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NEWSLETTER    |    JUNE / JULY    |    2021

Message from the Director

A warm welcome to all of our readers for this our first CatholicCare NT Newsletter.

In our 28th year, CatholicCare NT [CCNT] can be considered as a well established and significant social service agency within the Northern Territory [NT].  We are proudly Territorian, operating under the auspice of our local Catholic Diocese and Bishop Charles Gauci.  Our commitment has always been to operate where people are, to be responsive to local needs and aspirations, and to be an organisation that is resilient and there for the long haul. 

With 230-plus staff across 17 locations from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara [APY] Lands through to the Tiwi Islands, we contribute to communities and local economies through our place-based model.  With over 60 Aboriginal staff we are well placed to make a meaningful difference.

This newsletter provides a snapshot of a range of our services, some like the Children's Contact Centres that have been operating for over 20 years and, then showcasing some of our more recent innovations such as our men’s programs.  Our staff across the Territory are a profound testament to the good hearts and amazing skills that people in our sector have.
 
Recently, I visited staff in the APY Lands and in Apatula [Santa Teresa] in Central Australia.  I was able to meet with participants who shared some of their stories and I could see directly how programs were making practical and positive differences in peoples lives.  Certainly, I struggled in the early days of the NDIS to see how this could translate in remote communities, but seeing participants with a sense of ownership and understanding of their plans was encouraging and gives me hope.  CatholicCare in Tennant Creek with new Manager Cathy Stillwell on board, are really building a presence that is being appreciated and welcomed by participants and other services.

We know that in the Territory, people come and go and sometimes it can be hard to keep up with what’s happening.  I hope this newsletter can help you get familiar and stay informed about some of the work that we are doing. 

Jayne Lloyd, Director

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS
CATHOLICCARE  NT
Back L to R:       Sr Leone Wittmack       Judy Davis       Phil Brown
Front L to R:       Kim Burns       Jayne Lloyd [Director]       Tony The
Good governance is the critical foundation that allows organisations to deliver on mission and purpose.  Our governance group has a commitment to developing an organisation that is responsive, can innovate and can give confidence to both our internal and external partners.

We have a focus on building an organisation that has integrity. This means we undergo rigorous external reviews on a regular basis to maintain accreditations and registrations such as: Safeguarding Children Accreditation; Quality Improvement; QIP Accreditation; Accreditation with Mental Health Standards and; NDIS registration. 

We have a strong clinical governance approach, an embedded evaluation and outcomes framework and a research agenda that supports continued building of knowledge and expertise.  We constantly challenge ourselves, striving to improve how we do our work, looking at how we collaborate with the people who use our services and, continue to focus on achieving outcomes. 

Our governance group is very connected to our broader leadership groups and creates an environment where we have a strategic focus yet we remain very aware of the reality of the environment and issues facing our participants and staff.


Our Executive represents a broad range of expertise and backgrounds, including, social work, public health, finance, public sector and mission. 
STEPHEN ODUSA
Stephen is confronted by many challenges in his work.
Stephen Odusa was born in 1984 in a little town in South Sudan called Loa. His family belonged to the Ma’di tribe.  He lived happily with his family on their farm growing crops and raising cattle until war erupted between government forces in the north, and an army of rebels in the south.
 
To survive, his family fled South Sudan and settled in northern Uganda in 1989. His mother stayed in South Sudan. His father died from suspected poisoning soon after arriving in Uganda. His mother joined him in 1994 and remained with him until 2000. She returned to South Sudan in 2005 after the signing of the Peace Agreement.
 
Stephen stayed in Adjumani Refugees Camp in northern Uganda and attended school until 2000. He then headed to  Hoima Refugee Camp in western Uganda where he remained until 2002 when he was granted asylum to Australia. He couldn’t visit his mother because such a thing would have meant he would have had to stay in South Sudan. He arrived in Tasmania with two other boys and a cousin. Eventually, he lost contact with his mother all together.
 
In 2005, the war ended in South Sudan and Stephen would be able to visit his mother in 2009.  By then Stephen had graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2008 with a Health Promotion/ Exercise Physiology degree.
 
In 2009, Stephen left Tasmania and headed to Alice Springs in search of employment. He managed to get work with Anglicare and 'Bush Mob' in the youth sector and after a while, he travelled to Uganda to reunite with his mother.
 
On his return to Australia, he continued working with 'Bush Mob' before getting a job with Catholic Care in 2012 where he still works today. The job he holds today is the Lead Practitioner NDIS Transition and Development.
 
Stephen is based at Marla and is responsible for providing NDIS services to seven remote communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara [APY] Lands. The communities are: Amata, Ernabella / Pukatja, Fregon, Mimili, Indulkana, Kaltjiti, Kalka / Pipalyatjara. He says he  sometimes travels up to 3000 km in a week.
 
