Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns QLD
The conference is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) with a great line up of speakers from around Australia. The aim is to provide a platform for Indigenous Men’s Health, bringing together health professionals to exchange knowledge and information and raise awareness on Indigenous Men’s issues with this year’s focus being on preventive men’s mental health and wellbeing. This is the 7th National Conference and is quickly becoming one of Australia’s Premier Men’s Gathering.
The life expectancy for Aboriginal males is 11.5 years less than other Australian men. Two third of that gap is because of chronic disease — heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes — and Indigenous peoples are more likely to struggle with two or more serious illnesses at the same time than non-indigenous people. Statistics show that Aboriginal men under 45 are up to three times more likely to commit suicide than non-Indigenous men of the same age.
The conference is designed as an educational tool to develop networking opportunities and information sharing to the wider community on Indigenous men’s issues. The event will focus on Indigenous men’s health and wellbeing through the encouragement of strong leadership, empowerment and self-determination within our communities.
Among the prominent keynote speakers are Uncle Alfred Smallwood, Birrigubba Nation Elder, Charlie Rowe, Program Manager and Brian Hewitt, CEO of Carbal Medical Services, Marsat Ketchell, Manager Health Programs of Queensland Health Service, ACU’s Clinical Associate Prof. Peter Shine, Director Aboriginal Health at NSLHD, Dr Timothy White, Psychologist & Warrior Program Director at Tjintipit Psychological Services, Jeff Smith, Indigenous Liaison Officer of Murri Warriors Consortium, Kendall Clarke, Executive Officer, David Helmers, Community Engagement Coordinator and Gary Green, Indigenous Coordination Centre Officer at Australian Men’s Shed Association, Kellie Dunn, Brothers Stand Tall Program of DV Alert Lifeline Australia and our international guest speaker, Dr. Tsang Wai Hung Wallace, Lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Furthermore, on the third day a post conference masterclass on Success with Attitude by Trevor Tim & Steve Evans of Cultural Enhancement Group will be on offer.
- Men’s Health
- Role of Men in stopping family violence
- Men and Education
- Achievements of Men
- Men and Careers
- The Empowering of Men
- Who: Individuals, Groups, NGO’s, Government Agencies & Others (more information on who should attend here)
- When: 13-15 JUNE 2018
- Where: Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns QLD
- Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
- Conference Networking Dinner Cruise aboard Spirit of Cairns
For more information on the event and registrations please visit Indigenous Conference Services' event page.