Media Releases

  1. Open Letter to The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

    27th Jan

    Dear Chief Minister, As Aboriginal organisations representing our communities across the Northern Territory, we are writing to you about the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreak in… Read more.

  2. Lock down Central Australia to protect all of Central Australia

    25th Jan

    The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress is calling for more serious and effective public health measures to be put in place urgently; before it’s too late. “We need to see sharp… Read more.

  3. Congress welcomes the NT’s Stage 3 COVID plan

    21st Sep 2021

    The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress today acknowledged the Northern Territory Government’s Plan for COVID-Management At Stage 3 of The National Plan which will enact some of the… Read more.

  4. Youth justice crackdown is a cost the community can’t afford

    11th May 2021

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  5. Keeping Central Australia safe through COVID-19 testing for all

    18th May 2020

    Congress Respiratory Clinic now testing for coronavirus All community members – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people can be tested A vital step in keeping Central… Read more.

  6. Media Release: Combined Aboriginal Organisations: The NT must become a Special Control Area for COVID-19

    19th Mar 2020

    The Combined Aboriginal Organisations of Alice Springs held a special meeting to discuss the threat of COVID-19 to Aboriginal communities across Central Australia. Download media… Read more.

  7. Media Release: Better Way Forward towards Closing the Gap

    13th Feb 2020

    The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs notes the latest report on Closing the Gap. “For the first time ever, there is a commitment from all Australian… Read more.

  8. Congress welcomes new Liquor Act as combined alcohol reforms make a big difference

    15th Aug 2019

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress says the passage of the NT’s new liquor legislation is a welcome modernisation that will help to address the Territory’s improving rates of… Read more.

  9. Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.

    8th Jul 2019

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  10. Skills boost “the best medicine” for Aboriginal health

    14th Sep 2018

    Skills boost “the best medicine” for Aboriginal health Ten Aboriginal Health Practitioner Trainees graduate “A record number of Aboriginal Health Practitioners [AHPs] will… Read more.

  11. Updated: Congress brings primary health care to Northside

    3rd Sep 2018

    CHANGE OF CLINIC OPENING DATE: Please be advised that due to circumstances outside our control, the Northside Clinic will now commence operation from Wednesday 12 September. The Clinic… Read more.

  12. Congress cautiously welcomes announcement on HTLV-1 funding

    28th May 2018

    “The role of Aboriginal people is critical in shaping the response and it cannot be left to a taskforce of experts alone” The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress… Read more.

  13. International health advocate finds good news at Congress

    4th May 2018

    Professor Sir Michael Marmot visited Congress this week to witness the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service’s work in reducing the impact of disadvantage and the effects this… Read more.

  14. Congress teams up for Barrett Drive Mile

    24th Apr 2018

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  15. Talking Powerfully from the Heart

    8th Mar 2018

    Launch of Kurruna Mwarre Ingkintja – Good Spirit Men’s Place - Research Project Report Establishing a male leadership group, having a place for males and addressing… Read more.

  16. Response to Paul McCue, NT Police Association president: ‘Profiteering’ industry must act on grog harm

    8th Feb 2018

    In response to Paul McCue’s NT Police Association President’s letter 5 February 2018: Congress continues to be very sympathetic to the Police Association who continue to… Read more.

  17. Enough is Enough: Put police back full time at the bottle shops

    1st Feb 2018

    1 February 2018 The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress has added its voice to the many other businesses and organisations calling on the NT Police Commissioner to resume full time… Read more.

  18. Congress recognised for Aboriginal employment achievements by the Australian Human Resources Institute

    30th Nov 2017

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress has been named winner of the Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award in 2017 from a competitive field of four finalists at the Australian HR Institute… Read more.

  19. Time to commit to action after NT Royal Commission

    17th Nov 2017

    17/11/2017 Today, Congress welcomes the release of the final report from Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. “We commend… Read more.

