These conferences are scheduled to be held at the Pullmans Hotel in Cairns, Queensland on July 28 - 30, 2014 as back-to-back event which presents a unique opportunity for Indigenous men and Indigenous women to participate in an event which is devoted to the sharing of information and the empowering of men & women. In our everyday working environment, the day to day stress of our positions tends to limit us in expanding our knowledge and network whether you work at a community level or at government level, the opportunity to network and gain contacts outside your local region tends to be limited. This is why these conferences will be so valuable for Indigenous Men & Women, Support Workers, Indigenous Men’s & Women's Groups, Community Leaders/Elders, Social Workers, NGOs, Nurses, Allied Health Workers, Rural and remote health professionals, Doctors, Counselors, Cultural Officers, Police and Correctional Officers, domestic violence workers and to those who are interested in closing the gap in Indigenous men’s and women's health.
Before the coming of Captain Cook and non-Indigenous people, we had strong and vibrant culture of our marking. We also had our ways of law and strong family ties when men did the hunting of kangaroos and the women were the main care givers of the family. These were the days when men where called men and the keepers of men’s business, and the protectors of their lands. In no way does this detract from the contribution of women.
Today in our lives we live in cities and towns, in fact they say up to 70% of Australians live in urban environments around the coastline of this land. As part of the philosophy of this event, we ask the question what would happen if the non-Indigenous people did not land on the east coast but on the top end? No matter what the answer is, Indigenous peoples of this land would still find solace and depend on our culture.
The backbone of our existence is based upon the support of our family, our culture, and Indigenous men’s and women's unique ability to support each other from the north to the south, from east to the west. This gathering will endeavor to empower the spirit of healing though education. As Indigenous men and women coming from many different environments and situations, the strength we do have are our combined strength coupled with the sharing of knowledge.
In many community organizations, Indigenous men play vital roles in which also includes leading roles on community boards from grassroots level through to national levels. However when it comes to equal rights for Indigenous, men tend to walk together with Indigenous women to fight against social injustice for Indigenous people.
For many years, the provision of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander services had been fragmented. The conference will inspire and help develop one’s own self-determination to create collaborative partnerships. Moreover the participants will be provided with a dynamic networking opportunity for all. In today’s society, Indigenous men and women are developing careers while maintaining a home and family life. We are empowered to determine our future hence we call on all men and women to be part of the conference.
The conference has a great line up of speakers from around Australia and internationally. The focus will be on the great achievements of Indigenous Men & Women for the family and community.
We wish to invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from Australia and throughout to attend the conference to share and gather information here in Queensland. We also extend an invitation to participants to join us at the conference dinner in a relaxed atmosphere, for after all the old saying of “all work and no play” leads back to a boring conference.
This conference should be seen as a further step in your education within the organization that you are employed by. The cost of sending an employee is reasonably substantial, hence to ensure that conference proceedings are attended, the organizer will issue a certificate of attendance of the course if the delegate attended no less than 85% of the conference proceedings. In addition to this, the sponsoring employer will receive a conference CD with all papers and presentations placed on the disk.
SHARE AND CELEBRATE OUR STORIES
Come and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, strengths, successes and empowerment. To share each others stories and ideas about what has work for you or your community’s and how we address life’s challenges.
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This conference presents a unique opportunity for men to participate in an event which is devoted to the sharing of information and the empowering of men. In our everyday working environment, the day to day stresses of our positions tends to limit us in expanding our knowledge and network.
Whether you work at a community level or at governmental level, the opportunity to network and gain contacts outside of your local region tend to be limited, this is why this conference will be so valuable to participants.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Indigenous Men, Indigenous Support Workers, Indigenous Men’s Groups, Community Leaders/Elders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous People, Social Workers, Doctors, NGO Groups, Consultants, Cultural Advisors, Nurses, Health Workers, Community Workers, Rural Health or Remote Health Professionals, Indigenous Health Professionals, Government Representatives, Psychiatrists, CEOs, Police Officers, Program Managers, Human Rights Enthusiasts and all interested parties.
THE POWER OF NETWORKING
In our everyday working Life, we work hard and often under a great stress to develop strategies and programs for our communities and rarely we get the chance to develop our own careers in our field of expertise without impacting on our own families. Hence where a networking event comes along such as this which brings together women from a broad spectrum and diversity of life, every opportunity would be made both from an individual and organization.
However because of our busy and demanding workloads, we do not access or have the opportunity to see what is just around the corner; let alone what’s in the next town or state. This conference will take you and your organization not just to the next town but as far as you could possibly imagine. The event will bring
The event will spotlight many of this county’s most successful programs which will provide a unique opportunity to see the power of people networking together in one place, at one time with similar goals. In creating new strategies or programs it usually takes time, manpower and yes that thing called money. Because of our limited networking opportunities, more than likely your idea has been tried and implemented somewhere in the world and either bee adopted or discarded.
For example, in many cases it is possible that you may be re-inventing the wheel. Program development is an essential part of the growth of an individual and organization. One of the pitfalls of introducing a new program structure or idea is that research needs to be carried out, then adopted or discarding, hence after all hard work the program & outcomes may not be implemented and achieved.
The conference may or may not say you or your organization time, money and manpower. However one thing the event guarantees is the opportunity to enlarge your network and information base thus empowering the delegates to make greater informed decision. Furthermore it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empower reinvigorate workers with new ideas and with a new enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and contacts that may be utilized for the betterment of their own community.
With the invention of the internet, affordability and comfort in international travel has brought the world closer to our doorstep and afforded networking opportunities like this to take place. With all this in mind, we invite you to not join in the network but to actively participate in this event. Researchers overwhelmingly show that by attending two conferences a year, can promote greater productivity and lead to the greater retention of staff and a happier and efficient workforce. In lieu of this, the conference provides Indigenous women’s within invaluable experience and resources for their local community.
As they say, all work and no play, makes for a dull conference. So to overcome this, the conference secretary has organized a networking conference dinner to be held on the second night of the event. This dinner will give delegates the opportunity to further network whilst letting your hair down in an informal way. The conference dinner show will be a cost of $130 per person for a three course meal. The conference dinner is additional to the conference fees and bookings must be made prior to the event. For those who wish to see more of the area, the conference secretary has also negotiated special tour package rates for those delegates who are interested.
MONEY SAVING IDEAS
The event organizer has come up with some great ideas on how to save money for you and your organization
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