[SA] Adelaide – Whitelion Bail Out
16 August 2012
The Bail Out is Whitelion’s national fundraising and awareness campaign. Bail Out provides a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of a young person that has been disconnected from our community due to abuse and neglect, drug addiction and poverty.
To get involved, participants (known as ‘inmates’) are required to ‘register’ online and ‘raise’ bail to secure their ‘release’.
The minimum bail target that inmates must raise to participate in the official Bail Out events in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide is set at $1,000.
The Bail Out or ‘lock-up’ events expose inmates to life on the inside with activities that simulate prison life. Inmates will be stripped of possessions, fingerprinted, photographed and subjected to interrogation. Inmates will also appear before a Magistrate in a mock court proceeding before being sentenced to some cell time where there will be the opportunity to get on the phone to request some final donations.
Alternatively, if you can’t make the Bail Out Events we encourage you to register and host your own ‘break out’ party to raise money for Whitelion. This could include raising funds in your office or at home.
[WA] Mount Claremont – Culturally Speaking Workshop
16 – 17 August 2012
This workshop will aim to work with participants to provide them with a greater understanding of cross cultural dynamics and issues, which can be applied to projects, or within the workplace. It will also explore attitudes, beliefs and reflect on how these influence our style of communication and work outputs. An overarching intent is to stimulate genuine interest and passion that helps to build or improve the relationship between you or your organisation and Aboriginal people, and explore how we can all become more effective in working together.
Mobile: 0401 953 908
[NSW] Sydney – 7th Annual Family Planning Conference
17 – 18 August 2012
Join Family Planning NSW and a panel of health professionals for two insightful days of workshops, presentations and a panel discussion on reproductive and sexual health.
The conference theme for the 7th annual Family Planning NSW conference is Raising the bar in reproductive and sexual health. The conference will bring together the country’s leading lights in reproductive and sexual health for two insightful days of presentations, workshops, and a panel discussion on the key issues confronting the sector.
The keynote address will be given by Dr Gill Greer, former Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Her keynote address is titled From global to local: reproductive & sexual health in 2012. A presentation on Indigenous sexual health also features in the conference program and will be given by Ms Debra Hocking.
[UK] London – Housing for Health Roundtable London 2012
21 August 2012
Healthabitat, the Australian organisation that developed the influential Housing for Health methodology and tools which have been used with great impact in Indigenous communities, will participate in a housing roundtable in London in August. The roundtable will consider the principles and methods used in the Housing for Health program.
It is hoped that the event will link work being done in the UK and Australia and principles and methods shared and discussed with practitioners in the health, housing and environmental health areas.
The Housing for Health program originated in 1985 in Australia and since 1999 alone has improved over 7,500 houses for over 45,000 Indigenous Australians in urban, suburban, rural and remote locations. The same principles have now been used in the USA and Nepal.
The round table session will involve the participants in exercises and discussions to answer the following questions:
What are the specific links between housing and health, and how do you improve them?
From urban London to the Central Australian desert …what are the links?
What work is currently being done in the UK and what are the similarities with Housing for Health in principles and methods?
How has the Housing for Health program consolidated data gathered over 20 years been used to inform design, policy and dispel common myths?
For information about the cost of this event, and opportunities for participation, contact:
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD
United Kingdom (UK)
[QLD] Cairns – The Mental Health Services Conference Incorporated
21 – 24 August 2012
The theme for The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) conference is Recovering citizenship. The conference we explore the changes that have occurred since The Burdekin Report and whether this had led to citizenship being recovered. On asking this question we consider what does the future need in its design? What does the community need to feel and look like to support citizenship and not to exclude people from economic, social, political and cultural life? Can we reach a consensus on what citizenship means to us across cultural lines/boundaries? What role does a civil society have in relation to citizenship?
Mental illness has a long history in the evolution of collective notions of citizenship. Citizenship conveys status, and certain rights and responsibilities yet this can look different to each person. A diagnosis of mental illness can disrupt and challenge the notions of citizenship and results in change in people’s status and rights and responsibilities. Does citizenship feel and look the same to all groups within our society? There is a need to better understand what citizenship means in mental health care as currently outlined in mental health policies and recovery-oriented service delivery.
Keynote speakers include:
Mick Gooda – Australia
Roberto Mezzina – Italy
Rufus May – UK
[QLD] Cairns - Queensland Transgender, Sistergirl, and Gender Diverse Conference
24 – 25 August 2012
The theme of this conference is Health and well-being into the future. This conference is for community members and people providing transgender care including general practice, mental health, surgery, specialist medicine, nursing, speech therapy, and non government organisations:
- strengthening trans, sistergirl and gender diverse people and communities
- improving referral pathways, guidelines and clinical networks
- progressing our knowledge, and progressing trans health and well being.
