15th January 2014 Hervey Bay QLD Australia
Calling for Papers for the 2014 World Indigenous Health Conference to be held at Pullman Cairns International in Cairns, Australia on 15th – 17th December 2014
Following the successful staging of the 2013 Australian National Indigenous Health Conference, it has been decided that once every three years, the conference would be a full international First Peoples conference. The venue for this year’s international conference will be organized in Cairns, Queensland. The highlights of the 2014 international event will endeavour would be the gathering of more than five hundred First Nations Peoples from all around the world as well as the integration of nature, nurture & pleasure with First Peoples keynote speakers and plenary sessions mixed with options to go on an educational nature tour in the Avatar-inspired and lush world heritage listed Cairns rainforest. For the more adventurous ones, options of hovering over the rainforest on the Sky Rail or hover over the corals and numerous marine species in the world famous, Great Barrier Reef!
The 2014 International Indigenous Health Conference is scheduled to be held at the 5-star Pullman Cairns International which is centrally located in the heart of tropical Cairns, within walking distance to cruise terminal, Cairns lagoon pool, shopping centres, railway station and just 8 kilometres from Cairns International Airport.
The event is based upon the principal beliefs of most Indigenous Peoples wherein the relationship between our cultural heritage together with the relationship to our spiritual lands provide the basis for the guidelines in the treatment of our individual healing. The conference recognizes that treating our health must be done by treating the whole person in a holistic approach through mind, body, soul and culture. No matter which country you come from throughout this world, if you are a First Nations person, the statistics whether it be health, education, or the justice system is monstrously worst than a non-Indigenous individual. Nowadays Indigenous peoples have diverse range of lifestyle from city dwellers to remote bush isolated communities. The conference itself is not designed to provide answers for everybody however it 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. It is envisage that up to 300 delegates will attend the 2014 International Indigenous Health Conference which is scheduled on 15th – 17th of December 2014 in Cairns, Australia.
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.
This gathering will highlight some of the existing Indigenous health programs currently implemented in Aboriginal communities all over the world 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.
To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 percent of the conference proceedings are and is devoted to community groups. Papers are now being called for with the first closing date on the 28thof February 2014. To further ensure the continuous success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advise the committee on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium. 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. The conference may or may not save 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 decisions.
Furthermore it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empowers and reinvigorates workers with new ideas and with enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and contacts that may be utilised for the betterment of their own or local community. With all this in mind, we invite you to actively participate in the event.
For more information, please visithttp://www.indigenoushealth.net/submitapaper.htm or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWSLETTER October 15, 2013
Pullman Cairns International Hotel is ready to accommodate more than 200 delegates of the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference in Cairns on 25-27th November
" The stage is set for the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference: Building Bridges for Indigenous Health at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel in Cairns, Queensland, Australia scheduled for the 25th– 27th November 2013."
All necessary arrangements had been completed and the stage is set for the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference: Building Bridges for Indigenous Health at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel in Cairns, Queensland, Australia scheduled for the 25th– 27th November 2013. With the unlimited support and guidance of our Indigenous Advisory Board and the exclusive sponsorship of the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group, this conference is set to be a success!
This year’s conference generates international interests from First Nation’s Peoples throughout the world. One of the additional highlights of the event will be the presentation about a major and common issue throughout the Indigenous native groups of Alaska involving the loss of culture, language, respect, ceremonies and so on. By working with the Indigenous spiritual technique of calling home, a community can reconnect with its roots and ancestors to effect a change. The Traditional Healing and the Health of the Tribe shall be presented by Debra Chesnut of the USA who was raised in Anchorage, Alaska in an Alaskan Bush on one of the last homesteads allowed under the Federal Homestead Act where her father flew his 2-seater airplane to Anchorage to work because there were no roads connecting them to other communities. Debra graduated Magna Cum Laude from Nursing School at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1976 and worked in a variety of places as a nurse around Alaska; Palmer, Nome, Barrow, Anchorage, Fairbanks and overseas such as in Brazil, Thailand, Israel, Siberia, South Africa and Nicaragua, mostly as a volunteer. In1989, she earned a BS in Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks as well as earned an MA in Western Esotericism with Merit from Exeter University, Exeter, England in 2008. In 1980 she volunteered to work in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand where she met her future husband, Dr. Dennis Dussman, a local dentist. They worked for two years in Barrow, Alaska providing health care to the Inupiaq peoples. They spent many years traveling to different Alaskan villages such as Fort Yukon, Noatak, Selawik, Northway, Tetlin, Dot Lake, Tanacross and Tok to provide dental services to the Native people in the villages. In 1991 she was called to shamanize. She has taught numerous workshops in different Alaskan communities on a variety of subjects such as shamanism, the emotions, death and dying, spiritual cleansing, drum making, and transmutation work as well as overseas in Ireland and Greece. She was a member of the faculty for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies since 1996 to 2008. In 2001 she was made the Alaska Field Associate for the Foundation. In 1993 she founded The Four Winds Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting shamanic and traditional wisdom. The Foundation offers classes, craft nights, seasonal ceremonies, healing work, and community service of a spiritual nature to the people of Alaska.
