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1 . National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Children’s Day
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children.
The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by SNAICC. Children’s Day was first observed in 1988, with 2016 being the 29th celebration. Each year SNAICC produces and distributes resources to help organisations, services, schools, and communities celebrate.
The theme for Children’s Day 2016 is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping our kids feel connected and proud in culture. It’s all about ensuring all our kids feel like they belong.
2.Registrations now open
Aboriginal Male Health National -NACCHO OCHRE DAY
This year NACCHO is pleased to announce the annual NACCHO Ochre Day will be held in Perth during September 2016. This year the activities will be run by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) in partnership with both the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc.
Beginning in 2013, Ochre Day is an important NACCHO Aboriginal male health initiative. As Aboriginal males have arguably the worst health outcomes of any population group in Australia.
NACCHO has long recognised the importance of addressing Aboriginal male health as part of Close the Gap by 2030.
- There is no registration cost to attend the NACCHO Ochre Day (Day One or Two)
- There is no cost to attend the NACCHO Ochre Day Jaydon Adams Memorial Oration Dinner, (If you wish to bring your Partner to this Dinner then please indicate when you register below)
- All Delegates will be provided breakfast & lunch on Day One and morning & afternoon tea as well as lunch on Day Two.
- All Delegates are responsible for paying for and organising your own travel and accommodation.
For further information please contact Mark Saunders;
3. Biennial National Forum from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2016 Canberra ACT
Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national not for profit, member based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, is holding its biennial National Forum from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2016 at the Rex Hotel in Canberra. The 2016 IAHA National Forum will host a diverse range of interactive Professional Development workshops and the 2016 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner. The fourth IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge, a unique event specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students, will precede the Forum.
Collectively, these events will present unique opportunities to:
- Contribute to achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality
- Be part of creating strengths based solutions
- Build connections – work together and support each other
- Enhance professional and personal journeys
- Celebrate the successes of those contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
All workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, detailing the duration, aims and learning outcomes of the workshop, which can be included in your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) personal portfolio.
4. VACCA Cultural Awareness Training – Book Now!
Looking to deepen your cultural journey?
VACCA’s Training and Development Unit offers a range of programs to external organisations working in the field of child and family welfare, to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal organisations, families and communities.
VACCA delivers cultural awareness training throughout the year for people interested in developing cultural competency.
Registrations are now open for August.
See the flyer for all details and how to register for these sessions.
All enquiries can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. NACCHO AGM: Save a date : Please note revised dates 6-8 December 2016 Melbourne Further details
The NACCHO AGM conference provides a forum for the Aboriginal community controlled health services workforce, bureaucrats, educators, suppliers and consumers to:
- Present on innovative local economic development solutions to issues that can be applied to address similar issues nationally and across disciplines
- Have input and influence from the ‘grassroots’ into national and state health policy and service delivery
- Demonstrate leadership in workforce and service delivery innovation
- Promote continuing education and professional development activities essential to the Aboriginal community controlled health services in urban, rural and remote Australia
- Promote Aboriginal health research by professionals who practice in these areas and the presentation of research findings
- Develop supportive networks
- Promote good health and well-being through the delivery of health services to and by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australia
6.AHHA Save a date
Events and workshops
HIC 2016 25-27 July, Melbourne
Chaired by Launch Vic CEO Dr Pradeep Philip, this year’s HIC highlights the power of digital health innovation, advanced data use and the best examples of consumer led approaches. Come and find out how Digital Health Innovation for Consumers, Clinicians, Connectivity and Community is transforming the healthcare sector, with new ways of thinking and new models of care centred on empowering the individual through digital technology. Find out more here.
Data and Innovation Collaboration Network Meetings
26 July, Darwin
The next meeting of the Data and Innovation Collaboration Networks will include presentations on the Northern Territory shared electronic record and the NT Chronic Conditions Management Model, along with a range of other topics. Network meetings are free for AHHA members, with a small charge for non-members and all are welcome to attend. Find out more here.
