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14 July  : Local Drug Action Team Grant Round 2 Close

20 June Innovations in Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Forum (live streaming only or follow on Twitter

21 June Broadband for the bush Forum- Indigenous Focus Day

21 June Consumer Health Forum Australia Webinar Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review.

28 June National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

1-2 July Aboriginal Health Conference  Perth

8 July Deadly Choices / The Long Walk Brisbane


8-9 July myPHN Conference 2017 – National health conference

7 July Awabakal 40th Anniversary Dinner

4 August : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s day

8-9 August 2nd World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Viral Hepatitis Alaska in August 2017

20-23 September AIDA Conference 2017

10 October CATSINAM Professional Development Conference Gold Coast

18 -20 October 35th Annual CRANAplus Conference Broome

30 October2 Nov NACCHO AGM Members Meeting Canberra Details to be released soon (May 2017)

27-30 November Indigenous Allied Health Australia : IAHA Conference Perth

27-30 November Indigenous Allied Health Australia : IAHA Conference Perth


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14 July  : Local Drug Action Team Grant Round 2 Close

LDAT Home Page

The LDAT program is about building partnerships that focus on primary prevention work in your community. The members of an LDAT commit to working together as a team to promote social inclusion and to community-driven, evidence informed approaches that strengthen protective factors against AOD misuse. Your LDAT could include representatives of local government, local community groups, local traders/business associations, police, schools, and local not-for-profit organisations.

Communities will need to form groups with cross sector representatives and apply to become an LDAT. In round 2, LDAT’s will receive a minimum of $10,000 to either develop their LDAT further or implement activity/s. An invitation-only grant round will be open on 15 August where invited LDATs will be invited to apply for further funding of up to $40,000 (including the initial $10,000).

Which communities?

With a goal of bringing 220 LDATs into the program by 2020, we are looking for communities all across Australia, particularly those that have one or more of the following aspects:

  • High rates of unemployment
  • Regional centers / remote communities
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • High population of Indigenous people
  • Areas of high population growth
  • Social disadvantage
  • Specific priority population group
  • High levels of alcohol and other drug harms

The distribution of LDATs around the country will be reflective of the population spread of Australia.

Criteria for becoming an LDAT

LDAT applications will be assessed against the following criteria:


  • Multi-sector support and membership from at least two other organisations across the community.
  • Capability from an organisation that can act as the lead agency and provide a convening and auspice role to the LDAT and manage and administer any grant funds.
  • Commitment from the leaders (CEO, elders and/or board) of each organisation in the partnership
  • A formal arrangement that guides the work of the partnership (e.g. MOU, contract)
  • Extent to which the team promotes social inclusion and does not intentionally seek to exclude sectors of the community
  • Demonstrated capacity to successfully work together
  • Members with the ability to lead and enact change in their community

For more information about building effective partnerships read this article.

Community engagement

  • Local data and statistics, particularly around alcohol and other drugs, that demonstrate an existing need in your community
  • Commitment to a process of community consultation
  • Evidence of engaging with the people who will be affected by your project/s (if you already have one).


This section is for teams that have a project they are seeking funding for.

  • Not a single, one-off activity that is disconnected from a broader strategy
  • Evidence informed approach (for more information about what is in and out of scope click here)
  • Primary prevention focus
  • An approach or project that sits within a broader community plan – it is recommended that teams locate their community action plan prior to applying or request support in their application to develop one where it does not exist*.

*A community action plan could be a local government health and wellbeing plan, alcohol and drug action strategy, Aboriginal health plan, etc. and your team should demonstrate how your LDAT will contribute to the outcomes of this plan.

For more information about identifying and building a Community Action plan read this resource.

The process

  • 1 June 2017 – LDAT Applications open to join the LDAT program
  • 14 July 2017 – Applications close
  • Independent panel reviews applications
  • Early August – Applicants notified of outcome to join the LDAT program. LDATs receive $10,000.
  • 15 August – Grant by invitation round – Initial funding can be topped up to $40,000 to work on a primary prevention project. LDATs will be invited to apply for this funding based on the strength of their LDAT application.
  • 15 September – Grant applications round close
  • Late September – All funding announced.

