#NACCHOagm2016 #ACCHO Members Conference starts in Melbourne this week : Strengthening our Future through Self Determination



 ” This week Melbourne will welcome over 300 delegates , ACCHO members and stakeholders to the 2016 NACCHO Annual Members’ Conference.

The theme is Aboriginal Community Controlled Health and  ” Strengthening our Future through Self Determination

You can follow our conference on social media using hashtag #NACCHOagm2016″

Matthew Cooke Chair NACCHO

See Conference website for more details

In this post we list of all speakers and exhibitors plus

Download the complete 48 pages NACCHO Conference Booklet


NACCHO would like to acknowledge our sponsors /exhibitors

(see full list below)

The Fred Hollows Foundation as a Major Sponsor



The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation would like to acknowledge this land that we gather on today as the traditional homes for the Wurundjeri tribe. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future and to the Wurundjeri people, custodians of this land and thank them for allowing us to conduct our business on this land.


 A list of all speakers in order of appearance

( see program for times and bio’s )

1.Strengthening our Future through Self Determination

Speaker: Mr Matthew Cooke, Chairperson, NACCHO

2.Keynote speakers: The Honourable Catherine King MP

Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare

3. Medicare Benefits Scheme review Overview

Speaker: Professor Bruce Robinson, Chair

4. Case study one

Speaker: Mrs Julie Tongs, Chief Executive Office, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

5.Case study two

Speaker: Adrian Carson, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Urban   Indigenous Health (IUIH)

6.Service Planning and Linking to Funding

Speaker: Olga Havnen, Chief Executive Officer, Daniba Dilba

Health Service

7.Heart Foundation – Lighthouse Hospital Project

Speakers : Daniel James and Annie Campbell

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited Workforce

8.Workforce Innovation: a case study Kutjuka

Speakers : Julia McIntyre and Rohani Bin Haji Sahari

9.Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited Regional Model 30 years in the Making

Speakers: Rob McPhee and Vicki O’Donnell

10.Health Justice

Speaker: Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine, Chief Executive Officer

Health Justice Australia

Best Practice

11.Best Practice in Comprehensive Primary Health Care for clients with Chronic Disease

Speaker: Professor Alex Brown, Program Leader,

Aboriginal research, South Australia Health & Medical research Institute

12.Definitions of Comprehensive/Integrated Primary Health Care

Speaker: Ms Donna Ah Chee, Chief Executive Officer, Central Australia Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

13.Our Rights to Quality Health Care- Taking back control in Yarrabah

Speaker: Suzanne Andrews, Gurriny Yealamucka (Good Healing) Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

Two Sessions :

14. Healthy Utopia Mob, Brighter futures.Speakers: Linda Keating and Amanda Hand, Urapuntja Health ServiceAnnual Health Expo and Promotion of bush medicine

15.The Diabetes Story: A digital Diabetes InitiativeSpeaker: Ms Patricia Elarde, Diabetes Queensland

16 .Policy and Service Delivery for Ear & Hearing Health

Speaker : Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (QAIHC)

17 .“First 1000 Days” – Early Childhood, challenges and Progress

Speaker: Professor Kerry Arabena, Chair for Indigenous Health and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit, the University of Melbourne

18. Overview of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSIPEP)

Speaker: Ms Adele Cox, Senior Indigenous Community Research Consultant

19.Overview of NACCHO Strategic Directions and Priorities

Speaker: Ms Patricia Turner, Chief Executive Officer, NACCHO

20.Future Directions

Speaker: Ms Bobbi Campbell, First Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health

21.Improving sexual health and blood borne virus outcomes for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Speaker: Associate Professor James Ward, Head of Infectuous Diseases Research Aboriginal Health, South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

22. The Redfern Statement and an overview of CATSINAM

Speaker: Ms Janine Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer And Mr Leonie Williamson, Senior Policy & research Officer, CATSINAM

23.LAUNCH 2016 Healthy Futures Report Card

Speaker: The Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, MP Minister for Health and Aged Care

24. Social determinants of Health

Speaker: Professor Fran Baum

Fran is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.

All Sponsors and Exhibitors

Dandenong and District Aborigines Health Service

Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd (DDACL) provides programs and services to meet the needs of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We provide a wide range of health care through our Bunurong Health Service as well as a variety of community programs to promote wellbeing and social engagement.

All of our services have a strong cultural component and we strive to provide a supportive, open and culturally safe environment for Aboriginal people.

Victoria Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) was established in 1973 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities. The organisation has expanded steadily over past 40 years to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for our community.

As well as providing a variety of medical services, VAHS is committed to supporting the well-being of the community through contributions to community events and activities. VAHS is also committed to assisting research into the ongoing needs of the community.


KAMS (Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services)

KAMS (Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services) is a regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS), providing a collective voice for a network of member ACCHS from towns and remote communities across the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) was the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) established in the Kimberley in 1978, and was followed by the East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (EKAMS, in Kununurra) in 1984. The vision for a unified voice, to provide centralised resources and collective advocacy for the sector, achieved reality in 1986 with the establishment of KAMS.

