ICS announces great value, dual opportunity for delegates of the Closing the Gap Indigenous Health and 2016 World Indigenous Allied Health Conferences.

Top Quote Tropical Cairns invites First Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and allied health workers as well as First Nations peoples from all corners of the globe to attend this year's two deadly conferences with more than thirty deadly First Nation's guest speakers from North America, New Zealand & Australia. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 17, 2016 - Simultaneously running two large conferences in one location was only made possible by Indigenous Conference Services' versatility to offer ground-breaking dual opportunity for delegates to attend two conferences with one registration! The 5th Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference & the 2016 World Indigenous Allied Health Conference will be held at Pullman Cairns International Hotel on the 1st to the 3rd of December 2016. The logistics behind an event such as this is absolutely mind blowing. However, we are acutely aware of limited funds in most organisation's budget; hence, this year's Indigenous conferences enabled us to offer a double opportunity to our delegates to attend and participate in their chosen keynotes or workshops sessions of the adjacent conference.

    One of the many featured First Nations keynote speakers is Dr. Joseph B. Stone, a descendant of the Lakota / Chippewa tribes and an enrolled member of the Northern Montana Blackfeet Tribe, a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor in the USA and New Zealand. Dr. Stone has experienced the suicide of his younger brother and has worked as the Department Chief of the Gallup Indian Medical Center, USA's largest Indian hospital-based mental health and substance abuse service. He was a consultant to the US Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs for Indigenous Youth Suicide in 2005 and moved to New Zealand where he collaborated with Amber Logan, a Kahungunu Maori Registered Psychologist, Doctoral Student in Public Health and mother of five children to develop a Kaupapa Maori youth suicide prevention program. They will present and discuss the theoretical basis of First Nation's youth suicide from an Indigenous perspective based on their personal experiences and professional clinical experiences.

    Similarly Matthew Tafoya, a Navajo Bear Clan born for the Tewa Corn Clan with his maternal grandfathers from the Navajo Folded Arm Clan and his paternal grandfathers from the Tewa Winter Clan will highlight his works in the development of decolonizing intervention methodologies to reduce chronic disease, increase access to healthy food and beverages, and re-establish Navajo food security and sovereignty by re-revitalizing traditional lifestyle and food raising practices. Matthew currently works as Program Manager at the Tsehootsooi Medical Centre in Arizona, USA.

    On the national front, one of the many keynote speakers are David Butt, Commissioner and CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and Prof. Pat Dudgeon, a psychologist and research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia and Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health from the Bardi people of the Kimberley area in Western Australia.

    Furthermore, ICS is proud to announce the successful speakers of accepted papers for presentation at this year's 5th Closing the Gap Indigenous Health and 2016 World Allied Health Conferences namely:
    Amanda Cheng, Lydia Ling, Catherine Linton-Clowes, Speech Pathologists, Royal far West Hospital NSW
    Taygan Tucker, Senior Dental Therapist, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service QLD
    Michael Atkinson, PhD Candidate, La Trobe University VIC
    Renee Nolan, Speech Pathologist, Jessica Sheaves, Occupational Therapist & Joanne O'Brien, Psychologist at Primary and Community Health (SWSLHD) NSW
    Alana Loo, Senior Aboriginal Liaison and Jo Norfolk, Senior Social Worker, Princess Margaret Hospital WA
    Eddie Janama Kitching, Professional Artist, Janama Creations NT
    Jennifer Mann, Program Co-ordinator, Queensland Health QLD
    Lavina Lyons, Aboriginal Liaison Officer @ Royal Prince Alfred Hospital & Keira Green, Deputy Director Aboriginal Health, Sydney Local Health District NSW
    Tim Heywood, National Programs Coordinator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit, Diabetes QLD
    Leeanne Loo & Yvonne Yarran, Aboriginal Health Workers, Child & Adolescent Community Health WA
    Gail Radford, Community Partnership & Engagement Officer, Sunbury Community Health VIC
    Carla Rogers, Senior Training Facilitator, Queensland University of Technology QLD
    Lesley Wilcox, Senior Diabetes Educator & Shellie Burgess, Primary Health Services Manager Marathon Health NSW
    Loren Ginders, Donation Specialist Nurse, DonateLife Queensland QLD
    Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS) and Building Strong Foundations (BSF) Teams NSW
    Ghislaine Wharton, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Ophthalmology Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service QLD
    Greg Millan, Director & Men's Health Consultant, Men's Health Services NSW
    Bruno Alahakone, Architect, BA Architects QLD

    Indeed this year's health conferences will offer a truly unique experience for all delegates. Therefore, we wish to extend a formal invitation to you and your organisation to take part in this extraordinary chance to participate and build network outside your respective communities, share information and thought provoking discussions as well as aim to provide a culturally safe environment that people from all walks of life can participate in a frank and open forum.

    To register, please visit the conference website at www.indigenousconferences.com or send us an email at adminics ( @ ) iinet dot net.au

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