Connections Forum: Supporting Aboriginal Maternal, Child and Family Health

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This forum will showcase and explore strategies which support positive health outcomes for Aboriginal mothers, families and communities.

About this Event

This forum is for anyone who works with Aboriginal mothers, families and communities, or has an interest in learning more about how they can support positive outcomes to close the gap in Aboriginal maternal, child, family health and wellbeing.

'Virtual' in design, the forum aims to connect inter-professional knowledge, experiences and ideas. Increasing connectedness between health staff, programs and services regardless of geographical location.

Join us for a session or the day as the forum showcases and explores:

  • Health care, programs, services and ways of working
  • Culturally safe and appropriate care
  • Innovation in practice
  • Strengths based perspectives
  • Professional development and leadership

Keynote Speakers

Nicole Turner

Nicole is a Kamilaroi woman who currently lives on the New South Wales coast. She is one of very few qualified Aboriginal community nutritionists in Australia, Nicole is chairperson of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), and is also an adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Canberra.

Nicole has published numerous papers in international journals and presented at several conferences around Australia and overseas on a variety of topics, especially indigenous health.

Nicole’s passion is nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. She believes we need to give knowledge to our people about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing chronic diseases. She is involved with many national, state and local committees and organisations.

Renee Bittoun

Renee is an internationally recognized expert in smoking cessation. She has worked in the field for more than 40 years and is an inaugural member of the international SRNT (international Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco). She started one of the world’s first Smokers’ Clinics in Sydney, Australia in 1979 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed Journal of Smoking Cessation, published by Cambridge University Press. She was at the University of Sydney Medical School, Brain Mind Centre for 20 years and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the Medical School, Notre Dame Australia.

Renee has published many papers and research articles on smoking and smoking cessation, and was recently a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne University, Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, France.

Her current work is in smoking and mental health, drug and alcohol services and smoking in indigenous Australians.

Geri Vaughan

Geri is a public health researcher who co-coordinated the NHMRC funded Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance Systems (AMOSS) Australia and New Zealand rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in pregnancy study.

Geri is completing her doctorate on RHD in pregnancy from a health services perspective and is lead author on the RHD Guidelines 'RHD & women' chapter. She is particularly interested in using research to make change.

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