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1.Protection, Prevention and Promotion

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2. NACCHO Members Conference AGM: Registrations are open   : 6-8 December 2016  Melbourne

Attention NACCHO Member Organisations and Stakeholders

AGM 2016

As you are aware, the  2016 NACCHO Members’ Meeting and Annual General Meeting will be in Melbourne this year
The dates are fast approaching – so register today

The NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM provides a forum for the Aboriginal community controlled health services workforce, bureaucrats, educators, suppliers and consumers to:

  • To support sustainable approaches to health care for continued health improvement and self determination
  • 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
The NACCHO Members’ Conference and AGM will be held at the
Grand Hyatt Melbourne,
123 Collins Street,
Melbourne VICTORIA

Which has 548 guest rooms & whilst a number of these rooms have currently been held for NACCHO delegates at a heavily discounted rate, these will be released for general sale to the public at scheduled intervals.

We highly recommend you book your accommodation early, which can be done via the unique online booking link.!


Ticket Registrations Available

Payment will be accepted through Event Brite on the registration form.

Invoices will be issued up to 28-days prior to the start of event. If you choose the “issue invoice” option, please note that invoices MUST be paid within 14-days of issue.

In the event that your invoice is not paid within 14-days, your registration will be cancelled.  However, this will be notified to you via e-mail.

If you are registering within 14-days of the event and require an invoice please call the NACCHO secretariat on 02 6246 9301 or


Registrations received on any day of this three day event will incur a late fee of $100 per registration: credit card payment will only be accepted – an invoice will not be issued. Late registrations are also not guaranteed the full conference kit, i.e. Program, bag, t-shirt etc.

Item Price (ex GST) Late registration fee (at event)Standard fee plus $100 (ex GST)
Voting Member (2 only per member service) $    890.00 $   990.00
Non-Voting Member $ 1,090.00 $1,190.00
Observer $ 1,290.00 $1,290.00
Day delegate $    450.00 $   550.00



Notes on types of registration

  • NACCHO Voting Member – 2 per Member Service

    As a member of NACCHO you are entitled to two Voting Member registrations only. Therefore, only two delegates from your organisation can register as a Voting Member.

    NACCHO Non-Voting member

    If you have further delegates to register, please use the Non-Voting Member registration section.

    Non-Members (Observers)

    Non NACCHO members, register in this section.

    Day Delegate

    Please Note: One registration per delegate only – delegates are not to share one registration. Each person attending the Members’ Conference and/or AGM is required to purchase a Registration for either the full three days or, if not attending for all three days, pay a Registration Fee for each day of attendance at the “Day Delegate” rate.

    3.NACCHO AGM edition Aboriginal Health Newspaper


    Editorial Opportunities

    We are now looking to all our members, programs and sector stakeholders for advertising, compelling articles, eye-catching images and commentary for inclusion in our next edition.

    Maximum 600 words (word file only) with image

    Please Note: All submitted advertising and editorial content is subject to space availability and review by the NACCHO Newspaper editorial committee

    Advertising opportunities

    This 24-page newspaper is produced and distributed as an insert in the Koori Mail, circulating 14,000 full-colour print copies nationally via newsagents and subscriptions.

    Our audited readership (Audit Bureau of Circulations) is 100,000 readers!

    Our target audience also includes over 1,500 NACCHO member and affiliate health organisations, relevant government departments, subsidiary indigenous health services and suppliers, as well as the end-users of Australian Indigenous health services nationally.

    Your advertising support means we can build this newspaper to a cost-neutral endeavour, thereby guaranteeing its future.

    Rate Card

    Note: the earlier you book your ad or submit an article for consideration, the better placement we can offer in the printed newspaper. All prices are GST inclusive. Discounts are available to not-for-profits, NACCHO member organisations and industry stakeholders. All prices include artwork if required.

