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Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993



Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993

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Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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The coord inator of the N orthern T erritory u rb a n program is b ased in D arw in. The u rb a n team w orks closely w ith Fam ily P lann ing N orthern T erritory an d the N orthern Territory AIDS Council, b o th of w hom have ed u ca to rs w orking prim arily w ith w om en on issu e s su rro u n d in g sexuality and sexual health . The AIDS/STD u n it team in Alice Springs, w hich inc ludes a female A boriginal program coordinator and fem ale Aboriginal H ealth W orker, is su p p o rted by a m edical officer as program m anager, an d a n STD n u rse . Specific W om en and AIDS forum s have been held in Alice Springs, facilitated jo in tly by the AIDS Council of C entra l A ustra lia an d the U rban E ducato r. These forum s identified an d addressed issu e s su rro u n d in g w om en an d AIDS. A program on negotiation skills is being developed specifically for w om en working and ho u sed in the Alice S prings W om en's Shelter. In addition, evaluation of la s t years Sum m er o f S a fe S ex public ity cam paign indicated th a t the m ajority of people reached were w om en, in b o th the ir professional and personal capacities. The O ccupational R isk Program em ploys m ale and fem ale clinic n u rse c o n su lta n t/e d u c a to rs who im plem ent education p rogram s for hea lth care professionals, police, staff in the D epartm ent of C orrectional Services. S t J o h n A m bulance an d o ther occupational-a t-risk professionals. The fact th a t a large proportion of h e a lth care p ro fessionals are w om en m eans m u ch of the w ork done by these ed u ca to rs is w ith wom en. The w ork of th e com m unicable d iseases officer responsib le for u rb a n and occupational risk professional AIDS/STD education in the E a s t A rnhem region, is com plem ented by two (one female, one male) ru ra l AIDS ed u ca to rs who w ork prim arily w ith th e Aboriginal com m unities in bo th u rb a n an d ru ra l settings.