12th national First Nations
women's health conference

rescheduled to December 14-16, 2022

hilton hotel cairns QUEENSLAND

now calling for papers

round 1 open








                                          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 CONFERENCE

The 12th National Indigenous Women`s Conference will be held at Hilton Hotel Cairns QLD on the 14th -16th December 2022. The aim is to provide a platform for Indigenous Women and bringing together women, Elders and professionals to exchange knowledge and information and raise awareness on Indigenous Women’s issues, with this year’s focus being on women’s whole of wellbeing. This is the 12th National Conference in the series and is quickly becoming one of Australia’s Premier Women’s Gathering. This conference is a chance to work together and strengthen the advancement of Indigenous Women's whole of wellbeing through effective strategic sharing of information and knowledge. 

This women’s gathering is designed to inspire and enable Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander women, services and other partners to take control, step up and take action to the next level, to ensure the rights and self-determination of First Nations women are upheld. To honour our Indigenous women and their families – their strength and resilience – by listening to their stories and strategies, learning from their experiences and committing to systemic change to protect the rights of our children, families and cultures.

To honour also the knowledge of our women Elders and wisdom of our cultural responses, sharing successes and struggles to chart effective, evidence-informed ways forward. The conference provides a forum to discuss solutions by women and to connect and acquire knowledge from each other to heal the spirit, heal the earth, and sustain cultural practices for this generation and for future generations to come.

Today’s society is plagued with stories of all the wrongs in our communities when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. For years as Indigenous women, we have strived to better our families which have given rise to countless numbers of great initiatives highlighting Indigenous monumental achievements. To share this knowledge has always been our cultural way; as such, we feel that it is time to start promoting these ideas so that others may be able to share and spread the knowledge to all Indigenous women.


The conference as the themes

  • Primary health and the whole of body wellness for First Nations women’s health

  • Successful community partnerships between First Nations peoples, governments and NGO`s

  • Innovative projects which promote leadership

  • Community/ grassroots-based initiatives towards Women's issues

  • Culture and its importance to creating better space for our sisters First Nations women

  • Indigenous Women and Education

  • Achievements of Indigenous Women

  • The Empowering of Indigenous Women

  • The roll indigenous women play in our community



The conference philosophy is based upon an approach of “Prevention is better than Cure” which require collaborative partnership between all stakeholders, working together to support First Nations communities in addressing Indigenous Women's whole of wellbeing issues to close the gap. ​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 preventative programs that are culturally appropriate and therefore more likely to succeed. This conference is devoted to highlighting successful women's general being programs rolled out in our communities and families today. Hence, the event has been developed with the belief that it is time to promote the positives and successes in Indigenous women's programs whilst still recognising that we still have a long way to go to close the gap.


The Prime Minister Scott Morrison tabled the Closing the Gap report 2022 titled Transforming power: Voices for generational change in March 2022, which clearly highlighted that the Closing the Gap campaign is only making small in-roads into the gap between Indigenous people and the wider community in regard to general issues and has still got a long way to go. Some of the points highlighted were;


This year’s report, produced by the Lowitja Institute for the fourth time, highlights how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are leading the way in transforming health and community services, policies and programs, with foundations of culture and Country at the centre, despite unprecedented health challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It focuses on themes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led transformation, gender justice and equity, and allyship – the need for trust and accountability in partnerships to enable transformative change.

Among its key recommendations are calls for action on gender and climate justice, a national housing framework, and full implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.




Empowering Delegates

Indigenous peoples, nationally and internationally, will come together in an environment that can lead to the sharing of information via their cultural and historical values. The conference is designed as an educational tool to develop networking opportunities and information sharing to the wider community on Indigenous women’s issues. The event will focus on Indigenous women’s issues and whole of wellbeing through the encouragement of strong leadership, empowerment and self-determination within our communities. Throughout the two days, we will be facilitating small group discussions with empowering and inspirational guest speakers. The conference emphasizes on the positives of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander resilience and determination to strive for a better tomorrow without the constraints of negative stereotyping which is more prevalent due to social media and bad media coverage. Today as Indigenous women, we are making great strides to improve both ourselves and our communities. 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

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Calling Papers

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 


The 12th National Indigenous Women`s 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. 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.

  •      To create a platform for open and frank discussion relevant to Indigenous Women's issues

  •      Highlight successful community programs and projects involving Indigenous women

  •      Bring together Indigenous women to share their stories of empowerment, experiences and excellent outcomes of Indigenous programs

  •      Bring together workers, researchers, service providers, government agencies, policymakers/ developers and organizations

  •      Outlining the priority area and enablers for better Indigenous women’s performance both at work and in the community

  •      Demonstrate the value of investment in Indigenous women

  •      Networking and lend support to individuals and groups working in the field of Indigenous women’s 

  •      Exchange information regarding the successes of community projects

  •      Strategies for linking holistic policy with Indigenous women

  •      Explore methods for improving accountability at all levels to sustain progress for Indigenous women



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


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 to Indigenous Women's Health

10:30 AM   MORNING BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers

11:00 AM    Keynote Session  - The Strength of Indigenous Women Demanding a Future                              

11:45 AM    Keynote Session -  Birthing in Our Community (Calling for community papers)     