Similarly, Riki Nia Nia of New Zealand, Director Maori Health, CCDHB and Chair, Tumu Whakarae will present some of the health service innovations/best practices in placed to accelerate performance in key Maori Health Indicator priority areas such as cardiovascular risk assessment, Immunisation, Cancer Screening (Breast & Cervical) and Smoking Advice as well as some of the initiatives related to the acceleration of the achievement of better Maori health outcomes which includes the role and function of Tumu Whakarae (National DHB Strategic Reference Group), Standardised Maori Health Plans and Performance Monitoring Framework in place to monitor and leverage accelerated performance of the system, The Maori Health Workforce Development Program entitled Kia Ora Hauora (largest in country) implemented to accelerate the development and progression of more Maori into health related careers and the Biennial Maori Health Development Conference to promote and build on Maori health achievements as well as the implementation of Tikanga Best Practice Guidelines across NZ hospitals to guide culturally responsive services.
As part of an added bonus to the event, we co-organise a satellite symposium entitled: From Broome to Berrima - Building Capacity Australian-Wide in Indigenous Offender Health Research with several speakers showcasing a series of various research initiatives to improve Indigenous Offender Health outcomes. Dr. Nerelle Poroch of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service ACT has worked in Aboriginal research for eight years and has contributed to the Footprints in Time Study, Trachoma Studies, Sexual Health research and an AIATSIS Grant Study about Aboriginal Youth communicating with Centrelink. Her research work at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service has been in the areas of Aboriginal prison health care and the connection between spirituality, social and emotional wellbeing. Prof. Mick Dodson, AM Chief Investigator IOHR-CBG & Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies ACT is a member of the Yawuru peoples – the traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the ANU and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. He was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations 6 Indigenous Voluntary Fund and later an expert member on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is a chief investigator and member of the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group.
As the conference has been centred around the sharing of information, increasing network and access to programs, what a great opportunity it will be to have more than fifty (50) speakers gathered in one roof, over the course of this three - day conference, from various countries of Indigenous Australia freely sharing knowledge, ideas based on results of research studies, yarning about personal journeys and interacting with more than two hundred registered delegates. With all these, this is a conference that should not be missed. REGISTER NOW!
To register online or for further information, please visit the conference website: www.indigenoushealth.net or email us at email@example.com.
MEDIA RELEASE September 19, 2013
The convenor of the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference scheduled on the 25th to 27th of November 2013 at Pullman Cairns International Hotel formally invites you to attend this year’s event. The conference agenda has now being finalized with more than fifty (50) featured speakers whom will be presenting various results of research studies as well as different community and national programs implemented in closing the gap in Indigenous Health. As the conference has been centred around the sharing of information, increasing network and access to programs, what a great opportunity it will be to have more than fifty (50) speakers gathered in one roof, over the course of this three - day conference, from various countries of Indigenous Australia freely sharing knowledge, ideas based on results of research studies and yarning about personal journeys relative to improving Indigenous Health.
Among the prominent speakers on the opening day will be Julie Tongs, CEO Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service ACT. Julie, a Wiradjuri woman worked in the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health as Assistant Advisor to the Honourable Robert Tickner MP, advising both the Minister on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at the national level and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. These areas of work and advocacy have equipped Julie to excel in her role as Winnunga CEO over the last 15 years.