    More info and RATE CARD

    For further information contact:

    Colin Cowell – 0401 331 251
    Communications and Marketing Consultant


4.National Conference: Closing the Prison Gap: Building Cultural Resilience

WHEN: 10-11 October 2016

WHERE: Mantra on Salt Beach, Gunnamatta Avenue, Kingscliff, NSW

WHO TO CONTACT: Meg Perkins Mobile 0417 614 135

The Closing the Gap: Building Cultural Resilience national conference will look closely at issues around changing the Australian criminal justice system while celebrating grassroots, community-led and unfunded activities being undertaken by First Nations People.

Australia has a long history of over-incarceration of First Nations peoples, beginning with the first Aboriginal Protection Act in Victoria in 1869, and culminating in the abuses at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in the Northern Territory in 2016.

It is obvious that we need to make changes in the Australian criminal justice system – studies on risk and protective factors have shown that cultural resilience is a major factor involved in protecting new generations from the trauma and disadvantage of the past.

Cultural resilience was first mentioned in the literature by Native American educators who noticed that their students on the reservation succeeded, in spite of poverty and exposure to substance abuse and lateral violence, when they were supported by traditional tribal structures, spirituality and cultural practices.

The theory of cultural resilience suggests that the practice of culture creates a psychological sense of belonging and a positive

5. 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.

Register HERE

6. NATSIHWA  6th & 7th of October 2016


On the 6th & 7th of October 2016 NATSIHWA is holding the bi-annual National Conference at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane. The conference is the largest event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners.

The theme for this year’s conference is “my story, my knowledge, our future”

my story – health workers and health practitioners sharing their stories about why they came into this profession, what they do in their professional capacity and what inspires them.

my knowledge – being able to gain new knowledge and passing knowledge onto others by sharing and networking.

our future – using stories and knowledge to shape their future and the future of their communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners are our valuable frontline primary health care workers and are a vital part of Australia’s health care profession. This conference will bring together health workers and health practitioners from across the country.

Register now and get the early bird special. Each registration includes a ticket to the awards dinner.

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7. HealthinfoNET Conferences, workshops and events

Upcoming conferences and events.

Conferences, workshops and events

  • RHD
  • 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.
    Workshop – Acute Rheumatic Fever& Rheumatic Heart Disease Education Workshop (16 CME/CPD hours)
    Date: 20-21 October 2016
    Time: 08:00 – 16:30 (each day)
    Location: John Matthews Building (Building 58) Menzies, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Darwin
    Course overview: The rheumatic heart disease 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 Northern Territory. This workshop will engage participants with a combination of objective driven information sessions, and consolidate that knowledge with a series of targeted clinical and practical case studies.
  • 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,

Health Planning and Evaluation Course
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.

RACMA – Harm Free Health Care Conference
10-11 October, Brisbane
The theme for the Royal Australasian College of Medial Administrators conference this year is “Harm Free Health Care”. This conference is designed to challenge and debate whether health care can be Harm Free and what practical approaches can be considered. As one of their flagship events, the RACMA Annual Scientific Meeting is expected to attract around 250 delegates to Brisbane who will be a mixture of senior managers, clinical specialists with management roles, researchers, educators, policy makers, and health ministry and health provider executives. This year they have an international keynote speaker, Samuel Shem M.D who is also a renowned author sharing his experience at the conference. Find out more here.

Sidney Sax Medal Dinner
19 October, Brisbane
The Sidney Sax Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research. Join us celebrate the awarding of the 2016 Sidney Sax Medal at a networking dinner following the AHHA AGM. The dinner will also feature Sean Parnell, Health Editor at The Australian as the guest speaker. Find out more here.

Stepped Care Models for Mental Health Workshop
28 October, Sydney
Primary Health Networks have been funded by the Commonwealth to facilitate implementation of stepped care models in  Australian mental health services. Effective implementation will require partnerships, resources, new and redefined models and services. With no clear national guideline or agreement on what stepped care models should look like, and the need for a strong coalition across jurisdictions and providers to drive implementation, PHNs do not have a clear road map. This workshop will bring together key players to understand what has been learned to date in the development and implementation of stepped care models and the way forward to effective implementation in the Australian health care system. Find out more here.

