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Date:2008-11; Date of issue: October-November 2008; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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A M S A N T C O N T A C T S D A R W I N P H : 8 9 4 4 . 6 6 6 6 , F A X : 8 9 8 1 . 4 8 2 5 G P O B O X 1 6 2 4 , D A R W I N N T 0 8 0 1 A L I C E S P R I N G S P H : 8 9 5 3 . 3 5 5 1 , F A X : 8 9 5 3 . 0 5 5 3 G P O B O X 1 4 6 4 , A L I C E S P R I N G S N T 0 8 7 1 AMSANTs 44th Quarterly General Meeting was held in Tennant Creek 20 - 21 August. Officially opened by Chair Paula Arnol, more than forty participants were warmly welcomed to country by Warramungu Traditional elders Judy Nixon and Noelene Nelson. Those attending came from AMSANT member organisations including the local Anyinginyi Health, Danila Dilba in Darwin, Katherines Wurli Wurlinjang, Sunrise and Katherine West; Congress and CAAAPU from Alice Springs; Amoonguna, Yuendumus WYN, Pintubi, Ilpurla, and Urapuntja from the Centre; and Miwatj from NE Arnhem. Members reports formed part of a full and information two-day agenda. An excellent demonstration was given of the authentication framework for the Shared IT Network. It uses a token smart card - a form of secure access to the data centre in Sydney - and we were shown the current Nganampa model. Dr Mick Adams, the new Chair of NACCHO was guest speaker. He spoke of NACCHOs role with the New Architecture for primary health care initiative. The meeting also discussed the Close the Gap campaign which issued a Statement of Intent signed by the Prime Minister and other key ministers. The Federal Opposition and NGOs have also signed up to the commitment. The NT Emergency Response was discussed as well as AMSANTs submission to the Review panel. David Cooper gave an overview of our recommendations and key messages. The new Director of the NT OATSIH office, Ms Jaki Barton, attended ;the meeting as did Joy Savage, Peter Pearse and Aaron Briscoe from OATSIH Canberra and Craig Ross from the Alice Springs Office. And one of the most popular presentations came from Patrick Ah Kit and Tennant Creek secondary students who presented a play about Sammi the Safe Sex Snake. They also presented entries for a poster competition on the issue of safe sex, but the judges couldnt decide on the best, so all three entrants won a prize! AMSANT would like to thank Anyinginyi Health for being wonderful hosts over the two days. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the AMSANT GM and AGM on 29th - 30th October. 9 A M S A N T S T E N A N T C R E E K M E E T I N G R E A D E R S A R E E N C O U R A G E D T O S E N D T H E I R F E E D B A C K T O b r o n w y n . n e t l u c h @ a m s a n t . o r g . a u