Registration closes Monday 6 August 2012.
[NT] Darwin – Alan Walker Lecture Series
24 – 25 August 2012
The lectures discuss new and topical developments in Indigenous Child Health. They also outline child health priorities for the Northern Territory’s Indigenous population.
This lecture series is aimed at doctors, nurses and health workers currently working, or who have an interest in working in Indigenous child health. It’s designed to help achieve better Indigenous child health outcomes and deliver practical information that will benefit practitioners in their day-to-day roles.
What will be discussed:
- prevention, detection and treatment: child abuse and neglect
- prevention of pneumococcal disease
- Indigenous and global child health priorities
- examining the causes, prevention, diagnosis and management of high rates of anaemia among Indigenous children living in the NT
- information on new treatment guidelines and child health program updates.
Register by Friday 10 August 2012.
[TAS] Launceston - Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) Symposium
27 – 30 August 2012
The theme of this symposium is Stigma, and other barriers to treatment which addresses the social, psychological and physical barriers to treatment for many people.
- co- morbidity and acquired brain injury: best practice for consumers with co-occurring alcohol and other drugs (AOD), mental health and ABI concerns
- the LGBTI community: recognising the divide to access
- pathways to treatment for diverse clients: multicultural concerns
- families and children: family involvement in treatment, interventions for children affected by parental drug use and associated issues
- Indigenous consumers: best practice, cultural security
- corrective services and coerced clients: working collaboratively with our partners in the justice system.
[NSW] Sydney – World Indigenous Business Forum
23 – 24 October 2012
Commencing with an international welcome, Australian and international delegates will gather each day and engage with international, national and local speakers invited to explore the forum theme – Indigenous Economic Development. If you are planning to attend just one conference this year, the World Indigenous Business Forum will be time well spent. This international conference will be held for the first time in Sydney Australia building on the success of previous forums held in New York City in 2010 and 2011. Attending the forum will open doors and provide access to the Indigenous Business Leaders of the World. It is an opportunity to come together and share experiences and insights to raise the level of success for our Indigenous communities globally.
Eduardo Aguirre Cantero - Architect Cementos Progreso GUA
Leah Armstrong - CEO Reconciliation Australia AUS
Dr. Tom Calma - Former Social Justice Commissioner, AUS
Diane Carriere - President Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Assoc, CAN
David Chartrand - President Manitoba Metis Federation, CAN
Crystal Fafard - CE Advisor + In-House Council Onion Lake Cree Nation CAN
Phil Fontaine - Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, CAN
Professor Colleen Hayward - Edith Cowan University, AUS
Minnie King – Power Manager Carey Mining AUS
Professor Marcia Langton - University of Melb.AUS
David Liddiard - Exec Director CorporateConnectAB, AUS
Robert Louie - Chief of Westbank First Nation, CAN
Leslie Lounsbury - Publisher SAY Magazine, CAN
Matanuku Mahuika - Partner Kahui Legal, NZ
Micah McCarty - Chairman Makah Tribal Council, USA /
Rob McLeod – Managing Partner and CEO Ernst & Young Oceania, AUS
Dr. Jeff McMullen - Honorary CEO Ian Thorpe Foundation for Youth, AUS
Tal Moore - President National Native American Human Resource Assoc, USA
Buffy Sainte-Maree - Singer, Songwriter and Educator, USA
David Springgate – Senior VP NANA Development Corporation AUS
Chrisch Siririka - National Coordinator Indigenous Peoples‘ Business Forum NAMIBIA
Judith Sullivan-Corney - F/Deputy Minister Intergovernmental Affairs, CAN
Tjekero Tweya - Deputy Minister Trade and Industry, NAMIBIA
Neil Willmett - Managing Director Wilmett Consultants, AUS
Natalie Walker - CEO Australian Indigenous Minority Supply Council, AUS
Alexandria Wilson - Associate Professor Aboriginal Education Research Centre, CAN
Mr Ken Wyatt AM, MP Federal Member for Hasluck AUS
Debbie Barwick - President NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce AUS
Chief Austin Bear - Muskoday and Board Member First National Land Advisory Board CAN
Professor Peter Buckskin - Dean of Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement & Research Uni SA, AUS
Peter Dunn - Indigenous Services Global Business Leader GHD AUS
Val Kilmer - Actor USA
Jack Manning-Bancroft - CEO Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience AUS /
Geoff Scott - CEO NSW Aboriginal Land Council AUS
Rachelle Towart - CEO Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre AUS /
Chris Fry - CEO Indigenous Business Australia AUS
[QLD] Townsville – Global Elders Gathering
Global Elders Gathering Australia 2012
Intentional Gathering of Wisdom Keepers, Future Leaders and Visionary NGO’s
Date: November 10th – 15th Location: Far North Queensland, Australia.
