Empowering First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika Community-Led Change in Social & Emotional Wellbeing
Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 October 2022, Adelaide Oval, SA
Warraparna Kaurna (Let Kaurna be Spoken)
As this panpapanpalya (conference) is being held on local Kaurna land for 2022, we have honoured their warra (language) throughout this website.
Pangkarra ia, Kaurnaku yarta, maiyarta. Kaurna pangkarra Crystal Brookunungku kauwantila, Cape Jervisana patpangka, karnurna paintyila marrikurlu (This is Kaurna country, good country. Kaurna country extends from Crystal Brook in the north to Cape Jervis in the south and to the east of the hills).
Ngadlu padlunthi mukapanthi warra Kaurnaku (we want to remember the Kaurna language).
Our vision is simple: to provide a platform for First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika people to come together, collaborate, ngutu-atpanthi (teach), learn, create, and lead programs and services for greater social and emotional wellbeing.
Ngaityu yungantalya (thank you) for your support and involvement. United, there will be a stronger yangadlitya (vision for the future) for all First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika people.
The gap in health status between First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika peoples and non-Indigenous people continues to remain unacceptably wide. It has been identified as a human rights concern by United Nations committees and acknowledged as such by both Australian & New Zealand government bodies.
For change to happen we must shine a light on the key challenges in First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika communities and address the past and present issues contributing to inequities in mental health treatment and care.
We must stop and listen to our First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika peoples, and empower their solutions to ensure all individuals are living long health lives; strengthening the ability to engage in cultural practices and maintain connection or reconnect with their spirit.
It is our responsibility to genuinely and actively involve First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika peoples and their representative bodies in all aspects of addressing health and wellbeing needs.
Unite with community leaders at the 2022 Indigenous Wellbeing Conference to create the change you want to see.
A holistic approach to social and emotional wellbeing, led by and for First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika community members in Australia & New Zealand.
To bring First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika leaders, mental health professionals and people with lived experience together to progress the wellbeing and mental health of their communities.
The Conference Program Advisory Committee are seeking presentations of varying styles, including case study examples, emerging research, project or program analysis and learnings, as well as calls for action.
In 2022, we will be exploring the theme Strengthening Our Voice Through Millennia of Wisdom.
Present to the audience in a 20-30 minute speaking session, with incorporated time for questions.
Panel presentations bring together views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. Each panel session will run for 80 minutes.
Keep the attention of attendees via engaging, hands-on learning experience in a 90 minute workshop.
20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Each presenter has approx. 7 minutes to present, with 20 accompanying imagery slides that automatically progress.
Visually showcase your research or services via a printed poster, displayed in the conference exhibition area.
Presenter applications close: Friday 10 June 2022
Successful presenters notified: Thursday 23 June 2022
Acceptances & registrations due: Thursday 30 June 2022
Program available: Tuesday 5 July 2022
Scholarship applications close: Friday 26 August 2022
Early bird pricing ends: Friday 9 September 2022
Conference dates: Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 October 2022
Manager, Aboriginal Engagement and Policy Team, NSW Department of Education (Early Childhood and Education Directorate)
Nat Heath is a proud Aboriginal man from the Martujarra and Noongar peoples. He completed a Bachelor of Social Science with a focus on Aboriginal Studies, Social Policy and Sociology in 2006 at the University of Newcastle.Nat has over 15 years experience working in Aboriginal education working in the early childhood education sector, primary and secondary education spaces and also in tertiary education in Aboriginal and non-for-profit organisations as well as government agencies. This experience has led Nat to understanding and seeing the impact trauma caused by colonisation and both past/current government policies has detrimentally impacted on First Nations mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.Nat currently is the Manager of the Aboriginal Engagement and Policy Team within the NSW Department of Education (Early Childhood and Education Directorate) and is a Board Director of The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (founded by Robert De Castella).
Senior Psychologist, Winda-mara Aboriginal Corporation
Senior Research Fellow, Māori Health, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Lynne Russell works as a Senior Research Fellow - Maori Health with the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) at Victoria University of Wellington.
