"The biggest thing that I took away from the 2017 conference is that it is about empowering Aboriginal communities to manage their own healthcare, and how we as health practitioners can assist them in the implementation and facilitation to do that." – 2017 delegate
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Empowering individuals and strengthening community capacity are powerful tools for improving Aboriginal health.
Inspired by feedback from the 2017 Aboriginal Health Conference, this year’s conference will share ways medical and health practitioners can educate and empower their Aboriginal patients to take the reins of their own health. GPs provide counselling and education on health matters such as smoking and alcohol use to their Aboriginal patients at twice the rate of non-Aboriginal patients. Involving patients in the design of community health initiatives, ensuring practitioners use culturally-safe practices and motivational interviewing are just some of the ways we can give patients greater control over their own health.
The impact of digital health and the role health technology can play in patient empowerment will also be explored by conference presenters. The right digital tools and knowledge have the power to connect and engage patients and put their health in their hands.
A copy of the Final Program is NOW AVAILABLE.
This conference will also provide the opportunity to share ideas, socialise with colleagues and create new connections whilst experiencing all that Perth has to offer. Join us in July for one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal health conferences.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW
||Early bird registration fee
(before 16 June 2018)
|Standard registration fee
(after 16 June 2018)
|Nurse, Allied Health Worker or
Aboriginal Health Worker
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Aimed at providing education and training to rural medical and health practitioners, the Aboriginal Health Conference is open to:
- GP/medical practitioners
- Aboriginal health practitioners
- Allied health workers
Program & Speakers
The Aboriginal Health Conference will feature a strong program relevant to those working in rural and Aboriginal health. Be engaged and inspired to tackle the challenges and rewards of working in this sector through:
- Leading keynote speakers and panel sessions
- Clinical updates on relevant up-to-date topics
- Hands-on workshops to ensure you gain and improve vital skills
- Small problem based discussions
- Abstract presentations
Professor Helen Milroy
Centre for Aboriginal and Dental health, University of Western Australia
Professor Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia but was born and educated in Perth.
Professor Milroy is currently Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia; and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service, Department of Health, situated at Graylands Hospital, Perth. She is Lead Investigator of the Australian team on the NHMRC International Collaborative Grant “Educating for Equity” exploring how health professional education can reduce disparities in chronic disease.
Her work and research interests include holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous health curriculum development, implementation and evaluation, Aboriginal health and mental health, and developing and supporting the Aboriginal medical workforce.
||Dr Samuel Goodwin
Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services
Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia Health Service
Dr Samuel Goodwin is currently Acting Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services with the Central Australian Health Service in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. He is a member of the Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical Council, and the former Director of the Board of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
Prior to its devolution into the Department of Health, Dr Goodwin was a Director of the General Practice Education and Training Board. He is currently a Director of the Health Network Northern Territory Board.
Dr Goodwin maintains his clinical practice at Tennant Creek Hospital and is a GP anaesthetist at Alice Springs Hospital. He has spent a decade training in remote areas, aspiring to the principles of rural generalism and specalises in health system governance.
||Professor Patricia Dudgeon
School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia
Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She is a researcher at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her area of research includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.
Amongst her many commitments, she is a Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission, Deputy Chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, Chair of the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leaders Mental Health and co-Chair of the ministerial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.
She is currently the Director of the National Empowerment Project: an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention project working with eleven sites in Aboriginal communities across the country, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project and the UWA Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP).
Parmelia Hilton Perth (5 star conference venue)
14 Mill Street, Perth WA 6000
Telephone: 08 9215 2000
Queen guest rooms are available from $165 per night (including breakfast for two people and complimentary Wi-Fi).
Reservations can be made online
or telephone the hotel reservations team on 08 9215 2000 and quote the group code ‘GRURG
’ to make a booking via telephone.
For those delegates not staying at the Parmelia Hilton Perth, it is your responsibility to pay for transport costs to and from the conference venue whilst you are in Perth. Rural Health West does not reimburse travel costs to and from the conference venue by private vehicle, taxi or other transport while in Perth.
Rural Health West will provide the following travel support for currently practising general practitioners who work and live in rural and remote Western Australia.
- Fuel reimbursement; or
- Air travel for doctor and spouse/partner; and
- Air travel for up to two children* will be considered in the following cases:
- Doctor couples who both practise and register to attend the conference
- Single parent doctors
Full attendance at the conference is a condition of payment of flights and travel reimbursement by Rural Health West. If you are not in attendance for the whole program, you will be invoiced for the cost of your travel. Tickets booked prior to full registration payment being received by Rural Health West will not be authorised.
If you will be driving to Perth for the conference, you are eligible for a reimbursement for your petrol expenses to and from Perth to your home town. A Reimbursement Form will need to be completed and posted to the Events team by Friday 27 July 2018 to ensure our Accounts team can process your fuel reimbursement promptly. Please ensure that original tax invoices are provided when submitting your claim. EFTPOS receipts will not be accepted.
Flights must be booked through Corporate Traveller. Fees for changes to tickets are not reimbursable by Rural Health West. Should you wish to travel to or from Perth outside of the specified conference dates, your fare can still be covered on condition no additional expense to the organisation is incurred.
After registering for the conference, please contact Corporate Traveller as soon as possible to book your flights by emailing Cara Bradbury with the following information:
- Name of traveller/s as per personal ID
- City/town of departure
- Preferred dates and times of travel
- Contact numbers – ideally a mobile and a landline
- Any other requirements you have
Tickets will be booked as per your request and ticketing will take place after details have been confirmed with you. If you have further queries, Corporate Traveller can be contacted via telephone on 08 6466 5172.
Rural Health West is unable to reimburse the following items:
- Flight arrangements not booked through Corporate Traveller
- Flight changes
- Accommodation and all related expenses (accommodation rates have been negotiated with the conference venue)
- Children’s travel unless approved by the Events Team
- Taxi charges
- Parking fees
- Hire cars
- Mileage allowance for private vehicles
- Meals other than specified in the forum program
- Conference registration fee
- Family Program and babysitting fees
The closest carpark to the Parmelia Hilton Perth is the Convention Centre at 21 Mounts Bay Road with a weekend day rate of $16.80*. Limited valet parking is also available at the hotel at a rate of $55* per 24 hour period.
*Parking rates are subject to change.
For all other parking options please visit the City of Perth Parking website.
The Parmelia Hilton Perth is a 13 minute walk from Perth Train Station.
Perth’s Central Area Transit (CAT) free bus services operate throughout the CBD and city fringes. Please see Central Area Transit (CAT) free bus service map here.
For more information about Perth’s public transport please visit the Transperth website.
If conference registration is cancelled by 8 June 2018, a full refund is given. If registration is cancelled after 8 June 2018, a refund of 50 per cent is given. Refunds will not be issued for any registrations cancelled after 2 July 2018.