Marcus 'Mark' Pedro was born on Thursday Island and grew up on Moa Island in the Torres Strait. Throughout his career, Mark have been a fisherman, railway labourer, youth worker, professional DJ, dance fitness trainer and Community Police Officer, the first Community Police Officer to become a Queensland Police Officer in 1992. Marcus co-authored a book entitled ‘Three Warriors Within’, which is his life’s story. He gained his Diploma of Justice Studies in 1991 and had been a Board Member for the First Contact Aboriginal Corporation for Youth. Marcus is currently the Project Officer for Queensland Health’s Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care (IROC) Program.
Lydia Mainey is a Public Health Nurse and Academic at CQUniversity. Lydia has spent many years working in isolated and remote First Nation communities in Australia and Canada. She has post-graduate qualifications in Tropical Nursing, Public Health and Health Promotion. She is co-ordinates a range of Sexual Health short courses for professionals and non-professionals. Lydia works in collaboration with the local Women’s Health Centre ensuring that her programs meet the community’s needs.
Additionally, we have guest speakers coming from all walks of life, both non-Indigenous and Indigenous Health professionals as well as grassroots community members. Paul Bourke is currently the manager of Health Services at The Salvation Army Crisis Services in St Kilda, Victoria. He currently oversees an AOD treatment coordination service, a home-based withdrawal program, AOD counselling, a 24-hour needle and syringe program and a primary health service for people who inject drugs, engage in street sex work and/or are homeless. Paul originally qualified and worked as an occupational therapist in mental health settings throughout Australia and overseas before joining The Salvation Army as the manager of a youth and family crisis accommodation centre.
Patsi-Anne Mawn is a Jaularoi woman born on Mandandanji traditional lands in Roma, South West Queensland. She gained her Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Islander Legal Studies in 2010, employed as a health worker, project officer and have coordinated a number of programs, including the Indigenous patient journey for Care Connect Program and the Well Person’s Health Program. Patsi is currently the Senior Project Officer for the Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care (IROC) Program, Queensland Department of Health.
Dr. Jill Guthrie is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of western NSW, and has lived in Canberra ACT for over twenty years. Following graduation from the MAE Program, Jill worked as an academic member of the MAE staff and continues to work in the program. In March 2009, she was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra, working on health-related research projects with a particular focus on the relationship between criminal justice and health. She is a member of the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group.
As part of an added bonus to the event, we are co-organising a satellite symposium with a series of various initiatives to be presented on Indigenous Offender Health Research. Prof. Tony Butler, Chief Investigator IOHR-CBG NSW is head of the Justice Health Research Program at the Kirby Institute. He has worked in the prison health research area since the mid-1990s. He conducted two population based prisoner health surveys in 1996 and 2001, two survey of adolescent offenders, the largest mental health survey of prisoners in Australia, a world’s first RCT of a smoking cessation in prison, and research into traumatic brain injury among prisoners. He is Co-Convenor of the Justice Health Special Interest Group in the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).
Ms. Dina Saulo is a Master of Applied Epidemiology scholar with the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health at ANU. Her field placement during her candidature is with the Kirby Institute. She has previously worked at the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) where she coordinated the NSW Aboriginal sexual and reproductive health program. Dina has had experience working with a number of marginalised populations in a public health capacity with a particular focus on sexual health, STIs, BBV & HIV/AIDS. Dina is a team investigator and member of the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group.
Dr. Paul Simpson is well experienced in various research field including health, marginalisation and identity, as well as public health and civil society organisations. He has worked in child and adolescent mental health and sexual health sectors in research and HIV health promotion roles. Paul’s PhD examined relationships between hepatitis C identities and public health and community sector discourses. He currently works as a researcher with the Justice Health Research Program at the Kirby Institute and is the research coordinator for the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group.
THE CONFERENCE AGENDA
1ST DAY (NOVEMBER 25, 2013)
08:00 Delegates Registration
08:30 Welcome to Country & Opening Remarks
09:00 Keynote: Building Bridges for Indigenous Health - Where to from here?
09:40 Keynote: Indigenous Holistic Model of Care - Which one works?
