2021 NATIONAL indigenous 



NOVEMBER 22-24, 2021

now calling for papers

round 1 open


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


​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 2021 National Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference had been relocated to the Seaworld Resort  in the Gold Coast, Queensland. 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 a great line up of First Nations speakers from all throughout Australia in partnership with grassroots community organisations. The conference will provide insights into the successes of Indigenous organisations and health care professionals, focusing on solutions to First Nation’s peoples with chronic diseases and highlights the successes of chronic disease policies and management programs implemented in Indigenous communities.


The conference will highlight many of the achievements gained against chronic disease issues and the battle to stem the ongoing diseases within First Nations communities. The three days event will present a unique opportunity to share experiences, challenges and successes in this battle. In many cases, we do not need to re-invent the wheel when the answers to our challenges are maybe in the next town, state, nationally and even internationally.

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 2019/2020 Indigenous Chronic Disease 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 Chronic Disease 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 conference theme includes:

  • Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, cancers, liver disease and other chronic illnesses affecting Indigenous communities

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health care coordination

  • End of life care

  • Place-based initiatives

  • Primary health network initiatives

  • Building capacities for improving health outcomes with a focus on contemporary health initiatives, health policy, researchers, model of care

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leadership, workforce sector development, e-health, tools/applications and resources.

The conference theme is based upon an approach of “Prevention is better than Cure” which require a collaborative partnership between all stakeholders, working together to support First Nations communities in addressing all forms of chronic disease. ​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 showing the positives in addressing chronic diseases in our communities and families. Hence, the event has been developed with the belief that it is time to promote the positives and successes in chronic disease programs whilst still recognising that we still have a long way to go.


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.

THE outline of close the gap report


​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 per cent increase in Indigenous students undertaking Higher Education

  • Employment targets not met

  • Many Indigenous Health Targets were falling short of the mark


The Federal Government has made a commitment to creating 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 nurture optimism rather than entrench despair

  • Do things WITH Indigenous people, not TO Indigenous People

  • Even though Indigenous Australians only make up 3 per cent of the population, First Nations People still make up over 20 per cent 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. 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 most powerful mechanism that First Nations people 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. 

  • This conference aims to improve the cultural competence of the Indigenous health workforce with a greater focus on culture within health care education.

  • Responsible partnerships combined with strong community leadership and advocacy will optimise access, quality and sustainability of culturally safe and appropriate health services to address chronic conditions.

  • Facilitate and engage with First Nations with respect to the sharing of information

  • Contribute to identify community health needs and develop and implement local responses and services

  • Provide an open and frank platform for discussion

  • Support First Nations communities health professionals and peak bodies through further networking

  • Highlight the positives of work being achieved at all levels with respect to the many different chronic disease programs and issues

  • To paint a positive approach to the management of chronic diseases

  • Provide a stimulus for networking in co-operation/partnerships from individuals, community level through to government authorities.

  • Portraying the different various lifestyles from inner-city to isolated communities

  • Sharing of information in regards to agencies, individuals and programs that may assist in overcoming chronic disease issues

  • Bringing together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the field of Indigenous chronic diseases, focusing on Closing the Gap and strengthening the life expectancy of First Nations peoples to equal that of non-indigenous people.

  • Highlight unique issues that relate specifically to First Nations communities in relation to their environment and socio-economic status.



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. To submit a paper, Click here for the guidelines



(PLEASE NOTE:  This draft agenda may change without prior notice and only serves as a guide for those submitting papers). If an issue pertaining to a Chronic Disease project is not listed, it does not necessarily mean it will not be added at a later date.

DAY 1            

8:00 AM          REGISTRATION

8:30 AM          Master of Ceremony

9:05 AM          Welcome to Country by Elder

9:15 AM          Tribal Performances

9:35 AM          Welcome Address From Conference Partners 

9:45 AM          KEYNOTE SESSION        Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations Are Leaders


11:00 AM        KEYNOTE  SESSION       Indigenous Health Equality -  Closing the gap: Has it worked?

