Community Newsletter August 2012

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Community Newsletter August 2012

ABORIGINAL ADVISORY GROUP:

Karen Glover CHAIR

Glenise Coulthard CO-CHAIR

Kathy Chisholm CO-CHAIR

Mary Buckskin AHCSA

Jackie Ah Kit

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S

HEALTH NETWORK

Tania Axleby-Blake

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S

HEALTH NETWORK

Margaret Hampton

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE

May Turner ELDERS COUNCIL

Aboriginal Maternal and

Infant Care AMIC Worker

Aboriginal Family Support

Service AFSS

ABORIGINAL FAMILIES STUDY

INTERVIEWERS:

Donna Weetra (Adelaide)

M: 0424 110 717

Emily Jaworek (Adelaide)

M: 0408 651 063

Roxanne Miller (Port Lincoln)

M: 0457 334 134

Eunice Aston (Murray Bridge)

M: 0407 119 750

Jess Reid (Port Augusta)

M: 0418 313 416

Deborah Fuschtei (Port

Augusta)

M: 0417 986 115

www.mcri.edu.au/

AboriginalFamiliesStudy

FREECALL: 1800 772 193

Community Newsletter

Hearing women’s

birthing stories

After about 4 years of consultation and

preparation, the first Aboriginal Families

Study interviews with women began in

February this year. Since then we have been

sitting down with Aboriginal and non

Aboriginal women all across South Australia,

listening to them talk about the care they

received during pregnancy and afterwards

with a new baby.

Women participating in the project are

asked to meet one of the interviewers and

complete a questionnaire. Many women

have appreciated the chance to give feedback

on the care they received, knowing it will

be used to improve services for families

of Aboriginal babies.

Deborah Fuschtei and Jessica Reid have

recently set up an Aboriginal Families Study

office in Port Augusta, and Eunice Aston has

begun work in Murray Bridge and will be

travelling to the Riverland and Mount Gambier

to talk to women in those communities. The

interviewers covering the Adelaide region are

Donna Weetra and Emily Jaworek and across in

Port Lincoln, Roxanne Miller heads to Ceduna

and west coast communities on a regular basis.

If you, or someone you know, has given birth

to an Aboriginal baby in South Australia in the

last nine months or is currently pregnant with

an Aboriginal baby, we would love to talk to

you about possibly taking part in the project.

Call Donna Weetra, the Fieldwork Coordinator

on Freecall 1800 772 193, send Donna an SMS

text on 0424 110 717 or contact any of the

research interviewers.

Eunice Aston

wins Gladys Elphick

Perpetual Trophy

The Aboriginal Families Study would like to

warmly acknowledge Eunice Aston on her

wonderful achievement in being joint winner

of this year’s Gladys Elphick Gladys Perpetual

Trophy. Eunice has spent years working

throughout the Ngarrindjeri nation and

across South Australia to promote women

and families. Her many leadership roles

including as a member of the Premier’s

Council for Woman, chairperson of the

Ninkowar Inc, a Ngarrindjeri women’s

organisation based in Murray Bridge, and the

establishment of an Aboriginal Cultural and

Community Centre that is a base for women

and their families.

We feel very privileged that Eunice has

decided to work with the Aboriginal Families

Study as research interviewer based in Murray

Bridge. Congratulations Eunice.

Eunice Aston

AUGUST 2012

The Aboriginal Families Study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, SA Health, and the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund.


Gift voucher

for women

Women who

participate in the

Aboriginal Families

Study receive a $50

gift voucher.

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

PARTNERSHIP:

Kathy Chisholm

CHAIR, AHCSA

Lucy Evans AHCSA

Amanda Mitchell

STUDY INVESTIGATOR, AHCSA

Karen Glover

STUDY INVESTIGATOR,

ABORIGINAL ADVISORY GROUP

Glenise Coulthard

STUDY INVESTIGATOR,

SA HEALTH

Trish Strachan

STUDY INVESTIGATOR,

SA HEALTH

April Lawrie Smith

STUDY INVESTIGATOR,

SA HEALTH

Heather Petty

SA HEALTH

Verity Paterson

SA HEALTH

Tania Axleby-Blake

SA HEALTH

Stephanie Brown

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, MCRI

Jane Yelland

STUDY INVESTIGATOR, MCRI

Susan Donath

STUDY INVESTIGATOR, MCRI

Georgie Stamp

STUDY INVESTIGATOR

Jonathan Newbury

STUDY INVESTIGATOR,

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

Anna Caponi

STUDY INVESTIGATOR,

Jeffrey Robinson

STUDY INVESTIGATOR

Fiona Arney

STUDY INVESTIGATOR

Margaret Hampton

STUDY INVESTIGATOR

Meet the new

Aboriginal Families

Study interviewers

Emily Jaworek (Research Interviewer)

I am a descendant of the Larrakia and Wulna

people of the Darwin region and have grown

up in Adelaide. Working on this research

project is very close to my heart as I am

passionate about improving services that

effectively support Aboriginal Families.

Having a channel, like the Aboriginal Families

Study, gives Aboriginal Families an option to

be able to share experiences of pregnancy,

childbirth and postnatal care. This

opportunity is empowering for Aboriginal

families and ensures that they enjoy the

same privileges as non Indigenous families

experiencing the same events in their life.

My grandparents, uncles and aunties and

parents have fought for equal rights for

Indigenous people in Australia for many

years. I am not only going to enjoy these

opportunities of equal rights, but I will lead

my community, to facilitate change for

improved health care services, for Aboriginal

families experiencing the wonderful delight

of new a child in their family.

Jessica Reid (Research Interviewer)

Hi my name is Jessica Reid. I’m a Kokatha

woman, born in Ceduna and I grew up in

Adelaide. I’ve worked for over 4 years with the

University of Adelaide based in the Women’s

and Children’s Hospital as a research

assistant in the department of Obstetrics and

Gynaecology. In this time I’ve worked on

projects including the “Preventing Infant

Deaths in Aboriginal and Teenage Women –

in South Australia” report. I am very excited to

join the Aboriginal Families Study team in the

role of research interviewer in Port Augusta.

Deborah Fuschtei (Research Interviewer)

My name is Deborah Fuschtei I am a

Wangkangurru/Adnymanthnana woman

from the Simpson Desert and Flinders

Rangesareas. I was born in Port Augusta

South Australia I have a strong sense of

belonging to the Aboriginal community

acknowledging the unique diverse clans

within the Far Northern Region areas.

I have worked in various government and

non-government agencies gaining a range of

skills and qualifications. Recently I worked

with Australian Bureau of Statistics as an

Area Supervisor during the 2011 Census count.

My role was to supervise and observe field

staff in validating the population & dwelling

data, and effectively implement this

enumeration plan. I am honoured to be part

of the Aboriginal Families Study team

working in the Port Augusta office.

Deborah Fuschtei

Jessica Reid and Emily Jaworek Roxanne Miller

Services all over South Australia have

helped us link to the women we want to

talk to, and have supported us to arrange

the interviews.

We would sincerely like to thank all those

services and acknowledge their support.

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