10:20 Morning Tea
10:50 Breakout Sessions: Proper Nutrition is the Key to Success in ATSI Health
Room A: Aboriginal Community Food Programs VIC
Room B: Food Across Cultures NT
Room C: Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Program NSW
11:30 Breakout Sessions: Collaborative Practices in Service Delivery
Room A: Mainstream - ATSI Health Partnerships VIC
Room B: Collaborative participation - The Hub of Action Research SA
Room C: Building a Collaborative Indigenous Health Service QLD
12:10 Lunch Break
01:10 Breakout Sessions: Community Engagement Approaches & Innovations
Room A: Telling and Re-Telling Stories: A Narrative Family Intervention NT
Room B: The Tjurkurrpa Heals - A Circle Tradition ACT
Room C: Life's "Core Business" for Our Future Families
01:50 Breakout Sessions: Chronic Disease Management in Indigenous Health
Room A: Country Bound - City Endocrinologists Expand Boundaries SA
Room B: Opening Pathways to Self Management of Chronic Diseases NSW
Room C: Indigenous Respiratory Outreach (IROC) Program QLD
02:30 Afternoon Tea
03:00 Keynote: Indigenous Ear Health - Planning for Sustainable Social Impact
03:40 Keynote: Dream Catchers and Diabetes - How the Kehiw Women's Group reduced isolation and imparted positive messages to women in a remote First Nation's community in Canada.
2ND DAY (NOVEMBER 26,2013)
09:00 Keynote: Accessing Access Health
09:40 Keynote: Dementia in Indigenous Population
10:20 Morning Tea
10:50 Breakout Sessions: Delivering Outcomes in Indigenous Health
Room A: Nooka Murrook ‘to give goodness’- A Palliative Care Approach NSW
Room B: Machado Joseph Disease and MJD Foundation programs in NT
Room C: Indigenous Diabetic Foot Program
11:30 Breakout Sessions: Indigenous Women's Health Programs
Room A: Strong, Black & Deadly-Koori women organising for Better Health NSW
Room B: Translational Research + CQI to increase Pap Smear Numbers ACT
Room C: The Marulu Project- A Continuing Story of Fetal Alcohol Study
12:10 Lunch Break
01:10 Breakout Sessions: Working in Our Community
Room A: Access Services for Koories (ASK) VIC
Room B: National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment service (NABS) QLD
Room C: When Waste is not Waste NSW
01:50 Breakout Sessions: Working in Our Community
Room A: Yarning about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome VIC
Room B: Dev't. of Strong Living Scale - Impact of ABI in ATSI Australians QLD
Room C: Working Systemically–What does this mean in remote communities? NT
02:30 Afternoon Tea
03:00 Keynote: Enough is Enough Domestic Violence Campaign- This is Our Story
03:40 Keynote: Journey of Life - A Maori Woman's Story
All work and no play makes for a very dull conference. As such we are organizing a ‘Koorioke Night On a Dinner Cruise’ aboard one of Cairns luxurious fleet as part of the conference networking dinner. It’s a great way of unwinding and de-stressing and who knows we may even discover a superstar!
19:30 Networking Conference Dinner Cruise
3RD DAY (NOVEMBER 27, 2013)
09:00 Keynote: Aboriginal Nursing Cadetship Program
09:40 Keynote: Indigenous Youth Mental Health - Community Integration Team
10:20 Morning Tea
10:50 Keynote: Sharing Successes – The Story of the WA Indigenous Storybook
11:30 Keynote: It's More Than Just Having a Baby NSW
12:10 Lunch Break
01:00 Keynote: Australian Bureau of Statistics Indigenous Health Survey Report
A Symposium: From Broome to Berrima - Building Capacity Australian-Wide in Indigenous Offender Health Research
01:30 Welcome by IOHR-CBG Session Chair & Introduction
01:40 Aboriginal Medical Services and prisons
01:50 We're struggling in here! : The phase 2 study into the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT Alexander Maconochie Centre and the needs of their families
02:05 Exploring the Pathways to Contact with Juvenile Justice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: Developing a profile of the risk and protective factors to support a strategy for change
02:20 Social support post-prison release among urban Aboriginal people
02:35 Reducing Indigenous incarceration using Justice Reinvestment: an exploratory case study
02:50 Assessing the public’s views to incarceration vs. non incarceration alternatives using Citizens’ Juries Aboriginal Medical Services and prisons
03:00 Afternoon Tea
03:30 Aboriginal Mothers in Prison Project
03:45 Unique patterns of substance-related mortality among Indigenous ex-prisoners: A record linkage study
04:00 Problematic alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the offender population.