Today, the KAMS collective represents four independently incorporated ACCHS – BRAMS,  Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service(OVAHS, previously EKAMS),  Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS)Yura Yungi Medical Service (YYMS in Halls Creek), Nirrumbuk.

While its major role is in regional advocacy and support for member services, KAMS also provides comprehensive primary health care services in the remote communities of Beagle Bay, Bidyadanga and Kutjungka (Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna communities).

The KAMS regional collective of ACCHS is a major employer for in the Kimberley, with Aboriginal people representing more than 60% of its 400+ strong workforce.

KAMS is a member of the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA – www.ahcwa.org) and of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO – www.naccho.org.au) .

Name: Julia McIntyre
Position: Executive Manager Workforce
Address: 12 Napier Terrace Broome
Telephone: 08 9194 3250
Email: jmcintyre@kamsc.org.au
Website: www.kamsc.org.au


Kimberley Renal Service (KRS)

KRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of KAMS

In October 2002 the Kimberley Satellite dialysis Centre in Broome was opened to accommodate 40 residents of the Kimberley requiring haemodialysis. By April 2004 the unit reached capacity and once again Kimberley residents needing haemodialysis began mounting up in Perth.

As a result of this, a review of kidney disease in the Kimberley was performed jointly by WACHS and KAMSC. Figures in 2004 showed that the incidence of end stage kidney disease within the Aboriginal population greatly exceeded the national burden of disease. That dialysis prevalence for the region had more than tripled in the last decade and was increasing at a much faster rate than in the rest of Western Australia (WA).


Derby Dialysis Unit

Derby Dialysis Unit

Kununurra Dialysis Unit


ISA Healthcare Solutions

ISA Healthcare Solutions is part of the ISA Group, an organisation with an impeccable 25 year history of delivering ICT services to clients across Australia and Asia. Our focus is on the intersection of healthcare and technology, and this is underpinned by our team of experts across the two domains, including clinicians, health administrators, management consultants and technologists, that work together at the cutting edge of health technology. Headquartered in Perth, WA, we provide strategic clinical and commercial consulting services to healthcare providers across Australia, as well as a number of product offerings.

Core to our services is MMEx, a web-based e-Health platform that connects you to a diverse medical community. Our evidence-based care planning system provides market leading coordinated care capability. Underpinned by decision support tools that form the basis for effective clinical governance, MMEx takes a patient-centric approach informing superior clinical management and practice administration.



AMSANT is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in the Northern Territory. Approximately one third of the population of the NT are Aboriginal, mostly living in very remote areas. AMSANT and the ACCHSs sector have an impressive record in delivering health outcomes for our communities:

  • The first ACCHSs was established over 40 years ago and the sector has grown to be the largest provider of primary health care services to Aboriginal people in the NT, delivering over half of all episodes of care.
  • Our sector has led the development of the model of Aboriginal comprehensive PHC, and provides effective health advocacy as well as leadership in areas such as clinical governance and the use of eHealth technologies.
  • AMSANT works in formal partnership with the NT and Australian governments through the NT Aboriginal Health Forum on system-wide health planning. ACCHS are recognised as the preferred model for delivering Aboriginal and regional PHC, and there is an active process of transitioning government services to Aboriginal community control.



Telstra Health

The way healthcare is delivered is changing.

Telstra Health is embracing that change by developing solutions designed to build a better connected health system. Regardless of the role you play – patient or practitioner, provider or government – our goal is the same; we want to make health care easier for you. We want to increase convenience, lower costs, provide new choices and deliver a better experience. We want to make healthcare simpler. That’s why we’ve invested in digital health solutions across the health system- including for GPs, aged and residential care, hospitals, radiology, pharmacy, indigenous care, health analytics and telemedicine. And we’re connecting those services to empower patients in their own health, free healthcare professionals from paperwork and make all that medical data meaningful.

Name: Elizabeth Ellis
Position: Communicare Business and Account Manager
Telephone: 08 6212 6900
Email: enquiries@telstrahealth.com
Website: https://www.telstrahealth.com/communicare



We Recognising the past – Investing in the future

Westpac Weave is Westpac Group’s ‘living’ reconciliation action plan. It is where you’ll find details about our commitments to support Indigenous customers, communities and employees to prosper and grow.

Westpac has made solid progress during 2016 towards the commitments of its 2015-2017 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

As part of Westpac’s broader annual reporting suite, the RAP update demonstrated some 2017 targets had been met ahead of schedule, such as the number of Indigenous Australian businesses included in Westpac’s supply chain, while others were proving challenging.



HESTA is the industry super fund for health and community services. Since 1987, HESTA has grown to become the largest super fund dedicated to this industry. Today we have more than 820,000 members and $36 billion in assets. Those who work in the health and community services industry support Australians when they need it most. We’re proud to play a key role in helping you create the future you want. HESTA’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) — endorsed by Reconciliation Australia — sets out the steps we will take to demonstrate our strong commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations. This RAP demonstrates our desire to achieve lasting change internally, in our sphere of influence in the super movement and in the wider health and community services sector.



