Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – 2019

We warmly invite you to join us for the 15th Annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum.

Date:                             Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 May, 2019

Location:                     Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay QLD

Registration fees:     $475-525

The two-day forum will host experts from research, practice and community to share knowledge and introduce new approaches to increase support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence.

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Who:

This Forum is suitable for people working in:

  • domestic and family violence;
  • community services;
  • child safety;
  • community health;
  • Indigenous communities;
  • Social work;
  • Counselling;
  • Justice;
  • Probation/ Parole;
  • Others with an interest in this area

The Forum is hosted by Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

Why should you attend this forum:

By sharing knowledge from research and community, together we can increase support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence.

By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

The Forum provides an opportunity for workers providing domestic, family and sexual violence support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to come together to share information supporting informed practice.

The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence.

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Introducing our Confirmed 2019 Forum Speakers

Namarca Corowa

MARABISDA, Mackay

Namarca was born and raised in Mackay. He comes from a large family and is very passionate about the Mackay community.  He and his wife have also been foster carers for almost 3 years.  Namarca is a local professional recording musician and has worked on many different projects in Mackay and has released 3 music albums.  He has been involved as a committee member on the Mackay Regional Arts Development Fund board. Namarca is an avid bow hunter and whenever the opportunity arises to hunt feral pigs or deer, he is not far behind.  He has worked in many different industries including Electrical Construction, Sugar Mill Loco’s and sugar sheds, Railway systems, Music, Employment and training, Youth Justice, Music Tutoring, Hydraulics and currently also works as a local Christian minister. Currently, his role at MARABISDA Inc. is about engaging our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in our community who need that support and assistance in getting to where they need to be, to be effective leaders and contributors to their families and the wider community.

Samantha Wild

Awakening Cultural Ways

Samantha is a proud Wakka Wakka and South Sea Islander woman and draws from her own personal experiences to influence and inspire change for  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Samantha is the Indigenous Integration and Development Coordinator at the Queensland University of  Technology.  She is also Director of Awakening Cultural Ways, focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy and program development in relation to social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and cultural healing frameworks.

Karla McGrady

Our Watch

Karla is a Senior Practice Advisor at Our Watch, where her role focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and young people recently completed research and consultation as a member of the Policy team on Changing the Picture: A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.  The resource is designed to contribute to the development of culturally safe and appropriate solutions to the prevention of violence against women. Before joining Our Watch Karla worked in Brisbane, Queensland in Indigenous Health on projects that focused on empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander girls and women to make informed decisions about their health and well-being, including through discussion about respectful relationships. Karla is also currently completing a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology major at Victoria University

Dr Jackie Huggins

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is a Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (North Queensland) woman from Queensland who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over thirty years. Jackie is a celebrated historian and author who has documented the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the decades.

In 2001, Jackie received the Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Throughout her career spanning over four decades, Jackie has played a leading role in reconciliation, literacy, women’s issues and social justice.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and Flinders University (with Honours), a Diploma of Education and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Queensland, and another Honorary Doctorate from Central Qld University. Jackie has had a long and distinguished career in public service and professional achievement

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

Corner Alfred Street and Macalister Street

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre is located conveniently in Mackay CBD, in walking distance to a range of hotels and apartments.

Facilities
venue, accessibility, air conditioning, wifi

Parking
Free parking is available at a number of sites in close walking distance to the venue, shown in the map below.