Debates Day 3 - Thursday 1 May 2003
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DEBATES - Thursday 1 May 2003 This month will see the men's health collective o f the department and Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi working together to promote male health issues in remote Central Australian communities. This group proposes to conduct male health forums in three remote communities in Central Australia starting in Harts Range this month. The forums will take place over three days with each o f those days focussing on a different age group and the health issues specific to that group. All workshops will be open to males o f all age groups and the involvement o f male community workers such as Aboriginal Health Workers, teaching staff, Aboriginal community police officers and environmental health workers, will be encouraged. Men will hear speakers from my department, as well as from the Departments o f Sport and Recreation and Employment, Education and Training. In addition, Aboriginal community organisations such as Tangentyere Council and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress will be involved in the forums. Other organisations such as the Central Land Council, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association and Warlpiri Media, will also be approached to contribute expertise and resources. This approach exemplifies our commitment to a collaborative approach to indigenous health; an approach that seeks to get government and the Aboriginal community working together to improve the lives of Aboriginal people. These initiatives exemplify this governments commitment to improving indigenous health. They also exemplify our approach o f building collaborative and practical relationships with the community. They demonstrate our belief that something can be done; we can take a step forward in this area. The initiatives I have outlined here - the Primary Health Care Access Program, the new emergency retrieval arrangements for Alice Springs Hospital, and those in child and male health - are the kind o f steps forward we need to be taking. Mr DUNHAM: A point of order, Madam Speaker! The Chief Minister has made a statement which was circulated to all o f us in the House. We have had two ministers now stand and read formal statements. It would have been much easier had they circulated these the night before. We have a complex statement which has not even been delivered, which is now going to be dropped on our desk for my colleague to immediately stand and debate. Madam SPEAKER: There is no point o f order because these responses are to the Chief Ministers statement; they are not statements in their own right. The member for Drysdale is well aware of that. I do not think anyone here could possibly criticise the Minister for Health and Community Services for at this stage incorporating her speech. Mr DUNHAM: Could we at least have the speech circulated, otherwise ... Madam SPEAKER: I ask the attendant if he would give a copy of the ministers speech to the member for Drysdale, please. Ms CARTER (Port Darwin): Madam Speaker, I am grateful for the comments from the Minister for Health and Community Services. I hope she has a speedy recovery; I know it has been a difficult week for her. Madam SPEAKER: I hope your voice does not give up. Ms CARTER: Madam Speaker, I would like to say a few words in response to the Chief Ministers statement. I certainly enjoy coming to Alice Springs when time permits, and I try to get here as much as I can. I must say, however, when I came in on the weekend, I was disappointed to read in the most recent copy of the Centralian Advocate the story on the front page about the woman who had problems on the footbridge. I am staying here at the casino and I do like to walk into town whenever I have an opportunity. It really gives me the feeling, at the moment, that it is not safe to do that - to walk into town as a single female. I really object to that feeling because there is no other real sporting activity that you can take part in here in town when you are only here for a couple of days, with the restrictions we have on our time. It is disappointing not to be able to walk into town and back again along the beautiful river bed here in Alice Springs. I hope the day comes when we are able to walk along that area in the feeling of safety. On Sunday, I had the pleasure o f going doorknocking in Alice Springs, and it was great to meet with people at their homes and to leam more about the issues that they have. I would like to advise the government that, in every single house that I went to, I said to the people there: Hi, I am Sue Carter; I am down from Darwin. What sort of 3965
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