The wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youths is concerning, with a growing number of young people suffering from deteriorating health.
Research show that young Aboriginal people and four times more likely to commit suicide compared to their non-Indigenous peers and 33 per cent reported having serious mental health issues.
The high youth-suicide rates are an indicator that something is seriously wrong and the Australian society, its communities, service providers and people, need to take action now to turn the statistics around.
The 3rd National Indigenous Social & Emotional Wellbeing Forum has been developed together with community and industry leaders to provide attendees with the tools on how to better support Indigenous children and youth at risk and how create communities that allows Indigenous children and youths to thrive.
Provide support and meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youths
Collaborate and create communities that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youths to thrive
Tackle drug, alcohol and gambling addictions
Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youths in youth and detention centres
International key note speakers
Over 100 delegates
Speakers from across the country
Practical case studies from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
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Download this document to view: The most up to date agenda and confirmed speakers for 2019 and testimonials.
“I have left the conference completely inspired by the speakers. Clearly Aboriginal people are able to do their own business and I felt so proud of everyone that spoke about their efforts to do that. I would definitely come again. An amazing effort by all. It gave me a sense of renewed energy for my work back home.”
“I found the forum to be a worthy event which I will attend again. I have walked away having learned more, broadened in perspective and with valuable resources. Thank you.”
“Attending this conference was a wonderful experience for me both professionally and personally. I reconnected with my Aboriginal heritage and was reminded of all the wonderful accomplishments of my Aboriginal brothers and sisters, of whom I am so very proud.”
“I found the forum very interesting; I came away with a better understanding of how wide spread mental health issues affect our people. From all parts of Australia, the young the old and everyone in between.”
“This event really opened my eyes. As a non-Aboriginal health professional (mental health nurse) that recently began working at an Aboriginal Health Clinic it gave me a great insight into the issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. I feel privileged to have taken part, thank you for offering such a great event.”
“This was one of the most informative conferences I have been to. Excellent MC, presenters and presentations. I have already recommended that my organisation send more practitioners to the next one.”
“It was a fantastic event - well organised, and made incredibly informative through the choice of presenters. Thanks!”
Adjunct Professor - Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
James Cook UniversityView
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
Commission for Children and Young People - VictoriaView
National Coordinator, National Indigenous Critical Response Service, Project Manager
National Migrant Youth Support Service and Suicide Prevention and Welfare ResearcherView
Social and Emotional Wellbeing Services Manager
Apunipima Cape York Health CouncilView
NICRS Critical Response Support Advocate WA
Thirrili, Recipient, Dr Yunupingu Award for Human RightsView
Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal CorporationView
Policy Program Co-Designer - Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSWView
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