Coinciding with the total solar eclipse on November 14th 2012, the Rare Earth Foundation and Para Pachamama ~Spirit of Earth are assisting the Gungganji Council of Elders in facilitating a 5 day Global Elders Gathering in Far North Queensland, for elders, wisdom keepers, future leaders, visionary NGo’s and community workers to come together and share their vision for the future.Modern society is currently facing a time where it needs guidance from the Indigenous peoples of this earth. The younger generations need guidance. We have global problems that are affecting our lives and that of the planet. We believe by connecting with Indigenous cultures we can restore balance to our society.
This is the time. People are ready to listen.
The Solar Eclipse is a moment in time to focus our intentions, share our hearts’ visions, and bring forth the dances, songs and storylines that allow us to bring into being the vision of a New Earth.
Focus of the Gathering:
- Create a space to honour and acknowledge the Story of the Land in Yarrabah that foretold of this Gathering during the Solar Eclipse.
- Create open space to honour Earth based Cultures from Australia and around the world in which Song, Dance, Story and Wisdom are shared. To respect the ancestors who have continued to “sing the new songs, dance the new dances and bring the tribes together”
- To create a space for young people to connect with the Elders and cultural leaders so they may deepen their understanding and appreciation of Traditional ways and knowing
- Create a space to Connect indigenous nations with NGO’s, philanthropists, fundraisers, captains of industry and community development workers to bring into being sustainable solutions, together, for the many issues of our time
- Create the first chapter of a digital message stick from Indigenous Nations exploring solutions to problems facing the planet and humanity
Digital Message Stick
Once completed, the ‘digital message stick’ will be a united global message from our Indigenous peoples. This message will then be shared with the world.
Bring your energy to this Gathering.
This is a free energy event, everyone is donating their time and energy to ensure this gathering can take place. We are humbled and amazed by what has manifested so far with our collective energy.This Gathering is an anchor point for restoration and acknowledgement of the Gungganji Council of Elders, there are important stories to share.
Please help us pass this message to others you know will resonate with this story. Let us use all means available to get the calling out to as many people as we can.
[SA] Adelaide - Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Conference
11 – 13 December 2012
This conference aims to focus on the imbrication of desire in the project of local, national and global forms of racialised domination. By taking desire as its starting place, the conference will aim to problematize how race shapes desire (and desire shapes race) in as diverse forms as gender, sexuality, consumerism, identity, embodiment, occupation, territory, knowledge and the possessive investments that often underpin claims to belonging and indeed being. Importantly, the conference will focus on desire within both mainstream and marginal communities, and from across borders and communities, and draw upon a broad understanding of what constitutes ‘desire’. It will also consider the desire for difference.
In terms of identity categories, and by focusing on issues of race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and nation as mutually constituted, we hope to engender a conference that moves beyond simple description or indeed excuses, and instead moves towards the theorisation of how hegemony works in both marginal and mainstream communities, despite attempts to the contrary. We also hope for a conference where creative, challenging and non-marginalising work can be celebrated and amplified.
[NSW] Sydney – 7th Australian Women’s Health Conference
7 – 10 May 2013
The 7th Australian Women’s Conference ‘Gender Matters: Determining Women’s Health’will continue Australia’s focus on showcasing cutting edge research and best practice approaches in women’s health policy and practice locally, across Australia and internationally.
‘Gender Matters: Determining Women’s Health’ promises to be vibrant and energising in every respect. Along with sharing expertise from across the nation and internationally it will be held in the wonderful heart of Sydney only minutes from after-Conference diversions such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbour Bridge, Art Gallery NSW, The Rocks and Sydney’s retail precinct.
The 7th Australian Women’s Health Conference is relevant to: service providers, policy makers, managers, researchers, women’s health, mental health, community health, social and community services, Aboriginal controlled services, migrant and refugee services, reproductive services, legal services, universities, disability services, allied health care, public health, educators, academics, local councils, Local Health Districts, Medicare Locals, Government, non-government and private sectors, volunteers and students.
