Conference Welcome Message by the Hon Nigel Scullion
Multifaceted approaches are required in order to leave healthy footprints and create generational change within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. There is no single way forward that can facilitate these changes… The keynote and concurrent presentations from the IAHA 2013 national conference provided many examples of individuals, teams and communities working collaboratively to develop local solutions to local problems.
Delegates were exposed to models of governance, self-determination, intergenerational problems and solutions and examples of individual and organisational leadership at local, national and international levels. Showcasing both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous presenters, the conference featured stories of success, innovation and collaboration – as well as challenges and solutions.
Some key messages from our keynote speakers…
- What is needed to support change? A new kind of leadership that respects the past, but can recognise and articulate the challenges for the future, Selwyn Button – CEO QLD Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.
- The magical Answers? Accept cultural differences and ensure it is in the work and services provided and work in partnership with Aboriginal people, Professor Pat Dudgeon – School of Indigenous Studies, University of WA
- We need more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nerds… Health sciences can be a platform, a vehicle for cultural revitalization, Dr Ngiare Brown – Executive Manager of Research, NACCHO
- Racism makes people sick… Smoking is not tolerated in study places and health care. Why is racism? Maggie Grant – Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
- Allied health professionals have more in common than they have differences. We need to work as a collective to be heard, Tanya Lehmann – Chairperson, SARRAH
- There are many strengths and deep resilience that exists in tribal communities and these strengths can serve to mitigate the many societal ills… I think it can be a powerful intervention to better understand what keeps people well, Jessica Black – Alaska Native Social Worker, International speaker