11th National Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference – Cairns

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Date(s) - 08/05/2019 - 10/05/2019
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Pullman Cairns International Hotel

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The 11th National Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel on the 8th-10th May, 2019.

It is the only conference that has been continuously running since the establishment of the Closing the Gap concept and is the largest gathering of delegates from all sectors outside of Indigenous national associations. The conference is held annually and over the past ten years has attracted thousands of attendees bringing together representatives from all states and territories governments, Aboriginal medical services and mainstream health sectors, community controlled organisations, First Nations communities, allied health professionals and non-government organisations, researchers and interested individuals. The conference is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) with great line up of First Nations speakers not only from all around Australia, but also from New Zealand and United States of America. This year’s conference is a prelude to the 2020 World First Nations Health Conference to be held in Hawaii.

The event is based upon the principal belief that Indigenous health must be approached from a holistic view, which encompasses body, mind and spirit; thus leading to the fundamental rights of self-determination. The conference recognises that treating our health must be done by treating the whole person, through mind, body, soul and culture. No matter what your culture is. If you are a First Nations person, statistics show that health, education and the justice system is monstrously weighted against First Nations People.  The 2017/2018 Closing the Gap Report further highlights how wide the gap is. In today’s society Indigenous people have a varied lifestyle, ranging from inner-city living to isolated communities. Therefore there is no set approach to dealing with health issues, as you have to look at the environment that you live in and, more importantly, the agencies that are available to assist. The conference is designed to bring together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the Indigenous health space, therefore focusing on Closing the Gap and strengthening the life expectancy of First Nations people to equal that of non-Indigenous people. ​In Australia, the most successful initiatives in First Nations Health are the Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and now the partnerships between government and communities. The first Aboriginal community controlled health service was established in New South Wales and has been operational for the past forty (40) years.  Today, there are over 100 AMS and countless numbers of Primary Health Care Posts in First Nations communities in Australia.

For more information, agenda and speaker information please visit  https://www.icsconferences.org/