Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) will be celebrated this year on Wednesday 7 September 2016. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation gifts new books and literacy resources to Indigenous kids and families in remote communities.
Why we do it
To level the playing field so that all Australian children have the same opportunities to develop a life-long love of reading
Who we are
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation - we are a not-for-profit charity, funded entirely by donations. Licence Number CFN/21762
How can you help?
You can support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation by donating funds or by conducting specific fundraising activities. For further information please view the web site https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/
2016 Theme: Indigenous Peoples' Right to Education
This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education.
The right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which in Article 14 states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”
The right of indigenous peoples to education is also protected by a number of other international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.
In spite of these instruments, the right to education has not been fully realized for most indigenous peoples, and a critical education gap exists between indigenous peoples and the general population.
Where data exist, they show consistent and persistent disparities between the indigenous and the non-indigenous population in terms of educational access, retention and achievement, in all regions of the world.
The education sector not only mirrors the historical abuses, discrimination and marginalization suffered by indigenous peoples, but also reflects their continued struggle for equality and respect for their rights as peoples and as individuals.
To read more please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/Read more
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by SNAICC. Children’s Day was first observed in 1988, with 2016 being the 29th celebration. Each year SNAICC produces and distributes resources to help organisations, services, schools, and communities celebrate.
The theme for Children’s Day 2016 is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping our kids feel connected and proud in culture. It’s all about ensuring all our kids feel like they belong.
This year’s theme aims to provide a space for everyone to come together to celebrate the achievements of the early learning services and the families and children they support. If we can ensure these services are funded in a sustainable way they can continue to support our kids stand tall and strong.
To find out more please visit: http://aboriginalchildrensday.com.au/Read more
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.
To register for these events please click the link below: http://catsinam.org.au/conference/conference-catsinam
The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International and the Judith Lumely Centre, Schoool of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University are delighted to present the 21st NNVAWI Conference.
With a renewed ephasis on the role of nurses and doctors in the fight against domestic/family violence, this conference with play a very timely and major role in brining experts, practitioners and policymakers to share their wisdom and learnings.
The conference will be held in Melbourne, from 26-28 October 2016.
For more information: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/jlc/news-events/NNVAWI-Conference-2016Read more
The International Indigenous Allied Health Conference will be held in Cairns from the 1st to the 3rd of December 2016.
The 2016 International Indigenous Allied Health Conference offers high quality, diverse professional development education sessions from high calibre allied health professionals, leading industry experts and First Nations guest speakers from around the globe gathering under one roof as well as offers unparalleled valuable networking opportunities. The conference also highlights inspiring initiatives, successes and challenges faced by allied health workers from not only in Australia but internationally. The conference aims to take you on a transformative journey of education and inspiration, empowering you to excel in your allied health practice. Your experience during the event's educational workshops and keynote sessions will enable you to come away empowered with the latest knowledge & information and gain insights as well as obtain knowledge from innovative research and service developments that may transform how services are delivered in years to come. Allied health is one of the most valued members in multidisciplinary team in healthcare and forms one of the three pillars of the patient care workforce. This will ensures allied health professionals are able to empower patients, drive faster recoveries, and create an efficient and effective health system that promotes the current trends of re-enablement and wellness approaches in health practice.
More information can be found via the following link: http://anrows.org.au/events/2016-international-indigenous-allied-health-conferenceRead more
The International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference will be held from the 8th to the 9th of November 2016 in Melbourne.
The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016 will celebrate, share and strengthen Indigenous knowledges and bring together Indigenous people from around Australia and the world. Underpinned by a strong cultural framework, the conference will connect our peoples, and others committed to working with us, to shape our future.
The conference theme Identity | Knowledge | Strength will translate into a unique opportunity for delegates to:-
- celebrate Indigenous knowledges in a safe and strong cultural space
- share wisdom and stories, and learn from Elders and each other
- learn about the best science, practices and solutions
- participate in exploratory and difficult conversations and leave the conference with new perspectives and expanded methodologies
- connect and enrich engagement with colleagues and peers
- build and enhance opportunities for partnerships across research, policy and community
- craft a strong statement to inform action and influence national and international Indigenous health and wellbeing agendas
- enjoy a rich and varied art, performance and social program
- leave the conference inspired and energised by our identity, knowledge and strength to drive individual and collective work that benefits Indigenous peoples.
The comprehensive conference program will include keynote addresses from national and international experts and a range of modalities to showcase delegates’ work: concurrent, individual and joint presentations; posters; interactive workshops and panels such as traditional healing and yarning circles; Elder-specific and family-specific events as well as for men and women.
We look forward to welcoming our Australian and international Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues whose expertise and interests are in Indigenous health and wellbeing. Community organisations, leaders and individuals; researchers; students; policymakers; service providers and health workers will find this a rewarding and inspiring conference.
More information can be found via this link: http://www.lowitja.org.au/conferenceRead more
The Aboriginal Health Conference will be held in Perth from the 2nd July to the 3rd July 2016.
Developing strong commitments to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities.
Rural Health West invites you to one of Western Australia's leading Aboriginal Health Conferences to be held in Perth at the Pan Pacific Perth from the 2 & 3 July 2016. The conference theme, The youth of today, the elders of tomorrow, will be addressed through presentations, clinical updates, practical workshops, hands-on concurrent sessions and case study learning opportunities that are professionally accredited and delivered by expert specialists and speakers.
As the leading conference of its kind in Western Australia, this event is open to all health professionals who have an interest and passion in Aboriginal health.
Rural Health West is committed to encouraging healthy communities through endeavours to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in rural and remote Western Australia. We encourage you to join us, and your colleagues, and take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate and network with others who share your enthusiasm and commitment.
More information can be found via this link: http://www.ruralhealthwest.com.au/general-practice/professional-development/conference/2016/07/02/default-calendar/aboriginal-health-conference-2016Read more
The Caring for Country Kids Conference will be held in Alice Springs from the 17th April to the 19th April.
Children's Healthcare Australasia (CHA) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) are hosting a two day event focusing on the provision of quality healthcare for children and young people living in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia.
The event will provide learning and networking opportunities to public and private healthcare providers, families and carers, and interested people from health-related sectors such as rural education, transport and housing in rural, regional and remote areas.
The Conference will focus on placing rural and remote children and their families at the centre of care, keeping them healthy, and enhancing the patient journey from primary through secondary to tertiary care - and back again. The goal is to improve access for country kids to the right care, in the right place, at the right time - by building the capacity of the rural, regional and remote health workforce team to care for children locally. It will consider healthcare outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, and children with chronic and/or complex health needs, emergency care and mental health care.
Potential sponsors and exhibitors are encouraged to contact the NRHA.
More information regarding this conference can be found at: http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/conferences?cid=2182Read more
An interview with Psychologist and senior scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, Anthony Biglan, provides insight on how preventive interventions such as the Nurse-Family Partnership can help in creating nurturing environments and ultimately, help solve some of society's most stubborn, harmful and costly issues. Read the full interview and article here.Read more