March Quarterly Newsletter

Ben S

In the March Quarterly Newsletter we bring you updates on the National Close the Gap Day, we welcome the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Ms. Katie Kiss and meet our Darwin-based NT Indigenous Suicide Postvention Advocate, Margaret.

Thirrili Newsletter May 2022 – Volume 3 Issue 5


May is always a challenge in our communities. In ways it is a time for us to come together and support each other. It is the day of mourning, Sorry Day, the remembrance of all the loss and grief and suffering and the struggles to heal from the harm of colonisation. Sadly though, we are often drawn away from our … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter April 2022 – Volume 3 Issue 4


We’ve been out and about in community for most of this year, a welcome relief after the restrictions of COVID-19. Our practice is to do Rapid Antigen Tests before travelling, to ensure we don’t carry any risk of transmission of COVID-19 into the communities we work with. We are in a good rhythm of setting up our plans to visit … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter March 2022 – Volume 3 Issue 3


March is the month where Closing the Gap is highlighted and those of us who work towards achieving those targets reaffirm our commitment to continue to do all we can to achieve equity in health outcomes for our mobs. I would say the most challenging area of this for Thirrili is accessing data. We have some arrangements with some organisations … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter February 2022 – Volume 3 Issue 2


February was a time of great challenge as well as opportunity for Thirrili staff. After the success of the NSW roadshow in partnership with StandBy, both organisations agreed we should be planning community visits together where possible, and our regional staff will start meeting monthly to ensure we share in our planning activities, to support our partnership to continue to … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter January 2022 – Volume 3 Issue 1


As the new Chief Executive Officer at Thirrili, I would like to pay my respects to all Aboriginal community members who work with grief, loss and trauma, to the Traditional Owners of all homelands in Australia and to elders, past and present. I am ever grateful for the advice, support and guidance I receive from Elders, and I very conscious … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter December 2021 – Volume 2 Issue 12


I would like to welcome our readers back. I hope you and your families are keeping safe and healthy in these challenging times, and I wish you a happy and fulfilled 2022. I am standing in for the CEO for now, until the Board appoints our next leader. You will know from our last issue, Jacqueline McGowan-Jones has been appointed … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter November 2021 – Volume 2 Issue 11


As you are all aware, Thirrili has been funded until 2024 to deliver the Indigenous Suicide Postvention Service and we have been undertaking significant recruitment to several key roles in the organisation. This includes having recruited new Postvention Advocates in the NT and NSW – with positions still available in QLD, SA, NT, WA, NSW and Victoria. We have also … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter October 2021 – Volume 2 Issue 10


We were delighted to be awarded the Indigenous Suicide Postvention Service tender in August this year. Our focus over the next 3 years will be to continue to respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities affected by suicide and other fatal traumatic incidents. Our Board will now commence work on reviewing our Strategic … Read More

Thirrili Newsletter September 2021 – Volume 2 Issue 9


Thirrili has now signed our new Contract with the National Indigenous Australians Agency, on behalf of the Australian Government, to deliver the Indigenous Suicide Postvention Service (Australia-wide) until June 2024. We are now recruiting for a broad range of positions across all jurisdictions to build and grow our team of dedicated, committed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.