Blacka Wear Pty Ltd is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated promotional items and apparel company that provides innovative promotional products to promote your brand, organisation, business – to get your message and presence known out in the community you support.

With customer satisfaction of key importance to us, we work with and listen to our clients to ensure that the products suit their needs and are of excellent quality standard and delivered in a timely fashion at competitive prices.

Our vision is to develop and sustain an Indigenous owned supply chain of office wear, incentive and promotional products to Indigenous & Government departments, educational sectors and sporting groups. We seek to offer employment and training opportunities to our community within Blacka Wear Pty Ltd. We also aim to create partnerships with Indigenous organisations and Government Departments to boost our training capacity over the next 5 years.

Find us on Supply Nation and SEQICC’s Indigenous Business Directory.

Name: Warwick Go Sam
Position: Manager
Address: Office located at 3/16 Randall Street, Slacks Creek, Brisbane 4127
Telephone: 07 3462 9043
Email: sales@blackawear.com.au
Website: www.blackawear.com.au



Quality Use of Medicines Maximised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

QUMAX is a collaboration between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGoA), and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health under the Community Pharmacy Agreement.

The QUMAX Program is delivered by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and Community Pharmacies. This is a mature, proven beneficial program that aims to improve quality use of medicines and contribute to positive health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, of any age, who present at participating Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs).



The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA)

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) is the professional body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners in Australia.

NATSIHWA focuses on supporting the specialist health workers and health practitioners who work tirelessly to maximise health outcomes and close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These valuable, frontline primary health workers and health practitioners are a vital part of Australia’s health care system.

We are one of a handful of associations in Australia dedicated entirely to developing a strong, professional Indigenous health workforce. NATSIHWA is the only one focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners.


Name: Renae Kilmister
Position: Membership Officer
Address: Unit 2 31-37 Townshend St, Phillip, ACT, 2606
Telephone: (02) 6221 9230
Email: membership@natsihwa.org.au
Website: www.natsihwa.org.au


Australian Red Cross

Australian Red Cross was formed in 1914 by a group of women determined to provide humanitarian relief at the outbreak of another conflict – the First World War.  For over a century, people in Australia have found support and solace in Red Cross – during emergencies, in personal crises, and through ongoing hardship.

We build partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, help the elderly and marginalised make life-changing social connections, and support vulnerable migrants to find their feet.

Insurance House

Care, professionalism, imagination and leadership are at the crux of what shapes us and what drives us towards wanting to close the gap between the opportunities that exists for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and organisations alike. Insurance House is well placed to assist NACCHO members with providing the best possible insurance and risk management solutions. Leading this charge is the in-house expertise of our broking staff; in particular our local Queensland branch that is headed up by Ian Dobbs, State Manager Broking, QLD. Ian has extensive experience within the Health and Not-For-Profit Organisations throughout Australia. Ian’s passion is not just to provide financial risk solutions but to assist in the growth and development of your business by providing a bespoke, economical, risk solution that is aligned with your organisational long term objectives.

Name:  Ian Dobbs
Position: State Manager, Brisbane
Address: Suite 14, 36 Agnes Street
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone 1300 305 834
Email: ian.dobbs@ihgroup.com.au
Website: www.insurancehouse.com.au

Autism Queensland

The Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Officer (EI ILO) Program aims to increase awareness of childhood disability in Indigenous families and communities, assist access to diagnosis, education and funding, and to provide links to culturally relevant services to enable a better understanding of each other and the roles they play in their child’s wellbeing.

Name: Florence Williams
Position: National Indigenous Liaison Officer
Address: 437 Hellawell Road, SUNNYBANK QLD 4109
Telephone: 07 3273 0000
Email: info@eiilo.com.au
Website: www.eiilo.com.au



Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For over 50 years, we’ve led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Our sights are set on a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Heart Foundation is a co-signatory to the national Close the Gap campaign and we are committed to improving the life expectancy and quality of life of Indigenous Australians.

Name: Daniel James
Position: National Aboriginal Health Unit Manager
Address: Level 12, 500 Collins St, Melbourne
Telephone: 03 9090 2038
Email: daniel.james@heartfoundation.org.au
Website: https://heartfoundation.org.au/



The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) is the sole representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives in Australia. CATSINaM’s primary function is to implement strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into nursing and midwifery professions.


NACCHO’s vision is:

Aboriginal people enjoy quality of life through whole-of-community self-determination and individual spiritual, cultural, physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands.

Our members continue to demonstrate that they are the leading provider of culturally appropriate, comprehensive, primary health care to Aboriginal people across the nation, exceeding Government or private providers. The definition of “health” adopted by NACCHO and members is in accordance with that described in the 1989 National Aboriginal Health Strategy.

Aboriginal Health means not just the physical wellbeing of an individual, but refers to the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total wellbeing of their community. It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.

Name: NACCHO Secretariat
Position: National Aboriginal Health Unit Manager
Address: Level 3, 221 London Circuit, Canberra City ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6246 9301
Email: Reception@naccho.org.au
Website: www.naccho.org.au

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