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JULY 2021  |  Newsletter

Message from the Director

I hope you are having a good day today!  There has been so much going on, COVID of course, school holidays and NAIDOC. Here is a snapshot of some of the things we have been doing at CatholicCare.

In particular I hope you enjoy the story from Trooper the therapy dog.  Trooper is one of two therapy dogs that we have at the office. 

We have also included a story on Territory icon Sr. Anne Gardiner who celebrated her 90th birthday.  There have been lots of NO MORE events where we continue to raise awareness around building families and communities that are free from domestic and family violence.  Take care, be kind to yourself and contact us if you need to.

Jayne Lloyd, Director
People who had come from around Australia, joined with the people of TIWI and the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart to celebrate in TIWI style, the 90th Birthday of Sr. Anne Gardiner who has lived and walked alongside the people of TIWI for fifty [50] years.  -----------------------------------
On a beautiful Tiwi dry season day, the island was a blaze of colour as hundreds of people came together to celebrate Mass, laugh, eat, sing and dance to honour a woman religious who has had the courage and love to devote all her life in service and advocacy for the people of God on Bathurst Island------------------
The day began with a celebration of Mass with Bishop Charles as the main celebrant and he was joined by Bishop Eugene and MSC Priests, Frs. Malcolm, Pat [who had come back from Sydney for the celebration] and Leo from Wadeye. Fr. Dan [Holy Spirit Parish, Casuarina] and Fr. Francis Jayakody, who is replacing Fr. Pat while he is on Sabbatical, were also present.

The Church was packed and the people prayed and sang long and strong. Some people who had been touched by Sr. Anne’s presence over the years had travelled from other parts of Australia to join in the celebration.

Following the celebration of the Eucharist, we all gathered again for lunch and a BBQ at the motel. This again was a great tribute to Sr. Anne with the people singing, dancing and offering Sr. Anne gifts.

That evening, many gathered at the Convent for a wonderful feast, with people bringing beautiful food to share. There were lots of funny stories related by those present and, speeches given thanking Sr. Anne for her support and guidance over the years. A multicultural  flavour was experience by some Thai dancing from friends of Sr. Anne.

The next morning, there was a Mass at the Nursing Home celebrated by Fr. Pat who was back from Sydney to celebrate with Sr. Anne and the Tiwi community. Once again the residents of the Nursing Home showed their appreciation for Sr. Anne.

It truly was a wonderful day of celebration befitting a woman religious belonging to the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart who has devoted her life to working with and standing beside people who experience poverty and marginalisation and for most of Sr. Anne's Religious Life, this has been with the people of the Tiwi Islands.

Happy Birthday Sr. Anne and thanks for everything you have done for the people of God during your lifetime.
Sr. Leone Wittmack rsc,
General Manager Mission & Culture, CatholicCare NT.

Below-L:  Bishop Emeritus Eugene Hurley warmly congratulates Sr. Anne Gardiner
Below-R:  Sr. Anne Gardiner celebrating her birthday with Sr. Leone Wittmack 
Middle-L:  The staff of CatholicCare join in the celebration
Middle-R:  The children sing, dance and greet Sr. Anne
Bottom-L:  Sr. Tess Ward from Wadeye, reminiscing with Sr. Anne Gardiner
Bottom-R:  Sr. Anne Gardiner being congratulated by friends and Sr. Barbara
Yolgnu and Balanda Managers and, supervisors from across seven communities, were gathered together to help run the Community Development Program at a two day conference held at the Darwin Mercure Airport Resort.

The aim of the conference was to equip and empower managers and supervisors with the tools and support that are available to them from Darwin for the role they play in helping communities grow.  CatholicCare NT - NO MORE Founder, Charlie King AM, was a part of gathering sharing the history of the ‘NO MORE’ campaign.

They say that iron sharpens iron, so everyone was given the opportunity to share their experiences from community life through a range of workshops that were run through-out the conference. This sharing was a key to helping the people from the different communities to understand, to know each other better and, to help them all take remote communities forward.
Back L - R:   Remya Mathew (wife), Lis Clark - Mayor of Katherine and Bijoy Paul
Front L - R:   Rosemary Bijoy (daughter) and Annmary Bijoy (daughter)
Bijoy Paul joined CatholicCare NT Katherine office as a Counsellor in April 2021.
He has a long history of working in the social services area, both in India and now, in Katherine.  Bijoy and his family have bought their own home in Katherine with Bijoy being an avid gardener.  The family moved to Katherine from Darwin to work three years ago. Bijoy previously gaining a wealth of experience at Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and, Sunrise Health Service.
There were 21 new citizens who received their certificates, and on this occasion, Bijoy and his elder daughter Annmary, both became Australian citizens.
How do you navigate mental health services in the Northern Territory
A general practitioner (GP) is a medical doctor who can treat you if you’re sick. They can also provide you with preventive care and health education. A GP is a good place to start if you need mental health support.

