Aboriginal Health Conference 2014

Aboriginal Health Conference 2014

Event Details

Strong commitments - healthy communities

Developing strong commitments to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities.

Rural Health West invites you to one of Western Australia's leading Aboriginal Health Conferences to be held in Perth on 5 and 6 July 2014.

The conference theme Strong commitments - healthy communities will be addressed through presentations, clinical updates, practical workshops, hands-on concurrent sessions and case study learning opportunities that are professionally accredited and delivered by expert specialists and speakers.

Keynote Speaker spotlight

Professor Neil Drew
BA (Hons); PhD (Curtin University)
Director, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - Edith Cowan University

Professor Neil Drew is Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, an internet resource that informs practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. It is recognised as an important and vital part of the Indigenous health infrastructure (www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au).

Professor Drew is a social psychologist with over 30 years experience working with a diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and groups. 

Prior to joining the HealthInfoNet in February 2014, Professor Drew held positions at The University of Notre Dame Australia including Foundation Head of Behavioural Science, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Deputy of The University of Notre Dame Australia Broome Campus – Reconciliation.

From 2002 to 2005, he was Director of The University of Western Australia Centre for Regional Development. He is the program head and co-founder of the Wundargoodie Aboriginal Safari Youth and Community Wellbeing Program in the East Kimberley which was established in 2006. The program promotes wellness and suicide prevention to young people in East Kimberley Aboriginal communities. 

Professor Drew is co-author of chapters in the recently published Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice (2010-2014) and co-author of the text Social Psychology and Everyday Life (2010).


The program has been developed to stimulate, challenge and energise delegates as they learn, upskill, explore and reflect on Aboriginal health.   Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in an array of clinical updates and  practical workshops and discover successful programs and services that are critical to 'closing the gap' in Indigenous populations in areas such as health, community engagement, education and workforce development. The program includes the following topics:

  • Diabetes
  • Mental health
  • ENT emergencies
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Joint injections
  • Ultrasound workshops
  • Paediatric health
  • Palliative care

Abstract submissions

Abstract submissions are now closed.

 Abstract submission key dates
  28 April 2014 Abstract notification letter sent by email to first authors regarding the decision of the Rural Health West Education Steering Committee.
  27 May 2014 Deadline to withdraw or make changes to an abstract.
  27 June 2014 Abstracts released on website.

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