[SA] Adelaide – 4th Heart Foundation Conference
16 – 18 May 2013
This conference will host leading international and Australian speakers showcasing the latest updates on key clinical, research and public health cardiovascular disease issues.
The research, science, and clinical streams will cover topics such as acute coronary syndrome, thrombosis, heart failure, electrophysiology, devices and imaging, management of clinical risk factors, outcomes and more. The public health streams will cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heart health, rural and remote heart health, tobacco control and smoking cessation, obesity, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, healthy eating and workplace health.
[VIC] Moonee Ponds - Communities in Control Conference 2013
26 – 28 May 2013
Moonee Valley Racing Club Moonee Ponds Monday & Tuesday, May 27 & 28, 2013 (Pre-Conference Marketing & Social Media Bootcamp: Sunday 26 May 2013)
I’M ALRIGHT JACK: Reclaiming community in a selfish world
We’re living in a world of selfies, smartphones, flat-screen do-anything TVs, and obsession over interest rates and electricity bills.
Australians are nervous, suspicious, distrustful of change, and afraid of strangers trying to steal their Precious.
We have no confidence that our political institutions can cope, or that our social elites will care.
The not-for-profit sector is dancing blindfold on eggshells. <!– –>But dance it does! The sector remains strong, proud and effective, despite being under pressure from axe-wielding politicians and public complacency.
If the voice of the not-for-profit sector is to be heard amongst the cacophony of individual fears and complaints we must know our common mission and understand our common interests.
Communities in Control brings us all together to rededicate our efforts to the cause we share – the belief that Australians have the capacity to overcome a tendency to meanness and work together to shape our world for the better.
Incredible Speakers; Unforgettable Conversations:
- PROF KERRY ARABENA Chair of Indigenous Health, Centre for Health and Society, University of Melbourne
- HUGH DE KRESTER Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre
- DR JOHN FALZON Chief Executive, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia
- EMERITUS PROF RICHARD WILKINSON, Co-Founder, Equality Trust (United Kingdom); Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School
- PROF ANDREW MARKUS, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University
- TONY JONES Presenter of Q&A, ABCTV Plus Guests – announcement coming soon!
- JANE FARAGO General Manager, Net Balance Foundation at Net Balance
- ITA BUTTROSE AO OBE 2013 Australian of the Year
Why you must attend:
- Hear from and interact with Australia’s and the World’s best thinkers, leaders and doers
- Learn what’s next – make sure your community and community group is prepared for what’s around the corner
- Get refreshed – participants rate this the best opportunity they get all year to recharge their batteries
- Get inspired – meet people who believe in the power of community, swap war stories, share solutions
- Get access – this is the least expensive conference of its type around. No other conference offers you access to this calibre of speakers and professional development for such a low cost.
- Make a difference – this is your chance to influence the debate, to be part of the change.
** Join the Social Media REVOLUTION! **
COMMUNITIES IN CONTROL Marketing & Social Media Bootcamp – Sunday, 26 May 2013
Don’t be frightened of social media. Be brave, and reap the benefits! It’s time to break out, listen to people who do brave things and get results.
If you attend one capacity building event this year, this one has to be it!
This one-day event, the curtain-raiser to Communities in Control 2013, will bring together community groups from around the country to learn and discuss marketing and the social media landscape and how to make the best use of these 21st Century tools.
[QLD] Cairns – For Our Children: Living & Learning Together SNAICC National Conference 2013
4 – 6 June 2013
The conference is hosted by The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC). SNAICC is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Next year will mark the 30th anniversary for SNAICC and the conference is convened to assist with the achievement of the SNAICC vision: An Australian society in which our communities are empowered to determine their own future, where the rights of our children, young people and families are protected, our cultural identity and achievements are valued and our children and families have access to culturally appropriate services.
The SNAICC National conference is the largest conference of its type in the southern hemisphere and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, researchers, government representatives, other non-government organisations and industry representatives to gather and make renewed commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
SNAICC operates from a membership base of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based child care agencies, Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Services, family support services, foster care agencies, link up and family reunification services, family group homes, community groups and voluntary associations, long day care child care services, pre schools, early childhood education services and services for young people at risk.
In addition to these members SNAICC has a network and subscriber list of over 800 community groups, mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, but also significant numbers of non-Indigenous community based services and individuals with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children.
It is expected that the 2013 conference will attract a diverse audience of 1,000 or more participants from all over the country. This will provide a dynamic networking and learning opportunity for attendees. SNAICC aims to develop a program and conference experience that is culturally rich, interactive and culturally safe.
Abstracts now Open!