The 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference is designed to bring together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the field of Indigenous health with the belief that working together can close the gap between the state of Indigenous Health as compared to the health of mainstream Australians. It is envisage that 200 to 300 delegates will attend the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference which is scheduled on 25th – 27th of November 2013 in Cairns, Queensland.
For many years, the provision of Aboriginal health services had been broken and fragmented when it comes to delivery of primary health services. There were government providers and grassroots communities’ Aboriginal medical services where in many cases, duplication of services occurred.
However over time, service providers have joined forces in not just the physical provision of services but also in such fields as research, health education and even the training of staffs in order to improve Indigenous health, in general.
This gathering will highlight some of the existing indigenous health programs currently implemented in Aboriginal communities and provide a unique opportunity for delegates and speakers to see the power of people networking together in one place, at one time with similar goals and exchange information regarding the successes and challenges that workers involve in implementing Aboriginal health programs faced. Hence, we encourage grassroots communities to participate and present their existing, successful programs during the event.
CONFERENCE PHILOSOPHYThe 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference: Many Pathways, One Outcome conference philosophy is based upon the principles of sharing knowledge and information that can be adapted and implemented in other communities within Australia. In the past, government agencies and NGOs have worked side by side together in many fields including Indigenous health. However in today’s society, many community agencies and government departments work side by side and share not only information but outcomes as well. Furthermore, this event is also based on the principle that Aboriginal health needs to be seen and catered for in a holistic way.
There are many agencies that provide services to Indigenous communities from commonwealth to state, to local government and from the community side, there are AMS and other NGOs. All these agencies have made an impact in the provision of services. But today, some of the great leaps forward has come from services who have united to achieve a specific goal. By joining forces, the full target had been achieved. Furthermore, in many communities have special joint programs from Diabetes to Aged Care. There are great strides being achieved by resources when working with GPs, hospitals and NGOs.
Throughout Australia, collaborative partnerships had been developed and great strides had been achieved in the delivery of services of Indigenous Health. The road to partnership had been a rocky one however that rocky road has now turned into a full lane highway and information and programs had been established which in real terms have benefit Indigenous people throughout this country.
The dotted circles symbolizes people gathering whereas, the twisted lines that forms a circle is symbolic of the webs interlocking network of people. The individual dots around the outside are indicators of different walks of people and the different types of health professionals, all working together to form a united front in closing the gap of the Indigenous health.
The logo as a whole shows that there are many ways and many people working towards improving the status of health in indigenous communities throughout Australia either in partnership or individually.
1/ Provide an open and frank forum for discussion.
2/ Lend support to individuals and groups working in the field of Aboriginal Health.
3/ Help grow a network for the sharing of information and resources in the field of Aboriginal Health.
4/ Bring together both government and non-government agencies working in the field of Aboriginal Health.
5 Show that poor health is no longer tolerated or acceptable in today’s society .
6/ To bring together organizations as a united voice in closing the gap.
7/ Bring together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the field of Indigenous health.
8/ Exchange information regarding the successes of community projects in the field of Indigenous Health.
9/ Reduce incidence of poor health at all levels within the community.
10/ Strategies for linking holistic policy with health interventions.
11/ Explore methods for improving accountability at all levels to ensure sustainable progress.
The conference is not political based rather should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available at your own level. Today, the world has become smaller with the invention of the internet however the internet has also manage to sterilized and isolate people at the same time. As such, we are of the belief that there is nothing more empowering and more efficient than for workers to have an opportunity to network and meet face to face to exchange ideas, valuable information and successful programs in place in their communities.