LDAT grants

Over $8 million will be distributed between 2016 – 2020 to support LDATs to implement their LDAT Action Plan.

Once your team is awarded with LDAT status, you qualify for a one off grant of $10,000 to help you strengthen your partnerships, expand your community consultation and needs assessment and ensure you have done the preparatory work in order to create an evidence-informed and community-led activity (project).

LDATs which demonstrate an established partnership and meet all the assessment criteria may be invited to apply for a further grant of up to $40,000 (including the one off $10,000) to develop and implement activity/s in their LDAT Action Plan.

An LDAT will be eligible for grants each year it participates in the program. For example, an LDAT entering the program in year 1, can apply for a grant in the following three years. Progress against your LDAT Action Plan must be achieved to receive grants over successive years of the program.

An LDAT may still be part of the program without applying for a grant. The tools, resources, and support that ADF provide can assist groups to develop and implement an LDAT Action Plan without a grant and we encourage all LDATs to think beyond just the activity/s they are funded for.


20 June Innovations in Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Forum (live streaming only or follow on Twitter

View HERE from 9.00 am

The “Innovations in Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Forum” will be an opportunity for clinicians, Aboriginal Health Workers, managers and researchers to showcase work in the following categories.

1.Transfer of care / discharge planning
2.Social and emotional wellbeing
3.Health literacy
4.Cultural safety
5.Community engagement

Download the 24 Page info booklet HERE 148343-ACI-full-book

Agenda (pdf 78Kb)

Event sold out

The forum will be live-streamed. Please register for live-streaming using the link below.

Join the waiting

 MC Troy Combo : Healthy for Life and Programs Manager at Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation

Troy commenced his career in Aboriginal Health in 1994 whilst undertaking his Diploma in Aboriginal Health at Redfern AMS.

He has a strong grounding in the community controlled sector and has worked for the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector at local and State levels.

He has held positions at two of Australia’s most prestigious research centres in the field of Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses; the Kirby Institute and the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW.

In 2006 Troy was first National Policy Officer for Hepatitis Australia where he undertook a mapping and scoping project of Hepatitis C prevention and education programs in the Aboriginal community.

Whilst with Hepatitis Australia he also convened the first National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Hepatitis C Conference in 2007.

More recently he worked for the Queensland Aboriginal Islander Health Council in the field of Social & Emotional Well Being.

Troy is currently employed as the Healthy for Life and Programs Manager at Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation, Richmond Valley Clinic in Casino and in 2015/2016 he was a member of the North Coast Human Research Ethics Committee.

21 June Broadband for the bush Forum- Indigenous Focus Day

Where:   Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA
Cost:  Free (lunch provided)
RSVP:  By Friday 9 June to
Download the invitation Indigenous Focus Day-Invitation

Topic:   A day of sharing stories, experiences and ideas about the pathway to digital inclusion for remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The day will be facilitated by Christine Ross, with a great program including Welcome to Country by Noel Nannup, Keynote by Professor Leonard Collard and 13 short presentations from across remote and regional Australia.

This will provide the background for four group discussions on the obstacles to digital inclusion, innovative solutions, and an action plan for a Indigenous Digital Inclusion Strategy for Remote and Regional Australia.

If you would like to be part of this conversation, we would love to hear from you.
For more information see:

21 June Consumer Health Forum Australia Webinar Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review

Join us for a webinar about the latest work and future directions of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review. 12.00 Pm to 1.00 PM

In April 2015, the then Minister for Health established the MBS Review Taskforce to consider how the more than 5,700 services listed in the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice, and improve health outcomes for patients.
The Taskforce recently released its latest set of reports for public consultation until 21 July 2017. These six reports cover:  renal medicine; spinal surgery; dermatology, allergy and immunology; diagnostic imaging of the knee; diagnostic imaging for pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis; and urgent after-hours services.