  20. Congress Alukura celebrates 30 years

    24th Sep 2017

    Alukura, Congress women’s only health service, is celebrating 30 years. Alukura was established in 1987 following a comprehensive and participatory consultation with several hundred… Read more.

  21. Right Tracks Collaboration Giving Better Health a Sporting Chance

    24th Sep 2017

    On Saturday an exciting collaboration between Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) and Central Australian Football Club - Redtails/Pinktails was… Read more.

  22. Congress wins NT Training Large Employer of the Year Award

    24th Sep 2017

    Congress is thrilled to be named 2017 Large Employer of the Year at the NT Training Awards. “Receiving this award is great recognition of what can be achieved through the combination… Read more.

  23. Congress Medical Director announced General Practice Supervisor of the Year

    11th Sep 2017

    Congress Medical Director, Dr Sam Heard has been awarded the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners General Practice supervisor of the year for South Australian and… Read more.

  24. Federal Government recognises Aboriginal-led collaboration in driving better health in Central Australia

    4th Jul 2017

    An academic health science centre in Central Australia is the first Aboriginal-led collaboration to achieve Federal Government recognition for leadership in health research and… Read more.

  25. Congress welcomes new government’s focus on social determinants of health

    31st Aug 2016

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) congratulates Territory Labor on winning the NT election and applauds its commitment to investing in a good start to life as well as other… Read more.

  26. Mistreatment of detained youth a national crisis

    27th Jul 2016

    Today, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress declared its outrage over the mistreatment of young people in the NT youth detention system, calling for necessary reforms to address the… Read more.

  27. Congress urges greater focus on Aboriginal health in the election campaign

    8th Jun 2016

    The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) calls for a greater focus and commitment to Close the Gap in Aboriginal health disadvantage in the election campaign. “It… Read more.

  28. World No Tobacco Day: Tackling Aboriginal Smoking Prevalence

    30th May 2016

    This World No Tobacco Day, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) prepares for an even greater focus on smoking cessation, following the refunding of a smoking cessation support… Read more.

  29. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress supports two new CTG headline indicators

    10th Feb 2016

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) today welcomed the release of the latest Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report as a sign of continuing national commitment to… Read more.

  30. ISO accreditation marks Congress’ commitment to highest quality care

    1st Feb 2016

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) is pleased to announce that it is now certified against AS/ANZ ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) Standards. The certification… Read more.

  31. Support for Independent review of Aboriginal Social Housing provision in Central Australia

    22nd Jan 2016

    The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress today added its voice to calls for an independent review of the management of Aboriginal social housing in Central Australia. The Central… Read more.

  32. Commitment to combat ‘ice’ addiction brings hope to disadvantaged communities

    10th Dec 2015

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement to invest $300 million to adopt recommendations made by the National ‘Ice’ Taskforce to… Read more.

  33. Congress calls for the Central Desert remote childcare centres to reopen immediately

    25th Aug 2015

    Congress calls for the Central Desert remote childcare centres to reopen immediatelyThe Central Australian Aboriginal Congress today added its voice for the three remote childcare… Read more.

  34. Racism is a significant barrier to Aboriginal health improvement

    4th Aug 2015

    “The public debate on racism that has been sparked by the way in which Adam Goodes has been treated, is vitally important for Aboriginal health”, said the CEO of the Central Australian… Read more.

  35. headspace works in partnership with a local Aboriginal health service to access marginalised youth

    3rd Apr 2015

    The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress today expressed its concerns at the criticism of the national headspace program especially in the context of the recently released national… Read more.

  36. Congress to offer healthy lifestyle checks for young people at Lightning Carnival

    1st Apr 2015

    This Easter Weekend, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress will offer young people between the age of 15 and 24 years of age, a healthy lifestyle check including a sexual health screen at… Read more.

  37. Congress celebrates announcement of three-year funding for primary health care services

    5th Mar 2015

    Today Congress celebrates the Federal Government’s announcement to recommit to three-year funding agreements for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. “Longer-term… Read more.

