2021 National Allied Health Conference
now calling for papers
round 1 open until Monday 15th June
Mercure Brisbane qld
19-21 October 2021
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 acknowledgement 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 culture.
The 3rd International Indigenous Allied Health Conference will be held on the 19-21 of October 2021. It is the only conference that has been continuously running since the establishment of the allied health concept and is the largest gathering of delegates from all sectors outside of Indigenous national associations. The conference is held biannually and over the past ten years has attracted thousands of attendees bringing together representatives from all states and territories governments, First Nations medical services and mainstream health sectors, community-controlled organisations, First Nations communities, allied health professionals and non-government organisations, researchers and interested individuals. The conference is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) with great line up of First Nations speakers not only from all around Australia, but also from New Zealand and United States of America. This year's conference is a prelude to the 2022 First Nations Allied Health Conference to be held in Hawaii USA.
The event is based upon the principal belief that Indigenous health must be approached from a holistic view, which encompasses body, mind and spirit; thus, leading to the fundamental rights of self-determination. The conference recognises that treating our health must be done by treating the whole person, through mind, body, soul and culture. No matter what your culture is. If you are a First Nations person, statistics show that health, education and the justice system is monstrously weighted against First Nations People. In today’s society Indigenous people have a varied lifestyle, ranging from inner-city living to isolated communities. Therefore, there is no set approach to dealing with health issues, as you have to look at the environment that you live in and, more importantly, the agencies that are available to assist. The conference is designed to bring together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the Indigenous health sector, therefore focusing on the Allied health and strengthening the life expectancy of First Nations people to equal that of non-Indigenous people. In Australia, the most successful initiatives in First Nations Health are the Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and now the partnerships between government and communities. The first Aboriginal community-controlled health service was established in New South Wales and has been operational for the past forty (40) years. Today, there are over 120 AMS and countless numbers of Primary Health Care Posts in First Nations communities in Australia.
CONFERENCE THEME AND FOCUS
The 2021 conference as the themes
Primary health and whole of body wellness
First Nations women’s health
First Nations men’s health
Successful community partnerships between First Nations peoples, governments and GEO`s
Innovative projects which promotes leadership
Community/ grassroots-based initiatives towards health
Culture and its importance to creating better mental health for First Nations people
The conference is not politically based. Rather, it should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available. Today the world has become smaller with the invention of the internet and jet travel. As such, we are of the belief that there is nothing more empowering and more effective than people having an opportunity to network and collaborate. The conference vision for this event is to embrace the philosophy of First Nations community controlled and mainstream service providers through promoting an informative forum of research, health education and training of staff for the betterment of Indigenous health.
2020 ALLIED HEALTH REPORT
In February 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison tabled the Allied Health report 2019/2020. It clearly highlighted that the Allied Health campaign is only making small in-roads into the gap between Indigenous people and the wider community in regard to health issues and has still got a long way to go. Some of the points highlighted were;
To engage in partnerships with mutual respect;
In 8 years, there’s been mixed results
We still have an Indigenous life expectancy around 10 years less than mainstream Australians
The past decade has seen a 70 percent increase in Indigenous students undertaking Higher Education
Employment targets not met
Many Indigenous Health Targets were falling short off the mark
The Federal Government has made a commitment to create more opportunities for Indigenous Australians to;
Celebrate those successes
Recognise “Healing Takes Time”
Acknowledge, embrace, celebrate the humanity of Indigenous people
Bring to the table policies and approaches that nurtures optimism rather than entrench despair
Do things WITH Indigenous people, not TO Indigenous People
Even though Indigenous Australians only make up 3 percent of the population, First Nations People still make up over 20 percent of the prison population and that number is still increasing
The Prime Minister has committed himself and the government to work with Indigenous Australians, not just in delivering programs but listening to First Nations People in developing partnerships with Indigenous Communities. The Prime Minister stated the government must be innovative in creating effective solutions in partnership with First Nations Communities. The Prime Minister has taken the stance and announced that Allied Health must be more than another government policy. For more information on the Allied Health Report 2018/2019
This event guarantees the opportunity to enlarge your network and information base, thus empowering all delegates to make greater informed decisions within their professional and extended communities. Furthermore, it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empower and reinvigorate workers with new ideas and enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and new contacts that may be utilised for the betterment of their own local community. Whether you are an allied health professional, Indigenous health worker, medical professional 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 and your organisation back in your community. The opportunities that this Conference provides to people involved in First Nations Health is the sharing of knowledge and development of long-term friendships/partnerships. This conference is 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.
