What Do We Do
CATSINaM promotes, supports and advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives and to close the gap in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We do this by:
- developing strategies to increase the number of practising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives
- developing strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives throughout their nursing career to keep them in the profession
- encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to consider and select nursing and midwifery as a career
- working with governments and universities on workforce planning and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can become nurses and midwives
- ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students have targeted support and assistance to give everyone the opportunity to realise their potential
- helping universities and educational institutions that teach nursing and midwifery understand the issues that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- ensuring that all nurses and midwives learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, history and culture, including cultural safety, in all courses leading to enrolment, registration or endorsement as a nurse or midwife
- working with other health organisations to make sure our Peoples stand alongside doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes
- explaining and advocating against racism – one key way is to provide cultural safety training to the leaders and decision makers in an across the health sector
- listening to our members’ aspirations and concerns and advocate on their behalf
- working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Leadership to positively impact on Government policy and it’s effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- To advance the health and economic stability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through the recruitment and retention of our People into the Australian health and education system and advocating to government on behalf of our membership
Family Matters: kids safe in culture not in care campaign
When the ground-breaking Bringing Them Home report into the Stolen Generations was released in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, mainstream Australia was shocked to learn that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children represented 20% of children living in out of home care. Now, in 2016, they are over 35%. Despite numerous legal and policy frameworks designed to advance safety and family and cultural connections for children, the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care is almost ten times that of other children, and continues to grow.
This is why the Family Matters - kids safe in culture, not in care campaign has been established, Australia’s national campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture. Family Matters aims to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care within a generation (by 2040).
More information about the Family Matters Campaign can be found at: http://www.familymatters.org.au
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. In this way, we contribute to 'closing the gap' in health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
The aim of HealthInfoNet is to translate research with a population health focus and make it available in a form that has immediate, practical utility for practitioners and policy-makers in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, enabling them to make decisions based on the best available evidence
To access HealthInfoNet and tap into the range of information and data available click on http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/about
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