Further details about the consultation process; copies of the six reports, their factsheets and summaries for consumers; and access to the online surveys are all available at:

The webinar will include a presentation from Professor Bruce Robinson, Chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, and a consumer representative involved in the Review process.
In order to participate in the webinar, you need to register on our website by COB on 20 June. Register here:

 28 June National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers


PROGRAMJoin the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSIHWA) for a one day CPD networking workshop focussed on current workforce development opportunities.

Upskill and strengthen your skill level in a specialised area and find out what is happening through program development, education and funding opportunities.

Hear from organisations such as: PHN Primary Heath Network, CranaPlus, Autism QLD, Rheumatic Heart, PEPA Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach, Aboriginal Learning Circle, Diabetes Australia, IBA Indigenous Business Australia, HESTA Superannuation, 1800 RESPECT, Hearing Australia and more to be annuonced in the coming months (tailored for your specific region).

Current topics on the agenda:

Who is NATSIHWA? – an update on what is happening on a national level.

NATSIHWA Membership Benefits – Why join? Access to online members portal, web resources, weekly eNewsletter and social media.

Scope of Practice – An update on the development of the national framework for the scope of practice for ATSIHW’s and ATSIHP’s.

AHPRA – Who is AHPRA and what do they do? Why register with AHPRA? CPD requirements of ongoing registration.

Modern Award – An update on the progress of the modern award process with Fair Work Australia.

Workforce Development – Career development, training opportunities, CPD Points, GNARTN Tool, Scholarships.

 1-2 July Aboriginal Health Conference  Perth .
Join medical practitioners, health professionals, educators, researchers and Indigenous leaders who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians.

The 2017 Aboriginal Conference theme, champions | connection | culture, will be explored through inspiring keynote speakers, relevant clinical updates, educational workshops and clinical problem-based case study learning opportunities.

With a focus on chronic conditions that have a large impact on the health and quality of life for Aboriginal Australians, the program will also feature best practice updates, emerging trends, psychological wellbeing and support workshops, and hands-on training and clinical practice. The program will be available online soon!

For more information and to register, visit or contact the Events team via email,
8 July Deadly Choices / The Long Walk Brisbane

Did you know that each year the AFL holds an Indigenous round – the Sir Doug Nicholls Round – aimed at building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians?

The Brisbane Lions had an away game for this year’s Sir Doug Nicholls round, so they’re holding their own home game Indigenous round during NAIDOC week, after the Long Walk.

Don’t miss out on this event! Register for the Long Walk now (via the AFL Queensland website) and get a free ticket to the football after the walk!


The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

More info about events

8-9 July myPHN Conference 2017 – National health conference


myPHN Conference 2017: Transforming healthcare together will attract more than 40 expert health speakers and around 400 delegates from across the nation at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino from 8-9 July.

The second annual national Primary Health Network (PHN) conference will explore the ever changing landscape of health across Australia, focusing on current health reforms, the future of digital health, and what they mean for healthcare providers and the wider community.

It will be officially opened by the Honourable Ken Wyatt MP, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

Conference Chair, Professor Brian Dolan, will lead the interactive two-day program which also includes pre-conference workshops, a myPHN networking event, and a Digital Health Breakfast.

Key streams include social determinants of health, partnerships in primary health, and digital and data innovation.

myPHN Conference Steering Committee Chair Trent Twomey said the conference will deliver unique opportunities for health providers to access keynote speakers addressing a wide range of key health issues.

“We’re proud to once again bring the annual national PHN conference to the region, and it’s a real coup for Cairns to be able to welcome such an array of health experts,” said Mr Twomey.

“In one weekend, delegates will be able to get up to speed on crucial primary health topics by listening, engaging and connecting with fellow health industry professionals.

“myPHN Conference 2017 will address how we can work together to provide optimum service to patients through a series of purposeful workshops and presentations.

“After a sell-out inaugural event in 2016, myPHN Conference will this year deliver a bigger and even better program to help prepare healthcare providers for the future.”

myPHN Conference 2017, with registrations starting at just $75, is open to a wide range of health professionals, including:

  • general practitioners
  • pharmacists
  • dentists
  • nurses
  • allied health professionals
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers
  • medical administrators
  • policy makers
  • medical educators
  • local government and community advocates
  • medical allied health and nursing students.

