Ice and Central Australia: From Research to Practice, Wed Nov 4, Alice Springs

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Ice and Central Australia: From Research to Practice, Wed Nov 4, Alice Springs

An information forum on Crystal Methamphetamine; local, national and international patterns of use, the context of use, and treatment and prevention responses.

Presenters will include:

Professor Ann M Roche: Director National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) Associate

Associate Professor Nicole Lee: Director, The LeeJenn Group and A/Prof National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

Peter Malley: Detective/ Officer in Charge Tactical Investigation Squad - Alice Springs Police

Dr John Boffa: Chief Medical Officer, Public Health Division, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Carol Hopkins: Executive Director of the National Native Drug and Alcohol Foundation Canada

Ross Bell: Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation

To find out more visit the forum page at eventbrite.

More detailed session and presenter info can be viewed here

 

 

 

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Time for a new Job? CAYLUS is recruiting for a Barkly Region field worker.

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 CAYLUS is a highly regarded federally funded program. We work to support community initiatives that improve quality of life and reduce the impact of substance misuse on young people and families in remote communities and Alice Springs. We are looking for an experienced community worker to help lead our efforts in the Barkly Region. The position is based in Alice Springs with travel to remote communities.

Information on the job and how to apply can be viewed here

Further information about CAYLUS and what we do can be viewed here

Applications close on Fri Feb 14.

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Papunya Palya Lingku - a new video from Papunya

Papunya Palya Lingku is a new video put together with the support of the Papunya community. This movie looks at some of the good things that have been happening in Papunya in recent years as a part of efforts to prevent youth substance misuse.

The film is produced by CAYLUS and made by Raw and Cooked Media. It was funded by the NT Government through the Remote Area Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Substance Strategy (RAAASS) as an example of a successful demand reduction project.

Check it out by viewing below.

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Papunya Youth Buildings Upgrades

CAYLUS has been working with youth service providers and community stakeholders to upgrade youth program facilities in remote communities in our region. Below are some before and after photos from two buildings that have been renovated in Papunya. So far we have renovated 13 youth buildings in this way and built 7 youth worker houses. These works have been funded by the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) which disburses mining royalties funds for community benefit in the NT. Thanks to the ABA for their ongoing support.

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Ali Curung Mural Project

Earlier this year following community concern about increased rates of substance misuse amongst teenagers in Ali Curung, CAYLUS partnered with the Barkly Shire Council Sport and Rec team and CDEP, and Alcohol and Other Drug Services Central Australia (NT Health) to develop a mural based school holiday program.  School holidays can be a time of increased risk for young people in remote communities and fun, engaging activities are a good way to prevent this. A large group of young people aged from 5-25 helped design and paint the mural. Community members, youth and external agencies alike were all very supportive and impressed with the mural.  We continue to work in partnership with the shire to try and grow the  local youth sport and rec program  so that good activities like this can happen all of the time.

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St Kilda Youth Services and CAYLUS install ninth computer lab in the region.

CAYLUS and St Kilda Youth Services (SKYS) have been working together for many years to roll out computer rooms to remote communities in Central Australia. Having supported access to computers and the internet can make a big difference to remote youth and families. Internet banking,  skype contact with kids at boarding school and making music using Garageband become possibilities .

To date computer rooms have been installed in ;

Yuelamu
Laramba
Docker river
Amoongunna
Papunya
Mt liebig
Kintore
Tjwanpa (Hermannsburg)

This week the Titjikala computer room has been installed. Thanks to Adam, Greg, Nick and Sharni from Skys for your work this week and thanks very much SKYS for your ongoing support and commitment to this work and for your approach of working collaboration with local organisations.

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CAYLUS office gets a makeover

Next time you come to visit CAYLUS you wont be able to miss the fantastic new signs that show the way to our office. The artworks were supplied by Tangentyere Artists  and painted by Margaret Boko, Louise Daniels and Betty Conway. The paintings tell  stories about the work of CAYLUS and the importance of homelands and outstations, click on the thumbnails below for further detail on each painting.

L-R  Margaret Boko, Louise Daniels and Betty Conway in front of the new paintings

L-R  Margaret Boko, Louise Daniels and Betty Conway in front of the new paintings

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Wilurarra Tjutaku Football League September Carnival

The inaugural games for the brand new Western Desert remote community AFL competition Wilurarra Tjutaku Football League  kicked off on the weekend of 1-2nd of September in Papunya, 250 kms west of Alice Springs. 

Five teams played, all from remote communities and outstations to the west of Alice Springs.  The teams were the  Walungurru (Kintore) Hawks, the Pikilyi Bombers (Yuendumu outstation team), Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) Swans, the Watiyawanu (Mt. Liebig) Saints, the Papunya Cats, and the Papunya Eagles.  The Pikilyi Bombers were the loud and proud winners.  It was great to see some of the younger sporting talents getting a run over the weekend, and giving some of those older players a run for their money.   It's not just the style of play that is unique in the Western Desert - there is also a unique spectator and team support style, plus of course all the action from the kids and aspiring players on the sidelines.

