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NATSIWA advancing the wellbeing for women

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NATSIWA advancing the wellbeing for women


On behalf of our chair and current Board we wish to thank our members in NSW, Vic, SA, and TSI for nominating to be Directors on the NATSIWA Board, we apologise for the delay in notifying of the outcome of the election.

We warmly welcome the new Directors of NATSIWA as follows.

NSW – Beverly Collins
SA – Patricia Waria-Read
VIC – Jessica Bennet
TSI Regina Turner

We wish to thank our outgoing Directors, Bronwyn Penrith, Anna Strzelecki, Karin Williams, Ivy Trevallyan for their commitment, passion and support in representing their States on NATSIWA board as was very much appreciated and we wish them well for the future.

Empowering Women to Advocate for Effective Policy

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) was established in 2009 to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process.

Our Vision
“To protect the health, human rights and fundamental freedoms that are significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women through cultural preservation, health education and coalition building.”

Guiding Principles
NATSIWA’s Vision will be achieved through our Guiding Principles that will remain cognizant of the needs, heath, wellbeing and development, and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women.
• Aboriginal strengths;
• The need for cultural understanding;
• The impact of racism and stigma;
• Recognition of the centrality of kinship;
• The impact of history in trauma and loss;
• Recognition of different needs of communities;
• The recognition of human rights and social justice;
• Universal access to basic health care, housing and education; and
• Equitable needs based funding.

Adopted from the National Aboriginal Health Strategy of 1989.




NATSIWA are doing the national call out for hygiene products for women and girls in remote areas. If you would like to send any donations or support this project email the This is one of the activity projects that NATSIWA are doing with University of Queensland. Please read the article below to find out more details of what is happening to our young girls and women in remote area in regards to this activity.

NATSIWA would like to thank Mura Kosker Sorority the women’s organisation in the Torres Strait based in Thursday Island for having NATSIWA support them in developing their own Domestic Violence Framework for the Torres Strait.

The Migration Women’s Alliance – (Harmony Alliance) invited the CEO of NATSIWA, Sandra Creamer to speak at the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity to the launches of the National Framework to Improve Accessibility to Australian Courts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Migrant and Refugee Women and the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals, both on Friday 20 October, in Canberra.

There were separate launches which are for two significant policy frameworks produced by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity (JCCD), which aim to improve the accessibility and provision of justice for all court users, regardless of their sex, race, religion, language or national or ethnic origin. Further details about these publications are available on the JCCD website.

NATSIWA is in the process of writing a basic legal information kit, which will be posted in the near future on the website.

Below is the list of activities and projects NATIWA will be involved in until end of the financial year 2018.


NATSIWA 12 months activity plan is:
◦KEY ACTIVITY 1: To support a DV Framework in traditional language, incorporating traditional knowledge in the Torres Strait.
◦KEY ACTIVITY 2: Working with AWAVA – family law and family violence
◦KEY ACTIVITY 3: Reducing violence for Torres Strait Islander women
◦KEY ACTIVITY 4: The Action Plan Working Group – National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children.
◦KEY ACTIVITY 5: National Plan & Homeless Working group. The Action Plan Working Group
◦KEY ACTIVITY 6: Distribute feminine hygiene/sanitary products to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities


NATSIWA Welcomes interest and support from both individual and/or professional organisations offering pro bono support. If you or your organisation have professional services to offer in assisting our Alliance please contact us.