The 2020 International Indigenous Health Conference aims to
Provide an open and frank forum for discussions
Lend support to individuals and groups working in the field of First Nations Health
Help grow a network for the sharing of information and resources in the field of First Nations Health
Bring together both government and non-government agencies working in First Nations Health
Show that poor health is no longer tolerated or acceptable in today’s society
To bring together organisations as a united voice in Allied Health
Bring together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the field of First Nations health
Exchange information regarding the successes of community projects
Reduce incidences 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.
Develop new partnerships
CALLING FOR PAPERS
Guidelines for Submitting 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 papers is now being sort for the 2020 event with the closing date being 30th August 2020. Second round of call for papers will be sort if required.
Papers should be submitted in a Microsoft Word format (word). Conference presentations should be supplied in PowerPoint format 30 days before the conference.
A brief outline of paper (maximum 350 words online) Is all that is required in the in the first instant.
Presentation time at the conference for your papers will be allowed a maximum of 45 minutes, this will include Q & A time.
Call for papers registration fee of $650 will apply to all persons submitting papers, payable upon acceptance of papers.
Papers must 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.
If 2 presenters are to present at least one person must be of first nations decent.
Two paragraphs outlining the proposed speaker’s biography is mantuary.
All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light, maximum of 2 paragraph, 8 lines TOTAL.
(MUST HAVE) A Head and Shoulders photo with a plain background no trees or paintings.
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 and must include “Acknowledgement to Country” at the beginning of their presentation.
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.
Author/s of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified of acceptance.
TO SUBMIT A PAPER, COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM AT THIS LINK: SUBMIT-A-PAPER
the CONFERENCE AGENDA
(This agenda MAY change without prior notice to ensure the smooth flow of conference proceedings on the day)
8:30am Registration Registration of Delegates
8:45am Combined Session Master of Ceremony - Welcome & Safety Announcement
9:00am Welcome Address Welcome to Country & Traditional Performance
9:45am Combined Session Formal Opening of Conference - NDIS & Indigenous Allied Health
10:30am Morning Tea Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
11:00am Keynote Session NDIS paves the way to accessing technology and allied health services for First Nations peoples
11:45am Keynote Session Attracting Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander peoples to study & work in allied health sector
12:30pm Lunch Break Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
1:30pm Concurrent Sessions Room A: Working with Indigenous communities - From an Occupational Therapist's Perspective (Calling for Papers)
Room B: Working with Indigenous communities- From a Physiotherapist's Perspective (Calling for Papers)
Room C: Working with Indigenous communities - From a Optometrist's Perspective (Calling for Papers)
2:15pm Concurrent Sessions Room A: Working with Indigenous communities - From a Dietitian & Nutritionist's Perspective (Calling for Papers)
Room B: Working with Indigenous communities - From a Chemist & Pharmacist's Perspective (Calling for Papers)
Room C: Working with Indigenous communities- From a Podiatrist's Perspective (Calling for Papers)
3:00pm Afternoon Tea Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
3:30pm Keynote Session Establishing a Culturally Safe and Responsive Allied Health Practice
4:15pm Keynote Session Indigenous Community Consultation for a culturally appropriate allied health research
6.30pm Networking Dinner Conference Networking Dinner
8:30am Registration Registration of Delegates
9:00am Combined Session Healing Power of Culture: Culturally Responsive & Inclusive Programs
9:45am Combined Session NDIS Partner in the Community delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)
10:30am Morning Tea Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
11:00am Concurrent Sessions Room A: Disability-related supports for children, teenagers and adults in out-of-home care
Room B: Disability-specific training programs for parents and carers
Room C: Improve community access - Providing disability transport or vehicle modification for people with a disability
11:45am Concurrent Sessions Room A: Accessing therapeutic and behavioural supports using NDIS funding
Room B: Accessing occupational therapy, speech therapy or physiotherapy using NDIS funding
Room C: Accessing NDIS funding for prosthetics, aids and equipments related to a person’s disability.
