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Call For Papers For Indigenous Women Conference

‘The second round of papers is now being sought for the 2014 Indigenous Women Conference scheduled in Cairns on October 13-15, 2014

HERVEY BAY, Australia - Jan. 20, 2014 - PRLog -- The Indigenous Women Conference presents a unique opportunity for women to participate in an event which is devoted to the sharing of information and the empowering of Indigenous women with its overall aim to provide a platform for Indigenous women to celebrate their achievements in life within their home, family, community and the workplace.

This gathering will highlight some of the existing indigenous women groups and programs currently implemented in Aboriginal and Torres Straits communities and provide a unique opportunity for delegates and speakers to see the power of people networking together in one place, at one time with similar goals and exchange information regarding the successes and challenges that workers involve in implementing Indigenous women services faced.

In today’s society, Indigenous women are developing careers while maintaining a home and family life. In short, most Indigenous women are now empowered to determine their future. Whilst it’s true that women have the capacity to multitask far more easily than men, when it comes to equal rights for Indigenous issues, women tend to walk together with Indigenous men to fight against social injustice for Indigenous people. This is why this conference will be so valuable for Indigenous Women, Support Workers, Indigenous Women’s Groups, Community Leaders/Elders, Social Workers, Doctors, NGO Group, Consultant, Nurses, Allied Health Workers, Rural and remote health professionals and to those who are interested in closing the gap in Indigenous women’s health. Topics include Women’s Health, Family Violence, Women and Education, Achievements of Women.

The 2014 National Indigenous Women’s Conference philosophy is based upon the principles of sharing knowledge and information that can be adapted and implemented in other communities. For many years, the provision of Indigenous services had been broken and fragmented when it comes to service delivery. However over time, service providers have joined forces in, not just the physical provision of services but also in such fields as research, health education and even the training of staffs in order to improve Indigenous Women services; thus improving the whole family's well-being. .

Papers are now being called for the second round with the closing date on the 31st of January 2014. To further ensure the continuous success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advise on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium.  The conference is not political based rather should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available at your own level.


This is a draft agenda which is subject to change without prior notice. The agenda has been published at this stage simply to show and give guidance to people and organizations who are considering submitting a paper for the conference. However the themes behind the presentations will remain constant.

Day 1


9:30 AM   OPENING: Welcome to Country

9:45 AM   KEYNOTE: Standing Strong, Working Together


11:00 AM KEYNOTE: Our Legal Rights as Women

11:45 AM KEYNOTE: Working with our Elders

12:30 PM  LUNCH


Break Out Room 1:  Core of Life for Young Parents

Break Out Room 2:   Diabetes in Pregnant Women


Break Out Room 1:  Breastfeeding

Break Out Room 2:   Post-Partum Depression


3:30 PM   KEYNOTE:  Women in Custody

4:15 PM   KEYNOTE:  International Guest Speaker (Canada)

Day 2


9:00 AM   KEYNOTE: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

9:45 AM   KEYNOTE: Women Leaders in our Communities


11:00 AM KEYNOTE: A Long Road Ahead

11:45 AM KEYNOTE: The Power of Education

12:30 PM  LUNCH


Break Out Room 1:  Women & Our Art

Break Out Room 2:   Mentoring for Indigenous Women


Break Out Room 1:  Working with our Culture

Break Out Room 2:  Family & Career - Finding The Balance


3:30 PM   KEYNOTE: Babies having Babies (Teenage Pregnancies)

4:15 PM   KEYNOTE: International Guest Speaker (New Zealand)

Day 3

9:30 AM   KEYNOTE: International Guest Speaker (Canada)

10:15 AM KEYNOTE: Substance Misuse in Indigenous Women


11:30 AM KEYNOTE: Saying No Domestic Violence

12:15 PM  LUNCH


Break Out Room 1:  Overcome Adversity - Managing Stress

Break Out Room 2:   Women's Business


Break Out Room 1:  Working in Our Community - Women Support Groups

Break Out Room 2:  Maternal Health & Wellbeing - One Stop Health Check


3:30 PM    Panel Discussions & Recommendations

4:30 PM    Culmination: Distribution of CDs and Certificates

Guidelines for Submitting Paper:

   Papers should not contain offensive language and take in to account cultural sensitivities.

   Papers may treat the themes in a manner that contributes to a further discussion of the conference aims.

   Conference papers must be presented in the finish format not less 60 days prior to the event.

   The secod round of papers close on January 31, 2014. Papers that are not chosen in the first round may be resubmitted for the second round.

   Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

   Author/s of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified acceptance.

   Call for papers registration fee of $550 will apply to all persons submitting papers payable upon acceptance of papers.

   Papers should explore ways in which the themes show up in the philosophy of the conference.

   A maximum of two presenters for each paper are eligible for the discounted call for papers registration fee.

   All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light.

Furthermore it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empowers and reinvigorates workers with new ideas and with enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and contacts that may be utilised for the betterment of their own or local community. With all this in mind, we invite you to not only join the network but to actively participate in the event.

To submit your paper or register to attend the event, please visit the conference website www.indigenoushealth.net or send us an email at admin@indigenoushealth.net

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MEES Australia

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