If you’re in a remote community without access to a GP, you can visit your local Aboriginal health worker or remote nurse’s clinic.

Most GP’s will bulk bill. A GP can refer you or a family member to a psychologist, and/or psychiatrist.    

Psychological Therapies (Formally known as ATAPS - Access to Allied Psychological Services) provides short-term, mental health services.

Psychological Therapies is for people who have difficulty accessing mental health treatment, for example, people who are in remote areas, unable to pay, or at risk of homelessness. To access Psychological Therapies you will need to make an appointment with your GP.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in mental health.

They can diagnose and treat you if you have a mental health condition and recommend or review medication for you. To see a psychiatrist, you’ll usually need a referral form from your GP. If your GP refers you to a psychiatrist you may be able to claim some money back if you have private health insurance that covers psychiatry.

A psychologist is trained in the science of how people think, feel, behave and learn.

Psychologists can provide support in assessment, therapy, providing reports, and administering psychological tests. Your GP can refer you to a psychologist through Medicare Rebate Scheme or through Psychological Therapies. 

Counsellors work in a range of government and non-government organisations and have undergraduate qualifications in Social Work, Counselling and Psychology.
Counsellors are trained to assist people in working through their personal and emotional issues.

They provide a safe and confidential environment in which you can learn to work through issues and develop strategies to address and resolve problems.  You can access a counsellor through contacting the organisation directly through email or telephone.  
School Counsellors work in most Catholic Schools in Darwin and Remote areas. Young people who attend the school can request to see a school counsellor directly. Depending on their age, they may require consent from their parents.

Specialty Areas: Counsellors and Psychologists often have different specialty areas.  Some may specialise in supporting people impacted by gambling, drugs and alcohol whilst others may support people impacted by grief or domestic and family violence.

Others may specialise working with young people, supporting people who are experiencing relationship problems, financial problems or have been impacted by a crime.

A service will always ask you why you are wanting to access a service.

This will help us fit you with the right person.
Jacky Fidler
Regional Manager - Darwin

Northern Territory Mental Health Line:  1800 682 288
Men’s Line Australia 1300 789 978 
Kids Helpline:  1800 551 800
Lifeline:  13 11 14 

Defence Force all-hours support line:  1800 628 036  
- for current and former service people and their families

Translating and Interpreting Service:  13 14 50  
- for Non-English speakers they can call and ask to speak to Lifeline
At a recent presentation in Katherine, CatholicCare NT staff were recognised and thanked for their commitment and service to community and to CatholicCare NT.  They were: Catherine Cooper 5-years, Malcolm Fox 5-years, Liana Quirk 6-years, Corinna Pope 9-years and, Dorothy Ulamari 10-years.
From left to right:

* Judy Davis

* Corinna Pope

* Catherine Cooper

* Dorothy Ulamari

* Jayne Lloyd
Hi Everyone,
Trooper the Therapy Kelpie here.

Last year my human thought it would be a good idea for me to come to work with her. I used to live and work in Victoria on a farm. Sometimes I would round up sheep and other times I would sit in the office at home with my human and with people that appreciated puppy cuddles and playing fetch. My sister and my humans moved to the Northern Territory three and a half years ago. I really like it up here, though sometimes I don’t play as much as I did in Victoria as it gets very humid here. One time I was so tired I even fell asleep with the ball in my mouth!
When we first moved here I mostly stayed at home with my sister. Last year my human mumbled something about a clinical governance process and being able to take me to work with her in a trial period. I wasn’t really sure what she meant by that.
Anyway, I hadn’t worked out of an office at a work site before, so it took me a few times of visiting before it felt like home. My human also said I had to visit the vet for a check. She stated this was so other people knew I had an awesome personality.
They should’ve asked me, cause I could’ve told them that!  I also had to do exams to make sure I could do lots of different things when asked and that I was ok in lots of different situations. I wasn’t sure why I had to do these exams, but my human seemed to think it was important and mumbled something about quality of service.

Anyway, all I know is that I love going to work on Mondays and Thursdays. I get to meet lots of people, have cuddles, play fetch and generally have an awesome time hanging out with my human and the people she meets.

I love getting to know the people I meet and am happy to go and meet them at reception when they come in to see me.

My human says they’re really here to see her. But I think they’re actually really here to see me and she just happens to be here too. We don’t have to tell her that though. It was nice to tell you a little bit about me and the things I do at work.