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NACCHO #PHAACDN2016 Health News Alert : Catherine Kings opening speech Public Health Conference Alice Springs


” Everyone in this room knows that relatively small, evidence-based investments by governments can reap huge health benefits. We know that national leadership is crucial for health protection, prevention and promotion.

But everyone here also knows that governments don’t always accept those realities.

What we’ve seen in recent years at the Commonwealth level is a cycle of boom and bust in public health:

  • A 10 year roadmap for action on obesity, tobacco and alcohol – now ignored;
  • A National Preventive Health Agency – now abolished;
  • An investment of almost $1 billion in preventive health – now gutted;
  • A focus on Closing the Gap in Indigenous health, and addressing health inequalities for other Australians – now virtually on the backburner.”




Let me begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the lands upon which we meet. I pay my respects to their elders past and present.

And let me thank the Public Health Association of Australia and the Chronic Diseases Network for hosting me today.

I also want to acknowledge my colleague Warren Snowdon, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health and Northern Australia, and a champion of public health for decades. Thank you Warren.

I’m thrilled to be with you today. I asked Michael if I could come because I wanted to reaffirm Labor’s commitment to public health. And as we begin a new term of Parliament, I’m keen to hear your ideas on health protection, prevention and promotion.

I’ve been lucky to meet many of you as Shadow Health Minister and throughout my career. But for those I haven’t met, I should introduce myself as something of a public health enthusiast.

I began my career as a social worker in Ballarat. Having come out of what was then one of the structural schools of social work, my focus was less on clinical work and more on inequality and community development.

As a social worker, it was obvious to me that people’s health was shaped by factors well beyond the health system – where they were born, the type of family they were born into, their education, housing, employment and so on. I’ll come back to this, because I think social determinants and the health inequalities they cause need to be a focus in the new Parliament.

Later, I moved to Canberra to work in the Health Department’s Population Health Division, on Commonwealth-state funding agreements and later heading up the injury prevention unit. My boss was Peita Laut, who went on to become head of the PHAA.

I was first elected to Parliament in 2001, and served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing and later the Regional Development Minister in the last Labor Government.

So public health has always been close to my heart, and I feel at home here.

The politics of public health

But I’ve also been in Parliament for almost 15 years, and I do want to make some comments on the realpolitik of public health.

Everyone in this room knows that relatively small, evidence-based investments by governments can reap huge health benefits. We know that national leadership is crucial for health protection, prevention and promotion.

But everyone here also knows that governments don’t always accept those realities.

What we’ve seen in recent years at the Commonwealth level is a cycle of boom and bust in public health:

  • A 10 year roadmap for action on obesity, tobacco and alcohol – now ignored;
  • A National Preventive Health Agency – now abolished;
  • An investment of almost $1 billion in preventive health – now gutted;
  • A focus on Closing the Gap in Indigenous health, and addressing health inequalities for other Australians – now virtually on the backburner.

Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition Government would have Australians believe that we can’t afford to spend money on public health. My view – Labor’s view – is that we can’t afford not to.

The Government and other voices also see public health interventions as the thin end of the nanny state wedge. Some of those voices have platforms in the Senate, and in our national debate.

To counter those views and invest in public health, we need two things. First, we need loud and determined advocacy from the public health sector. You need to keep the pressure on governments – and oppositions for that matter – to focus and invest. And you need to do that fearlessly, without thought of retribution from governments.

The second thing we need is strong political leadership. That’s a job for me and my colleagues. We need voices in our parliaments and our parties that are committed to public health.

Labor policy

I’m proud to say that Labor demonstrated our commitment again in the recent election campaign, with a $300 million package to prevent chronic disease and promote health.

It was good policy, and I thank many of you for your part in developing it. But we announced it late in the eight week campaign, and it got a little lost in the argy-bargy. So I want to highlight three measures in particular.

