ICS Australia konferanse 15 - 17.08.22

Publisert av Eli Irene Sandø Kjus den 27.06.22.

ICS Australia is excited to announce that Hilton Hotel Cairns is ready to accommodate delegations for our August conferences and all necessary arrangements have been completed for the staging of our August conferences with the valuable addition of the return of international First Nations clinical psychologists, Dr Amber Logan from New Zealand and Dr Joe Stone from the United States of America as valued guest speakers at both conferences.


The duo, Dr Joseph Stone and Dr Amber Logan who dedicated their lives to overcoming mental health issues, addictions and suicide prevention through culture in Indigenous communities will also be facilitating the post-conference masterclass on how to become an interventionist to suicide. Despite of the many suicide intervention programs in our communities, Indigenous Youth suicide in this country is still growing at an alarming rate. Hence, this masterclass trains workers in suicide prevention through culture. Dr Stone and Dr Logan have conducted these workshops at Indigenous communities throughout Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Hawaii with great success. Dr Stone stated, “Indigenous communities throughout the world had been impacted in much the same way as Indigenous people across Australia from colonisation. With the dispensation of land and the disrespect of First Nation cultures, beliefs, languages and disempowering of people form most of the underlying factors that lead individuals and communities down the path of hopelessness and despair that undoubtedly contributes to the high suicide rate, poor mental health and addictions.” With great line-up of resource speakers and delegations coming from all states and territories of Australia and internationally, the conference will indeed present a unique networking experience for workers to form new alliances at the same time gain an intricate working knowledge of the presented successful community programs and efficient strategy implementations.


Similarly, Hilton Hotel Cairns is ready to accommodate First Nations Conference delegations to experience a waterfront retreat! Set amid tropical greenery on Cairns’ waterfront, our venue is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Terminal, where the majority of trips depart, is just 400 meters away. The Hilton Hotel is the most versatile conference hotel with easy access to the city’s major attractions, as well as buses and boats to the reef. It also has reduced mobility rooms and wheelchair access which is more suited for conference participants. We’ve negotiated a special conference rate at the Hilton Hotel that can only be availed by registered delegates booking their hotel rooms together with conference registration through us.


Furthermore, an added incentive for organisations is the one-off promotion of 3 registrations for the price of 2. This opportunity makes the conference, except for its travel component, more than half of the original cost to attend. It is also ideal for those delegates who need a support worker or family carer to attend and be with them during the conference.

The 3rd National Indigenous NDIS & Allied Health Conference agenda are now finalised with great lineup of deadly speakers from all throughout Australia, New Zealand & USA namely:

  • Aunty Jeannette Singleton, Chairperson Yirrganydji Gurabana Aboriginal Corporation
  • Uncle Ara Harathunian, Managing Director Kultchafi
  • Dr. Amber Logan, NZ Clinical Psychologist Indigenous Development Specialist
  • Dr Joe Stone, USA Clinical Psychologist Indigenous Development Specialist
  • Jody Barney, Deaf Indigenous Community Consultant
  • Alexandra Devine, Research Fellow University of Melbourne
  • Mary Watson-Burton, Team Leader Trauma Assist
  • Tarsha Jones, Identified Senior Practitioner The Benevolent Society
  • Sarah DeLemos, Access Coordinator Institute for Urban Indigenous Health 
  • Fiona Smith, Senior Lead Auditor Client Manager & NDIS Consultant Global Mark 
  • Jemma Milloy, Team LeaderGot It! Cultural Adaption, Infant Child Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Colin Tidswell, Local Area Coordinator Carers Queensland
  • Jenny Frowd, Manager Capacity Building & Engagement Carers Queensland        
  • Samantha Cooms, Phd Candidate Quandamooka Woman, Central Queensland University 
  • Joanne Houghton, Founder & CEO Creative Consulting
  • Gretchen Pedral, The Self in Me Project
  • Gerry Georgatos, Researcher University of Western Australia
  • Yaleela Savage, Social Worker Gladstone Region Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Service(GRAICCHS)         
  • NIgel Daisy Family Wellbeing Coordinator Nhulundu Health Service
  • Stirling Eggmolesse, Director and Cultural Advisor Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC Ltd Bundaberg
  • Elizabeth (Anne) Russell Founder & CEO Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association
  • Jonathan Cornforth, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Support Liaison Officer    Karralika (ACT)

It is so pleasing to see both government and non-government organisations partnering, participating and sharing knowledge & strategies in an atmosphere conducive to stimulating new ideas within communities. Australia has a wealth of talent in our First Nations communities, all striving to further enhance the quality of life and well-being for Indigenous peoples nationwide. It just goes to show we do not have to re-invent the wheel to succeed but share our experiences and exchange ideas and information which goes in line with the philosophy of the conference of strength through inter-agency cooperation at a local, state and national level. This is definitely an event you do not want to miss! Moreover, for community organisations who are interested to put forward successful mental health programs in their communities to be included in the agenda, please contact us. There is still opportunity to submit a paper especially for for our upcoming 2022-2023 conferences as below:


  • 15th National Indigenous STOP Domestic Violence & Aunty Cheri Memorial Healing Conference

December 14-16, 2022 Hilton Hotel Cairns QLD


  • 12th National First Nations Men's Wellbeing Conference

December 14-16, 2022 Hilton Hotel Cairns QLD


  • 12th First Nations Women`s Wellbeing Conference

December 14-16, 2022 Hilton Hotel Cairns QLD


  • 2023 National Caring for Country & Indigenous Tourism Conference Gold Coast QLD


  • 2023 National Closing the Gap Indigenous Health & Chronic Diseases Conference Cairns QLD


  • 2023 National Indigenous Child Safety & Juvenile Justice Conference Gold Coast QLD


  • 2023 National Indigenous Elders & Aged Care Conference Cairns QLD


  • 2023 National Indigenous Research & Epidemiology Conference Cairns QLD


To register, please complete the form online at www. https://www.indigenoushealth.net/ndis-allied-health or for more information about the conference, please visit the website: www.icsconferences.org or send us an email adminics@iinet.net.au


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Liz Callaghan
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