Keynote Speakers 2021 Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference and 2021 National Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference

2021 Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference

2021 National Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference

ICS is proud to announce our Keynote Speakers and Sessions

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Indigenous Conference Services is pleased to announce the high-calibre of our keynote speakers for the upcoming 2021 Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference and 2021 National Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference at the Seaworld Resort Gold Coast on November 22-24, 2021. We hope that you have your calendars marked, because we’re only six months away so make sure you secure your ticket to our exciting conferences at Seaworld. This conference has been the go-to place to get inspired and learn by the industry’s best and brightest, gain valuable resources to revamp your organizational strategy and—of course—have tons of fun!

An unrivalled agenda, deadly First Nations’ speakers and networking opportunities galore—Here’s the latest on what you can expect at these ICS conferences:

Bringing Our Community Closer

We like to think of the ICS community as a family, and we’ve been working hard to develop new ways to bring our family together. Hence, ICS has a jam-packed agenda with 15 breakout sessions dedicated to community programs. In the afternoon, we’re keeping the momentum going by bringing out the big guns. Dr. Joseph Stone, a member of native American Blackfeet Tribe, OKKAN (Sundance) and Anasaki-pikuni based in New Zealand will be one of the featured guest speakers.

Top Keynote Sessions

You’ll also hear from some of the top First Nations guest speakers namely Robert ‘Bob’ Davis CEO Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, Harry Callaghan, Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer South Western Sydney Local Health District, Cleone Wellington, Cultural Manager and Hayley Longbottom, Program Manager of WAMINDA, South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation amongst others.

In addition, the following presenters and their respective papers had been accepted for presentation at the 2021 National Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference:

  • Tanya Druce, Manager, Aboriginal Health, Policy & Planning Wilim Berrbang Western Health
  • Shiree Talbot, Program Manager – Beyond Barbed Wire & TEI
  • Deborah Stockton, Director Clinical Service Integration Tresillian
  • Kelli Owen, National Community Engagement Coordinator Central Northern Adelaide Renal & Transplantation Service (CNARTS) University of Adelaide Nursing School, SAHMRI Team
  • Kristin Xenos, Senior Project Officer Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Bronwyn Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Pharmacy Council
  • Associate Professor Faye McMillan, Australia’s First Aboriginal Pharmacist and Wiradjuri yinaa
  • Dr. Jerry Abraham Alex, Service Registrar, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King Edward Memorial Hospital
  • Wendy Francis, Director Centre for Human Dignity Australian Christian Lobby
  • Vicki Tillott, Lecturer, Southern Cross University
  • Claire Treadgold, Head of Programs & National Manager, Research & Evaluation Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Christine Fing, Aboriginal Engagement Project Officer BreastScreen NSW; Social Worker
  • Pete Dawson, Clinical Lead
  • Uncle Pat Farrant, Cultural Lead at Bunjilwarra
  • Kevin Heath, Male Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer HARP
  • Natalie Wilcock, Digital Manager of Aboriginal Education & Training TAFE NSW
  • Professor Sarah Blunden, Psychologist & Head of Peadiatric Sleep Research Central Queensland University
  • Toni L. Smith, Principal Female Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Renee Lovell, Manager DV & Women’s Health SLHD Sydney Local Health District
  • Veronica Matthews, CRE Research Fellow Wingara Mura Leadership Program University Centre for Rural Health
  • Gillie Freeman, Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer Western Health
  • Rebecca Wermut, Director, Rhythmosis – Music Therapy Practice Rhythm2Recovery
  • Tim Croft, Manager Aboriginal Health Unit SESLHD Sout Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Susan Parker Pavlovic, A/Lecturer Aboriginal Health
  • Emma Walke, Academic lead, Aboriginal health University Centre for Rural Health
  • Dr Mark J Lock, Ngiyampaa Academic
  • Natalie Johnson, Team Leader Aboriginal Portfolio First Nations Research Team Aboriginal Community Matters Advisory Group of NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence
  • Heidi Sturk, Deputy Director Queensland University of Technology
  • David Edwards, Group Facilitator R U Appy Project University Centre for Rural Health
  • Deadly Liver Mob Study Group presenters from the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.

Save Your Spot

Attendance is limited, so register now because you won’t want to miss your chance to see these industry-thought leaders. We encourage anyone interested in attending the conference to register early as numbers are filling fast. We’ve structured our registration in such a way that will save organization’s money while at the same time providing a great forum for frank and open discussion.

Running two conferences in one location was only made possible by ICS’ versatility to offer ground-breaking double opportunities for delegates to attend two conferences with one registration. With data-backed science, powerful case studies and a bit of much-needed zen, attendees will take away actionable insights to incorporate into their community programs. To register, please complete the online registration form at this link:

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