12:30pm Lunch Break Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
1:30pm Concurrent Sessions Room A: Lived Experience Matters - From an Indigenous Allied Health Worker perspective
Room B: Lived Experience Matters - From an Indigenous Plan Manager's perspective
Room C: Lived Experience Matters - From an Indigenous Participant's perspective
2:15pm Concurrent Sessions Room A: Working with Indigenous families - From a Diabetic Educator Perspective (Calling for Papers)
Room B: Working with Indigenous families - From an Audiologist's (Calling for Papers)
Room C: Working with Indigenous families - From a Speech Therapist's Perspective (Calling for Papers)
3:00pm Afternoon Tea Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
3:30pm Keynote Session Family carer's wellbeing - Improving availability of residential respite centres for young people with a disability
4:15pm International Keynote Exploring Best Practices For Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention
5:00pm END OF CONFERENCE: DELEGATES WHO ATTEND 85% OF THE CONFERENCE WILL BE ENTITLED TO A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION
For 2021, we offer new and exciting innovation for our conferences. Our pre-masterclass 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.
CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS (INTERNATIONAL PRESENTER)- The Gatekeeper Cultures and Spirituality - Interventionist to Suicide
Worrying about how your team, family and community effectively assist and manage clients experiencing intergenerational 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 internalized 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 revitalizing 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 associate. 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.
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 HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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 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 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 button and complete the form or you can also request a conference brochure and the registration form to be sent to you by email at email@example.com
As part of your conference package/ registration 3 nights of accommodation have been included within the registration fees.
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. All of our booking is made through First Nations Travel, a new 100% indigenous owned travel agency here to make booking your flights stress free and relaxing for an enquiry please phone us on +61 4557 76 668 or send us your expression of interest by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MONEY SAVING IDEAS
The event secretary has come up with some great ideas on how to save money for you and your organisation.
ACCOMMODATION: We have negotiated a special room rate for delegates
TRAVEL: We have engaged First Nations Travel Agency to negotiate with all the relevant airlines for discounted airfare & hotel rates.
CONCESSION: A special registration 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 consider 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 41945168
To request a quote: https://www.evotravelagent.com/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.
To book your accommodation and avail yourself of the special delegate discount rates, please note that included in your registration is 3 nights twin or double room. Indigenous Conference Services has negotiated special rates for delegates and speakers attending the conference, when you complete your registration form you will see a sector highlighted accommodation need. It is possible to stay outside the venue however this may lead to a higher cost to your organisation. Please note that when registering you have 7 days from the issue of the conference secretariat to make payment this is so your accommodation is locked in.
VISA TO AUSTRALIA due to covid-19 please follow travel advisory from Australian embassy near you.
If you are an international guest or speaker, please note that citizens of some countries require visas before entering Australia. To obtain an Australian Visa, you may require a letter of invite from the conference secretariat. To obtain the letter of invitation, the guest must have registered for the conference and paid the required conference cost. This is refundable if visas are not approved, you should allow a minimum of 60 days for visa processing at the nearest Australian Embassy. Please note, processing visa documents in some countries may take longer, depending on your country of origin. Visas can be obtained online from the Australian Federal Government's Department of Home Affairs website at this link https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit#
SPONSORING THE CONFERENCE
ICS Conferences have developed flexible sponsorship packages to sponsor the conference either in part or in full. Sponsorship is a great way of promoting your organisation/ company/ department to all delegates attending the conference. 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 +61 4557 76 668 or send us your expression of interest by email: email@example.com
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