2020 NATIONAL INDIGENOUS
elders AGED CARE conference
MERCURE hotel BRISBANE QLD
FEBRUARY 26-28, 2020
ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY
As an Aboriginal organisation, Indigenous Conference Services knows how important it is to work in a culturally safe and respectful environment, wherein workers in the industry providing supports to our Elders genuinely understand the important of culture, country, history, community and family as well as achieving a level of cultural competency so that they can work collaboratively and respectfully alongside our people.
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 acknowledgement to Country and acknowledgement to local Traditional Elders. All presentations must begin with words like, “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”.
The 2020 National Indigenous My Aged Care & Elders: Old & Deadly Conference is designed to provide organisations, service managers and front line workers in the aged care sector the opportunity to network, discuss and share information in regards to the successes and challenges they have experienced in the roll out and the implementation of the My Aged Care's consumer-directed care three years ago, which aimed to provide frail, aged members of the community better choice and control over their own lives, their own care, keeping their independence at home and making their own decisions to address their priority needs to stay at home safely.
This conference aims to highlight the eight priority areas which My Aged Care clients identified as important to them, based on the survey results outlined in the Consumer Experience Report (CER) for home-based and community-based aged care services. These priority areas include but are not limited to: control, Interpersonal interaction, Flexibility, Local residence in Country, Affordability, Administrative and financial literacy, Safety and Timeliness of service provision. Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Elders and their families would more likely access aged care services when it allows them to stay on Country, being cared for by their own mob and the ability to maintain their connection to country, culture and community.
The conference will also be a great resource and avenue to identify models of support and engagement that reflect various cultural practices of our communities, to ensure that First Nations Peoples who are frail aged can live life their way. Sharing stories and story-telling is so strong in Aboriginal communities, in that it leads the way to support healing in our community so we can move forward and get things right. Reflecting the importance of culturally respectful planning resources and tools to adapt the changes in community services, disability and aged care sectors, that is our Elders will have “choice and control” over their own lives and empowered to make decisions for their own care, according to their personal needs and wants.
Furthermore, the conference also aims to give a voice to frail aged, over 50 years old Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Elders and their family carers to share their needs, their concerns and share their story and experiences. Similarly, this conference presents a chance for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander frontline aged care support workers, mainstream community and allied health workers serving First Nations Peoples who are frail aged, to engage with industry leaders and peers, learn cutting edge innovations and techniques as well as hear firsthand experiences from Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Community Elders . The conference will also examine innovative ways to activate and engage family carers in employment opportunities and challenge delegates individually and collectively to identify the way forward for their organisations. This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of our Elders. With a rich diversity of speakers, delegates and exhibitors, this two-day conference will empower you, inspire you and invigorate your passion for supporting your clients to reach their goals of keeping their independence and stay at home for as long as they can, stay on Country as safe as they can.
THE CONFERENCE PHILOSOPHY & BELIEFS
The conference philosophy is based upon the holistic model approach with emphasis on consumer directed care, which requires collaborative partnership between the client, their family, carers and all service providers, working together to support First Nations communities in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander frail aged peoples. The foundation of the conference is to share and discuss positive models of change and initiatives. The event is structured in such a way as to develop a wider methodology towards aged care and home and community programs that are culturally appropriate, and therefore more likely to succeed. This conference is devoted to showing the positives in addressing My Aged Care successes and challenges in our communities today. Hence, the event has been developed with the belief that it is time to promote the positives and successes of the My Aged Care platform, whilst also recognising that we still have a long way to go to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
THE CONFERENCE AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The conference objectives are designed to empower and stimulate discussion in a positive manner that can and may be used back in our work environment to further develop strength, unity and education. Moreover, one of the most powerful objectives that Indigenous peoples have is the strength to overcome adversity through the power of sharing knowledge and therefore, the conference will attempt to foster all of the issues set out in this conference. The conference believes that the participation of First Peoples in the consultation, planning, formulation of policies and programs for Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage to include the implementation of the My Aged Care's consumer-directed care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and other aspects of the My Aged Care Strategy is fundamentally important to achieve our desired goal of closing the gap. Moreover, the conference also aims to:
Provide an open and frank forum for discussion
Network and lend support to individuals and families working in the aged care sector
Help establish and grow a national network and resources through information sharing
Show that there are great efforts being made to make change for our Elders
Exchange information regarding the successes and challenges in the roll-out and My Aged Care implementation
To bring together all sectors of the community as a united voice
Bring together researchers, service providers, government agencies, policy makers & organisations
Foster partnerships between government, NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples living with at home in advanced years and their families
THE CONFERENCE THEME
The 2020 National Indigenous My Aged Care & Elders: Old & Deadly Conference focuses on how service providers are finding ways to deliver high quality support to First Nations peoples who are frail aged in the My Aged Care context to tackle some of the difficult issues that have threatened to derail the delivery of My Aged Care in our communities. The conference themes include:
Control Over Health & Wellbeing
Community Living – housing and supported living accommodation
Residential and Centre-based Day Respite Services
Mobility & Transport
Life skills, education and employment
Aged Care Workforce Sector Development
Geriatric Nurse Patient Ratio in Residential Facilities
Technology & Innovations
The conference will highlight how service providers are working together, with government and with Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples and their families to find innovative ways to address the above topics. The conference will include key note speakers, practical workshops and concurrent sessions as well as yarning circles and interactive panel discussions.
The conference is not politically based, rather should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available. The conference envisions that partnerships and working in unison should form the basis of closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage, particularly in Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander peoples whose living with a disability.
This conference presents a unique opportunity for delegates to participate in a positive environment that is dedicated to the sharing of information and the empowering of all who attend. In our everyday working environment the day to day stresses of our positions tends to limit us in expanding our knowledge and networking. Whether you work at a community level or at governmental level the opportunity to network and gain contacts outside of your local region tend to be limited, this is why this conference will be so valuable to participants. Hence all Indigenous people and non-indigenous people, whether professional or community-based, who have a vested interest in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples are invited. This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of Indigenous peoples who are frail aged and their caring families. With a rich diversity of speakers, delegates and exhibitors, this two-day conference will empower you, inspire you and invigorate your passion for supporting your clients to reach their goals each and every day.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Community Support Workers and Aged Care Workers
Indigenous Community Workers
Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Elders
Nurses, Doctors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Allied Health Workers
Community groups and Human Rights Enthusiasts
Family relationship workers
Elders and Community leaders
Indigenous women's and men’s groups
CEOs, Executive Management, Program Managers
First Nations groups, Human Rights Enthusiasts
Government and Non-Government Organisation Representatives
Field, Remote & Rural Health Workers
We wish to invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from Australia and throughout, to attend the conference to share and gather information. We also extend an invitation to participants to join us at the conference dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. To ensure that delegates attend and participate in the conference experience, it is important to note that to show accountability of delegates in meeting their obligation; each delegate will receive a Certificate of Attendance only when they attend 85% of all the conference sessions. In addition at the end of the conference, delegates will receive a copy of all papers & presentations presented at the conference through Dropbox.
Who: Individuals, Groups, NGO’s, Government Agencies & Others
When: February 26-28, 2020
Where: Mercure hotel Brisbane
WARNING: Limited availability. Please register online or contact us via email, should you have any further queries.
WHO ARE WE
Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) is a privately owned, wholly self-funded Indigenous business which specialises in events and conferences. Even though we are a self funded enterprise, we come from grass roots backgrounds with a burning passion for social justice issues. As such, we seek to compliment the workings of community initiatives and organisations across a broad spectrum of Indigenous affairs. The events that we design seek not to have a political agenda, however to compliment local, state and national organisations. Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) seeks to employ local community members wherever possible and gives a strong undertaking to adhere to local customs and protocols. As we are a not for profit enterprise, we are continually seeking to partner with organisations. ICS-MEES Pty Ltd is totally Indigenous owned and over time has helped establish Indigenous controlled organisations free of charge. Our next major project is to establish and develop a fully Indigenous Children Services within the Wide Bay region. Our vision for the service is that it will be a stand-alone, privately sponsored organisation in which the core values are the protection of our children through reducing the number of children entering state-controlled child safety and care.
