Cairns QLD is ready to accommodate delegations of 2022 National Indigenous NDIS, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Conferences on August 15-17, 2022

Top Quote All necessary arrangements have been completed for staging Indigenous conferences in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, with the valuable addition of the return of international First Nations clinical psychologists, Dr Amber Logan from New Zealand and Dr Joe Stone from the United States of America as valued international First Nations guest speakers. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 11, 2022 - ICS Australia is excited to announce the return of international guests speakers, Dr Joseph Stone and Dr Amber Logan after COVID-19 restrictions had been lifted. The duo dedicated their lives to overcoming mental health issues, addictions and suicide prevention through culture in Indigenous communities will also be facilitating the post-conference masterclass on how to become an interventionist to suicide.

    Despite of the many suicide intervention programs in our communities, Indigenous Youth suicide in this country is still growing at an alarming rate. Hence, this masterclass trains workers in suicide prevention through culture. Dr Stone and Dr Logan have conducted these workshops at Indigenous communities throughout Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Hawaii with great success. Dr Stone stated, “Indigenous communities throughout the world had been impacted in much the same way as Indigenous people across Australia from colonisation. With the dispensation of land and the disrespect of First Nation cultures, beliefs, languages and disempowering of people form most of the underlying factors that lead individuals and communities down the path of hopelessness and despair that undoubtedly contributes to the high suicide rate, poor mental health and addictions.” With great line-up of resource speakers and delegations coming from all states and territories of Australia and internationally, the conference will indeed present a unique networking experience for workers to form new alliances at the same time gain an intricate working knowledge of the presented successful community programs and efficient strategy implementations.

    Similarly, Hilton Hotel Cairns is ready to accommodate First Nations Conference delegations to experience a waterfront retreat! Set amid tropical greenery on Cairns’ waterfront, our venue is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Terminal, where the majority of trips depart, is just 400 meters away. The Hilton Hotel is the most versatile conference hotel with easy access to the city’s major attractions, as well as buses and boats to the reef. It also has reduced mobility rooms and wheelchair access which is more suited for conference participants. We’ve negotiated a special conference rate at the Hilton Hotel that can only be availed by registered delegates booking their hotel rooms together with conference registration through us.

    Furthermore, an added incentive for organisations is the one-off promotion of 3 registrations for the price of 2. This opportunity makes the conference, except for its travel component, more than half of the original cost to attend. It is also ideal for those delegates who need a support worker or family carer to attend and be with them during the conference.

    The 3rd National Indigenous NDIS & Allied Health Conference agenda are now finalised with great lineup of deadly speakers from all throughout Australia, New Zealand & USA namely:

    Aunty Jeannette Singleton, Chairperson Yirrganydji Gurabana Aboriginal Corporation
    Uncle Ara Harathunian, Managing Director Kultchafi
    Dr. Amber Logan, NZ Clinical Psychologist Indigenous Development Specialist
    Dr Joe Stone, USA Clinical Psychologist Indigenous Development Specialist
    Jody Barney, Deaf Indigenous Community Consultant
    Alexandra Devine, Research Fellow University of Melbourne
    Mary Watson-Burton, Team Leader Trauma Assist
    Tarsha Jones, Identified Senior Practitioner The Benevolent Society
    Sarah DeLemos, Access Coordinator Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
    Fiona Smith, Senior Lead Auditor Client Manager & NDIS Consultant Global Mark
    Jemma Milloy, Team LeaderGot It! Cultural Adaption, Infant Child Adolescent Mental Health Service
    Colin Tidswell, Local Area Coordinator Carers Queensland
    Jenny Frowd, Manager Capacity Building & Engagement Carers Queensland
    Samantha Cooms, Phd Candidate Quandamooka Woman, Central Queensland University
    Joanne Houghton, Founder & CEO Creative Consulting
    Gretchen Pedral, The Self in Me Project
    Gerry Georgatos, Researcher University of Western Australia
    Yaleela Savage, Social Worker Gladstone Region Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Service(GRAICCHS)
    NIgel Daisy Family Wellbeing Coordinator Nhulundu Health Service
    Stirling Eggmolesse, Director and Cultural Advisor Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC Ltd Bundaberg
    Elizabeth (Anne) Russell Founder & CEO Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association
    Jonathan Cornforth, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Support Liaison Officer Karralika (ACT)

    It is so pleasing to see both government and non-government organisations partnering, participating and sharing knowledge & strategies in an atmosphere conducive to stimulating new ideas within communities. Australia has a wealth of talent in our First Nations communities, all striving to further enhance the quality of life and well-being for Indigenous peoples nationwide. It just goes to show we do not have to re-invent the wheel to succeed but share our experiences and exchange ideas and information which goes in line with the philosophy of the conference of strength through inter-agency cooperation at a local, state and national level. This is definitely an event you do not want to miss!

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