13-15 Dec 2017

Pullman Cairns International Hotel, 17 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

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Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) will be hosting two Indigenous conferences in tropical Cairns with exciting line up of more than thirty First Nations guest speakers for this year’s 6th Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference and 2017 National Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing: Out of the Shadows, Into the Light Conference on 13th-15th December 2017 at Pullman Cairns International Hotel.

The interests of organizations and individuals to improve Indigenous people’s health and wellbeing throughout Australia are invited to participate in 2017 National Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing: Out of the Shadows, Into the Light Conference.

One of the featured First Nations international speakers are Dr. Joseph Stone. Dr. Stone is a Clinical Psychologist whom will highlight Best Practices For Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention. Dr. Joe Stone (USA) is Omahkapi’si Iniskim or Wolf Buffalo Stone has over twenty years of clinical experience applying both westernised methods and traditional Native methods. Dr. Stone also grew up in Montana, USA and has lost a brother to youth suicide.

Maori psychologist Dr. Amber Logan (NZ) also known as Holy Hawk Woman amongst the Blackfeet. She will be presenting about Trauma in Healthcare – First People's Issues & Solutions. She has over 15 years of experience working with individual patients, public health and research. Dr. Logan grew up at Waipatu in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand and is a mother of five wonderful children.

Dr. Sofia Chavez Chihuapilli Ehecatl (Mexico) will showcase the Effects of Auricular Therapy and Traditional Mexican Healing Modalities on Bipolar Disorder. Dr. Chavez, Doctor of Natural Medicine is the Founder of Indigenous Reiki and an expert Curandera in pilot research project with the Colorado University. She was raised with the healing traditions of her ancestors from Cubero and Tijeras, Mexico.

On the national front, featured guest speakers from various states and territories of Australia includes the following experts namely: Dr Jason Lee, Chair RANZCP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee; Dr. Mieke Snijder, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney; Ms. Sonia Shelton, Patient Liaison Officer & Christine Giles, CEO Portland District Health; Prof. Shane Hearn, Dean & Madeleine Benton, Indigenous Research & Education Officer, University of Adelaide; Jessie Bonson, Project Officer Australian Bureau of Statistics; Renee O'Donnell, Researcher/Psychologist, Deakin University; Dr Teresa Anderson, Sydney Local Health District; Leanne Brooke, GM & Don Stewart, Project Officer The Long Walk; Kelly McJannett, CEO/Co-Founder, Food Ladder; Tracey Harris, Exec. Director Amovita Consulting; Ms Leilani Darwin, Program Manager, Headspace and many more.

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Last updated: 1 December 2017