04:10 Hepatitis C prevalence among Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates in Qld and NSW
04:20 Hepatitis C treatment and social capital among Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoners
04:30 Closing Remarks and Culmination Ceremony: Distribution of Certificates
PLEASE NOTE: All keynote and symposium sessions will be happening at the Grand Ballroom. This agenda is subject to change without prior notice, if deemed necessary to maintain continuous and smooth flow of the conference proceedings.
With the quality of both papers and programs put forward and included in the conference agenda, numbers are filling fast and vacancies are limited. Hence, we encourage anyone who wishes to attend the conference to register as soon as possible. We have structured our registration in such a way that will save organization's money while at the same time providing a great forum for frank and open discussion. We’ve also negotiated a special conference rate that can only be availed by registered delegates booking their hotel rooms direct at Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Novotel Cairns and Mercure Harbourside Resort.
For further information, please visit the conference website: www.indigenoushealth.net or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
MEDIA RELEASE August 15, 2013
Seats are now getting very limited for the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference: Building Bridges in Indigenous Health scheduled on the 25th – 27th of November 2013 at Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns QLD with exciting new addition of high caliber guest speakers from all throughout Australia.
The conference highlights the new Disability Care, formerly National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how this new scheme applies to Indigenous people with disability. Mr. Andrew Fernando is a proud Wailwan man from Central NSW, the only Koorie planner for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the country will be speaking about how to move forward under this scheme and will be seeking to gain some valuable feedback as to the national role out of this scheme in our Indigenous communities so that Indigenous people who have a disability and their family carer will not be overlooked, particularly in rural remote location. Andrew is strongly passionate to lobby, in conjunction with the First Peoples Disability Group, for a stronger movement advocating for our mob that live with a disability and the importance to do this right now and not wait until we fall through the cracks.
Furthermore Prof. Kerry Arabena, a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and the inaugural Chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples as well as the inaugural CEO of the Lowitja Institute and recipient of the prestigious JG Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence at Australian National University will be speaking about Accessing Access Health with Mr. Paul Bourke, Manager at Salvation Army Crisis Centre and Ms. Judy Hanley, Aboriginal Access Worker where their program focuses on how a mainstream service responded to community needs through partnerships and collaboration where services are guided by Aboriginal people to address community health needs.
In addition, the timely release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2013 report will be announced by Ms. Julie Nankervis, Director of Australian Bureau of Statistics from the National Centre for ATSI Statistics on the third day of the conference, giving delegates first hand information on Indigenous health survey nationwide.
Moreover, a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT will showcase progress of their five (5) year project entitled: “From Broome to Berrima: building capacity Australia-wide in Indigenous offender health research” wherein researchers and investigators currently work on projects in the areas of mental health, alcohol and other drug use, blood-borne viruses, Justice Reinvestment, social support post-release and Juvenile Justice pathways.
Indeed this 3-day event will offer a truly unique experience for all delegates. Attending this event presents an opportunity for workers in the field of Indigenous health to form new alliances and opportunities at the same time gaining an intricate working knowledge of presented successful community programs and efficient strategy implementation.
NEWSLETTER JUNE 15, 2013
‘Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG) bridges gap in Indigenous Health’
With great line up of more than 30 speakers and the end of financial year coming upon us, this is now the ideal time to register to attend the conference so that your staff’s professional development expenditure fits into this year’s spending budget as we are extending our June registration rates for invoices issued until 15th of July to allow for end of financial year’s last minute bookings, an attempt to give a chance for grassroots Indigenous Health workers to participate.
One of the highlights of this year’s conference is that on the 27th November 2013, Ms. Julie Nankervis, Director of Australian Bureau of Statistics from the National Centre for ATSI Statistics, Northern Territory will announce the first release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2013 report, giving delegates the most up to date information on Indigenous health survey nationwide.
