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2023 FIRST NATIONS boys to men WELLBEING conference:
BLACK & PROUD
now calling for papers
round 2 open
December 11-13, 2023
hilton hotel cairns QUEENSLAND
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 12th National First Nations Boys to Men`s Wellbeing Conference will be held at Hilton Hotel in Cairns on December 11-13, 2023. The conference brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men from across the country to discuss and address issues affecting their health and wellbeing. The conference provides a platform for men to share their experiences, challenges, and successes, and to learn from one another. Through workshops, presentations, and discussions, participants gain new insights into cultural practices, traditional healing methods, and contemporary approaches to improving men's mental, physical, and spiritual health.
The conference also provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to connect with one another, build relationships, and create networks of support. Many men face significant challenges in their lives, including poverty, discrimination, and the legacy of colonialism. By coming together in a safe and supportive environment, they can develop a sense of community and belonging, which can have a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing. The conference also provides a space for men to discuss issues that may be difficult to raise in their communities, such as family violence and substance abuse.
Overall, the 2023 National First Nations Boys to Men's Wellbeing Conference is an important event that plays a crucial role in promoting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. By bringing together men from across the country, the conference fosters a sense of community, provides a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences, and encourages men to take ownership of their health and wellbeing. It is an event that should be supported and celebrated for the positive impact it has on the lives of Indigenous men in Australia. 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.
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. The 2018/2019 Indigenous Men`s Health Report further highlights how wide the gap is. 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 Indigenous Men`s 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 2023 conference as the themes
Primary health and whole of body wellness
First Nations men’s health
Successful community partnerships between First Nations peoples, governments and NGO`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.
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
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. Click here to read more
ICS have allocated 50 percent of the conference agenda to First Nations community groups and grassroots organisations and individuals. To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 percent of the conference proceedings are and is devoted to community groups. If your paper is selected, you may have more than one presenter to present your paper. However, only two presenters will be entitled to the registration discount. The intricate part of the network is the sharing of information. Therefore if you are chosen to present at the conference, your paper will form part of the conference proceedings and be distributed at the conclusion of the event with all other presenters. To further ensure the continuous success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advice on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium. If you are interested in submitting a paper please Click here to read more
The 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 closing the gap
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
the CONFERENCE AGENDA
(This agenda MAY change without prior notice to ensure the smooth flow of conference proceedings on the day)
8:30 AM REGISTRATION & Master of Ceremony Announcements
9:00 AM Welcome to Country
9:15 AM Traditional Cultural Performance
9:45 AM Formal Opening Keynote - Closing the gap: Has it worked for Indigenous Men's Health?
10:30 AM MORNING BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers
11:00 AM Keynote Session State of First Nations men’s health and well being: From the community perspective 11:45 AM Keynote Session Working with Indigenous Men in the Community (Calling for community papers)
12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers
1:30 PM Concurrent Session A: Paternal Health only we can do it - Social determinants of men's health (Calling for papers)
Concurrent Session B: Family Violence STOPS with Me
2:15 PM Concurrent Session A: Indigenous Men’s Education: Improving Indigenous Men's Career Prospects & Self-Esteem
Concurrent Session B: Art, Culture, Lore: Empowering Others Through Empowering Myself
3:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA ~ Networking with Exhibitors & Service Providers
3:30 PM Keynote Session Domestic violence: The impact on our families and communities
4:15 PM Keynote Session The Power of One: Strength Through Unity - It Is The Future
6:30 PM Conference Networking Dinner
8:30 AM SIGN-IN & Master of Ceremony Announcements
9:00 AM Keynote (International USA Blackfeet First Nations Speaker) Exploring Best Practices For Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention
9:45 AM Keynote (Maori First Nations Speaker) New approach in New Zealand towards Methamphetamine Use and Depression
10:30 AM MORNING BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers
11:00 AM Concurrent Session A: Our Mob, Our Community - Uniting Men's Voices (Calling for community papers)
Concurrent Session B: Empowered Men, Empowered Families
11:45 AM Concurrent Session A: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men's Mental Health Program
Concurrent Session B: Getting It Together (for our mob)
12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers
1:30 PM Keynote Session Yarning with Our Elder, Empowering Indigenous Men (Calling for community papers)
2:15 PM Keynote Session Working with Indigenous Men in the Community (Calling for community papers)
3:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA ~ Networking with Exhibitors & Service Providers
3:30 PM Keynote Session Chronic Diseases Management in Indigenous Health
4:15 PM YARNING PANEL by Elders, Guest Speakers & All Delegates
5:00 PM END OF CONFERENCE
DELEGATES WHO ATTEND 85% OF THE CONFERENCE WILL BE ENTITLED TO A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION
For 2023, 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.
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.
This Masterclass is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $350 per person.
Call or email us to register for this workshop or CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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 Centre 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.
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
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING (FOR YOUR 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 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 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 minimal number of days
We wish to invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous worker 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, 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, delegates will receive a CD with all papers & presentations presented at the conference.
Who: Individuals, Groups, NGO’s, Government Agencies & Others
When: December 11-13, 2023
Where: Hilton Hotel Cairns QLD Australia
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Conference Networking Dinner
WARNING: Limited availability. Please register online or contact us via email, should you have any further queries.
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 at the venue, please contact us to avail yourself of the special discount.
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 $750
The Hilton Hotel offers special delegate rates for registered delegates only. Please contact us to avail for this discounted rate. 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 40009111
Email. email@example.com 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
ICS-MEES Pty Ltd
Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)
Postal Address: 8 Kiwi Court, Pt Vernon QLD 4655 Australia
Phone: 07 40009111, +61 4557 76 668
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