If you have any participation requirements (e.g hearing loop, interpreters, large print program) please advise us ahead of time to ensure availability. Delegates will need to organise their own personal support. Family carers attending will need to register as well. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS STORIES
Come and celebrate First Nations people & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, strengths, successes and empowerment. To share First Nations peoples stories and ideas about what has worked for you or your community and how we address life’s challenges. This conference is blessed with an abundance of highest calibre guest speakers from proud Indigenous Elders around Australia.
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 tend to become long term employees
An event such as this adds to the positive morale 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 short duration of the event
Allows delegates to showcase their organisation nationally and internationally
May provide organisations with new ideas
Gives organisations a 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 minimal number of days
CALLING FOR PAPERS
(Invitation to submit abstracts for presentations and workshops)
Guidelines for Submitting a Paper:
Papers should not contain offensive language and take in to account cultural sensitivities.
Papers may treat the themes in a manner that contributes to a further discussion of the conference aims.
Conference papers must be presented in the finish format not less 60 days prior to the event.
First round of call for papers OPEN closes Tuesday 31st December . SECOND CLOSED opens Wednesday 1st January and will close by close of business Friday 24th January 2020
Papers that are not chosen in the first round may be resubmitted if there is a second round.
Papers should be submitted in IBM and Microsoft Word format.
A Brief Outline of Paper (maximum 350 words online).
Author/s of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified of acceptance.
Presentation time at the conference for your papers will be allowed a maximum of 45 minutes, this will include question and answer time.
Call for papers registration fee of $650 will apply to all persons submitting papers payable upon acceptance of papers.
Papers should explore ways in which the themes show up in the philosophy of the conference.
A maximum of two presenters for each paper are eligible for the discounted call for papers registration fee. If 2 presenters, then 2 biographies are required. Two paragraphs outlining the proposed speaker’s Biography
All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light
A Head and Shoulders photo of papers’ authors/presenters are required within 30 days of confirmation of acceptance of paper.
Authors agree to have their paper published as part of the conference proceedings
Authors to agree to allow biography of themselves and their photo published as part of the conference promotion
Authors agree to consent to media interviews, if required
Authors and presenters must show due respect and acknowledgement to Traditional Owners. Hence, presentations and speech must begin with an “Acknowledgement To Country”.
The correct wording will be provided as part of your confirmation letter if chosen and successful in being accepted with due respects and acknowledgement to traditional owners of land where we will be convening.
To submit a Paper, you must register on the web portal and complete the online Submit-A-Paper form
The conference may or may not save you, or your organisation, time, money and manpower. However, one thing the event guarantees is the opportunity to enlarge your network and information base, thus empowering delegates to make greater informed decisions.
