royal commission
25 July 2018

Listening and Hearing are Two Different things report released

Throughout May and June Danila Dilba, on behalf of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT) met with people throughout the Northern Territory to talk about the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT. Workshops and community meetings were held in the NT’s major population centres (Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Darwin), and in three remote communities in East Arnhem (Nhulunbuy, Milingimbi and Galiwin’ku). The workshops provided information to community members and service providers about the outcomes of the Royal Commission and a broad outline of proposals for legislative reform, and gathered information about community members’ experience of the child protection system and views on the proposed reforms. Serious concerns about the current system and its failure to deliver good outcomes for families and children were raised. AMSANT compiled a report – ‘Listening and Hearing are Two Different Things’ detailing the feedback from these workshops and making recommendations for reforms. For further information please feel free to contact Joy Mclaughlin Joy.Mclaughlin@ddhs.org.au or Tess Kelly tess.kelly@ddhs.org.au