Much of Lynne's professional and academic work has centred around the Indigenous knowledge and healing practices used in recovery from trauma associated with mental distress, suicide loss and self-harm. She describes herself as an writer, activist and public speaker stirred by cultural resilience, social justice, Indigenous and LGBTI rights, and the amplification of voices more readily silenced in society.
Director, Aboriginal Health Strategy, SA Health
Tanya is a proud Yaruwu woman who has lived and worked most of her life on the lands of the Larrakia people in the Northern Territory and now on Kaurna land in South Australia. She is currently the Director for Aboriginal Health in the Department for Health and Wellbeing, leading the reform of Aboriginal Health strategy including state funding and investment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tanya is also the Executive Lead responsible for COVID-19 response and preparedness for Aboriginal Communities in SA. The improvement in Aboriginal Health requires the strengths of Cultural and social determinant inputs, education, housing and employment all have a role to play.
Chief Executive Officer, Southern Aboriginal Corporation
Like the organisation she leads, Asha’s personal commitment to constantly develop better outcomes towards ‘Closing the Gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the areas of Economic Prosperity, Individual Prosperity, Community Prosperity and Environmental Prosperity, is second to none.
Asha spends every day ensuring that critical services are provided seamlessly to some of Australia’s most vulnerable communities.
Asha is now an Australian citizen; however, she was born in India. English is her third language. She has risen to the top of the organisation because she tirelessly invests her time and energy into helping to improve the culture and environment for everyone.
Asha advocates for change every day. She goes above and beyond to make her community - and, by extension, the world – a better place. She confronts unfairness. She constantly rolls up her sleeves and she uses her skills, wisdom and knowledge to help change the status quo and create a more equitable society.
Aurukun Reintegration Officer, Queensland Corrective Services
Libby is a Torres Strait Islander woman, from the Samsep clan on the eastern island of the Torres Straits, Erub Island (Darnley Island). Libby has previously worked as the Senior Cultural Advisor for Queensland Corrective services advocating for culturally safe practice, and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, perpetrators, victims, families and community that come into contact with the criminal justice system. Recently moving into the Aurukun Justice Reintegration Program role that aims to reduce the crime within the community of Aurukun specifically.
Libby holds a degree in Justice, and is currently completing a post graduate certificate in business, public sector management. Libby is an Australian Indigenous Education Foundation Alumni, Former Australia Rugby League Jillaroo, Queensland Reds Rugby Seven, and recent participate of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.
CEO, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd.
Shane Mohor is currently the CEO of the Aboriginal Health Council of SA Ltd (AHCSA) and has been with the AHCSA since 2010. AHCSA is the peak body for the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health and Substance Misuse Services across South Australia. Shane has worked in Aboriginal health as a Registered Nurse and Senior Executive in Government, University and Non-Government Organisations for over 30 years in South Australia as well as interstate.
Shane has a passion for the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector and is strongly committed to improving the health and well-being status of Aboriginal people. He is very supportive of collaborative research projects that are Aboriginal led, owned and driven, and that will provide positive outcomes for the Aboriginal Community. He is also strongly committed to the advancement of employment for all Aboriginal people, in particular for Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners.
Shane is the Chairperson for Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA Inc. and an inaugural Director for the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network Board. Shane is also a Member of the Speech Pathology Australia, Aboriginal Committee, and AHCSA’s Member on the South Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Network
Kaitohu Mātāmua Māori | Chief Advisor Māori, Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
Maraea Johns nee Turuwhenua is the Kaitohu Mātāmua Māori | Chief Advisor Māori, Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her partnering role with the Commission’s Chief Executive and Leadership team enables application of a Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti) lens across all the Commission’s work.
Maraea is a descendant of the Tuhoe iwi (tribe), raised by her whānau (extended family), within her hapū (subtribe) of Ngāti Rere nestled next to te awa o Tauranga (Tauranga river). Nurtured under the watchful eye of Maungapōhatu, the tribe’s sacred mountain within her tribal homelands of Te Urewera.
