Linking Indigenous Policy with Service Delivery

Venue: Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns

Location: Cairns, QLD, Australia

Event Date/Time: Sep 14, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 15, 2010
Registration Date: Aug 03, 2010
Early Registration Date: Jun 29, 2010
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Early Childhood Development in Indigenous Communities

Integrating services for a healthy start to life

Improving the wellbeing of Indigenous children is a national priority and the key to 'Closing The Gap' in a generation.

However, there are many complex factors which impact on the development, health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0-4 years die at three times the rate of non-Indigenous children.

Indigenous babies are twice as likely to be of low birth weight.

Indigenous children are 6 times more likely to be the victims of abuse or neglect.

The Early Childhood Development in Indigenous Communities Conference will showcase existing successful initiatives, sharing best practice for integrated services which help 'Close The Gap' on child disadvantage. It will also assess progress made under the National Partnership for Early Childhood Development and identify key priority areas to improve service delivery and community wellbeing.

What you will take away:

- Government and community perspectives on how to strengthen family support structures
- Strategies to build culturally appropriate, accessible and integrated child and family services
- Key priorities areas in early childhood development to help you design future services

Who should attend?

This conference is specifically designed for senior level representatives from:

Federal & State Government
Family Service Providers
Aboriginal Medical Services
Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations
Child Protection Agencies
Area Health Services

With an interest in:

Family & Community Safety
Policy & Strategy
Early Childhood Development
Child Protection
Ante, Peri & Post-natal Care
Social Determinants of Child Development
Service Integration & Delivery Models
Maternal & Child Health