Bringing together Government, NFPs and healthcare professionals to develop strategies for closing the gap in remote Indigenous health outcomes

Brisbane | 17th – 18th July 2018

Aventedge acknowledges the traditional owners, the Turrbul People, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present, on whose land we work to support the provision of safe and quality healthcare.
Since the launch of Close the Gap campaign in 2006, over $30 billion is spent each year to advance Indigenous health and wellbeing. Sadly, as of 2018, only three of seven Close the Gap targets are on track to be met. And regrettably, Indigenous Peoples continue to be the least healthy population group in Australia.
The Indigenous & Remote Health Forum brings together Government, PHNs, LHDs, NFPs, community-controlled and allied health services, Aboriginal corporations, and health councils and associations. The conference explores the strategies to advance healthcare delivery, improve chronic disease management, reduce mortality rates, and many other key issues surrounding Closing the Gap. It will also provide valuable insights on the latest policies and best practices to advance the efficiency and quality of healthcare for remote Indigenous communities.
We are committed to delivering authentic, relevant and practical health solutions. As such, our agenda is produced in consultation with our Advisory Board of respected elders and professionals.
Key Learning Objectives:
  • Deliver culturally targeted and demonstrably effective prevention programs linked directly to early interventions
  • Raise awareness, reduce mental ill-health stigma and prevent suicides
  • Educate and train natural helpers and community leaders so as to embed skills and knowledge in these rural and remote communities where access to health and/or mental-health clinicians is either severely limited or non-existent
  • Educate individuals, families and communities with pathways to help
Rural & Remote Health: Deadly Thinking Workshop
Brisbane | 19th July 2018
Deadly Thinking is a social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention workshop designed by Indigenous Australians for Indigenous communities, healthcare professionals, Government and NFPs to enhance the mental health and lower the suicide rates amongst Indigenous Peoples.
Rural and remote Australia is marked by unpredictability, isolation, economic and financial uncertainty, incessant change and extreme weather events. These challenges can have a serious impact on the mental health of the men and women who live out here. Our communities don’t enjoy the services that urban Australians take for granted.
Rural & Remote Health’s work is evidence-based, and follows a Knowledge Translation approach; their mental health programs being professionally researched, designed and administered by a team of specialists, ensuring that program knowledge and capability remain embedded at a local level in communities and organisations.

Indigenous & Remote Health: Featured Speakers

Rosslyn Bates

MP Shadow Minister; Shadow Minister for Women

Health and Ambulance Services; Queensland Parliament

Uncle Peter Shine

Director of Aboriginal Health

Northern Sydney Local Health District

Aunty Heather Castledine

Cultural Consultant

Queensland Health

Marion Scrymgour

Former Deputy Chief Minister; Chief Executive Officer

The Northern Territory; Tiwi Islands Regional Council

Dr Rob Grenfell

Health Director


Dr Sean Taylor

Principal Advisor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service

Dr Nina Lansbury Hall

Lecturer, Environmental Health Unit

School of Public Health, University of Queensland

Maurice Serico


Reconciliation Queensland Incorporated

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Why attend the Indigenous & Remote Health conference

  1. Gain insights on the latest development of healthcare policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  2. Understand how University of Queensland’s latest project is raising health outcomes for women and girls’ in remote Indigenous communities
  3. Hear perspectives from Indigenous health groups SARRAH and NCACCH on how to provide integrated healthcare across hospitals, PHNs, not-for-profits and other providers
  4. Learn how Queensland Health is coordinating and delivering culturally-appropriate and patient-centred care 
  5. Hear Northern Sydney Local Health District discuss take away measures to ensure sustainability of chronic healthcare in remote Indigenous communities
  6. Understand the positive effects of telehealth on rural Indigenous dementia living from UQ’s Centre for Online Health
  7. Identify the best framework for increasing Indigenous remote health literacy amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  8. Explore the systemic approaches and transformative programs employed by the National Indigenous Critical Response Service to improve mental health and prevent suicide
  9. Review and improve current funding schemes to effectively manage the provision of Indigenous healthcare
  10. Discover how to foster partnerships between rural Indigenous communities and mainstream healthcare providers with Reconciliation Queensland, Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland Health and Mornington Shire Council

Who should attend the Indigenous & Remote Health conference

  • Government Departments and Agencies
  • Public and Private Healthcare Providers
  • Local Health Districts
  • Primary Health Networks
  • Community-Controlled and Allied Health Services
  • Not-for-Profit Organisations
  • Aboriginals Corporations, Health Councils and Associations

Indigenous & Remote Health: Location

Brisbane | 17th – 18th July 2018
This conference is located in Brisbane's CBD. The venue will be confirmed up to 4 weeks before the event.