Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) launches its 2018 Indigenous Conferences in Cairns, Brisbane and Canberra with high-calibre First Nations guest speakers

Top Quote ICS announces international and national First Nations keynote speakers as well as successful papers for its 2018 Indigenous conferences to be held in three major Australian cities. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 11, 2018 - Within few weeks of publishing the events, we've received abstract submissions from every states and territories in Australia wherein more than 70 % of the submitted papers are from community-based organisations. Furthermore, ICS also partnered with selected Aboriginal community-controlled medical and community services organisations to stage this years’ conferences namely, IWC LTD Bundaberg and Murri Sisters Association Inc. in Queensland, Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation in New South Wales as well as Success with Attitude (QLD), Indigenous Development Specialists NZ/USA) and STARS Institute of Learning and Leadership (QLD). Hence, the overwhelming responses of the Call for Papers and call for sponsors clearly indicated the interests of organisations and individuals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Straits Island peoples’ wellbeing throughout Australia.

    Moreover, this year’s International First Nations guest speakers’ line-up includes Dr Amber Logan (Maori), Dr Joseph Stone (Blackfeet Tribe USA), Dr Tsang Wai Hung Wallace (Hongkong), Dr Nina Sivertsen (Sea-Sámi Tribe Norway) and Ms. Celina Doria (USA). Similarly some of this year’s high calibre Australian First Nations guest speakers includes Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian (IWC Ltd QLD), Assoc./Prof Peter Shine (NSW NSLHD), Trevor Tim (SWA QLD), Wendy Watego (STARS QLD), June Reimer (FNPDN NSW) and Di Gipey (Alice Springs Women Shelter NT). Additionally, after due deliberation of papers from researchers, field experts and frontline workers, among these years paper presenters are Mr Marsat Ketchell (Qld Health), Kellie Dunn & Katherine Berney (DV Alert Lifeline Australia), Deb Patrick (Youth & Family Education Resources NSW), Vicki Scott (STARS Institute of Learning and Leadership), Cathy Crawford (The Women's Centre Townsville), Lauren Kinsella (Cancer Australia NSW), Therese Kearns & Raelene Brunette (Menzies School of Health Research/Sunrise Health), Caroline Cuckson (Women’s Health QLD Wide Inc), Emma Buxton-Namisnyk (Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network), Nadia Shuttleworth (Australian Bureau of Statistics), Jenna Woods (Murdoch University WA), Chris Boyle (Communities in Sync), Sophia Malié, Brianna Crawley & Victoria Connolly (Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and South Western Sydney Local Health District), Ms Fiona Murray (University of New England), Dr. John Gilroy and Lee Ryall (The University of Sydney), Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Deakin University VIC), Cleone Wellington & & Hayley Longbottom (Waminda), Collene Castle (Water Corporation WA), Tracey Stephens (Monash Health VIC), Abe Archibald (DETE-ACT) amongst many others.

    It is so pleasing to see both government and non-government sectors participating in choosing the agenda and as delegates as well for after all, this conference is about sharing of information on successful Indigenous programs existing and being implemented all over Australia and encouraging interagency networking either at a local, state and national levels.

    We encourage anyone interested in attending the conference to register early as numbers are filling fast. We’ve structured the registration in such a way that will save organisation's money while at the same time providing a great forum for frank and open discussion. To register or for further details about this year’s conferences, please visit the main conference website: or email us at adminics ( @ ) bigpond dot com

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