The event is based upon the principal beliefs of most Indigenous Peoples wherein the relationship between our cultural heritage together with the relationship to our spiritual lands provide the basis for the guidelines in the treatment of our individual healing. The conference recognizes that treating our health must be done by treating the whole person in a holistic approach through mind, body, soul and culture. No matter which country you come from throughout this world, if you are a First Nations person, the statistics whether it be health, education, or the justice system is monstrously worst than a non-Indigenous individual. Nowadays Indigenous peoples have diverse range of lifestyle from city dwellers to remote bush isolated communities. The conference itself is not designed to provide answers for everybody however it is designed to bring together both government and non-government agencies who are working in the field of Indigenous health with the belief that working together can close the gap between the state of Indigenous Health as compared to the health of mainstream. It is envisage that up to 300 delegates will attend the 2014 International Indigenous Health Conference which is scheduled on 15th – 17th of December 2014 in Cairns, Australia.
For many years, the provision of Aboriginal health services had been broken and fragmented when it comes to delivery of primary health services. There were government providers and grassroots communities’ Aboriginal medical services where in many cases, duplication of services occurred. However over time, service providers have joined forces in, not just the physical provision of services but also in such fields as research, health education and even the training of staffs in order to improve Indigenous health.
This gathering will highlight some of the existing Indigenous health programs currently implemented in Aboriginal communities all over the world and provide a unique opportunity for delegates and speakers to see the power of people networking together in one place, at one time with similar goals and exchange information regarding the successes and challenges that workers involve in implementing Aboriginal health programs faced. Hence, we encourage grassroots communities to participate and present their existing, successful programs during the event.
To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 percent of the conference proceedings are and is devoted to community groups. Papers are now being called for with the first round closes on 31st January 2014 and second round closing date on the 28th of February 2014 respectively. To further ensure the continuous success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advise the committee on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium. The conference is not political based rather should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available at your own level.
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