2014 Pormpuraaw Youth Summit
From Vanessa Deakin, Chairperson
The Youth Summit created an opportunity for young people across selected communities and three states: Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland to come together and discuss issues that impact on their present lives; and enabled them to discuss solutions that provide pathways to healthier futures.
The young people at the Pormpuraaw Youth Summit recognised there are similar issues impacting on all young people across the whole of Australia and that young people residing in remote communities are disadvantaged by the lack of training and employment; economic opportunities and access to youth programs and mobilisation strategies; including culturally appropriate and accessible health care that is a basic human right.
This Pormpuraaw Youth Summit was a vehicle that enabled young people to create a safe space for conversations and discussions about solutions to the issues confronting young people, while allowing them to get involved in social inclusion activities from sports, dance, art and music; and information technology including graphic design and videography.
Pormpur Paanthu Aboriginal Corporation would like to thank the facilitators, activity coaches and supporters who enabled the Youth to be heard and actively engaged with them to share the warmth and comradeship over the 4 and a half days.
Pormpur Paanthu Aboriginal Corporation and Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council would like the governments to invest more in place-based approaches that provide opportunities for young people.
This is an opportunity to positively impact people’s lives by helping create individual, families, community and societal outcomes that contribute to the safer community model of care, pathways to education and training and increased community wellbeing.
Together we can develop sustainable solutions that strengthens social health, emotional health, cultural and spiritual health and physical health that will impact on long term community benefits and our future leadership.
We need to illustrate clearly to governments’ decision makers that “Investing in Aboriginal Community Controlled health that is place-based makes economic sense”.