KEY THINKERS FORUM

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Birthing on Country

The Key Thinkers Forum will consider the implications of birthing on traditional lands and the effect this has on the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

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THE 1967 REFERENDUM

On 30 May 2017, the Poche Indigenous Health Network hosted its 8th bi-annual Key Thinkers Forum. Some of Australia’s leading advocates for Aboriginal health and Indigenous social justice were invited to share their re ections on the 1967 Referendum, 50 years on.

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Health Literacy

Health literacy is not a new concept, yet it is only recently gaining greater attention for its proven potential to improve health outcomes and service delivery. Whilst early definitions focused on individuals’ capacity to access, understand and act upon health information, recent developments recognise the responsibility for service providers to become health literate organisations and to develop workforces that can enhance health literacy for their consumers.

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Finding Common Ground

This is not a new conversation. In 1989, cultural competence was defined Cross et al as a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals and enables that system, agency, or those professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

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Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use

Just as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians have a higher burden of physical disease, they also are more likely to experience mental health and alcohol and other drug use disorders than are non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians are hospitalised or die because of alcohol-related conditions four times as often.

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