  38. NT Legislative Assembly Committee leads the nation in its FASD report

    4th Mar 2015

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress welcomes the report of the NT Legislative Select Committee on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)i, which shows a comprehensive understanding of… Read more.

  39. Congress pays tribute to Kwementyaye Tilmouth

    2nd Mar 2015

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress offers its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Kwementyaye Tilmouth, and pays homage to his significant contributions to the… Read more.

  40. Closing the Gap investment is working but much more can be achieved

    11th Feb 2015

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress welcomes the Governments’ bipartisan approach to achieving Aboriginal health equality following the release of the latest Closing the Gap report… Read more.

  41. Alice Springs After Hours General Practice officially launched

    5th Nov 2014

    The Alice Springs After Hours General Practice service was officially launched last night at the Alice Springs Hospital by the Northern Territory Minister for Health, the Hon Robyn Lambley… Read more.

  42. Health Minister Lambley takes alcohol treatment in NT to new level

    31st Oct 2014

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress applauds Health and Alcohol Rehabilitation Minister, Robyn Lambley for the implementation of key recommendations made by the Alcohol Mandatory… Read more.

  43. Congress calls for immediate resumption of water to Whitegate

    9th Sep 2014

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress urges the NT Government to immediately reinstate the water supply to the Whitegate living area in order to protect the health and wellbeing of its… Read more.

  44. Collective Action on Alcohol is Needed: Grog Rally Speech

    14th May 2014

    This speech was delivered by Congress CEO, Donna Ah Chee, at the public rally held on Monday 13 May 2013 at the Alice Springs Town Council Lawns. The rally was called by the… Read more.

  45. Closing the Gap is working but requires long term commitment

    13th Feb 2014

    The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation welcomed the latest Closing the Gap report card, calling for an emphasis on continued commitment and long-term investment… Read more.

  46. NT Government can’t have it both ways on youth interventions

    6th Feb 2014

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee says that the NT Children and Families Minister John Elferink’s lack of plans following the decision to defund the YSOS is a… Read more.

  47. Resource gives new life to sexual health education for Indigenous youth

    13th Jun 2013

    A new Indigenous youth sexual health education resource package was launched today in Alice Springs. The package is part of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress’ Community… Read more.

  48. Listen to Me: Summit to unite bush voices for change

    9th May 2013

    UPDATE 13/05/13: This notice is to advise that the Kurunna Mwarre: Listen to me summit, due to be held at Ross River from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 May, has been… Read more.

  49. The Good Kidney Riddle: Preventing Disease and Dialysis in the Younger Generations

    27th Mar 2013

    The stark reality of the numbers of Aboriginal people on dialysis here in Alice Springs is a constant and real daily reminder of the work that still needs to be done to address Aboriginal… Read more.

  50. Launch of Kidney Action Network

    11th Mar 2013

    NGOs from across the Northern Territory and Central Australia, including the cross border regions of Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, are coming together this… Read more.

  51. Early Childhood, Alcohol Reform key to Closing the Gap

    7th Feb 2013

    The Alice Springs Aboriginal health service, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation [‘Congress’], welcomes the long-term approach and commitment to Indigenous… Read more.

  52. Congress moves to CATSI Act, Members vote for change

    14th Dec 2012

    Members of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (‘Congress’) have voted to transfer the organisation to become registered under the Corporations (CATSI) Act. In what is… Read more.

  53. etrol, alcohol and other drugs require consistent regulation – not a ‘free for all’

    30th Sep 2012

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress has expressed dismay at the news that the Senate Committee has recommended that the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill should not proceed. The Central… Read more.

  54. Breast Screening Vital for Indigenous Women

    11th Sep 2012

    October is international Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Congress Alukura women’s health service is getting in early to spread the message of healthy breasts. This Friday, 14… Read more.

  55. Learning is Lifelong at Congress

    3rd Sep 2012

    Celebrated nationally each year, Adult Learners’ Week provides an opportunity to celebrate, promote and highlight the value of all forms of adult learning in the community. This… Read more.