NACCHO health conference alert: Health Workforce National Conference to discuss Close the Gap initiatives and supporting workforce

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National initiatives to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy and to build the supporting health workforce will be discussed and debated at Health Workforce Australia’s (HWA) 2013 national conference in November.

Information and registrations here

The life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is more than 10 years less than other Australians. In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to close the gap in life expectancy within a generation by 2031.

This commitment affects all health professionals and the way care is provided.


Greg Craven, Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council and Adrian Carson (pictured above ), Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, will take part in a panel discussion at HWA’s conference, Skilled and Flexible – The health workforce for Australia’s future.

The session will feature a discussion on the progress made to improve health outcomes to close this gap and how Australia is tracking against its commitment. Mr Craven will also focus on flexible service delivery and funding.

“Any effort to close the gap must acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers make an invaluable contribution,” HWA Acting Chief Executive Ian Crettenden said.

“They are often the first point of contact because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people find it easier to access healthcare services from someone who they can relate to, who understands them and their culture.”

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Romlie Mokak, Chief Executive of the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association, and Janine Milera (pictured above) , Chief Executive of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, will reveal initiatives underway to help increase the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals in the Australian health workforce.

Murra Mullangari – Pathways Alive and Well is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health careers development program, established by the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association to encourage Indigenous senior secondary school students to remain in school and pursue health careers.

Ms Milera will describe initiatives to overcome the challenge of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being uncomfortable using mainstream healthcare services.

More than 50 local and international speakers will explore the latest ideas on leadership, innovation and workforce reform at the event at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 18 to 20 November.

Registrations are now open for this year’s conference.

Concession tickets cost $350 and full price tickets are $600.

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NACCHO conference news: INVITE 2013 Annual CATSINaM Conference

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Janine Milera :Chief Executive Officer

On behalf of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) Board,

I would like to invite you to the 2013 Annual CATSINaM Conference


Hotel Realm in Canberra from the 7th –8th of October.

The CATSINaM Conference has been an annual event for CATSINaM members for fifteen years.


Nurses and midwives from all health sectors, student nurses and midwives, and recently graduated nurses and midwives.


1.NETWORKING It brings together experienced nurses and midwives, clinicians, educators, policy makers and administrators from across the nation.

2.SHARING The intention is to share information and work toward an integrated approach to improving health care and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

3.SHOWCASING: It also provides an opportunity to showcase the very real difference being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by our members.

4.INFORMATION: There will also be guests from a range of allied health professionals attending, along with representatives from State and Commonwealth Government, higher education and the VET sector and leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health.


Download the program here


Register here

We look forward to seeing you at the conference and celebrating our achievements with you.

Janine Milera

Chief Executive Officer


For further information on the CATSINaM 13th National Conference & AGM please contact:

Chrystine Stuart


PO Box 1033, Canberra ACT 2601

0427 896 446


NACCHO News:Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses appoints Janine Milera new CEO

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NACCHO recently announced that the Manager of Projects Janine Milera (pictured above )will be leaving NACCHO after 6 years dedicated service to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health

Speaking about her time at NACCHO Ms Milera said

“I’m so proud to have worked for NACCHO for the past 6 years – it is the living embodiment of our people, strong and resilient and ours – hence I will always be protective of it and like my mum taught me I’ll never forget where I came from.

To be able to leave is made easier by knowing the organisation is vibrant, strong and in the wonderful hands of a woman who I know has dedicated her life to our Sector (emphasis on life!) and who I am proud to say is my colleague and sista (CEO Lisa Briggs)”

Press release from the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN)


Ms Anne Maree Maher, the President of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN), at the same time announced the appointment of Ms Janine Milera as the new Chief Executive Officer of CATSIN.

“The CATSIN Board is thrilled with the appointment,” said Ms Maher.

“Janine is a great fit for CATSIN. She has the ability and talent to lead CATSIN on into the future as a strong and influential voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives.”

Ms Milera, a Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia, has a background in nursing, management, workforce policy and has worked for many years within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector at both a state and national level.

“I am pleased to be joining the national peak organisation representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives,” said Ms Milera.

“I look forward to working with the Board, our members and partners to strengthen and support a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.”

“I have always respected CATSIN’s founding Director Dr Sally Goold, OAM,” said Ms Milera.

“I admire her strength and resilience as she worked tirelessly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives in Australia. I am keen to build on her great work and the solid foundation she has provided.”

Ms Milera will commence at CATSIN on 17 June 2013.

For further comment, please contact

Robyn Coulthard


Ph. 0450 223 042