Furthermore representatives from the northern hemisphere will also be sharing different First Nations’ health pathways implemented in various Indigenous communities in Canada. Bella Ribbonleg of Canada will be co-presenting with Ms. Lydia Mainey of Queensland on a keynote session entitled Dream Catchers and Diabetes: How the Kehiw Women's Group reduced isolation and imparted positive health messages to women in a remote First Nation's community in Northern Canada. Ms. Nathalie Lachance will also be presenting her paper entitled Shared Past, Different Meanings: Looking for a Path Forward in Working Together which outlines the relationship between First Nations and the federal government in terms of the delivery of health services to First Nations communities - an area of Canadian public policy that has experienced a fairly high level of change over the last century. Nathalie works in Policy and Strategic Planning Team at First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), Health Canada, Alberta and has participated on a number of initiatives seeking greater collaboration between First Nations communities and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) and has worked for national Aboriginal organizations.
Moreover, a further development in the conference agenda is the recent collaborative sponsorship established with the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG). Australia has the highest Indigenous incarceration rates in the developed world, which impacts profoundly on Indigenous communities. With offender populations known to endure a greater health burden compared with the general community, there is a need to develop new knowledge in this area to improve health outcomes. The IOHR-CBG team will be joining us at the conference with the whole afternoon sessions on the 3rd day allocated to sharing their findings as well as discussing issues, challenges and successes of their research project. Outcomes with which will include better health services for Indigenous offenders, and more generally improved health and wellbeing for those in the community from which they come, and to which they return.
Consequently, Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT received a capacity building grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council for a 5 year project titled: “From Broome to Berrima: building capacity Australia-wide in Indigenous offender health research”. This project led to the formation of the Indigenous Offender Health Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG) consisting of emerging and established researchers. The central objective of the IOHR-CBG is to develop the knowledge and skills of a cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers (Team Investigators) through collaborative research work, secondments to research centres and mentoring. Investigators currently work on projects in the areas of mental health, alcohol and other drug use, blood-borne viruses, Justice Reinvestment, social support post-release and Juvenile Justice path-ways.
In addition to this with the renewal of the closing the gap agreement, by the time the federal election have taken place a new round of funding for the closing the gap initiative will be announced no matter whether the government be Labour or the Coalition. As such, the next one to three years will be an interesting period of time in Indigenous Health affairs. This is why this conference is extremely valuable for all aspects of Indigenous Health and businesses throughout this country. With this in mind, we extend the special invitation throughout Australia to participate in the conference and to be part of this gathering.
Indeed this 3-day event will offer a truly unique experience for all delegates. Attending this event presents an opportunity for workers not only in the field of Indigenous health but also in Indigenous criminal justice health research network to form new alliances and opportunities at the same time gaining an intricate working knowledge of presented successful community programs and efficient strategy implementation.
To register for the event, please contact us at email@example.com or visit the website: www.indigenoushealth.net
Exciting Guest Speakers for 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference in Cairns on 25 – 27 November
MEES Australia in cooperation with the Eduarda Foundation, Inc. launches the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference to be held in Cairns on the 25th – 27th November, 2013. The overwhelming response of the Call for Papers clearly indicates the interests of organizations and individuals working in the field of Indigenous Health to improve the Indigenous people’s health throughout this nation.
Within ten weeks of first publishing the event, we've received dozens of papers from every states and territories and registration numbers are also filling fast; hence, we encourage anyone who wishes to attend the conference to register as soon as possible. More than 80 % of the submitted papers are from community based organizations, wishing to share successes in programs implemented within their communities.
One of the featured speakers is Ms. JULIE NANKERVIS (Northern Territory), Director of the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics who will be presenting the first release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey; JUNE OSCAR (Western Australia), CEO and Chair of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre will be presenting the continuing story of the Marulu Project in tackling issues of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In addition, June is a member of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre and also instrumental in making the voices of Indigenous Australian women heard at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (March 2009).
In addition to the featured speakers and after due deliberation, the following presenters and their respective papers had been accepted for presentation during the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference:
Furthermore, the conference also lined up several international Indigenous speakers from New Zealand, Canada and Africa. VARINA FLAVELL (NEW ZEALAND) with Tribal Affiliations (Ngati Whatua, Ngapuhi, Ngati Tamatera) from Whangarei New Zealand will be presenting Maori Health programs as well as her personal journey as an Indigenous Maori health practitioner; BELLA RIBBONLEG (CANADA) will be presenting how the Canadian First Nation’s Kehiw Women's Group reduced isolation and imparted positive health messages to women in a remote First Nation's community; TOLOTEA LANUMATA (TONGA / NZ) who will be sharing the result of her research on Pacific perspectives on promoting Indigenous Pacific children’s healthy eating in Aotearoa, health promotion and the investigation of ethnic inequalities in Aotearoa. Tolotea has a teaching background but moved to research when she migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2005 and received a Pacific PhD scholarship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.
