Acknowledgment of country.
The 2017 NACCHO Ochre Day was held on Larrakia Land. NACCHO pays its respects to the Elders past, present, and future and observes Larrakia custom during our time on Larrakia Land. The Larrakia are salt water people whose nation extends from the Cox Peninsula to the Adelaide River, and inland to the Manton Dam area.
In partnership with Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS) and Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), NACCHO hosted the 2017 Ochre Day in Darwin on the 4th and 5th of October. Ochre Day is an indigenous men’s health event targeting the needs and issues of one of Australia’s most disadvantaged demographics.
Day 1 saw a meaningful welcome to country performed by Larrakia Elder Tony Lee and Chair Richard Fejo. This was followed by a performance from the One Mob Dancers to commence the proceedings of Ochre Day. Notable speakers, including The Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Professor James Ward, and Charlie King, delivered stirring insight into issues of indigenous men’s health both in the NT and nationally. The evening of Day 1 saw the annual Jaydon Adams Memorial Oration Dinner, at which David Leha, a.k.a Radical Son, put his talent on display with performances of several songs. This year’s Jaydon Adams Memorial Award, in recognition of young indigenous males contributing to the health and wellbeing of their community, went to Danila Dilba health worker Nathan Jones-Cubillo for his outstanding community work both within and outside of his work.
Day 2 was an exciting day with plenty of insightful discussion led by Stuart McMinn from Interrelate, Dr Mick Adams, and former NRL player and boxer Joe Williams. With a cooperative effort, all delegates came together to perform group work on suicide prevention and men’s health strategies locally, regionally and nationally. The day was concluded by AMSANT CEO John Patterson with thanks to the events major sponsors; Danila Dilba Health Service, The Fred Hollows Foundation, PHN Northern Territory, and Northern Territory General Practice Education.
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