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Indigenous Eye Health Conference, Darwin

The 2022 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference (NATSIEHC22) will take place on Larrakia country in Darwin this month from 22-24 May.

Presented by Indigenous Eye Health (IEH), the NATSIEHC22 conference aims to advance the collective work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health sector towards the shared goal of improving eye health access and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Key note speakers at this conferences are Jaki Adams, Thomas Mayor and Nicole Turner.

the NATSIEHC22 conference aims to advance the collective work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health sector towards the shared goal of improving eye health access and outcomes

Jaki Adams

Jaki Adams was born and raised in Garramilla (Darwin), on Larrakia Country, and is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, with ancestral links to the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi people of Cape York Peninsula, traditional family ties with the Gurindji people, and extended family relationships with the people of the Torres Straits and Warlpiri (Yuendumu). She has over 25 years’ experience in the government and international development sectors.

Ms Adams will make the inaugural Jilpia Nappaljara Jones Oration. The oration acknowledges the significant contribution that the late Jilpia Nappaljara Jones AM made to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and her inspiration for a generation of female leaders in eye health. Jilpia’s family have provided their blessing for this annual invited, keynote presentation in her memory.

Thomas Mayor

Thomas Mayor is a lead campaigner for the Uluru Statement from the Heart proposal for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice and the author of Dear Son – Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons. A Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man, he was a wharf labourer for sixteen years and is an official of the Maritime Union of Australia, working as the National Indigenous Officer of the union. He is the author of four books as well as essays and articles published in the Griffith Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian. His present works cover both historical and contemporary First Nations struggles including his extensive work campaigning for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, biographical narratives, fatherhood, masculinity, love and race.

Mr Mayor is a passionate advocate for workers’ rights and for a constitutionally enshrined Voice – the key proposal in the Uluru Statement. He is the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Indigenous Labor Network, advises the Diversity Council of Australia and the From the Heart campaign, and is an executive member of the Northern Territory Trades and Labour Council. His writing journey continues also, with several other books in development with release dates planned for 2023 and 2024.

Nicole Turner

Nicole Turner, a Kamilaroi woman who currently lives in the Hunter area of NSW and is one of very few qualified Aboriginal community nutritionists in Australia. Ms Turner is also chairperson of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), an adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Canberra, and the Aboriginal Workforce Engagement Manager at Rural Doctors Network NSW. She has worked in the health sector for over 25 years.

Delegates will include representatives from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and other primary care service providers, eye care clinicians, policy makers, researchers, non-government organisations, hospitals, professional peak bodies and government departments from across the country.

Find out more or register to attend here.  (mspgh.unimelb.edu.au/centres-institutes/centre-for-health-equity/research-group/ieh/roadmap/conference/NATSIEHC2022.)


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