11:45 AM        KEYNOTE  SESSION       Developing A National Strategic Approach To Chronic Disease Issues


1:30 PM          KEYNOTE  SESSION       Working In Partnership - From A Community Perspective (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

2:15 PM          KEYNOTE  SESSION       Developing A Career As A First Nations Health Worker in the Community (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)


3:30 PM          Concurrent Session A:  Culturally Appropriate Information And Interventions to reduce risks

                        Concurrent Session B:  My Aged Care - Assessments & Service Provisions

                        Concurrent Session C:  Cardiovascular Diseases Management - From A Medical Perspective

                        Concurrent Session D:  Developing Community Based Solutions And Policies (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

4:15 PM          Concurrent Session A:  Chronic Disease Program - Dealing With Diabetes

                        Concurrent Session B:  Chronic Disease Program - Dealing With Kidney Disease

                        Concurrent Session C:  Chronic Disease Program - Dealing With Cancer       

                        Concurrent Session D:  Chronic Disease Program - Dealing With Lung Diseases 

6:30 PM          Conference Networking Dinner  

DAY 2            

8:.00 AM         SIGN IN

9:00 AM          KEYNOTE SESSION        Dealing With Chronic Disease And Isolation

9:45 AM          KEYNOTE SESSION        Evidence-Based Innovative Research Solutions - From A First Nations Perspective

10:30 AM        MORNING TEA

11:00 AM        Concurrent Session A:  Healing Power Of Culture

                         Concurrent Session B:  A Consumer Directed Holistic Model Of Care 

                         Concurrent Session C:  Multidisciplinary Approaches In Chronic Disease Management

                         Concurrent Session D:  The Care Of Elders With Chronic Disease(Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

11:45 AM        Concurrent Session A:  Managing Chronic Disease On A Daily Basis

                         Concurrent Session B:  Innovative Approach To Distant Care (Calling for Paper - Open To GPs, Hospital & Health Services)

                         Concurrent Session C:  The Social Impact Of Chronic Disease Within The Community (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

                         Concurrent Session D:  Dealing With Grief And Loss (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

12:30 PM        LUNCH BREAK      

1:30 PM           Concurrent Session A: A Unique Approach To Dealing With Kidney Disease

                         Concurrent Session B: Culture - The Importance Of Maintaining Our Identity(Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

                         Concurrent Session C: Traditional Diets And Foods - The Role It Plays In Our Lifestyles (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

                         Concurrent Session D: The Role Of Sporting Programs Plays Within Our Communities(Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

2:15 PM           Concurrent Session A: A Unique Approach To Dealing With Cancers

                         Concurrent Session B: Mainstream Health Services  Needs To Understand And Respect The Cultural Values Of First Nations People

                         Concurrent Session C:  Specific Chronic Disease Issues For Men (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

                         Concurrent Session D:  Women's Specific Chronic Disease Issues (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)


3:00 PM          AFTERNOON TEA    

3:30 PM          KEYNOTE SESSION        The Impact Of Research Without Community Consolation (Calling for Paper - Open To Community)

4:15pm           KEYNOTE SESSION        Project ECHO - Technology & Innovation In Tackling Chronic Disease Management In Remote Communities

5:00 PM          END of CONFERENCE - CULMINATION Distribution of Certificates 


For 2021, 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 Three is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend.


OPTION 1  - CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS - LEADERSHIP SECRETS The Underground workshop for growing your leadership by Wendy Watego and Vicki Scott, STARS Institute of Learning. In Just One Day, You Can Learn Simple Secrets That Will Blow Your Mind and Change Your Leadership Forever…

 This workshop will teach you to:

  • Find out what your leadership blueprint is.  This is your own unconscious set of principles that drives your leadership and determines how effective you are as a leader.

  • Build your leadership muscles by taking care of yourself.

  • Run your own brain and increase your leadership intelligence.

  • Unchain yourself from a Silent National Lie which is at the heart of your effectiveness as an Indigenous leader.

Leadership Secrets 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.

Speakers Information 

The 2021 National Indigenous Chronic Diseases 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.


To view each speaker’s profile, please Click Here




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  


The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It's famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest. The first COVID-19 vaccines roll-out in QLD was administered in the Gold Coast.


The Seaworld Resort is really Where Serious Business Meets Serious fun! Boasting a stunning Broadwater location and easy access to Australia’s best theme parks, Sea World Resort is your one-stop-shop for memorable conferences & social events which can be arranged on-site or at one of our theme park sister properties. Sea World Resort’s new state of the art conference centre offers unique and versatile meeting rooms that can cater for up to 950 delegates and is divisible into 3 rooms. The rooms open onto The Veranda, a covered al-fresco pre-function area ideal for trade exhibitions, cocktail receptions, tea breaks and lunches. With 400 accommodation rooms which all include complimentary IFI as well as a balcony or patio to enjoy the gorgeous Gold Coast weather, we have you covered!



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 their 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. 



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, 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:  adminics@iinet.net.au


The event secretary has come up with some great ideas on how to save money for you and your organisation.


​1.  ACCOMMODATION: We have negotiated a special room rate for delegates at the venue, please click this link to avail yourself of the special discount


2.  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


Another prohibitive factor 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 41945168

 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.


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 a 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 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


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Web: www.icsconferences.org 

Email:  adminics@iinet.net.au

Phone: 07 4194 2803, +61 4557 76 668



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