Women and Children’s Health

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance NATSIWA empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic policy advocacy process.  

The Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care SNAICC is the national non-Government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Services
  • BreastScreen ACT is part of a national population breast screening program that is aimed at reducing deaths from breast cancer through early detection. The program provides free screening and follow-up services to ACT-resident women from the age of 40 years.
  • Core of Life Program is a comprehensive life education program focusing on the realities of pregnancy, birth and early parenting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their peer groups.
  • Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services - Midwifery Program - The midwifery team offers antenatal and postnatal care, community at home support, baby health checks, breastfeeding support, immunisations, and a range of women's health services. 
  • Women's Centre for Health Matters WCHM is a community-based not for profit organisation which works in the ACT and surrounding region to improve women's health and wellbeing. 
  • Women's Information Referral Centre WiRC is a confidential and free ACT Government service, which provides information and referral to support women in making informed choices.
Publications and Resources

AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Safety

This paper provides an overview of the safety and security of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Data on children who are hospitalised for injuries, are the subject of substantiated abuse, or under juvenile justice supervision are presented because these factors place Indigenous children at immediate and long-term risk of harm and adverse outcomes (AIHW 2009). 

Birthing on Country Workshop Report, 4 July 2012

The Birthing on Country (BoC) workshop, held in Alice Springs on 4 July 2012, was the first national workshop of this kind in Australia. The workshop was a key deliverable identified in the National Maternity Services Plan under Action 2.2: Develop and expand culturally competent maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Breastscreen and You 50 - 74 years

The Program provides free screening and follow up services to ACT resident women from the age of 40 years. Phone BreastScreen ACT on 13 2050.

Growing our children up strong and deadly: healing for children and young people

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation paper outlines an understanding of intergenerational trauma, the emerging evidence of what works in addressing trauma and how this fits within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems.

Growing up our way 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Rearing' Practice Matrix

This matrix aims to document some traditional and contemporary child rearing practices among a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

My Breast Cancer Journey: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

This booklet is designed to inform and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through the breast cancer journey. 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Health Strategy

The Action Areas and Recommendations presented in this Strategy were raised and discussed by the women who contributed to the Australian Women's Health Network Talking Circle in 2009-2010.

Perinatal Mortality in the ACT 2006-2010, Epidemiology Section, Health Improvement Branch, ACT Health

Perinatal Mortality in the ACT 2006-2010 describes perinatal deaths in the ACT from 2006 to 2010.

Study of breast cancer screening characteristics and breast cancer survival in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of Australia, Cancer Australia, May 2012

This study provides a national overview of breast cancer screening and survival in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of Australia. Cancer Australia undertook this study in response to the clear evidence of disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples compared with other Australians, and the lack of high quality, national breast cancer data available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Substance use and other health-related behaviours among ACT Secondary Students, Epidemiology Section, Health Improvement Branch, ACT Health

Substance use and other health-related behaviours among ACT secondary students: Results of the 2011 ACT Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug Survey provides an overview of substance use and other health-related behaviours among ACT secondary students aged 12 to 17 years.

The Report Card - The wellness of young Australians

This report card provides a set of baseline indicators for the realities of 'what wellbeing looks like' for children and youth. The indicators provide a point-in-time snapshot of child and youth wellbeing in Australia, including how Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people are faring. 

Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations

Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations has been developed to support non-Indigenous Family Relationship Services develop culturally appropriate professional practice and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Indigenous Teenage Sexual and Reproductive Health and Young Parent Support Program 

Resources for young people about sexual and reproductive health. Two booklets (Health in Pregnancy and Sexual Health booklets) have been reproduced through this project and have been printed to reflect a more culturally respectful product. 
 
DVD Young Parenting, a new beginning provides valuable information from the parents themselves including 'what to expect' after having a baby and how to still 'have a life' and keep relationships strong. Importantly, it provides ACT focused information about where to find support. 

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