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15th Annual NT Chronic Diseases Network conference



This conference is organised by the Chronic Disease Network (CDN). The theme of this event is Out of the shadows, into the spotlight. The conference will explore the connection between mental health and chronic diseases, particularly as it relates to the social determinants of health, healthy settings, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, workforce development, substance abuse, prison health, prevention and risk factors, community development and empowerment, medications and the human lifecycle.

Scholarship opportunities exist for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people working or studying in health or chronic diseases. Scholarships may cover conference registration costs, travel and accommodation. A maximum of two sponsorships per organisation will be granted.

Pre and post conference workshops:

6-7 September 2011
Mental health first aid
The course covers helping adults in mental health crisis situations and/or in the early stages of mental health problems.

7 September 2011
Are they stoned? Substance use and its implications on effective service delivery
To provide an opportunity for health professionals to gain further knowledge, confidence and skills in providing a holistic approach for clients who use illicit substance and/or have mental health disorders

Call for abstracts closes Friday 27 May 2011.

Scholarship applications close Friday 29 July 2011 (no late applications accepted).

Early bird registration closes Sunday 31 July 2011.

HealthInfoNet Cafe

The Chronic Disease Network held its 15th annual national conference in Darwin over the period 7 - 9 September 2011. The conference theme was ‘Out of the shadows, into the spotlight'. Conference presenters included multidisciplinary health professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease and mental illness, and the program included national keynote speakers, as well as a range of invited speakers.
A strong focus of the conference covered: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives; policy and practice; mental health from various perspectives; and, health promotion approaches.

The conference attracted over 250 delegates and included: people working with and caring for those who have chronic disease and/or mental illness; service providers; healthcare workers, and those involved in research and public policy.

Caitlin Gray from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet presented to conference delegates on the first morning of the conference with a concurrent session entitled ‘Internet-based knowledge about Indigenous chronic disease, and the interplay of social and emotional wellbeing, for the workforce'. Caitlin Gray also conducted a HealthInfoNet cafe for two days during the conference. Given the large extent of chronic conditions and the importance of social and emotional wellbeing in the Indigenous Australian population, delegates were keen to hear about the breadth of information they could access in this specific area.

More information about the HealthInfoNet cafes


CDN Conference C/- Agentur
24/48 Marina Blvd
Cullen Bay NT 0820
GPO Box 1767
Darwin NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8981 2010
Fax: (08) 8942 2150

Linda Oakford
Nurse Education Consultant
Ph: (08) 8922 8702

For bookings:
Ph: (08) 8922 8747


Last updated: 23 September 2011
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