AHHA Mental Health Network Meeting
27 July, Darwin
The next meeting of the Mental Health Network will include presentations on MHPA Mental Health Clinical Services Commissioning Principles, integrating a psychologist into a core PHC team in a remote Aboriginal community and an update on Queensland’s transition to NDIS for mental health. Network meetings are free for AHHA members, with a small charge for non-members and all are welcome to attend. Find our more here.
Health Planning and Evaluation Course
8-9 August and 10-11 October, Brisbane
QUT Health is delivering a new course for individuals seeking to develop skills and knowledge in the planning of health services and the translation of health policy into practice. Delivered over two block periods, each block consisting of two days, this new course has been developed and will be delivered by experts in health planning, policy and evaluation. AHHA members are entitled to a 15% discount on the course fees. Read more.
Consumer Engagement: How can PHNs and LHNs involve consumers in co-creation to improve healthcare?
25 August, Sydney
While consumers continue to be involved as active participants in managing their own health, the focus is now moving forward to include consumers to be involved in innovation and value creation in health care. This is a topical area of health system development both globally and nationally and in turn, the focus of this one day, intensive workshop event presented by the Consumers Health Forum and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Anyone interested in developing their skills in engaging meaningfully with consumers and particularly those involved in creating health services will find this workshop of interest. Find out more here.
7. HealthinfoNET Conferences, workshops and events
Upcoming conferences and events
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshop – Rockhampton, Qld – Monday 1 to Tuesday 2 August 2016 – this two-day workshop provides participants with the skills to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and will inform participants on the correct methods for intervention to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
- Mental Health Assessment of Aboriginal Clients Workshop – Townsville, Qld – Tuesday 2 to Wednesday 3 August 2016 – this two day workshop, presented by Dr Tracy Westerman, aims to improve the cultural competencies of participants. The workshop will include cultural translation of counselling and therapeutic interventions and how to ensure effective engagement, service uptake and treatment.
- Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal Communities – Townsville, Qld – Thursday 4 to Friday 5 August 2016 – This one-and-a-half day training provides participants with information and knowledge about the different risk and protective factors that exist for suicidal behaviours in Aboriginal people.
- Our Future Our Way – Talking Intergenerational Trauma Webinar – Canberra, ACT – Thursday 4 August 2016 – this webinar will be held held on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. The webinar will be held in Canberra but will also be livestreamed for people in other Australian states and territories to join in the conversation and listen to speakers.
- 17th International Mental Health Conference – Gold Coast, Qld – Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 August 2016 – this conference will provide a platform for health professionals such as, clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts, to discuss mental health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.
- 2016 National Stolen Generations Conference – Gold Coast, Qld – Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 August 2016 – this conference aims to provide an educational platform to the wider community and endeavours to assist in a sensitive and culturally appropriate way with healing the spirit, mind and body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Working with Children and Young People through Adversity – Parramatta, NSW – Friday 29 August 2016 – this one-day workshop equips participants with a framework for working therapeutically with children and young people who are experiencing personal diversity. The key focus of this workshop is working with children and young people with a diagnosis of serious illness.
- Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services (QAAMS) – The workshop program will include full training for people undertaking competency certification for the first time and competency update for those previously trained. The workshop program will also allow for interactive group sessions, presentations from services and education about diabetes care. Darwin, NT – Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 2016
- Acute Rheumatic Fever & Rheumatic Heart Disease Education Workshop – The workshop is designed for key health staff involved in the diagnosis and management of people with acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the NT. Darwin, Northern Territory (NT) – Thursday 20 October and Friday 21 October 2016.
- Hurting, helping and healing workshop – This workshop aims to bring attention to the mental health and wellbeing of individuals suffering from ‘at risk’ mental states. Perth, WA – Wednesday 23 November 2016.
- Mental Health Assessment of Aboriginal Clients – This workshop aims to improve the cultural competencies of participants. The workshop will be delivered across Australia. Please refer to the link for the locations and dates.
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation member’s conference 2016 – This conference is planned to take place in Melbourne,
Improving NACCHO communications to members and stakeholders
To reduce the number of NACCHO Communiques we now send out on Mondays an executive summary -Save the date on important events /Conferences/training , members news, awards, funding opportunities :
Register and promote your event , send to