The conference is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) with a great line up of speakers from around Australia. The aim is to provide a platform for Indigenous women’s wellbeing, bringing together health professionals to exchange knowledge and information and raise awareness on Indigenous women’s issues with this year’s focus being on preventive women’s mental health and wellbeing. This is the 7th National Indigenous Women’s Conference and is quickly becoming one of Australia’s premier Indigenous women’s gathering. This conference is a chance to work together and strengthen the advancement of Indigenous Women’s Health and Wellbeing through effective strategic sharing of information and knowledge.
The life expectancy for Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander women is 9.5 years less than other Australian women. Two-thirds of that gap is because of chronic diseases — heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and Indigenous peoples are more likely to struggle with two or more serious and complicated illnesses than that of non-Indigenous people. Statistics show that amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females, the highest rate of suicide was in the 20-24 age group (21.8 deaths per 100,000 population), five times more than the non-Indigenous Australian female rate for that age group.
The conference is designed as an educational tool to develop networking opportunities and information sharing to the wider community on Indigenous Women’s issues. The event will focus on Indigenous women’s health and well-being through the encouragement of strong leadership, empowerment and self-determination within our communities. Throughout the two days, we will be facilitating small group discussions with informative guest speakers. The conference emphasizes on the positives of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander resilience and determination to strive for a better tomorrow without the constraints of the negative stereotyping which is more prevalent due to social media and bad media coverage. Today as Indigenous women, we are making great strides to improve both ourselves and our communities.
Today’s society is plagued with stories of all the wrongs in our communities when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. For years as Indigenous women, we have strived to better our families which have given rise to countless numbers of great initiatives highlighting Indigenous monumental achievements. To share this knowledge has always been our cultural way; as such, we feel that it is time to start promoting these ideas so that others may be able to share and spread the knowledge and load.
With just less than 6 weeks to go, registrations for both the 2018 Indigenous Men’s Conference and 2018 Indigenous Women’s Wellbeing Conference are now 50% off for a limited time only if you register within the month of May. Hence, we encourage anyone who wishes to attend either conferences to register as soon as possible by writing the promo code EM50% after your name on the registration form. We’ve also negotiated a special conference rate that can only be availed by registered delegates booking their hotel rooms directly at the Pullman International Hotel in Cairns. Furthermore, it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empowers and reinvigorates workers with new ideas and with enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and contacts that may be utilised for the betterment of their own or local community. With all this in mind, we invite you to actively participate in these conferences. REGISTER NOW!