2019 National Indigenous Mental Health &
Suicide Prevention Conference
25th – 27th September 2019 Darwin NT
Calling for papers now closed
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO COUNTRY
In Australia, the protocol is to recognise the Traditional Owners of the land to which we are gathering. Therefore, all presentations must begin with an acknowledgment to country and to local Traditional Elders: “We wish to acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we are to meet upon. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to Country. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal peoples visiting / attending from other areas of Australia who are present here”.
Indigenous Conference Services acknowledges and pay our respect to the Traditional people of the Country. "Welcome to Country" ceremony and "acknowledging the traditional custodians" of the land shows respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's First Peoples. Ceremonies and protocols are a fundamental part of Aboriginal cultures.
The 2019 National Indigenous Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Conference aims to bring together mental health workers and Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander Emotional and Social Wellbeing workers from Indigenous and Non-Indigenous organisations throughout Australia and presents unique opportunities for Mental Health workers to meet and discuss issues specifically centred on Indigenous Mental Health The increasing frequency and severity of mental health and well being issues throughout Indigenous Communities has reached a crisis level through the length and breadth of this country. However this is not news to Indigenous peoples. Communities have proclaimed the need for action to address the needs of the many First Nations peoples with mental health issues.
This year’s conference theme will be based upon the principles of we all have a role to play in healing wherein range of issues brought to the forefront by our communities will be examined and as such, will endeavour to heighten the need for Australian Government, Non-Government, Health and Community organisations to refocus on their duty of care to all Aboriginal Peoples.
The 2019 National Indigenous Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Conference aims to:
Provide an open and frank forum for discussions
Highlight inspiring initiatives, successes and challenges faced by mental health workers and Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander social and emotional well-being workers.
Lend support to individuals and groups working in the field of Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing
Help grow a network for the sharing of information and resources
Bring together both government and non-government agencies working in the field of Indigenous Health
Show that poor health is no longer tolerated or acceptable in today’s society
To bring together organisations as a united voice in closing the gap
Exchange information regarding the successes of community projects in the field of Indigenous Health in general
Reduce incidence of poor health at all levels within the community
Strategies for linking holistic policy with health interventions
Explore methods for improving accountability at all levels to ensure sustainable progress
Provides opportunity to network and meet face to face to exchange ideas, valuable information and successful programs in place in their communities.
PLEASE NOTE: This agenda may change without prior notice to ensure a smooth flow of the conference proceedings on the day.
8:30am Master of Ceremony - Welcome & Safety Announcement
9:00am Welcome to Country & Traditional Performance Jeanneen McLennan,Larrakia Nation
9:45am Formal Opening Keynote Hon. Ms Ngaree Ah Kit, Member for Karama and Assistant Minister for Health Northern Territory Government of Australia
10:30am MORNING TEA & NETWORKING
11:00am Exploring Best Practices For Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention Dr. Joseph B. Stone Clinical Psychologist IndigenousDevelopment specialist, Napier Family Centre
11:45am Water and Rock: The Journey of Healing David Cole Executive Director Balunu Foundation
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING
1:30pm Stop Craving Happiness CEO and Happiness Coach Rotary - Matilda Bay
2:15pm Community Collaboration: Integrating a Healthy Lifestyle Service and Aboriginal Mental Health Service, Sarah Ludowici, Exercise Physiologist, Rebecca Abraham, Aboriginal Mental Health trainee Sydney Local Health District Advocacy service for Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander clients
3:00pm AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING
3:30pm Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation Network Limited (ADARRN) Norm Henderson, chairperson, Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation & Allan Bennett Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation ADARRN
4:15pm Transformation Beyond Greed: Native Self-Actualisation - Healing Historical Trauma Dr. Sidney Stone Brown Director & Professional Psychologist Northern Navajo Behavioural Health
6:30pm CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER
8:30am Registration of Delegates
9:00am Indigenous clients and access to the Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) at North Richmond Community Health Centre Dr Nico Clark, Director North Richmond Community Health Centre
9.45am The Glen - Culture as Healing, Joe Coyte CEO of The Glen
10:30am MORNING TEA & NETWORKING
11:00am E-mental health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Heidi Sturk Deputy Director Queensland University of Technology Centre for Children’s Health Research
11:45am Social Emotional Well-being Workers in mainstream work force Donna-Maree Elliott, Aboriginal Social Emotional Well-Being Worker Neami National
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING
1:30pm Support the Family - Improve The Outcome Chrissie Kelly Qld State Manager Family Drug Support
2:15pm Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Elizabeth (Anne) Russell Founder & CEO Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association
3:00pm AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING
3: 30 pm New approach in New Zealand towards Methamphetamine Use and Depression Dr Amber R. Logan Clinical Psychologist, Doctoral Fellow Indigenous Development Specialists, University of Auckland, Otago University
4:15 pm In proving Mental Health for Aboriginal Consumers in Northern Adelaide, Angkuna Connelly, Aboriginal Mental Health Worker, Joel Tessman, Northern Community Mental Health.