It is so pleasing to see both government and non-government organizations participating in choosing the agenda and as delegates as well. For after all, this conference is about sharing of information on successful Indigenous health programs existing and being implemented all over Australia and encouraging inter-agency networking either at a local, state and national level.
We encourage anyone interested in attending the conference to register early as numbers are filling fast. We’ve structured our registration in such a way that will save organization's money while at the same time providing a great forum for frank and open discussion. To register or for further details, please visit the event’s website: www.indigenoushealth.net or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Calling for Papers for the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference"
Following the successful staging of the 2012 National Indigenous Health Conference in the Gold Coast, the event organizer are now calling for paper submission for the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference: Many Pathways, One Outcome to be held in Cairns on November 25-27, 2013.
The event 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 in bridging the gap between the state of Indigenous Health as compared to the health of mainstream Australians. It is envisage that up to 200 - 300 delegates will attend the 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference in Cairns.
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. Papers are now being called for with the closing date on January 30, 2013. To further ensure the continuous success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advise on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Guidelines in Submitting Paper:
Papers should not contain offensive language and take in account cultural sensitivities of host country.
Papers may treat the themes in a manner that contributes to a further discussion of conference aims.
Conference papers must be presented in the finish format not less than 90 days prior to the event.
First closing date for papers is on January 30, 2013. Papers that are not chosen in the first round may be resubmitted in the second round.
Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
Authors of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified of their acceptance.
Registration fee of $426 will apply to all persons submitting papers payable upon acceptance of papers.
Papers should explore ways in which the themes show up in the philosophy of the conference.
All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light.
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MEDIA RELEASE OCTOBER 2012:
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference at Watermark Hotel & Spa, Gold Coast on December 5-7, 2012
Seats are now getting very limited for the 2012 National Indigenous Health Conference scheduled on the 5th – 7th of December 2012 at the Watermark Hotel & Spa in the Gold Coast. The event committee has invited several international guest speakers to present Indigenous health programs being implemented in Indigenous communities of Canada and New Zealand whom will be sharing various pathways, insights, results of research studies and different models of practice in the field of Indigenous Health.
Among the prominent international speakers are the representatives of The Kotahitanga Whanau Ora Collective - a network of four Maori Health, Social Services and Education providers based in South Auckland, New Zealand/Aotearoa which provides services to more than 20,000 people and has embarked on a challenging journey to design and transform the way it delivers services to whanau/families through a new family-centred model of care called “Mana Tiaki”. This model is premised on Maori values and kaupapa (philosophy and platform) and serves to improve the outcomes of families who have significant and multi-faceted needs. The Kotahitanga Collective will be sharing their insights and are keen to support the overall intent of the conference in promoting indigenous models and approaches to reduce the gap in Indigenous health.
Te Puea Winiata of Ngati Rangi Ranginui tribe from Tauranga is the CEO of Turuki Health Care, a Maori provider of health, social and wellbeing services in South Auckland and Chair of the CEO Steering Group of the Kotahitanga Whanau Ora Collective. She also currently holds several national positions as Chair of Te Rau Matatini Trust, a member of the Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation and a member of the Matua Raki Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Development Advisory Group. Te Puea previously worked as the Service Manager, Māori Mental Health Services, Auckland District Health Board; a Senior Analyst for the Ministry of Health; a Māori Health Advisor, He Kamaka Oranga, Auckland District Health Board. She is also an experienced social worker, social work senior practitioner, and a manager and counselor in the alcohol and drug field.
Natasha Kauika-Stevens of Nga Rauru, Ngati Tuwharetoa me Ngati Kahungungu is the CEO of Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust, a Maori Youth Health and Wellbeing Provider in South Auckland and is also the Change Manager for the Kotahitanga Whanau Ora Collective. Natasha has worked in the New Zealand health sector for the last 12 years and is experienced in Community Development, Maori Health Funding and Planning roles. In her current CEO role, Natasha manages an innovative youth-focused organisation that specialises in Sexual Health Education in Maori and non-Maori Schools (e.g. Secondary, Kura Kaupapa Maori and Alternative Education Centres). Te Kaha also provides a Teenage Parenting Service for Youth aged 12- 19 years of age and a Mama & Pepi (Mother & Baby) Support Service.
