Pullman cairns international HOTEL CAIRNS

rescheduled to june 6-8, 2022

now calling for papers

round 1 open


​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 National Indigenous MHAOD Conference is relocated to Cairns QLD on June 6-8, 2022 and aims to bring together mental health workers, AOD support workers and Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander mental health practitioners, emotional and social wellbeing workers from Indigenous and Non-Indigenous organisations throughout Australia and present unique opportunities for Mental Health workers to meet and discuss issues specifically centred on First Nations peoples' mental health and wellbeing. The increasing frequency and severity of mental health and wellbeing 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 many First Nations peoples.


This year’s conference theme will be based upon the principles of we all have a role to play in healing wherein a range of issues brought to the forefront by our communities will be examined and as such will endeavour to heighten the need for Government, Non-Government, Primary Health and Community-controlled organisations to refocus on their duty of care to First Nations peoples.


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.


The conference is designed to bring together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the Indigenous health sector, therefore focusing on Mental 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. 


The philosophy of this conference is to provide an educational platform to the wider community and endeavour to sensitively assist in a culturally appropriate way with the healing of spirit, mind, body and soul of First Nations peoples throughout the world. This conference is formulated by Indigenous Conferences Services whose employees and their families have been profoundly affected by, in one way or another, the issues of stolen generations and inter-generational trauma wherein mental health issues commonly arise from. The core belief of this conference is that the journey of healing will take generations to come, whilst healing varies from one individual and their family to another. The overarching aim for the conference is to assist with the journey of healing and to act as an open and frank discussion and forum where not just ideas are shared but also have the potential of further uniting First Nations peoples and to highlight to the government that our journey is far from complete. The conference will undoubtedly be educational, inspirational, eye-opening, thought-provoking, initiates brisk debate and certainly provides plenty of opportunities for food for thoughts. Moreover, the conference shall strive to increase cultural awareness and understanding as well as hopefully aid in some way with the long journey of healing. As First Nations Peoples, it is now imperative that we unite and rebuild as sovereign independent nations, in order to assert our sovereign title and rights throughout Australia. This will be a major political and legal fight, but it is our future for not just us, but for our children and grandchildren.



The conference is not politically biased. 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.


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 National Indigenous Mental Health 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 & well-being

  • Help grow a global 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 and prevent the incidence of suicide within the community

  • Strategies for linking holistic policy with health interventions

  • Explore methods for improving accountability at all levels to ensure sustainable progress

  • Provides an opportunity to network and meet face to face to exchange ideas, valuable information and successful programs in place in their communities.


To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 per cent 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. 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 presentations. To further ensure the continued success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advise on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium. If you are interested in submitting a paper please, Click here to read more 


(This draft agenda may change without prior notice and published only to guide those submitting papers. Final agenda will  be published closer to date.)

(DAY 1)

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  

10:30am          Morning Tea                 Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors   

11:00am          Concurrent Sessions ~ Inter-generational Effects of Stolen Generation             

                          Room A:  Educating the wider public about issues affecting Stolen Generations families (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room B:  Highlighting community-based programs assisting members of Stolen Generations (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room C:  Sharing of stories from members of stolen generations across the nation (Calling for Papers from Community)

11:45am           Concurrent Sessions ~ Testimonials and personal journeys of healing  (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room A: Successful family and community re-integration strategies (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room B: Showcasing positive outcomes for members and families of Stolen Generations (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room C: Empowering Self, Empowering Mob: The Pathway to Self Determination (Calling for Papers from Community)

12:30pm          Lunch Break                 Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors

1:30pm             Keynote Session           Challenges in dealing with separation, grief & loss

2:15pm             Keynote Session           Unlocking Inter-generational Trauma: A Barrier in Service Delivery

3:00pm             Afternoon Tea             Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors

3:30pm             Keynote Session            Strong Mob, Strong Future

4:15pm             Keynote Session            Pyschosocial disability in NDIS framework

6.30pm            Conference Networking Dinner       

(DAY 2)


8:30am             Registration                 Registration of Delegates         

9:00am             Keynote (International) Exploring Best Practices For Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention 

9:45am             Keynote (International) New approach in New Zealand towards Methamphetamine Use and Depression


10:30am          Morning Tea                 Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors  

11:00am           Concurrent Sessions ~ Working within Indigenous Communities 

                          Room A:  Using Technology to Improve Mental Health Outcomes (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room B:  Indigenous Mental Health Community Programs (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room C:  Healing Power of Culture: Culturally Responsive Programs (Calling for Papers from Community)

11:45am           Concurrent Sessions ~ Indigenous Health Research (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room A: Supporting Diverse Indigenous Health Workforce (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room B: Community‐driven Research Program in Mental Health (Calling for Papers from Community)

                          Room C: Community-led Solutions in AOD Programs (Calling for Papers from Community)


12:30pm          Lunch Break                 Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors

1:30pm             Keynote Session            E-mental health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

2:15pm             Keynote Session            Stop Craving Happiness 


3:00pm             Afternoon Tea             Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors

3:30pm             Combined Session        Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations Are Leaders

4:15pm             Interactive Panel           Yarning Circle with Elders, Guest Speakers & All Delegates


(DAY 3)


For 2022, we offer new and exciting innovation for our conferences. Day 1 is devoted to a 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 1 is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend. 



                                                               This Masterclass is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $350 per person.


OPTION 2 - CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS - 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 wherein 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 intergenerational trauma and break the cycle of suicide in our communities.

  • In Just One Day You Can Learn Strategies for how to become an interventionist to suicide and work effectively with your clients who are experiencing intergenerational trauma and their families.

Speaker Profile - Coming Soon


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  


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:  June 6-8, 2022

Where: Pullman International Hotel, Cairns Queensland

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.


Cairns is truly a destination to impress everyone. From the moment you fly in over lush tropical green rainforest and aqua blue reefs of the great, you know you are truly in a special part of the world. Experience the warmth of our genuine Australian hospitality at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns. Prominently situated on the marina, providing guests with both a direct gateway to the reef, tours and attractions and the perfect Cairns getaway. Whether taking a refreshing swim in our private pool, surrounding yourself with the gentle lapping of waves against the boats; taking in the breathtaking views of the marina and mountains or savouring the taste of the contemporary Australian table at The Backyard Restaurant & Bar, the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns, is guaranteed to stimulate all your senses. Shangri-La Cares with our commitment to creating a comfortable and safe environment so you can cherish the moments that truly matter. 



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. 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:  



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.


  3. CONCESSION: A special registration rate for university students is being offered for a flat rate of $650



Contact:  Phone 07 41945168

 Email. 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



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:


contact us


Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)

Postal Address: 8 Kiwi Court, Pt Vernon QLD 4655 Australia



Phone: 07 4194 2803, +61 4557 76 668



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