First, we committed to developing Australia’s first National Physical Activity Strategy. Frankly, it is past time for the Commonwealth to devote its full attention to getting Australians moving more.

Strategies are useful, but implementing them requires investment. So Labor committed $30 million a year to the Physical Activity Strategy – roughly equivalent to Scotland’s investment in its world-leading plan.

Many Australians – and I have to admit, many politicians – think of physical activity in terms of sport. But our commitment was guided by those of you who participated in the Consensus Forum in Canberra last year. We want to get all Australians moving more – not just those who play sport. So we committed to developing policies that boost activity across all groups, settings and sectors.

Second, Labor committed to establishing 50 Healthy Communities across Australia. We had been impressed by the Healthy Together Communities in Victoria and the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle program in South Australia, and wanted to roll the model out nationally.

Again, we put our money where our mouth was and committed $50 million a year. This level of investment would provide significant support to each of the Healthy Communities, helping them to address their unique challenges.

And again, our Healthy Communities commitment took a comprehensive view. Rather than investing in particular projects, we want to embed healthy attitudes and behaviours everywhere people live, learn, work and play. So our initiative was designed to be flexible, allowing communities to fund a range of strategies like:

  • Embedding coordinators in local government to increase activity and improve nutrition;
  • Working with food producers and distributors to make healthy food options available in schools and workplaces; and
  • Working with state and local governments to encourage activity, such as by building walking and cycling paths.

Third, Labor committed to continuing to drive down smoking rates. We are proud of our record on tobacco control, and glad that the Government has now adopted our plan to increase tobacco excise – which they initially mocked.

But some people and groups have proven stubbornly resistant to our efforts so far. So on the advice of Mike Daube and others, we committed $20 million to renew the national tobacco campaign. The Cancer Council said this would “yield substantial reductions in smoking and related death and disease”.

We also committed $30 million to target at-risk populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Australians with mental illness. We wanted to give Primary Health Networks and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations the resources and flexibility to develop and commission local responses.

The 45th Parliament

Of course, Labor will not get the chance to implement these policies in this term of Parliament. After being routed in 2013, we came agonisingly close to reclaiming Government this year.

But we will continue to play a leading part in public health for as long as this Government lasts.

The first job of any Opposition is to hold the Government to account. We will keep highlighting Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to public health, and to our health system in general:

  • The freeze on Medicare rebates;
  • The cuts to bulk billing incentives for pathology and diagnostic imaging;
  • The increases to PBS co-payments, even for concession payments;
  • The cuts to public hospitals;
  • And one that gets less attention – the $1 billion cut to the Health Flexible Funds, which is destroying organisations and programs across protection, prevention and promotion.

But the second job of an Opposition is to prepare itself for Government. I have said before that the Abbott-Turnbull Government came to power with no vision in health, other than cuts. That will not be true of us.

This is an unusual Parliament, because we do not know how long it will last. The instability of the Turnbull Government means that Labor must be ready to govern at any time.

So we have begun our policy development process unusually early. Now is the time to come to us with your ideas. And if you do not come to us, we will come to you!

Health inequality

I said that I would return to social determinants and health inequality. This is one area where Labor will focus in this term of Parliament, and I want to finish on this note.

As I read the latest AIHW report on Australia’s Health this week, I was struck by how many reports like it I have read, and how little has changed. Report after report, followed by inaction and failure.

In a wealthy, egalitarian country, we should be shocked into action that Indigenous men and women die around 10 years earlier than non-Indigenous Australians. We should be shocked into action that people in the lowest socioeconomic areas are more than twice as likely to have diabetes and heart disease than people in the highest socioeconomic areas.

Some think of health inequality as affecting only some groups, like Indigenous Australians or the poor. But we should also be shocked that half of all Australians have a chronic disease. That one in four children are overweight or obese. That one in three people delay or avoid going to a dentist because of cost.

