Western Australia’s leading Aboriginal health conference, brings together health professionals, educators, researchers and Indigenous leaders from across the country who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians.
Register today to:
- Learn through practical educational workshops and clinical problem-based case studies
- Receive clinical and best practice updates
- Hear from leading experts, medical specialists, researchers and health practitioners
- Be inspired by the experiences of our keynote speakers
- Network with like-minded medical professionals committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians.
For travel and accommodation information visit the General tab
For more information, please contact the Events team via email
or 08 6389 4500.
Program & Speakers
Introducing our keynote speakers
Dr Mick Adams
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Adjunct Professor Dr Michael (Mick) Adams is a respected Elder in the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. He is a descendent of the Yadhiagana/Wuthathi peoples of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland and the Gurindji people of Central Western Northern Territory with extended family relationship with the people of the Torres Straits, Warlpiri (Yuendumu), and East Arnhem Land (Gurrumaru) communities.
Dr Adams is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and also Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University. He is recognised and credited as one of the leading Australian Aboriginal researchers on male health. He completed an Associate Diploma of Social Work in 1976 and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1995, Bachelor Applied Science 1997, Master of Arts 2001 and went on to complete a PhD in Public Health Research in 2007.
Dr Adam’s PhD research study to investigate the prevalence and correlates of sexual dysfunction among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males has been produced into text titled Men’s Business: A Study into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Saroo Brierley was born in a small Indian town. In 1986, aged only 5, he lost all contact with his family when he was at a train station waiting for his brother. He never saw his brother again.
After living on the streets of Calcutta for 3 weeks by himself, Saroo was placed in a local orphanage and went on to be adopted by an Australian family. He grew up with his new parents in Hobart, Tasmania where he spent the next 25 years. But he was unable, and unwilling, to forget the land of his childhood.
Determined to rediscover his past he embarked on a virtual odyssey of his homeland and, after many hours poring over Google Earth, armed only the images that were etched into his brain as a 5 year old, he managed to recognise his home town - and track down his mother.
Their reunion in 2012 made headlines across the world, and his full story is recounted in his #1 international bestselling autobiography, A Long Way Home
The film Lion
, based on his autobiography was released in November 2016 to great acclaim. It has been nominated for four Golden Globe and six Academy Awards and stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.
Saroo’s is a remarkable story of survival and sheer determination culminating in an intensely moving reunion with his mother.
Dr Richard Walley OAM
Richard Walley OAM is a former Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council. A Nyoongar man, he was born at Meekatharra and grew up in Pinjarra.
In 1978, he co-founded the Middar Aboriginal Theatre with friends including Ernie Dingo. Stage and television productions he acted in and/or wrote through the 1980s include The Dreamers, A Fortunate Life, Coordah and Close to the Bone. He has performed internationally on the didgeridoo and has released several recordings; his more recent CDs include Two tribes (2003) which blends traditional Indigenous sounds with rap and hip hop.
He received a doctorate of letters from Murdoch University in 2001 in recognition of his contribution to Nyoongar culture and the wider community. Walley has also gained renown as a visual artist; his designs include the commemorative plate for the 400th anniversary of Australian and Dutch relations (2006), in the collection of the National Library. In March 2010, Ernie Dingo and Richard Walley told The Australian that they had devised and performed the very first ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony, of the kind with which all Australians are now familiar, as a courtesy to visiting Pacific Islanders in Perth in 1976. The founder and director of Aboriginal Productions and Promotions, Walley has recently played the didgeridoo on tour with the John Butler Trio.
Parmelia Hilton Perth
14 Mill Street, Perth
T: 08 9215 2000
W: Parmelia Hilton, Perth
Located in the heart of the central business district, the hotel is approximately a 20 minute drive to Perth's international and domestic airports.
Rural Health West has secured a special rate of $165.00 per night for the conference weekend. This includes breakfast for two people and complimentary Wi-Fi. You can make a reservation online
or alternatively, telephone the hotel directly and quote 'GRURE'.
Rural Health West will provide travel support for currently practising doctors who work and live in rural and remote Western Australia and their spouses/partners.
Tickets booked prior to full registration payment being received by Rural Health West will not be authorised.
Flights must be booked through Corporate Traveller. Fees for changes to tickets are not reimbursable by Rural Health West. Should you wish to travel to or from Perth outside of the specified conference dates, your fare can still be covered on condition that no additional expense to the organisation is incurred.
Please note: full attendance at the conference is a condition of payment of flights and travel reimbursement by Rural Health West. If you are not in attendance for the whole program, you will be invoiced for the cost of your travel.
Entitlements available to currently practising delegates
- Air travel for doctor and spouse/partner
- Fuel costs for transport from home town to conference venue and return when using private car*
- Meals as specified during the conference program
- Air travel for up to two children** will be considered in the following cases:
- Doctor couples who both practise and register to attend the conference
- Single parent doctors
* Please contact the Events team on 08 6389 4525 to discuss and obtain approval for fuel reimbursement.
** Please contact the Events team on 08 6389 4525 to discuss and obtain approval for air travel for children.
How to book flights:
After registering for the conference, please contact Corporate Traveller as soon as possible to book your flights by emailing Sue Dodd at email@example.com
with the following information:
- Name of traveller as per personal ID
- City/town departing from
- Preferred dates of travel – am or pm preferred
- Contact numbers – ideally a mobile and a landline
- Any other requirements you have
Corporate Traveller will review the cheapest travel options available at your preferred time and date.
Your tickets will be booked and ticketing will take place after details have been confirmed with you. If you have any further queries, Corporate Traveller can be contacted via telephone on 08 6466 5172.
For those delegates driving to Perth for the conference, please complete and sent a reimbursement form for fuel to Rural Health West by Thursday 28 July 2017. Copies will be available on the day. Please ensure that original tax invoices are provided when submitting your claim to Rural Health West. EFTPOS receipts will not be accepted.
It is important to note that if you wish to make a claim, the form MUST be completed and sent to Rural Health West NO LATER than Thursday 28 July 2017 otherwise your reimbursement will not be claimable or processed.
- Flight arrangements not booked through Corporate Traveller
- Flight changes
- Accommodation and all related expenses (accommodation rates have been negotiated with the conference venue)
- Children’s travel unless approved by Events Coordinator
- Taxi charges
- Parking fees
- Hire cars
- Mileage allowance for private vehicles
- Meals other than specified in the conference program
- Conference registration fee
- Family Support Program and babysitting fees
Please contact the Events Team
or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.