4:30 pm END OF CONFERENCE WITH CULMINATION LUNCH: Distribution of Certificates
For 2019, we offer new and exciting innovation for our conferences. Day 3 is devoted to professional development workshop or masterclass. As such, we have introduced several exciting networking and professional development innovations which is an extra cost for your chosen masterclass. Day Three is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend.
POST-CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS A - MANAGING INTER-GENERATIONAL TRAUMA & BECOME AN INTERVENTIONIST TO SUICIDE
Worrying about how your team, family and community effectively assist and manage clients experiencing inter-generational trauma? Indigenous peoples around the world endured several generations of trauma and other neurological effects and compromised behavioural immunity which leads to behavioural indicators such as substance-abuse and suicide. Our current generation is impacted by structural violence, poverty, racism, governmental neglect and ongoing hostilities, and unfortunately our mob have learned our lessons in traumatisation as well where in many situations, we have internalised the trauma imposed on ourselves and turned onto our own families, communities, and selves.
This workshop will teach you:
The strong benefits of recapturing and revitalising our languages, cultures and spirituality
How to become an interventionist to suicide in your communities
Understand and utilise trauma-informed care to heal ourselves, our clients, and our communities.
Strategies in managing clients and families affected by inter-generational trauma and break the cycle of suicide in our communities.
In Just One Day You Can Learn Strategies how to become an interventionist to suicide and work effectively with your clients who are experiencing inter-generational trauma and their families.
Dr. Joseph B. Stone, PhD, an Anasaki-pikuni ceremonialist and traditionalist and member of the OKKAN (Sundance), the Last Star Thunder Medicine Pipe and Beaver Lodge. He is a clinical psychologist and with his partner, Amber Logan, owner of Indigenous Development Specialists of Havelock North, New Zealand. Dr. Stone works at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga – a Kaupapa Maori Health Provider; Awhina Whanu Family Services, and the Napier Family Centre all located in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. He has clinical experience with adult prisoners and corrections and juvenile justice in both New Zealand and USA. He is affiliated with the National Center on Trauma and Project Making Medicine – Indian Health Service Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse at Oklahoma State University. He has presented too and served as consultant to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs of Native Youth Suicide. Dr. Stone’s publications include articles on trauma, suicide, and other cultural / behavioural issues.
Dr. Amber R. Logan is a traditional Kahungunu Maori Whine and a New Zealand Health Psychologist and Doctoral Fellow in Public Health at Otago University. She teaches health psychology course work at the University of Auckland and Otago University and is well-known in New Zealand for her work in Methamphetamine education and community activism. Amber Logan is a consummate grant writer, health services evaluator and health services program designer. She has presented extensively in Australia, Canada, and the USA at Harvard University, the University of Washington, and to the US Federal Government.
This Masterclass is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $330 per person.
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As they say, all work and no play, makes for a dull conference. So to overcome this, the conference secretary has organised a conference dinner to be held on the first night of the event. This dinner with give delegates the opportunity to further network whilst lets your hair down in an informal setting. The conference dinner will be at a cost of $150 per person for a three course meal. The conference dinner is additional to the conference fees and bookings must be made prior to the event. For those who wish to see more of the area the conference secretary has also negotiated a special rate for those delegates who may be interested. Delegates can avail themselves of these offers.
Register early to get a discount!) Please note that registrations are set out in an affordable way for organisations which changes on a monthly basis. Hence, the earlier you register the more savings for your organization. Registration fees include all day access to the event, available conference papers, daily lunch and refreshments, for registered delegates only. Fees do not include travel costs or accommodation. Registration fees must be received within 7 DAYS of from being issued an invoice. Otherwise, bookings will not be considered. To register, please click on the registration page and complete the form or you can also request for a conference brochure and the registration form to be sent to you by email at email@example.com
MONEY SAVING IDEAS
The event secretary has come up with some great ideas on how to save money for you and your organisation.
1. ACCOMMODATION: We have negotiated a special room rate for delegates at the venue. Contact us to avail for the delegates rate
2. TRAVEL: We have engaged Helloworld (formerly Harvey World Travel) Hervey Bay to negotiate with all the relevant airlines for special or discounted airfare rates.
3. CONCESSION: A special rate for university students is being offered for a flat rate of $650, upon verification of study via student number.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING FOR THE EMPLOYER
As an employee we are asked to present valid reasons why we should attend. Listed below are valid points that can be raised with your employer to justify your attendance.