Stephen has worked for CatholicCare for nine years, the first three being with the CDP program at Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) and the last six in the APY lands. He enjoys his work and gets job satisfaction in working with Aboriginal people. Stephen is respected for the way he does his  work.
 
Stephen is a man of many talents. He sang in a African choir, plays African drums and is also a talented soccer and basketball player.
MARLA  [South Australia]

CatholicCare NT's Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara [APY] Worker Stephen Odusa, took Director Jayne Lloyd on a tour of CatholicCare's Marla accommodation.

Below: Jayne, Christopher and Stephen meeting at the Indulkana CatholicCare office. Indulkana  is situated near the Stuart Highway 360km south of Alice Springs.
Bottom right: Mimili CatholicCare worker Christopher Schilling with Stephen Odusa 
Bottom left: Mimili Wapar [Wapar means-Storyline] community studio. The Mimili community lies within the Everard Ranges, 500kms South-West of Alice Springs. 

TENNANT CREEK
Tennant Creek's CatholicCare team have a focus on community engagement and service integration. Over the past two of months, there has been a bustle of activity supporting stakeholders with their programs and assisting at community events.

The Healthy Living Program, hosted by the Marlungku-Kari Child and Family Centre is one example of how CatholicCare are collaborating with stakeholders for the benefit of community members. Every fortnight, case managers from the Housing Support, Children & Parenting and Financial Wellbeing Counselling teams attend the Healthy Living session to support participants with budgeting and financial advice, cooking and parenting education and health and hygiene within the home and family. The ongoing success of this program is resulting in the possibility of it extending out to other communities in the Barkly.

For the Youth Mental Health Team (YaHMS), supporting school events has been another example of successful community collaboration.

To bring focus to the 2021 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Tennant Creek Primary School approached CatholicCare requesting our assistance in facilitating some Chalk and Talk activities. Chalk and Talk involves students using chalk to write positive affirmations or anti-bullying statements on the concrete areas around the school to raise awareness of the negative impacts of bullying.

Mental Health youth workers and case managers facilitated several sessions with students from years 3 to 5 to talk about the negative aspects of bullying and the messages they could write and draw to bring awareness to their fellow students and teachers. Examples of some of the statements that could be read around the school were, “Bully Free Zone”, “Words Can Hurt” and, “Think Before You Speak”.

CatholicCare was on hand to help students to draw these important messages. It was a great outcome with 56 students and 14 teachers taking part in the event.

Cathy Stillwell
Regional Manager Tennant Creek
INDULKANA  (IWANTJA)
Left to right: Linking arms with NO MORE Founder Charlie King is
Vincent Namatjira [centre] with his Uncle Max Kenny [right]
at his home community of Indulkana in the APY Lands. 
World renowned artist Vincent Namatjira, is the grandson of Albert Namatjira, a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Vincent's art has been purchased by His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as well as other members of the Royal Family.
 
His painting [below left], titled STAND STRONG for WHO YOU ARE, was of AFL footballer Adam Goodes who played for the Sydney Swans. Vincent, who was the first Indigenous artist to win the Archibald Prize [2020] in its 99 year history, said he hoped his win would inspire other young Indigenous artists.
CHILDREN'S CONTACT CENTRES
Children's Contact Centre - Alice Springs
CatholicCare NT’s Children's Contact Centres are independent services that enable children of separated parents to have safe and reliable contact with the parent they do not live with, in circumstances where parents are unable to manage their own changeover arrangements.
 
Our staff can independently manage the change-over process, removing the need for separated parents to have face to face contact. Children’s Contact Services are essential for children to keep connected with the parent who does not have primary care. In many cases there is no other way for this to occur due to separated families often experiencing high levels of conflict.
 
People use our Contact Centre for change-overs and supervised visits for a number of reasons. A court may order change-overs and visitations to be supervised. This could be due to a history of domestic violence between separated families.

Sometimes separated parents voluntarily use the Contact Centre, recognising this is in the best interest of their child/ren.
 
For our CatholicCare Supervised Contact Centre workers, knowing that children feel safe to return and re-establish contact with their parent and can trust that workers will listen to them is reassuring. Often children are exposed to the ongoing conflict between their parents directly through inappropriate parental conversations, family violence, arguments, or indirectly when overhearing phone calls and discussions with other family members and friends about court and the denigration of the other parent.
 
The Children's Contact Centre becomes a safe place where their needs and safety are met, not just that of the parent.
 
CatholicCare has two Children's Contact Centres; Darwin and Alice Springs. Cathy has been employed at our Darwin Contact Centre for over 10 years. She states, "The value of the Contact Centre is unmeasurable, the space provided for children to establish, re-connect or continue uninterrupted time with loved ones during separation is incredibly important.  Knowing that I contribute to young people strengthening and keeping their natural support network makes it worthwhile”.
 