Sharon Shea of Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Hine, Ngati Haua and Ngati Hako is the Principal Consultant for Shea Pita and Associates and is a Specialist Advisor to the Kotahitanga Whanau Ora Collective. Sharon graduated from both Oxford & Auckland University with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) and Bachelor of Laws and Arts and began her career in 1993 as a lawyer at Kensington Swan then moved into the health sector where she held a range of senior management roles in government and non-government organisations focused on Maori health improvement. In 2000, Sharon worked in England with the NHS and after she completed her postgraduate studies, returned to New Zealand and run a successful consulting business. She is widely recognised as a leader in the field of strategy, outcomes framework development, project and change management and systems design. Sharon is particularly interested in Maori Development and reducing health, social, education and economic inequalities across all populations. She holds a variety of Board memberships for both private and public/not-for-profit organisations and, as requested, fulfils Ministerial appointed roles within New Zealand.
Furthermore representatives from the northern hemisphere will also be sharing different Indigenous health pathways implemented in various Indigenous communities in Canada. Dr. Matthew ‘Matt’ Gustafson from the University of British Columbia, Canada will be presenting the results of their multi-disciplinary research study showing positive correlation between oral health and overall physical health; recommending oral health providers should consider physical fitness and systemic health in order to achieve improvement in oral health in First Nations communities. Matt attended the University of Victoria where he majored in Chemistry then entered the DDS program at the University of Alberta. Following graduation from dental school, he spent a year as a resident in the UBC general practice residency program and is currently working as the senior resident in this program. In 2011 and 2012, he worked at Haida Gwaii aboriginal communities where he conducted research on the relationship between overall fitness and oral health. Matt was also previously published in Canadians for Health Research about alcoholism.
Doris Peltier is a publicly disclosed Aboriginal HIV-positive from Wikwemikong First Nations on Manitoulin Island. Since being diagnosed with AIDS in 2001, she has been involved in HIV/AIDS activism within the Aboriginal community at the regional and national level. She has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN). Her current role as Aboriginal Women and Leadership Project Coordinator involves coordinating a consultation process with 300+ Aboriginal women in 11 cities across Canada which resulted in the development of a national strategy to address Aboriginal women's HIV and AIDS issues. She also played a pivotal role in the establishment of CAAN VOW (Voices of Women), a standing committee of 14 strong Aboriginal women who will monitor the strategic action for five years and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) - a national NGO run by and for people living with HIV/AIDS, including those who are co-infected which promotes informed public policy and builds awareness on issues that impede access to treatment and health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Doris also heads CTAC’s Aboriginal Working Group (AWG) to address treatment and access issues for Aboriginal people living with HIV. She will be presenting a keynote session entitled ‘Creating Safe Spaces for Women Living with HIV: Utilizing an Indigenous Sharing Circle Model to Engage and Build Capacity for Women’ with her co-speaker, Carrie Martin.
Carrie Martin is a Mi'gmaq woman from Listuguj, Canada completed her B.A. in Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University and a B.S.W. at McGill University. She spent the past 12 years working in the field of Aboriginal women's health and is the current Holistic Health Coordinator at the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal (NWSM) where she facilitates HIV and Hepatitis prevention activities in prisons. Carrie is a member of the Montreal Collective for Girls and Women in Conflict with the Law and at a national level, she’s a member of the Reference Group for the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases and participated in the Health Council of Canada's project "Understanding and Improving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health in Canada" to discuss cultural competency and safety in urban health care. Recently, she became a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Canadian HIV Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS). Her work in the area of Reproductive Justice has also resulted in her recruitment to La Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances' Roundtable Consultation Group. She also serves as a Research Coordinator in the needs assessment in Aboriginal health, the first steps in a long-term initiative to establish the first-ever Aboriginal holistic health centre in Montreal. She remains passionate in developing policy and practices to improve the overall conditions of Aboriginal health.
Indeed this 3-day event will offer a truly unique experience for all delegates. Attending this event presents an opportunity for workers in the field of Indigenous health to form new alliances and opportunities at the same time gaining an intricate working knowledge of presented successful community programs and efficient strategy implementation.
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