implemented risk/strategic plans, researched and developed the program structure, managed national media, developed a marketing strategy, designed the website (Note: designed and produced the whole site recruited key note speakers and specialist facilitators from around Australia, and trained 10 local Aboriginal CDEP workers in event management/catering.

PRESS RELEASE- “Inteyerrkwe Statement”
(Pronounced In–eke–wa )

We the Aboriginal males from Central Australia and our visitor brothers from around Australia gathered at Inteyerrkwe in July 2008
to develop strategies to ensure our future roles as grandfathers, fathers, uncles, nephews, brothers, grandsons, and sons in caring for
our children in a safe family environment that will lead to a happier, longer life that reflects opportunities experienced by the wider
We acknowledge and say sorry for the hurt, pain and suffering caused by Aboriginal males to our wives, to our children, to our
mothers, to our grandmothers, to our granddaughters, to our aunties, to our nieces and to our sisters.
“We also acknowledge that we need the love and support of our Aboriginal women to help us move forward.”

• Develop risk and strategic plan for major event in a remote location
• Research and develop program structure
• Manage national media
• Develop marketing strategy to attract 250 participants
• Develop and design website
• Recruit 20 specialist facilitators from around Australia
• Recruit key note speaker and all guests
• Organise all remote logistics transport etc
• Organise catering 4500 meals over 5 days
• Edit final 100 page report to be released

Key Achievements:
• Attracted over 400+ visitors
• Attracted widespread national and International
• Mentions by Prime Minister, United Nations and Indigenous Affairs Minister
• Event achieved all objectives

The outcomes “apology” was subsequently mentioned by the Prime Minister in a keynote “Closing the Gap” speech and by Minister Plibersek at the United Nations domestic violence against women forum in New York.

The Federal Government then spent 12 months considering our recommendations

Stop the Violence Journey of Violence Prevention workshop

In May 2010 I was appointed to project manage a gathering of 150 Aboriginal male Elders and leaders from 39 communities in Central Australia. This initiative was supported by Minister Macklin who funded this meeting and subsequently funded Congress Alice Springs $130,000 to implement the action plan to Stop The Violence that I recently completed.

A key finding of the males was “that there is currently a patchwork of programs and approaches to addressing family violence in Indigenous communities among federal, state and territory governments, but there remains a lack of coordination and consistency in approaches to addressing these issues between governments and among different government agencies and stakeholders.”

As a result of this meeting I was engaged to produce a report that made a series of recommendations to present to the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments, which included a call for more resources for male-specific services in Central Australia to help prevent violence before it happens, particularly as Aboriginal males were the main perpetrators of violent assaults   Refer:

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