Pre-Conference Workshops & Events

Yagan Memorial Park

Yagan Memorial Park


There are three exciting opportunities on offer in our Pre Conference program, a cultural tour hosted by local guide Marissa Verma, a Cultural Responsiveness in Action workshop facilitated by Indigenous Allied Health Australia or a E-Mental Health in Practice workshop facilitated by eMHPrac/QUT.

All of these pre conference events will be held at the Rendezvous Hotel on Monday 27 November 2017.

For more information please click below.

Registration for any of these events will be available on our conference registration form from 1 July 2017.

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Pre-Conference Cultural Tour: Bindi Bindi Dreaming - 9am – 3pm

“Explore Noongar Boodja”


Marissa Verma

On your cultural experience, you will be immersed with significant cultural knowledge and information as well as seeing, touching, and smelling the wonders of the natural bush land that people still have in connection to this country.

Local guide Marissa Verma will share with you her lifetime experiences about Noongar culture. This knowledge has been shared with her by many Elders of Noongar country and they are only too happy for her to now share with you.

Join Marissa out on country visiting culturally significant sites of the Noongar people, sharing knowledge of local Noongar history, about Noongar Six Seasons, plants as foods and medicines, see artefacts and be fed some foods infused with traditional herbs and spices.

Cost $100

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Tour Timetable

Bindi Bindi Dreaming9:00 amDepart Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough
10:00 amFirst site Yagan Memorial Park - morning tea and talk-walk.
10:50 amLeave site
11:00 amArrive at Walyunga NP - walk- talk and lunch
12:50 pmLeave site
1:00 pmHead to Maalinup and visit Dale Tilbrook at the Aboriginal Art Gallery
2:00 pmBack to the Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough
Workshop: Introduction to Culturally Responsive Practice - 8.30am – 4pm


It is essential that health professionals are both clinically competent and culturally responsive in order to positively affect the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This workshop will introduce Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework and provide participants with opportunities to build upon strengths and identify areas for growth along their lifelong journeys toward cultural responsiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Engage in self-reflection about cultures, personal beliefs, assumptions, values, perceptions, attitudes and expectations and impact on relationships;
  • Increase understanding of how effective leadership can facilitate change and transform approaches to healthcare that create cultural safety;
  • Explore ways of knowing, being and doing that will enhance ability to be cultural responsive.

Education Methods:

This workshop will be interactive and participants will need to be open and willing to engage in a meaningful way to participate in self-reflective activities that examine one’s own personal/professional values, beliefs, experiences and knowledges that can shape interactions and practice.

Cost: $130

Workshop: Putting Digital Mental Health into Practice - 8.30am – 4pm

The use and application of dMH resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This one-day workshop will present an overview of current digital/e-mental health research and practice in Australia. In addition, it will explore a range of e-wellbeing and mental health resources, like online programs, apps, websites & videos, with a specific focus on culturally relevant tools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  The aim of this interactive workshop is to increase participants’ awareness and understanding of digital mental health and how it can be integrated it into practice. It will help participants:

  • Identify and evaluate digital mental health programs and resources;
  • Determine which digital mental health tools would be most appropriate for a client and how it could be utilized (e.g., as a referral option, an adjunct to face to face service delivery, or as a tool integrated within sessions);
  • Engage and partner with a client in the use of digital mental health resources and tools; and
  • Build an e-toolkit on a mobile device.

The workshop will be presented by eMHPrac (e?Mental Health in Practice Project), an initiative funded by the Australian Government. eMHPrac aims to raise primary care practitioner awareness and knowledge of digital mental health and is a partnership involving Queensland University of Technology, Black Dog Institute, Menzies School of Health Research, and the University Centre for Rural Health, University of Sydney.

Cost: $130