It is heart-warming to observe the development and growth of a parents and child’s relationship that may not have occurred without the Children's Contact Centre.
 
Our Contact Centre Coordinator states, “The most positive part of this is that the parents are finally able to focus on the children and not each other, which means that eventually they are able to move away from the service and on to self-management. All children should be able to see that their parents may not be together anymore, but they can finally get along in one way or another.”
 
For further information on our Children’s Contact Services please contact us on (08) 8944 2000 or via email intake@catholiccarent.org.au
Children's Contact Centre - Darwin
RENTAL SCAM
Recently our Katherine CatholicCare Family Wellbeing and Capability (FWC) team supported a family who had been scammed whilst trying to secure a rental property. They were enticed by the scammers via email to drive by the property and then transfer $1000 to secure it.

Our FWC team supported them to report the incident to the Australian Cyber Security Centre website https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/report and lodge a dispute with their financial institution. The family had their lost funds reimbursed by their financial institution two weeks later. Upon further research it was found that this is not a once off event and scammers are trying this same practice in Darwin.
 
The scammer posts photographs of properties for rent on Gumtree and Facebook, sometimes responding to people looking for homes to rent on social media. With a high demand for affordable rental properties at the moment, vulnerable people may drop their guard and transfer funds without proper caution to secure a home.
 
***Please note that a landlord or Real Estate Agent will never request bond money without a proper face to face inspection of the property and signing of the lease first***
 
Kelly Gulliver
FWC Manager
The challenge is for all Australians to stand up and say NO MORE to domestic and family violence.  We need everyone to get involved.

That's why we link arms to show a united stand against domestic and family violence and that together, we can make a difference.
Charlie King, NO MORE Founder
FUNERAL OF JAKAMARRA NELSON
At Alice Spring's Cemetery after the funeral of Jakamarra Nelson, 24 May 2021
 
Left to Right: Simon Fisher Jnr (son-in-law), Stephanie Nelson (daughter),
Kyran Fisher (grandson), Charlie King and, Isaiah Fisher (Simon's brother)
 
Recalling a story from Charlie King regarding Jakamarra Nelson.

In 2006, Charlie held a meeting at Yuendumu to explain that family violence, particularly the abuse of women and children, was a big problem in our country.

At the end of the talk, the men seemed surprised and there was silence in the room. Jakamarra Nelson then stood up and walked towards Charlie.

Jakamarra raised his hand in front of Charlie's face, wagged his forefinger and said ‘NO MORE, NO MORE’.


Charlie knew what NO MORE meant. It meant, GET RID OF IT.

Jakamarra Nelson was an inspirational supporter and contributor to the
NO MORE Campaign.  MAY HE REST IN PEACE
TEABBA RADIO
Charlie McAdam and Charlie King, with Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association [TEABBA] Radio compare Teghan Hughes, recently talked about Family Violence in the TEABBA Radio studio.

TEABBA Radio broadcasts to 29 Territory communities and are installing an isolation capability to allow them to provide separate programs to individual communities upon request.

Catholic Care will meet with TEABBA General Manager Don Baylis to discuss how the new service might allow specific messaging to be broadcast.
ROBINSON RIVER
NO MORE Worker Marcus Rosas from the CatholicCare Katherine Office recently visited Robinson River community, 790km from Katherine. Following his visit, a thank you letter was received from Chief Executive Officer Kevin Liddy, at Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation [MAC] highlighting the benefits of NO MORE Worker visits.
 
"Thank you for your visit to Robinson River Community. I have found that your presence generates enthusiasm amongst those that you speak with. MAC are in the process of delivering an AAI (Alcohol Initiative program) Cattle to Country at some point during the dry season. It would be a good opportunity to have you visit and chat amongst the people within the activity, mainly to capture the people on country and not in community confines. We can discuss at a date when we are certain the program is going to be delivered."
 
Kevin Liddy
Chief Executive Officer.
VILLAGE PEOPLE and YOTHU YINDI
Former drummer with the Village People and Yothu Yindi Allen Murphy [left], linked up with travelling music man Barry Bishop [right] to show their support for the NO MORE Campaign.

[When Allen arrived in Arnhem Land many years ago, he fell in love with Indigenous culture and music. He decided then and there to leave New York and to emigrate to Australia to teach them music.]
APUTULA (FINKE)
Aputula (Finke) Men’s Shed Showing The Way

Charlie King, NO MORE Founder, was recently in Aputula, and spoke with the men about domestic violence issues and CatholicCare NT’s NO MORE Campaign.

The idea of Men’s Sheds in remote Indigenous communities is to provide jobs with worthwhile activities and training opportunities. These might include White Card courses for those who want jobs in housing construction and maintenance, as well as literacy and numeracy training. The Men’s Shed also gives men an opportunity to get out of the house and give their families a break.
 