But Minister Ley’s media release on the report was titled ‘Australia’s Health 2016 reports a healthy nation’. And as the PHAA highlighted, funding for prevention initiatives has fallen from 2.2 per cent under Labor to 1.4 per cent now. We have become numb to the overwhelming evidence of health inequality.

To be fair, as Michael Marmot is reminding us in his Boyer Lectures, the ‘causes of the causes’ of ill health are complex. Almost everything about our lives and environments shapes our health – early childhood, education, urban planning, employment, the criminal justice system, and on and on.

So addressing health inequality is complex. It requires action across governments, portfolios, sectors, groups and communities. It will not be fixed overnight.

But complexity is not an excuse for governments to turn a blind eye. We must recommit to action on health inequality and its causes.

Labor has always been the party of public health, and of social inclusion. We showed that when we were last in Government:

  • When Anthony Albanese developed a better cities plan, a bicycle strategy including paths for riding and walking, and recreation grants;
  • When Bill Shorten and Jenny Macklin designed an inclusive National Disability Insurance Scheme, so that people with disabilities could engage fully in social and economic life;
  • When Tanya Plibersek made record investments in housing, to reduce homelessness and Indigenous housing disadvantage;
  • And so on.

That is the same team that we will take into Government – and more importantly, those are the same values.

My job is to stitch our commitments into a comprehensive agenda for tackling health inequality in Australia across all portfolios.

I look forward to working with you all as we develop our agenda for a healthier, more equal Australia.

NACCHO #PHAACDN2016 Aboriginal Health : Protection, promotion, prevention – to improve our health


“Australia needs evidence based public health policies supported by appropriate investment to improve our nation’s health.

Chronic conditions are on the rise with 422 million adults worldwide living with diabetes with 90% classified as type II diabetes.

This number is forecast to double in the next 20 years. The global epidemic of diabetes is linked with rising obesity rates, poor diet and decline in physical activity.

It is also predicted to be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. By protecting, preventing and promoting good public health, obesity levels will drop and therefore chronic conditions,”

Public Health Association of Australia’s (PHAA) CEO and President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) Michael Moore.


Protection, promotion, prevention are three key pillars for good public health.

These pillars provide a framework for improving the public’s health.

Adequate investment by governments and aligning policy decisions with this framework has the potential for a significant improvement in chronic conditions says Public Health Association of Australia’s (PHAA) CEO and President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) Michael Moore.

Today is the first day of the joint PHAA 44th Annual Conference and 20th Chronic Diseases Network Conference with the theme, ‘Protection, Prevention, Promotion, Healthy Futures: Chronic Conditions and Public Health’.


Professor Bettina Borisch, Professor of Global Health, University of Geneva, Executive Director of the WFPHA Headquarters in Geneva, is speaking this morning her keynote address titles: ‘We only have one chance – What Public Health has to do’.

‘A Global Charter for the Public’s Health’ (Charter) is a framework providing a path for public health to be embraced within the global context. It identifies information, good governance, capacity building and advocacy as enablers for the three pillars of protection, promotion and prevention.

“There is a movement to reduce obesity globally and public health organisations play a key role to achieve this goal globally. The Global Charter is a way for organisations and individuals to maintain clear direction and to achieve good public health globally no matter your postcode. This joint Conference gives public health professionals, government officials and interested individuals an opportunity to work together to address chronic conditions to achieve a healthier world,” said Professor Borisch.

“This is an important issue and we need to work together to overcome the obesity epidemic and to improve all chronic conditions. This Conference gives Australian health professionals a chance to listen to international experts and see what can be done more effectively,” said Mr Moore.

The joint PHAA 44th Annual Conference and 20th Chronic Diseases Network Conference will be held from 18 – 21 September 2016 in Alice Springs, NT. The theme is Protection, Prevention, Promotion, Healthy Futures: Chronic Conditions and Public Health. #PHAACDN2016

NACCHO Aboriginal Health Advertising and Editorial Opportunities

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