Helping humans love, rest and play.

Trooper the Therapy Kelpie
Playing fetch is my favourite thing and I’m always happy to have a pat.
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 AM, NO MORE Founder
Above photo: Charlie King with BIG MIKE RIDE participants at the end of their ride.

The Big Bike Ride, Mandorah to O'Loughlin Catholic College [OCC], started in 2008. This year, it was renamed in memory of Michael Bowden who passed away in 2020 from Motor Neurone Disease [MND]. It was called, the NO MORE BIG MIKE RIDE

Charlie spoke to riders at the beginning and at the end of the ride. He asked them to keep in mind that, for each minute it took to complete the ride, it would be the same number as that of new cases of family and domestic violence in Australia. [The Big Mike Ride took 420 minutes to complete] 
Above L: Charlie King with Big Mike Ride riders on the 6:30am ferry to Mandorah.

Above R: Big Mike Riders showing their support for NO MORE Family Violence. 
Friday 18 of June, 2021
These nine women were a part of the 55 riders from OCC who took part in the NO MORE Big Mike Ride.

All of them started and finished the ride.
OCC Principal Sean Bowden, also took part in the race in memory of his father Michael Bowden, who was a 1964 premiership player with the Richmond 'Tigers'.
Charlie King presented Sean Bowden Principal OCC, with a signed 2019 'Dream Time' Richmond guernsey to be auctioned with proceeds to go towards research into Motor Neurone Disease. 
Sharon Dodgson, CatholicCare NT Counsellor and, Fred Nortje NO MORE Worker, were two of the many riders showing their support for NO MORE Family Violence in the Big Mike Ride. 
The Katherine NO MORE & Financial Wellbeing Counsellor Teams attended the inaugural Kalano Careers Day held on 18 June at the Kalano Community Oval.
The Careers Day was aimed at targeting school leavers. A real positive was the good turn out of students and teachers wanting to know more about our services, what we do and, if we were available in the future to do 'Team' sessions with their classes.
Eddie Betts linking arms with Charlie King to say NO MORE to family violence. Eddie is a professional Australian Football League player [342-games, 630-goals] with Carlton.

He was  drafted by Carlton [pick No. 3] in 2004 where he played for 9-years before Adelaide signed him as a free agent in 2013 He moved back to Carlton at the end of the 2019 season
Charlie King has been working with Brian Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Football International, to have
the Darwin 9s played in Darwin on 7 August 2021.

NO MORE will be the naming rights sponsor of the event and teams will play for the NO MORE Cup. There are six (6) women's and four (4)men's teams signed up to play.
A Domestic Violence Action Plan will have to have been completed by all teams as part of their registration and, they will need to have at least one NO MORE awareness session

The 9s is played by teams of 9-players on a rectangular field with rugby goal posts and rules similar to Australian Rules Football.
The long term aim is to have the 9s played internationally with the idea that most countries have rectangular playing fields.

The game has been trialled in Melbourne and has met with a lot of enthusiasm. Of course, everything is up in the air at the moment due to COVID and the date may have to be changed.
Photo: The Brisbane Running Group with Charlie King. They were a part of the 130 Indigenous runners who competed in the City to Surf in Darwin on Sunday 27 June. 

Charlie spoke to all of the whole 130 Indigenous participants [included the Brisbane group] before they started their run. He spoke about the history of NO MORE and the challenge for all of us to do more and to spread the word of NO MORE.

He asked them to think about however minutes it would take to run their race as it would be the same as the number of new cases of family and domestic violence.

The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) pledged to remind their recruits of their commitment to stand against family violence. The Foundation supports Indigenous athletes to complete  a marathon and, then supports them to become leaders in their own community.
[Left] Charlie Maher, an Arrente man from Central Australia together with, Juan Darwin, Maningrida marathon man [right], linking arms with Charlie King NO MORE Founder .

Both men have been long time supporters of the NO MORE campaign.
Charlie King with Rob De Castella, addressing all Indigenous City 2 Surf runners prior to the race start. Rob, a marathon runner, won Australia's first-gold medal in the 1983 athletic World Championships.

Rob competed in four Commonwealth Games winning gold medals in 1982 & 1986 and was a four time Olympian.
2021 City to Surf event runners of all ages, lining up in preparation for the race start.
Above: Australian marathon runner Milly Clarke competed in the Rio Olympic Games. She was in Darwin for the City 2 Surf race and, won the women's event finishing 2nd overall just seconds behind the male winner. Milly was happy to link with arms to show her support for NO MORE violence.
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