Staff attending conferences regularly tends to become long term employees,
An event such as this adds to the positive moral of staff,
Conferences are a great way of providing ongoing training,
Provides the opportunity to further enhance the organisation knowledge base,
The opportunity for saving organisations money because of the shortness of the event,
Allows delegates to showcase the organisation nationally and internationally,
May provide organisations with new ideas,
Gives organisations a showcase and voice at a national level,
Provide an opportunity to evaluate various programs,
Because this event is conducted over a short period, staff are only absent for a minor amount of time.
SPEAKER'S PROFILE - coming soon
This conference is blessed with the abundance of the highest calibre Indigenous First Nations speakers. The speaker's list will be updated once all photos and biography are completed. Please watch this space as it will be updated regularly.
HOST CITY & CONFERENCE VENUE
From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city's Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers' paradise. Treat your tastebuds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Territory’s tropical capital city. Darwin is world famous for its fabulous food, colourful outdoor markets and a diverse bag of adventure activities. Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It's also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION
One of the prohibitive factors in attending a conference is the airfare component. Our company strives in making our event a lesser burden on the individual or organisation by negotiating competitive and affordable travel packages. We also negotiated with Hilton Hotel for delegate's special room rates.
To book, please click this link: https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/D/DRWHDHI-GINDA-20190922/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Group Name: International Indigenous Addictions, Drug, Alcohol & Mental Health Conference
Group Code: GINDA
Hotel Name: Hilton Darwin
Hotel Address: 32 Mitchell Street Darwin, Australia 0800
Phone Number: 08 8901 0705
Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) also recognises that some NGO’s or other agencies will need to seek additional funding to attend, therefore First Nations Travel quotation can be made out to either pay ASAP or to take into account the time that is required to obtain funding. Further advantage to using a Travel agent for your airfares is that if something goes wrong, you have greater access to your travel agent if required.
CONFERENCE PARTNER AND SPONSOR
Indigenous Conference Services is proud to announce that we have established a partnership with First Nations Travel Australia. First Nations Travel Australia (FNT) is the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned travel agency, offering a full range of travel and accommodation services. As we are all aware that the hidden cost of attending a conference is travel and accommodation, First Nations Travel Agency specialises in providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and individuals with the lowest available airfares and accommodation to delegates attending Indigenous conferences throughout Australia.
As the old saying goes the bigger the group, the lower the cost. This principle especially applies to travel and accommodation. In many areas of Australia, choice and selection of flights are limited due to the monopoly of regional airline companies operating in remote communities. Hence, we cannot do much in bringing the airfare costs down. Also, upon arriving at your destination you then have to organise accommodation, and this is where the costs are starting to add up. However, First Nations Travel Agency strives to make bookings seamless and hassle-free for your organisation.
First Nations Travel’s business plan is based upon the principle that at any one time there is more than one Indigenous person / organisation requiring travel and accommodation. As such, First Nations Travel have negotiated and secured special rates with all of the major players within the travel and hotel industry.
First Nations Travel have secured an unbelievable special rate with the host venue for those delegates who wish the convenience of staying onsite. Your accommodation costs can now be added to your conference registration fees, reducing the amount of administration work in your accounting and acquittals.
It needs to be noted that your accommodation must be paid within seven days of the invoice.
Find your best price then call First Nations Travel will see if they can match or beat it. Indigenous Conference Services and First Nations Travel highly recommends that your airfares component should be booked as an open, changeable ticket and that you buy travel insurance to protect yourself and belongings.
Travelling interstate, overseas or to another city for personal or business reasons involves planning, expense and unfortunately, some risk too. Some of these risks could include the financial losses you experience due to travel changes, cancellation or interruption, medical expenses, baggage damage or theft, and more.
A travel insurance policy can provide you with cover you may need for financial losses caused by a wide range of events that can affect your trip, whether they occur before, during or even after your trip. A typical travel insurance policy will have coverage for a traveller’s main concerns, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, travel delays, and lost luggage.
Travel insurance should be a priority in all travel arrangements, whether you travel regularly, occasionally or you are setting off on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Some holidays, such as ski trips or voyages on cruise ships, may require special policies.
When you’re travelling overseas, the Australian Government advises that travel insurance is as important as a passport, regardless of your destination.
Please click here for more information about travel insurance in Australia.
Flexible sponsorship packages are available. Sponsorship opportunities are only open to businesses and private enterprise, not individuals. Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) will be of further assistance in tailoring your sponsorship arrangement. Please phone us on (07) 41942803 04557 76 668 or send us your expression of interest by e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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