@ Surprised: Our services target the social, emotional, cultural and …

Comment on The millions and the misery by Evelyne Roullet.

@ Surprised: Our services target the social, emotional, cultural and physical well being of Aboriginal people [says Congress].
The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory [AMSANT, the peak body of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services] says that for the health of our peoples to improve, Aboriginal health must be in Aboriginal hands.
My point exactly! IN ABORIGINAL HANDS.
If the virus has a rate thousands of times higher for Aborigines than for non-Indigenous Aborigines. It makes sense that Congress should contribute more than the taxpayers.
In fiscal 2017 Congress had a surplus of $1m, as well as cash and cash equivalents to the value of $20.3m. How much did they contribute to the research, and how many tests did they pay for?

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The millions and the misery
@ Eugen’s Mate: Do you know about HTLV-1 (the devastating health crisis afflicting Central Australia) and do you know how much Congress contributes for research and cure?
In five communities around Alice Springs, more than 45% of adults tested have the virus, a rate thousands of times higher than for non-Indigenous Australians.
HTLV-1 is endemic across Central Australia.
But testing takes six months and is not freely available.
Researchers say HTLV-1 is more widespread across central and northern Australia than previously thought.
Dr Lloyd Einsiedel is an infectious diseases clinician with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute based at Alice Springs hospital.
Arrernte man Joel Liddle is a senior research officer with Baker.
He spends much of his time talking with people in their primary languages (he is learning Arrernte language), taking blood, measuring lung capacity and delivering feedback (test results) as kindly and respectfully as he can. When he is not on the road, he is writing research papers or he is in the lab, prepping blood samples.
The HTLV-1 blood test is not covered by Australia’s medical benefits scheme (MBS).
It costs $169 each time it is performed, there is only one HTLV-1 laboratory in Australia and results can take six months to come back because, at present, these are done as part of a research program.
All the testing Einsiedel and his team have done so far – more than 900 people – they have paid for using an NHMRC project grant (National Health Medical Research Council).


The millions and the misery
@ Jen Standish-White: I believe that the problems we have with the youth our days (all across the world) are issued from the fact we ask them what they want!
Remember your youth and tell us if you had the choices you want for the young of Alice.
They have to learn that in life you do not always get what you want, and you have to learn to do with what you have.
I raised four children in Alice, all started working at 12 years of age, like a lot of their friends, some of them Aborigines, and learned the value of money and that you could not always buy or have want your mates have.
Even if you have the means to build three or four youth centres you will still not be able to please everybody.


The millions and the misery
Perfect location, and if Congress really cares for the future Aboriginal generations it will come to the party. Unless it wants more racial tension and a second intervention.


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