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AMSANT annual report 2016-2017



AMSANT annual report 2016-2017

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Annual report 2016-2017; Aborignal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory annual report 2016-2017


Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory


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Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

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Annual Report; AMSANT annual report



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16 A YEAR IN REVIEW AMSANTs year has been framed by two significant events: the announcement in July of the Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory; followed by the election of a new Northern Territory Government in September. AMSANT ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 AMSANT has engaged with the Royal Commission, providing three submissions targeted to priority areas for reform, including the need for a comprehensive trauma-informed framework. The work of the Royal Commission intersects with the reform agenda of the new NTG, particularly in relation to social and human services focused on children and families. AMSANT is centrally engaged in policy reform already underway. AMSANT, with member services Congress and Danila Dilba, is represented on the NTGs Experts Group and Working Group to develop an early childhood strategy for the NT. AMSANT helped coordinate a workshop on outof-home care in July 2016, along with Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT (APO NT), and led APO NTs subsequent proposal to the NTG for resources to create an Aboriginal-led and controlled out-ofhome care sector in the NT. In May 2017, Territory Families committed to providing resources for the project, including a seconded position to APO NT to coordinate development of the strategy. The new Territory Governments reform agenda has also focused on re-empowering Aboriginal communities through a ten-year local decision making policy, aimed at increasing community decision-making and control over services provided by government ~ out-of-home care, AMSANT.ORG.AU 17 housing etc. This involves delivering a range of services through Aboriginal controlled organisations and enterprises. A celebration of the 10-year anniversary of AMSANTs Aboriginal leadership program was held in May in Alice Springs, recognising the people and the innovative work of the ACCHS sector, which continues to inspire the programs development. The 10-year leadership celebration brought together 13 member services and nine key stakeholders to showcase leadership initiatives in health. The year saw the completion of the Nous Review of NACCHO and affiliates, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health ~ the final report provided strong acknowledgement of AMSANTs work in supporting members, and our effective stakeholder engagement as a peak body for the sector. AMSANT has continued to provide leadership as a member of the NT Aboriginal Health Forum, with three Forum meetings held during the year. Special meetings were also convened to prioritise regionalisation applications; and also to consider Malabam Health Services application for funding to start the transition process to take full control of primary health care services for Maningrida. On 1 July, another successful transition was completed with Miwatj Health Service taking over control of the Milingimbi clinic, with a further two clinics scheduled for transition over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, the Red Lily Health Board has continued to progress on its transition path, with continued auspicing and other support provided by AMSANT. Support for member services is core business for AMSANT, delivered by dedicated and specialist teams in key areas of services needs. Workforce support has included initiatives to build the capacity of, and support for, the Aboriginal Health Practitioner workforce and other key workforce areas. AMSANT is working in partnership with Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and other key stakeholders to set up a pilot NT Aboriginal Health Academy for VET in Schools (VETiS) school-based traineeships, to grow the allied health workforce in the NT. AMSANT worked closely with NTPHN to assist with the transition for the ITC Workforce Development Plan for the newly formed Integrated Team Care (ITC), commissioned to nine of our member services. Our team has coordinated successful Medicare Training Workshops for member services in the Top End and Central Australian regions and provided

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