CONFERENCE AGENDA (DRAFT)
(This agenda is not final and published only to guide those who will be submitting paper. It will change without prior notice. Please visit this website for future updates)
8:30am COMBINED SESSION Announcements by Master of Ceremony
9:00am COMBINED SESSION Welcome To Country, Cultural Performance & Group Photo
9:10am COMBINED SESSION Welcome Address
9:40am COMBINED SESSION Formal Opening Keynote Address
10:30am MORNING BREAK Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers
11:00am KEYNOTE My Aged Care and The First Peoples
11:45am KEYNOTE Connecting Our Elders to Youth for Culturally- Appropriate Aged Care Services at home on country
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers
1:30pm CONCURRENT A Successes & Challenges in My Aged Care Assessments & Referral Pathways (Calling for Papers)
1:30pm CONCURRENT B Individual Experiences of Transitioning from Basic Home Support under CHSP to Home Care Package ( Calling for Papers)
2:15pm CONCURRENT A Assistive Technology and home modifications (Calling for Papers)
2:15pm CONCURRENT B Residential Aged Care Versus Retirement Village (Calling for Papers)
3:00pm AFTERNOON TEA Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers)
3:30pm KEYNOTE Dementia Care in Aboriginal & Torres STraits Islander Elders
4:15pm KEYNOTE Doing It Our Way - Aged Care at Home in Country
6:00pm CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER
9:00am COMBINED SESSION My Aged Care Complaint Commission
9:45am COMBINED SESSION The Works of ADA
10:30am MORNING TEA Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers
11:00am KEYNOTE Elder Abuse Prevention & Senior's Legal Services in the Community
11.45 am KEYNOTE Home Care Packages Planning and Budgeting Innovation
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers
1:30pm CONCURRENT A Working Within the Community (Respite Support Services) - Calling for Papers
1:30pm CONCURRENT B Working Within the Community (Transport Support Services) - Calling for Papers
2:15pm CONCURRENT A Working Within the Community (Allied Health Services) - Calling for Papers
2:15pm CONCURRENT B Working Within the Community (Social & Cultural Support Services) - Calling for Papers
3:00pm AFTERNOON TEA Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers
3:30pm WORKSHOP (1.5 Hrs) Empowering Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander Aged Care Workers in the community
4:15pm YARNING PANEL Have we hit the mark in Aged Care service delivery for Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander Elders?
5:00pm CULMINATION END OF CONFERENCE: 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 and comes with a course certificate. Day Three is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend. This year’s program features a strong selection of Leadership and Empowerment topics for workers in Indigenous Health sector and practitioners at every level of experience and expertise.
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.
Joseph B. Stone, PhD. Is an Amskapi-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 the Napier Family Centre 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 Centre on Trauma and Project Making Medicine – Indian Health Service Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse at Oklahoma State University. He has presented to and served as consultant to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs of Native Youth Suicide. Joseph's publications include articles on trauma, suicide, and other cultural / behavioural issues.
Amber Logan is a traditional Kahungunu Māori wahine, a New Zealand Health Psychologist and a 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 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 under the Obama administration.
This Masterclass is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $330 per person.
Call or email us to register for this workshop or CLICK TO BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.
CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER
As they say, all work and no play makes for a dull conference. To overcome this, the secretariat has organised a conference dinner to be held on the first night of the event. This dinner will give delegates the opportunity to further network while letting your hair down in an informal setting. The conference dinner will cost $150 per person and is additional to the conference fees. Bookings must be made with our office prior to the event.
SHARING AND CARING
Furthermore, it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empower and reinvigorate workers with new ideas and with enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and contacts that may be utilised for the betterment of their own or local community. Whether you are an allied health professional, Indigenous health worker, medical professional, disability support worker or in an administrative clerical role within the organisation, this conference will provide excellent opportunities to gain and share information that will be of use to you back in your community. The opportunity that this conference provides to people involved in the disability sector is the sharing of knowledge and development of long term friendships/partnerships. This conference is basically designed from an Indigenous perspective in which we all lend support to each other regardless of our employers. With all this in mind, we invite you to actively participate in the upcoming event.
(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. The earlier you register, the more savings for your organisation. 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 are non-refundable and must be received within 7 DAYS 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
MONEY SAVING IDEAS
The event secretary has come up with some great ideas on how to save money for you and your organisation.
ACCOMMODATION & FLIGHTS: We have negotiated special room rate for delegates at the venue and many other hotels in Brisbane and we have engaged First Nations Travel Agency to negotiate with all the relevant airlines for special or discounted airfare rates. To receive a quote, please complete the form at this link:
CONCESSION: A special rate for university students is being offered for a flat rate of $650.
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. 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 Agency quotation can be made out to either pay ASAP or to take into account the time that is required to obtain funding. For the best possible airfares and seat availability, please confirm your attendance ASAP.
FIRST NATIONS TRAVEL AGENCY
Contact: Phone 07 41942803
To request a quote,
Further advantage to using First Nations Travel Agency for your airfares is that if something goes wrong, you have greater access to your travel agent if required. Our company strives in making our event a lesser burden on the individual or organisation by negotiating competitive and affordable travel packages.
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