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NT Intervention Anniversary: Why the Media Needs to Lift Its Game

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
Volume 32 Issue 4 (July/Aug 2008)

Abstract: Almost one year to the day has passed since the previous federal government imposed its "emergency intervention" upon 73 Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. While much has been written and said about the intervention - particularly the lack of community consultation, engagement and participation -- and the funding spent to-date, surprisingly little has been said about the expected case findings of sexual abuse and sexual health outcomes as a result of the intervention, although Aboriginal people have copped a hiding from the media on these two issues. Over the last twelve months we have seen a dramatic shift in the way these issues are reported. Under a warm, cosy and protective blanket safeguarded by the way the intervention was (mis)framed, mainstream journalism has, for the most part, had free reign to misinterpret and misreport sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among young Aboriginal people in the NT.

To cite this article: Ward, James. NT Intervention Anniversary: Why the Media Needs to Lift Its Game [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 32, No. 4, July/Aug 2008: 4. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=327337760087088;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 29 May 16].

Personal Author: Ward, James; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 32, No. 4, July/Aug 2008: 4 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Sex crimes; Mass media; Sexually transmitted diseases; Community health services; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Aboriginal Australians--Government policy; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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