Hello and welcome to the First Quarter, Vol 36 – No 1 issue of
the Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal.
Wow! 36 years of continuous publishing by our people for our
people. Let me tell you, the road hasn't always been easy but we
are determined to survive, just as our people have.
For those who don't know, the Journal has not been funded
by the Department of Health and Ageing for many years now.
But this has not been a deterrent to our ongoing production of
the only Aboriginal-run health publication anywhere in the world.
Something that is recognised by many as an incredible feat. As
the editor, I have worked to continue publishing on a voluntary
basis because I believe in what we do and the need that is out
there to support those working in health.
One change that has been made this year
is the fact that the Journal cannot afford to
continue to publish on a bi-monthly basis.
Therefore, the Journal will now appear on a
Quarterly basis. Any subscribers who have
paid for their 2012 Journal subscription
based on the expectation of six issues
per year will be reimbursed if they do not
like the new arrangement. If you have any
queries on this matter please send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org or I will be happy
to talk personally with you. My mobile
number is 0402 043 395.
We have looked
at many ways to continue our survival
as an independent Aboriginal and Islander health publisher.
The Quarterly option was certainly the one that seemed most
acceptable to many subscribers, rather than to not exist at all.
If you have any other suggestions regarding the continuation of
the Journal we would love to hear them.
The second quarter issue will now be mailed out by the end
of June – and I can tell you that it's one not to be missed.
Two standout articles to look forward to are Dr Reuben Bolt's
"Identity Questions", and "The development of culturally safe
and relevant health promotion resources for effective trachoma
elimination in remote Aboriginal communities" by the Katherine
West Health Board and the University of Melbourne.
I would like to thank Clarke Scott, the CEO of NATSIHWA, and
the Board for their support of the Journal. I want to take the time
to give special thanks to Dr Mick Adams who remembered the
Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal's role in leading to
the creation of NATSIHWA, when many didn't acknowledge it.
It is important when history is written, it is written properly.
The Journal has a long history of advocating and recommending
that a professional organisation for Aboriginal and Islander
health workers be established for the benefit of the entire
community. The Journal looks forward to a long, productive and
successful partnership with NATSIHWA.
Two weeks ago my Aunty Lizzy passed away from renal failure,
after many amputations and complications from diabetes. She
is at peace now, and buried back in her home country of the
NSW north coast. I loved my aunt, and in her 60s she died way
too soon. Susan Jack's article, "Closing the Gap on Diabetes – A
Social Determinants of Health Perspective" on page 27 of this
Journal certainly made me feel the personal toll our people are
suffering with this disease and many other chronic illnesses.
My Aunty Rhonda, Lizzy's younger sister, is now in intensive
care with serious respiratory problems. We are hurting and
continually grieving – this has to change. I'm sure my family
isn't the only family that is living proof of the disparity between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Message Sticks Festival 2012 at the Sydney Opera House
featured The Icons show in the studio with Shane Howard, Neil
Murray and Archie Roach, three songwriting legends, threedecades of music, three classic songs that rocked the Australian
music scene – Solid Rock, My Island Home and Took The Children
Away. All three men took us on a journey to the stories behind
these iconic songs. It was truly a night to remember. I'm so proud
of my cousin Archie. He really is a true living legend.
Keeping the Faith – Kathy Malera Bandjalan