“The conference is all about working together to improve the patient journey, ensuring that patients receive the right care, at the right time, and in the right place,” said Mr Twomey.

Advance Cairns Chief Executive Officer Kevin Byrne said the two-day conference was great news for the Cairns economy.


“We estimate that this conference will bring approximately $750,000 into the Cairns economy through visiting intrastate and interstate delegates, with local tourism and hospitality businesses set to benefit greatly,” said Mr Byrne.


“At this time of the year, Cairns and northern Queensland is a perfect destination for people to visit and experience our amazing natural wonders, and get a taste of the great North Queensland lifestyle.”

Some of the expert speakers presenting at the conference include:

  • Professor Brian Dolan (Director at UK-based organisation Health Service 360 and leader in health systems reform)
  • Michael Moore (CEO at Public Health Association of Australia)
  • Janet Quigley (Acting First Assistant Secretary, Department of Health).

“We would like to invite all health practitioners and their teams to Cairns in magnificent Far North Queensland for high-quality professional skilling and an engaging winter retreat,” added Mr Twomey.

For more information on the conference, including full details of the program, how to register, and trade/sponsorship opportunities, visit the official website at or the conference’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.


4 August each year, Children’s Day

SNAICC has announced the theme for this year’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s day

Held on 4 August each year, Children’s Day has been celebrated across the country since 1988 and is Australia’s largest national day to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The theme for Children’s Day 2017 is Value Our Rights, Respect Our Culture, Bring Us Home which recognises the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them Home Report and the many benefits our children experience when they are raised with strong connections to family and culture.

8-9 August 2nd World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Viral Hepatitis Alaska USA

2nd World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Viral Hepatitis in Anchorage Alaska in August 2017 after the 1st which was held in Alice Springs in 2014.

Download Brochure Save the date – World Indigenous Hepatitis Conference Final
Further details are available at

20-23 September AIDA Conference 2017

The AIDA Conference in 2017 will celebrate 20 years since the inception of AIDA. Through the theme Family. Unity. Success. 20 years strong we will reflect on the successes that have been achieved over the last 20 years by being a family and being united. We will also look to the future for AIDA and consider how being a united family will help us achieve all the work that still needs to be done in growing our Indigenous medical students, doctors, medical academics and specialists and achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This conference will be an opportunity to bring together our members, guests, speakers and partners from across the sector to share in the reflection on the past and considerations for the future. The conference will also provide a platform to share our individual stories, experiences and achievements in a culturally safe environment.

Conference website

10 October CATSINAM Professional Development Conference Gold Coast


Contact info for CATSINAM

18 -20 October 35th Annual CRANAplus Conference Broome

We are pleased to announce the 35th Annual CRANAplus Conference will be held at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa in Broome, Western Australia, from 18 to 20 October 2017.


Since the organisation’s inception in 1982 this event has served to create an opportunity for likeminded remote and isolated health individuals who can network, connect and share.

It serves as both a professional and social resource for the Remote and Isolated Health Workforce of Australia.

We aim to offer an environment that will foster new ideas, promote collegiate relationships, provide opportunities for professional development and celebrate remote health practice.

Conference Website


26-27 October Diabetes and cardiovascular research, stroke and maternal and child health issues.

‘Translation at the Centre’ An educational symposium

Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs

This year the Symposium will look at research translation as well as the latest on diabetes and cardiovascular research, stroke and maternal and child health issues.  The event will be run over a day and a half.
The Educational Symposium will feature a combination of relevant plenary presentations from renowned scientists and clinicians plus practical workshops.

Registration is free but essential.

Please contact the symposium coordinator on 1300 728 900 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or via email at  

30 October2 Nov NACCHO AGM Members Meeting Canberra

Details to be released

27-30 November Indigenous Allied Health Australia : IAHA Conference Perth


Abstracts for the IAHA 2017 National Conference are now open!

We are calling for abstracts for concurrent oral presentations and workshops under the following streams:
– Care
– Cultures
– Connection

For abstract more information visit the IAHA Conference website at:


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