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Paper Submission/Abstract Deadline: March 30, 2021
To submit an abstract, please click www.indigenoushealth.net or email to [email protected]

In the wake of COVID-19, the tourism, events and conferencing industry had been one of the hardest hit so much so that in 2020, conferences are nearly impossible to hold – both logistically, due to border closures, travel restrictions and as a matter of public health safety. The sectors’ response were digital conferences which ICS acknowledge that videoconferencing is in many ways a substandard replica of traditional conferences.

Australia’s leading Indigenous conference organizer, ICS CEO Thomas Callaghan says that, ‘Even though COVID-19 was a knockdown blow on our conferences, we have taken the eight count and come in full steam fighting. In 2020, ICS had several of its conferences postponed; however, because of Australia’s extraordinary effort and the imminent release of vaccines, we are now on full steam ahead to host and stage several conferences this year. “People need not to worry as conferences are one of the best sectors to reopen as societies continue to tackle COVID-19. We know who are coming to our events. Contact tracing is already in place. We may get some walk-ins, but 99% of people who come to our conferences are pre-registered.’

The pandemic certainly shifted communities’ perspectives about Indigenous Health. The desire to stay healthy is of the utmost importance  in order not to contract coronavirus infection. The upcoming 2021 First Nations Conferences will explore the great strives in Indigenous communities of closing the gap in Indigenous health and wellbeing through hardworking partnerships with NGOs, government departments and community-controlled organisations to keep COVID-19 at bay.

When it comes to our First Nations’ health, the fact remains that Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander health is not equal in comparison to the whole of the Australian community. First Nations Australian’s health has always been based on the premise of a holistic approach and does not only mean the physical wellbeing of an individual, but also the social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of the whole community. For First Nations peoples, this is seen with the whole-life-view. First Nations peak organisations strive to achieve the state wherein every individual must bring about the total wellbeing of our communities. This holistic understanding of health and wellbeing involves the whole community which includes much broader issues like social justice, equity, and rights, as well as traditional knowledge, traditional healing, and connection to country.

ICS success is based upon our principle of trusting our culture, listening and adhering to our grassroots, community-controlled grounding and as part of this, our future planning is open to input from communities, grassroots individuals and organisations. With this in mind, Indigenous Conference Services invites governments, NGOs, grassroots community-controlled organisations, researchers and all interested individuals to submit a paper to be included in the conference proceedings. At least 50% of the conference agenda items are allocated for papers submitted from community groups.

This conference should be seen as an avenue for information sharing and further professional development no matter which level you are in your career. Potential topics that might be addressed include but not limited to:

What are the social missions of Indigenous health, and in what ways can it address issues such as health equity, justice, and inclusion?
How can representations of Indigenous health in language/literature, culture, art, or media uncover deeper understandings of the complexities of health and illness?

In a broader scheme of things, how can Indigenous health humanistic lens be applied to address issues that have profound health implications – such as intergenerational trauma, racism, Indigenous women’s health, maternal & child health, Indigenous men’s health & wellbeing, family violence, addiction, incarcerations or connection to country and climate change?

What are the primary responsibilities of primary health practitioners, community workers, hospital and health services as well as Indigenous consumers to achieve desired outcomes for First Nations families’ health and wellbeing?

Listed below are the conferences planned and lined-up for this year. Call for papers are now open and sought for. Please submit your entry online at www.indigenoushealth.net

2021 Conferences:
13th Closing The Gap Indigenous Health Conference November 22-24,2021 Seaworld Resort, Gold Coast QLD Australia
2021 Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference November 22-24,2021 Seaworld Resort, Gold Coast QLD Australia
12th Indigenous Women`s Conference November 24-26,2021 Seaworld Resort, Gold Coast QLD Australia
2021 First Nations Wellness Conference November 24-26,2021 Seaworld Resort, Gold Coast QLD Australia
3rd National Indigenous NDIS Conference December 13-15, 2021 Pullman Cairns International Hotel Cairns QLD Australia
2021 Indigenous Allied Health Conference December 13-15, 2021 Pullman Cairns International Hotel Cairns QLD Australia
2021 Indigenous Mental Health Conference December 15-17, 2021 Shangrila Hotel Cairns QLD Australia
2021 Indigenous Suicide Prevention December 15-17, 2021 Shangrila Hotel Cairns QLD Australia

Guidelines in Submitting Paper:
Papers should not contain offensive language and take into account cultural sensitivities of host country.
Papers may treat the themes in a manner that contributes to further discussion of conference aims.
Conference papers must be presented in the finished format not less than 60 days prior to the event
First round of papers closing date will be on the 30th March 2021 with a second, as necessary.
Authors of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified of their acceptance.
Registration fee of $650 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
All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light.

Register now to secure your place. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect, reflect and learn together. For more information, please visit the conference website at www.icsconferences.org or contact us by email at [email protected].