National Indigenous Health Summit brings Leaders Together
This week marks the second annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Summit. Held in Cairns, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) Chairperson, Lizzie Adams has welcomed the Summit and is pleased to co-host the event with the Queensland Minister for Health.
It brings together leaders from the Indigenous community and government agencies nationally to discuss community based solutions through innovation and collaboration.
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg, Queensland Minister for Health will open the all-day Summit.
"The 2014 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Summit is an opportunity to reflect on true collaboration and partnerships between all levels of government, organisations, service providers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities," the Minister said.
"As health and community leaders, we need to build a shared pathway to a future where individuals are empowered to manage their own health, and poor health is no longer a barrier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people." Mr Springborg stated.
The Minister reaffirmed the Queensland Government's commitment to improving health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders, with opportunities to choose to live a healthy and productive life.
"QAIHC is the largest provider of primary health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Queensland.
"This summit provides an ideal opportunity for connection and collaboration between groups of people with a common interest in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples," Ms Adams said.
"These services are integral to improving health outcomes for Indigenous people across the state." Ms Adams advised.
Lizzie Adams has also expressed her confidence that innovative and practical discussions will take place at the Cairns Summit, resulting in a strengthened resolve from all leaders in Indigenous health to work together to deliver health improvements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This Summit aims to demonstrate the commitment of States, Territories, and the Australian Government in working together towards closing the gap and improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
This commitment sees health leaders in attendance such as Senator the Honourable Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, Australian Government; Marion Scrymgour, Chairperson, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance, NT; the Honourable David Davis MLC, Minister for Health and Minister for Aging, Victorian Government; Lyndall De Marco, Executive Director, Diamond Jubilee Partnerships; Adrian Carson, CEO, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.
The keynote speech will be given by Professor Ngiare Brown, senior Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
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