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ICS announces First Nations keynote speakers and successful papers for its 2018 National NDIS Conference and 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference.

Simultaneously running two large conferences in one location was only made possible by Indigenous Conference Services’ versatility to offer ground-breaking dual opportunity for delegates to attend two conferences with one registration! The 2018 National NDIS Conference and 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference will be held at the river city Brisbane in Queensland on the 11th – 13th December this year.

Within a few weeks of publishing the events, we’ve received abstract submissions from every state and territory in Australia, wherein more than 60% of the accepted papers are from community-based organisations. This overwhelming response of the call for papers clearly indicates the interests of organisations and individuals to improve Indigenous peoples living with a disability’s wellbeing throughout Australia.

Some of the many featured First Nations keynote speakers for the 2018 National NDIS Conference are Dr. John Gilroy, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Dr. Gilroy is a Koori man from the Yuin Nation and is a Doctor of Sociology in Indigenous health, specialising in disability studies and is passionate about Aboriginal community owned and driven research as means to influence policy, Ms. Jennifer Cullen, descendent of the Wakka Wakka people and Chief Executive Officer of Synapse in Queensland/NSW and appointed member to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Independent Advisory Council, National Disability and Carers Advisory Council and NDIA’s Rural and Remote & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group and Dr Paul White, Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Specialist Disability Assessment and Outreach Team, Dept. of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services QLD and Consultant to the NDIA Mental Health Engagement Committee. Furthermore, international speakers from New Zealand Ms. Denyse Wilcox, General Manager IDEA Specialist Services, IHC New Zealand, Registered Psychopaedic Nurse, Auckland Hospital Board and Taki Peeke, national Maori Advisor for IDEA Services in New Zealand will share how IDEA Services supports service providers and organisations with the implementation of Maori strategy and improve commitment to supporting Maori with intellectual disability to live active lives within our communities.

Similarly for the 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference, amongst the high-calibre resource speakers are Elanor Fenge, youth justice lawyer at the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission in Alice Springs, Vice-President of the Northern Territory Young Lawyers and a council member on the Law Society of the Northern Territory, Taranjeet Thandi currently works with youth charged with criminal offences to ensure young people do not continue to experience the same injustices that occurred previous to the Royal Commission and that the Northern Territory Government and NGO services are held accountable to improving the current youth justice system and Mark Morrison, Principal, Macleay Valley Trade Training Centre whom has been running a school for disenfranchised youth on the Mid North Coast of NSW which includes visiting students in three NSW detention centres each term, working with Juvenile Justice Officers each week, sitting with the students and young people in their cells.

Moreover amongst the successful papers for presentation at this year’s 2018 National NDIS Conference and 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference are Lee Ryall, Assistant Manager of the Tjungu Team with the NPY Women’s Council, based in Alice Springs, Craig Aspinall, Community Liaison Coordinator at NSW Fair Trading who has worked for over 25 years in various portfolio areas in both government and non-government capacities, Suzy Trindall – an Aboriginal woman and NDIS participant and Community Disability Alliance Hunter Project Co-facilitator, Tania Lewis – an Aboriginal woman and NDIS participant and Community Disability Alliance Hunter Project Co-facilitator, Dr. Clare Townsend, National Manager-Research and Development, Synapse and Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University and James Cook University, Perrin Whimpress, Trainer/Compliance Coordinator at Cairns Regional Community Development and Employment ATSI Corporation and Heidi Sturk, Director Indigenous Digital Mental Health Service Integration and Development Qld University of Technology.

Indeed these conferences will offer a truly unique experience for all delegates. Therefore, we wish to extend a formal invitation to you and your organisation to take part in this extraordinary chance to participate and build network outside your respective communities, share information and thought-provoking discussions as well as aim to provide a culturally safe environment that people from all walks of life can participate in a frank and open forum.

Furthermore, ICS is now calling for papers for our 2019 Indigenous conferences. Please submit your entry online at http://www.indigenoushealth.net for the upcoming conferences:
        2019 Indigenous Health: Closing the Gap Conference
        2019 Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference
        2019 Indigenous My Aged Care Conference  
        2019 Indigenous Caring for Country Conference
        2019 Indigenous Addictions & Substance Misuse Conference
        2019 Indigenous Men’s Standing Strong Conference
        2019 Indigenous Women’s Empowerment Conference