Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare Conference

Venue: Citigate Central Hotel

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Event Date/Time: Nov 23, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 24, 2010
Registration Date: Oct 22, 2010
Early Registration Date: Sep 17, 2010
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Building community wellness with a 'strength-based' approach

The poor health disparity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is an ongoing priority for communities, service providers and Government departments. The issues and challenges are known, however the solutions and ways forward need to be highlighted so we can build on experiences, learnings, best practices and success stories.

The COAG 'Close the Gap' strategy implemented National Partnership Agreements to tackle the gap in life expectancy. Whilst the report on 'Remote Indigenous Service Delivery' examined service delivery challenges and opportunities within 29 communities. From this, the emphasis now is on review, progress and evaluating what works and why.

This means Government agencies need to help the facilitation of Indigenous health services by empowering the community and delivering services at a local level. This conference will look at a 'strength-based' approach to health care, providing case studies on how to build community capacity and wellness, how to address the origin of poor health and how to break negative health and wellbeing cycles to ensure generational change.

This conference will look at:

- Tackling the social determinants and the origins of poor health
- Increasing health promotion through education and training
- Addressing the health and wellbeing of youths to ensure generational change
- Traditional and western medicine integration methods

What you will take away:

- Government and community perspectives on how to strengthen Indigenous community healthcare
- Strategies to build community capacity and wellness
- Ways to create flexibility and encourage innovation in service delivery
- How to create efficient and culturally appropriate health services