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Aboriginal Health Conference 2014

  • Dates: 05 – 06 Jul, 2014
  • Parmelia Hilton Perth

Aboriginal Health Conference 2014

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 from the 5 - 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

The Honourable Fred Chaney, AO
Reconciliation Australia Limited

Fred Chaney was born in Perth in 1941.  He graduated in Law at the University of Western Australia in 1962, working in New Guinea and Western Australia in private practice with emphasis on mining related work. He was also involved in the Aboriginal Legal Service in a voluntary capacity in the early 1970s.  

Mr Chaney entered Federal Parliament in 1974 as a Senator for Western Australia. He was Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1983 to 1990 and Member for Pearce in the House of Representatives from 1990 to 1993.  Among his Ministerial appointments in the Fraser Government were Aboriginal Affairs, Social Security and Minister Assisting the Minister for National Development and Energy.  After leaving Parliament he undertook research into Aboriginal Affairs policy and administration as a Research Fellow with the Graduate School of Management at the University of Western Australia from 1993 to 1995.  He was appointed Chancellor of Murdoch University in 1995 and continued in that capacity until 2003.

In 1994 Mr Chaney co-founded the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation and is currently its Deputy President. The foundation was established to help young Aboriginal people succeed and it now has 30 projects in government schools across Australia, involving just under 1,000 students. In 1994 Mr Chaney was appointed as a part-time Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, becoming a full-time Member in April 1995 and Deputy President from 2000 to 2007. He served as Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia Limited from 2000 to 2005 and continues as a director on the board.  In 2005 he was appointed Chairman of Desert Knowledge Australia. In 2007 he chaired the Consultation Committee on a Human Rights Act for Western Australia.  In 2008 Mr Chaney was the first recipient of the Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award for leadership in combating racism.  In 2011 he was a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians which reported to the Australian Government in 2012.

In 1997 Mr Chaney was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia and to the Aboriginal community. In 2014 was made Senior Australian of the Year.


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.  

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

Registrations – Opening soon!

The registration brochure will be available to download very soon. Email your expression of interest to events@ruralhealthwest.com.au with your name, address and email address and the Events Team will keep you updated when the program becomes available and registrations open.

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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