Making beds and fixing cars are just two of the jobs currently engaging Community Development Program participants at the Aputula Men’s Shed. The men also mow lawns, collect firewood for elderly members of the community and participate in other community work activities.
 
Our new Mentor at the Shed, Bibek Upadhayaya, has taken it all in his stride. He said, “I really like working with the guys” and, “they are always looking for things to do that will keep them busy.”
 
Conveniently located in Finke’s main street in an old railway maintenance building, the Men's Shed is well provided with workbenches and a growing range of tools and equipment. It took many months to negotiate the use of the space with the Aputula Aboriginal Corporation and, with the help of National Indigenous Australian Agency (NIAA), men in the community are now using it and everyone is happy.
 
“It has turned out to be a win/win situation for the men and the community,” said Bibek. Local CatholicCare Community Engagement Officer, Patrick Allen, is also happy with the Men’s Shed, and says it is what the community has been asking for.
 
CatholicCare has also established Men’s Sheds in Ltyentye Apurte [Santa Teresa] and Titjikala. These Shed's have become an important part of each communities work and social life.
 
Chamari Aluharuwan
Acting South East Alice Springs Regional Manager
Aputula Men's Shed worker Nathanial Scrutton working on an iron bed base.

Nathaniel is well known for finding 4-year old Molly at Titjikala on Easter Saturday after she went missing on Good Friday.  He found Molly and her puppy 8-kilometres from her home after he was guided by a dream.
RED CENTRE BMX
Left to right: Brad Bellette, Red Centre BMX President & NO MORE's Jimmy Navie

Since development of their Domestic Violence Action Plan [DVAP] in 2020, Red Centre BMX have taken action on their commitment to addressing drivers of gender-based violence. They made a conscious effort to affect change by encouraging a greater female presence on their board which is now comprised of 75% women.

The club removed canteen work [often assumed to be women's work] by contracting out its operation, engaged female volunteers to lead weekly race nights, both on and off the track and, appointed a female coach to increase the opportunities for female riders to join female only training sessions in addition to mixed gender sessions. 
          
This is all a part of the process of creating an environment of respect and developing rider and parent awareness at their club. Red Centre BMX are continuing to monitor and further develop their DVAP through positive and broad engagement.
BARUNGA
NO MORE's Mal Fox and AFLNT's Gavin May visited Barunga community [80kms from Katherine] to discuss the NO MORE Domestic and Family Violence [DFV] program in community at the request of Club President, Helen Lee.

Resources were handed out after the session. A men’s group DFV session will be held in June with the Crows men's team.


It was a great initiative from Helen and community members as DFV is a community issue. The Arnhem Crows are certainly on the front foot in wanting to reduce DFV in their community.
PRIMARY HEALTH & PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OUTREACH
Mal Fox, Team Leader - NO MORE, and colleague Jimmy Navie, recently met with Shane Walsh, Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer, Primary Health and Public Health Care Outreach in Alice Springs.
 
Shane (pictured above) supports the NO MORE program and is keen to promote it as it coincides with his workplace role and visits.
 
Shane, who has vast experience in remote work, is also a former Paralympic swimmer for Australia. The NO MORE Campaign is pleased to have Shane's support.
WADEYE
Left to Right: Linking arms in support of the NO MORE Campaign are from Wadeye, Adrian Lanjin and Gabriel Tardin together with NO MORE worker Fred Nortje.

Adrian took Fred to his country at Wudipuli and Nama, where they met with caretaker Gabriel Tardin and learnt about the area. Adrian and NO MORE staff reflected on issues and how future challenging situations could be handled.
Community worker and Dockers Football Club coach Adrian Lanjin (back left), arranged for the Dockers and Eagles football club players (below photo) to link arms before their game to say NO MORE to family violence in Wadeye.
NIGHTCLIFF FOOTBALL CLUB
PRESIDENT MARK DODGE
NO MORE staff attended a recent committee meeting of the Nightcliff Football Club. Outgoing President Mark Dodge [4th left], was presented with a ‘Spirit of the Game’ award by Narelle Gosstray, Violence Prevention Manager [3rd right], for his support and contribution to addressing Domestic and Family Violence.

The Nightcliff Football Club have been a strong advocate and collaborator with NO MORE and we look forward to continuing to work together moving forward.
MANINGRIDA
An amazing turn out of 27 men attended a meeting followed by a BBQ at Maningrida in late May. Those who attended included NO MORE Worker Fred Nortje, local Indigenous men, locally based service providers and, Charlie McAdam and James Parfitt from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency [NAAJA], all of whom were passionate about driving change in Maningrida.
CatholicCare NT are dedicated to the growth and enrichment of all people in a non judgmental and professional manner and offer a diverse range of personal, social, community and organisational services across a number of locations.
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