Maraea provides strategic and operational advice and direction, leads the design, development and implementation of a Te Tiriti framework, engages to establish enduring and authentic partnerships with iwi and Māori, builds internal capability, and co-designs Te Tiriti-informed policies and procedures.
Driven by Te Tiriti and equity by design, the Commission prioritises the voices of Māori and people with lived experience of distress and addiction, substance and/or gambling harm. The Commission is Kaitiaki (guardian) of mental health and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand.
District Coordinator, Aboriginal Mental Health Drug & Alcohol, Western NSW Local Health District
Donna Stanley is a Gunggari Umby from Mitchell in South Western QLD, Donna has been working in Aboriginal Health and predominately Aboriginal Mental Health for the past 28 years.
Donna is the vastly experienced District Coordinator for Aboriginal Mental Health Drug & Alcohol based at Bloomfield Hospital Orange NSW. Her role is district wide and covers a large area of Western NSW. Roles Donna has worked in have been across the clinical mental health services, community development and partnering with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, strategic development of mental health services and policy development.
In 2019 Donna was contracted by the NSW Auditor General’s Office to assist in being a cultural and knowledge expert on a performance audit of NSW Health and the way services are planned and delivered to Aboriginal people with mental health and drug and alcohol problems. The Audit produced a report with a series of recommendations including the review and launch of the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 -2025.
Donna was one of seven finalists for the Australian Mental Health Prize in 2019.
Senior Project Officer, Department for Health & Wellbeing, Aboriginal Health
Chief Executive Officer, Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia
Tom is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man born in Gunnedah north-west NSW and a member of the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council.
In April 2020, Tom was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia – the culmination of more than 25-years’ work in Indigenous mental health and health policy; social and emotional wellbeing; clinical mental health care; suicide prevention; education and mental health leadership.
Between 2007 and 2020, Tom was the State-wide Coordinator for the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program, a ground-breaking program that has embedded a new discipline into the mental health space in NSW.
Tom sits on multiple committees under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to improve the health and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Personalise your display and engage with conference attendees in a thriving exhibitor hall.
The perfect opportunity to raise your profile in a relaxed and open environment.
Draw people to you, and receive continual interaction with attendees throughout the conference.
Distribute your branded materials or flyers on the seats of attendees before each session begins.
To an audience of experienced industry leaders
and develop relationships with key sector decision makers
and develop partnerships with key sector representatives
innovations, new products and services to an ideal audience
War Memorial Drive
North Adelaide SA 5066
The William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval’s flagship event space, is located in the Riverbank Stand, Level 3.
Oval Hotel, Adelaide
King William Road, North Adelaide SA 5066
A destination hotel at the heart of the city of Adelaide.
Set at the iconic Adelaide Oval, our unique address places you within minutes of the vibrant city centre, while enveloping you in the tranquility of the surrounding parklands.
At Oval Hotel, the moment is yours.
Parkland King - $269.00 per room, per night
Parkland King with breakfast for one - $294.00 per room, per night
Parkland King with breakfast for two - $319.00 per room, per night
Accommodation can be booked during the registration process. If you have any questions, please use the contact form below.
Date: 24 October 2022
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Location: Adelaide Oval
Cost: Included in your delegate registration. Additional tickets available for purchase throughout registration process.
Catering: Drinks and canapes will be provided
2 DAY PROGRAM
2 DAY PROGRAM
2 DAY PROGRAM
Niina Marni, Kia Ora, Talofa Lava.
We welcome all our First Nation’s people and pay respects to them and their elders past, present and emerging.
As this conference is being held on local Kaurna land for 2022, we have honoured their language throughout this website and look forward to highlighting some of their culture throughout the program. We are grateful for their hospitality and look forward to welcoming you and your cultural background so we can collectively celebrate First Nation’s social and emotional wellbeing.
We would also like to take this opportunity to warn you that the following content may contain images and voices of deceased persons.