The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives is holding their annual conference in Melbourne Australia on the 7th of November 2016 in Melbourne. This year is a unique event with the theme of ‘unmasking our collective history and pride in our global identity’. It is the first time CATSINaM have invited their First Nations’ nursing and midwifery sisters and brothers from other countries to meet with CATSINaM in Australia to share collective wisdom and experience in the provision of high quality and culturally safe services to ourr peoples. Speakers from Australia and abroad will explore topics relating to Indigenous knowledge, culture, experiences and identity in professional practice and health care.

A dedicated student day which continues the tradition started in 2014 will be held prior to the Meeting, 6 of November 2016. The session is designed to support student participation and leadership by providing the opportunity to hear from health leaders, connect with other students and share ideas in the lead up to the International Indigenous Health Workforce Meeting. The day has proved to be a well-attended and highly valued event by students, supporting them to stay focused on achieving their dream of becoming a nurse and/or midwife.

The evening of 6 November we invite you to join CATSINaM at their Inaugural Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and be inspired as we pay our respects to the trailblazing heroes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery sector. The social event not to be missed will 'unmask our heroes' with a unique photo exhibition and the first screening of a short CATSINaM documentary. The event is a masquerade ball and an evening not to be missed.

Who should attend? Health professionals, students, clinicians, researchers, educators, health advocates and policy makers who are interested in building and sharing knowledge on Indigenous health care and healing.

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