See previous posts on the league for info on how this league is building bush football as a way of keeping young people and their families strong in the Papunya region.

Thanks to Pete Gleeson for photos.

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Wilurrara Tjutaku Football League update.

Sid Anderson and Matthew Brown from Papunya went to Melbourne in October to present at the “Well Being, Not Winning” symposium held by the Global Indigeneity and Reconciliation Program of the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT.  Blair McFarland from CAYLUS accompanied Sid and Matthew to Melbourne and was co-presenter at the symposium with Sid.

The symposium was developed to generate an open and honest discussion of the role that participation in organised sports plays in the lives of Indigenous communities and in particular in the lives of young Indigenous males.  Significantly, the symposium was also developed with a critical approach in mind as participants were asked to consider not only the benefits of sporting participation but also the costs that may be associated with Indigenous participation in non-Indigenous controlled sporting competition.”  Quote from Tim Butcher, Senior Lecturer, RMIT, one of the symposium organisers.  

Sid and Blair’s presentation about the Wilurrara Tjutaku Football League generated a lot of interest from the symposium participants, as the WTFL is a genuine grassroots initiative that addresses many of the issues affecting young men in remote Aboriginal communities.  Some of the people Sid and Matthew connected with in Melbourne have offered various forms of support and encouragement for the development of the WTFL, and are eager to stay in touch with what’s happening out bush.

For Sid and Matthew, attending the AFL Grand Final at the MCG was a highlight of the trip.  The cold wet weather did not dampen their spirits at all, particularly as the team they were barracking for (Sydney Swans) won in the last few minutes of a very close and exciting game.

L to R Sid Anderson and Mathew Brown Papunya), Tim Butcher (RMIT) and Blair McFarland from CAYLUS

L to R Sid Anderson and Mathew Brown Papunya), Tim Butcher (RMIT) and Blair McFarland from CAYLUS

The WTFL will kick off their summer comp in November 2012, with 7 teams playing:  Papunya Cats, Papunya Eagles, Walungurru Hawks, Walungurru Blues, Ikuntji Swans, Mt. Liebig Football Club, and the Antjalkatjarra Crows. 

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WARUMPI STUDIO RESTORATION PROJECT

The Warumpi Studio is the home of Papunya’s famous Warumpi Band and the contemporary and unique desert sounds of the Tjupi Band.  The current studio was set up about 12 years ago with the assistance of Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil fame, prior to him pursuing a career in politics. 

Peter Ring of Macquarie University has been working with CAYLUS and the Papunya community to restore the Warumpi Studio to full functionality.  There are new generations of talented musicians and performers in Papunya and the region.  The studio has proven itself to be of considerable benefit to them, their families and community. These musicians are developing their skills in using professional recording equipment and software, to be able to record their music in community, and further are developing their on-line marketing and distribution skills and networks.  

The studio after a mural project in 2005

The studio after a mural project in 2005

Turramurra Music in Sydney and Yamaha have recently donated two professional studio speakers to the Warumpi Studio.  These will provide great sound for the musicians using the studio, and will be much appreciated by the current and up and coming musicians in Papunya and the region.  

With Peter’s help, and with the generous assistance of the organisations and people that have donated Peter’s time (thank you Macquarie University), band and recording equipment, and software, the Warumpi Studio is well on the way to being fully operational.

Thank you to everyone who has assisted with making this exciting and dynamic project possible.  

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Wellbeing not Winning- Papunya men present at the RMIT Global Cities Research Institute

CAYLUS has supported Sid Anderson and Matthew Brown from Papunya to get to Melbourne this week to attend a forum that is being organised by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Global Cities Research Institute. The forum brings together speakers with firsthand experience of issues associated with men’s health in the context of sport. Through the sharing of experiences, it aims  to highlight fresh insights into meaningful ways in which young Aboriginal men can engage in sporting activities whilst fulfilling family and community obligations and retaining a connection to country.

Sid and Mathew will certainly have a lot to contribute at the forum, check out below a recent article from Land Rights News where Sid talks about the need to build bush footy comps in order to invest in things that stay in remote communities and to keep young people from getting into trouble when they go to Alice Springs for footy.

Sid and Mathew enjoy sushi train in Melbourne

Article from Land Rights News about the bush footy comp

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Video from Lake Nash Skate Program

The CAYLUS Skateboard program visits the remote Central Australian community of Alpurrurulam (Lake Nash), where a team of skaters and artists ran youth development program based around skateboarding. This project was supported with funding from the Commonwealth Attorney General Department.

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