Friends of ATSIAAG
AAG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group, or ATSIAAG, is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are members of AAG. ATSIAAG has been directly advising the AAG Board on matters relating to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for at least ten years when its inaugural National Workshop was held.
While it is important that AAG’s work in this space is owned and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the ATSIAAG Executive, led by Co-Chairs Graham Aitken and Ros Malay, has recognised that many non-Indigenous members of AAG have been and continue to be keenly interested and involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing issues and would like to support work in this area. ATSIAAG acknowledges the support of Professor Tony Broe, Professor Leon Flicker AO, Sandra Forster, Sharon Wall and many others.
The Executive has asked AAG to establish a “Friends of ATSIAAG” group that will enable interested non-Indigenous AAG members to keep informed of developments in this area, and to link with and support the work of ATSIAAG.
The purpose of the Friends of ATSIAAG will be to support the ATSIAAG in its role of advising AAG on all matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing. The Friends of ATSIAAG will be an online network only, to:
~ receive information about current and future ATSIAAG activities and other relevant AAG activities, plus any newsworthy information relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing,
~ provide any comments or suggestions to the ATSIAAG (generally via the secretariat at AAG), and
~ share any relevant information about current research, upcoming events etc, relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing.
The Friends of ATSIAAG will not meet separately from ATSIAAG but will be invited to participate in workshops hosted by ATSIAAG, and to attend the Yarn Up session at the AAG conference on an observer basis.
If you are interested in joining the Friends of ATSIAAG, please click here to express your interest, and you will be added to the Friends mailing list.
This was invitation was sent to all AAG members (13 April 2018). If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander member of AAG and not already a member of the ATSIAAG, please let us know if you’re interested in joining the ATSIAAG.
James Beckford Saunders
Friends of ATSIAAG Updates