The Southern Cross : September 2013
Page 8 September 2013 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news email@example.com | www.centacare.org.au DISABILITY | EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING FAMILIES, YOUTH AND CHILDREN | HEALTH AND WELLBEING | HOMELESSNESS Centacare Catholic Family Services Centacare is seeking members for our Advisory Groups Centacare Catholic Family Services is looking for people from the community to provide meaningful input into the way our programs are delivered. We are seeking people willing to contribute their wisdom or experience as we refine and develop our services. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have experience as carers and consumers. Expressions of interest are being received for Advisory Groups which focus on: • Disability (intellectual and physical) • Mental Health • Youth • Domestic and Family Violence • Children, Parenting and Families • Addictive Behaviours (gambling, alcohol and other drugs) To find out more please contact Denise McGinn on 8210 8200 or the email below and ask for an information pack. Centacare is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide A $10 million cancer centre, which recently opened at Calvary Central Districts Hospital in Elizabeth Vale, will give hundreds of patients a year direct local access to leading edge cancer care. The Central Districts Cancer Care Centre and Specialist Consulting Suites have been designed as a treatment hub for cancer patients – the majority of whom previously had to travel to the city for treatment. Patients from as far as the Barossa, Yorke Peninsula and Lower North areas are expected to use the Centre. Funded mostly by the Little Company of Mary Health Care, the Centre was officially blessed by Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson on July 25. Calvary Health National CEO Mark Doran said at the Centre’s official opening and blessing: This is not only a milestone achievement for the Calvary Health Care Adelaide, but more so for the many people who live in the area that have been diagnosed with cancer, or who will be in the years ahead. “Our Cancer Centre will not only provide them with much needed support at a crucial time in their treatment, but it will also help meet current and projected demand in the region for such services,” he said. Mr Doran said it was hoped the new facility would attract a number of cancer/medical/surgical and other related specialists and specialist services to the hospital, including the establishment of a northern suburbs breast clinic; head and neck cancer clinic; skin cancer clinic; upper gastrointestinal and colorectal clinic; sports and orthopaedic clinic; a urology clinic and women’s health services clinic. “Presently, about 20 per cent of patients receiving radiation treatment in the Adelaide CBD live in the northern region,” he said. “A further 1000 new patients per year require radiotherapy treatment in SA, of which 25 per cent come from the northern suburbs for their treatment.” Calvary Cancer centre opens in North Bangladesh-born Lawrence Besra has seen first-hand the devastating effects of dispossessed land, poor education outcomes and extreme poverty on his own indigenous people. Lawrence was born and has lived in Bangladesh’s Rangpur District and belongs to the Santal ethnic group – among the poorest people in the nation. “The socio-economic condition is deteriorating day by day in Bangladesh,” says Lawrence. He’s currently in Adelaide with his wife Tripti and six-year-old daughter Athena to complete a PhD on the integration of human rights in development policy for indigenous and marginalised people. The family is due to return to Bangladesh early next year. “People are struggling to pay for their children’s associated education costs and that’s why enrolment rates are comparatively low and non-completion rates are quite high for indigenous students.” Lawrence has worked as a project coordinator and project officer for Caritas Bangladesh and says top priorities needed to include addressing land rights issues, and more investment in micro-finance programs to empower locals to generate their own income and afford education for their children. He is urging the Australian community to continue development co-operation and increased investment for human resource development. Last month he shared his people’s story as one of three guest speakers at the Adelaide launch of the Caritas Australia Walk As One Campaign on August 25 at the Carclew Arts Centre, in North Adelaide. The launch was organised by Caritas and the Adelaide Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s indigenous people and the reality that more than 370 million indigenous people are over- represented among the world’s poorest and marginalised. The Walk As One Adelaide launch also screened a documentary of two youth from Arnhem Land who travel to the Amazon jungle in Bolivia to meet an indigenous community and share each other’s cultures. Caritas Australia Adelaide diocesan director Deacon Anthony Hill said the problems facing indigenous people all over the world were similar and required urgent global redress. “We should be taking steps to empower indigenous people across the world, including our neighbours and our own indigenous people through constitutional reform.” Deacon Hill urged South Australians to sign a Caritas Australia petition calling on the Australian Government to improve Australia’s foreign aid program and policies, and to promote respect for and compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The National Aboriginal Torrens Strait Islander Catholic Council said in a statement issued on August 9 – the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – that the Australian Government needed to give Indigenous Australians the right to self-determination – and in turn reflect on its Stronger Futures Legislation in the Northern Territory and support constitutional recognition. “Catholic social teaching calls for trust to be placed on the least centralised body (the local community) to make decisions, resulting in more relevant and targeted outcomes.” For more information on Caritas Australia’s Walk As One campaign, or to sign the petition visit www.caritas.org.au/walkasone or phone 1800 024 413. Indigenous disadvantage far and wide INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: Bangladeshi family (L-R) Tripti Carmel Soren, Athena and Lawrence Besra are part of an ethnic minority group which suffers poverty, poor education outcomes and high unemployment and land dispossession. Lawrence is studying a PhD in Adelaide to help his people.