13-15 May 2018

Pullman International Hotel Cairns QLD

Fees apply

The conference is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) with great line up of speakers from around Australia. The aim is to provide a platform for Indigenous women’s wellbeing, bringing together health professionals to exchange knowledge and information and raise awareness on Indigenous women’s issues with this year’s focus being on preventive women’s mental health and wellbeing. This is the 7th National Indigenous Women’s Conference and is quickly becoming one of Australia’s premier Indigenous women’s gathering. 

The life expectancy for Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander women is 9.5 years less than other Australian women. Two third of that gap is because of chronic diseases — heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and Indigenous peoples are more likely to struggle with two or more serious and complicated illnesses than that of non-Indigenous people. Statistics show that amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females, the highest rate of suicide was in the 20-24 age group (21.8 deaths per 100,000 population), five times more than the non-Indigenous Australian female rate for that age group.

The conference is designed as an educational tool to develop networking opportunities and information sharing to the wider community on Indigenous Women’s issues. The event will focus on Indigenous women’s health and wellbeing through the encouragement of strong leadership, empowerment and self-determination within our communities.

Keynote speakers

Amongst the high-calibre speakers  are Cairns Elder, Aunty Jeanette Singleton of Yirrganydji Gurabana Aboriginal Corporation, Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe, State Member for Northcote and spoke person for Victorian Greens for Indigenous Affairs, Wendy Watego and Vicki Scott of STARS Institute of Learning and Leadership, Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, Director at Indigenous Wellbeing Centre QLD, Deb Patrick, Registered Midwife and co-creators of the Core of Life program, Kris Roberts, a Bundjalung Aboriginal Health Worker at Jullums Aboriginal Medical Service, Cathy Crawford coordinator at North Queensland Combined Women’s Services Townsville, Serena Williams, Ngunawwal Wiradjuri woman and Program Manager and  Kath Taplin, Senior Lawyer for the Access To Justice Program at the Women’s Legal Centre ACT & Region, Margaret Saunders nee Grant, Deadly Thinking Program Facilitator, Lauren Kinsella of Cancer Australia NSW, Therese Kearns, Epidemiologist at Menzies School of Health Research, Raelene Brunette, a Wanyii/Garrawa woman and Aboriginal Health Practitioner at Sunrise Health Service, Tracy Smith, Director at Youth & Family Education Resources, Jessica Simms, Maternal and Infant Project Officer at the North Coast Primary Health Network, Samantha Wild, Integration and Development Coordinator at QUT Indigenous Digital Mental Health Service , Cleone Wellington, Administration Manager & Hayley Longbottom, Programs Manager at Waminda – South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation and international guest speakers, Dr Nina Sivertsen, a Sea-Sámi Indigenous nurse from Northern Norway and lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University and Desiree Hernandez Ibinarriaga, Mexican Social Designer and PhD Student at Deakin University. Moreover, on the third day a post conference masterclass on Leadership Secrets: The Underground workshop for growing your leadership by Wendy Watego and Vicki Scott of STARS Institute of Learning will also be on offer.

Conference themes

  • Women’s Health
  • Family Violence
  • Women and Education
  • Achievements of Women
  • Women and careers
  • The Empowering of Women

Event details

  • Who: Community Groups ,Individuals, Groups, NGO’s, Government Agencies & Others (more information on who should attend here)
  • When: 13th - 15th JUNE 2018
  • Where:  Pullman International Hotel Cairns QLD
  • Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm

For more information on the event and registrations please visit Indigenous Conference Services' event page.

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Last updated: 30 May 2018