12:30 PM   LUNCH BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers   

1:30 PM      Concurrent Session A: Maternal Health only we can do it - Social determinants of women's health

                    Concurrent Session B:  Improving outcomes in Aboriginal pregnancies

2:15 PM      Concurrent Session A: Social and Emotional Well being - Key Issues Facing First Nations women

                    Concurrent Session B:  My testimonial, My story of being a proud Indigenous Women

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

9:00AM       Keynote (Blackfeet First Nations Speaker)  - Exploring Best Practices For Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention    

9:45AM       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

11:00AM    Concurrent Session A:  First Nation women caring for First nation women

                    Concurrent Session B:  Getting It Together (for our mob)

11:45AM    Concurrent Session A:  Empowering Others Through Empowering Myself

                    Concurrent Session B:  Indigenous Women's Voices

12:30 PM   LUNCH BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers   

1:30 PM      Keynote Session - Empowered Women, Empowered Lives

2:15 PM      Keynote Session - Indigenous Female Leadership – Leading with Compassion and Thoughtfulness, Peacemakers, and Leaders of our Peoples 

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



For 2022, we offer new and exciting innovation for our conferences. Day 3 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 3 is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend. 

Speakers Information  

This year's Indigenous Women's Conference is blessed with a kaleidoscope of First Nations guest speakers, sharing stories, successes and challenges they’ve overcome, presenting great opportunities and inspiration for delegates to participate in an event that is devoted to the sharing of Culture, Empowerment, Education & Networking. Drawn from a variety of cultural backgrounds, professional careers and grass-roots community commitments, this year’s conference speakers are the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary event; one that is soon forgotten and one which lingers in attendees' memories, a source of tremendous benefit long after the conference is over.  Click here to view speaker's profile 


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 adminics@iinet.net.au  



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 copy of all papers & presentations presented at the conference.


Who:      Individuals, Groups, NGO’s, Government Agencies & Others

When:    December 14-16, 2022

Where:   Hilton Hotel Cairns Queensland

Time:     9.00am – 5.00pm


WARNING: Limited availability. Please register online or contact us via email, should you have any further queries.


• Indigenous Women

• Health workers and professionals

• Indigenous professional bodies and other organisations

• Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

• Indigenous Women Community Participation Officers

• Health workers and professionals

• Indigenous Women’s Groups

• Community Elders/Leaders

• Community Workers

• Social Workers

• Psychiatrists

• Police Officers 

• Education and Training bodies and organisations

• Researchers

• Policymakers

• Law enforcement workers

• Community representatives

• Government – Local, State/Territory and Commonwealth

• Students 

The host city & the venue

The Hilton Cairns is deemed as the waterfront retreat near the Great Barrier Reef. Set amid tropical greenery on Cairns’                                                                 waterfront, the hotel is a gateway to  the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Terminal, where the majority of trips depart, is just                                                               400 meters from the hotel. It is also within 22 kilometers to reach the Crystal Cascades and Cairns Botanic Gardens. We                                                                 have a lagoon-style outdoor pool and treatments in our spa.The Hilton Hotel and Cairns is on the lands of the                                                                                    Mandingalbay Yidinji peoples who are the Traditional Owners of both land  and sea Country and have been living on the                                                                edge of the Great Barrier Reef amongst the Wet Tropics World Heritage rainforest for thousands of years.



​Mandingalbay (MAN-DIN-GUL-PIE) tours and events provide visitors to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland with

the chance to experience ancient lands through ancient hands. Mandingalbay Yidinji Guides cover topics of cultural

significance, and lead interpretative walks, showcasing traditional use of natural resources used for medicinal

purposes and sustenance. Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours is 100% Indigenous owned and operated.


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 bookings is made through First Nations Travel, an indigenous owned travel agency for stress-free and corporate travel bookings. Please phone us on +61 4557 76 668 or send us your expression of interest by email:  adminics@iinet.net.au


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 click this link 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


Another prohibitive factors in attending a conference is the hotel 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.



Contact:  Phone 07 4000 9111

Email:     adminics@iinet.net.au to request a quote 

A 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.

Book your 'All-Inclusive Delegate Conference Package' with FNTA and avail yourself of the special delegate discount rates! Please note that included in your registration is 3 nights accommodation on a 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 book your stay external to 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 invoice to make a payment. This is so your accommodation is locked in. To include your return flights bookings in the package, please let us know.



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 invitation 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#



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:  adminics@iinet.net.au


contact us


Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)

Postal Address: P.O. BOX 702 EDMONTON LPO Cairns QLD 4869

Web: www.icsconferences.org 

Email:  adminics@iinet.net.au

Phone: 07 4000 9111, 04557 76 668



Please note this website is continually being updated.

Having issues finding what you are looking for, email adminics@iinet.net.au.


ICS is committed to delivering you a conference experience of the highest quality and holds the health & safety of all attendees in the utmost regard.


We will be progressing with our conference in a face to face manner as planned. Throughout the event, we will be strictly adhering to all measures of social distancing regulations, and health & safety precautions to create a safe environment to connect, learn and network under the industry-approved COVID-19 Safe Plan. 


For more information, please contact us on 0741942803 or email us at adminics@iinet.net.au

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