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Registration will be open in mid January for delegates and speakers arriving prior to the event.

2019 National Forum Agenda

Tuesday 30th April 2019
Start Finish Topic Location
4:00 pm 6:00 pm Arrive in Melbourne and check in to Pullman
Melbourne on the Park
Pullman Melbourne on the Park
6:30 pm 7:30 pm Welcome reception Cliveden Bar
Pullman Melbourne on the Park
7:30 pm Free time / Dinner at own leisure Various
Wednesday 1st May 2019
Start Finish Topic Facilitator / Location
7:15 am 7:45 am Heart Foundation Walking Group Meet in Hotel Foyer 10 minutes prior
8:00 am 8:30 am Registration Richmond Football Club,
Swinburne Centre
8:30 am 8:45 am Welcome to Country Wurundjeri Council
8:45 am 8:55 am Heart Foundation Welcome Adj. Prof. John G Kelly AM,
CEO Heart Foundation
8:55 am 9:05 am AHHA Welcome Alison Verhoeven, CEO AHHA
9:05 am 9:20 am Guest Speaker Aaron Clark, Director |
Korin Gamadji Institute
9:20 am 9:25 am Introduction Dana Shen, DS Consultancy
9:25 am 10:15 am Keynote Address Dr. Mark Bin Bakar
10:15 am 10:45 am MORNING TEA
10:45 am 11:30 am Speed dating -
Key learning and achievements (Part 1)
Dana Shen, DS Consultancy
11:30 am 12:15 pm Using Aboriginal Traditional Healers
in mainstream healthcare
Dr. Francesca Panzironi,
Anagu Ngangkari Tjutaku
Aboriginal Corporation
12:15 pm 1:45 pm LUNCH (including local cultural walk from 12:45)
1:45 pm 2:30 pm Aboriginal wellness session Wayapa Wuurrk
Jamie Marloo Thomas
2:30 pm 3:15 pm Clinical Yarning - Stages of Yarning Prof. Dawn Bessarab,
University of Western Australia;
Allana Jackson, Lighthouse
Project Officer, Cairns Hospital and
Anne-Marie McOnegal,
Lighthouse Project Member /
Nurse Navigator Cairns Hospital
3:15 pm 3:45 pm AFTERNOON TEA
3:45 pm 4:45 pm Domain based Community of Practice session -
Yarning circles
Lighthouse Hospital Project Team
4:45 pm 5:00 pm Day 1 Wrap up Dana Shen, DS Consultancy
6:30 pm 10:00 pm EVENING ENTERTAINMENT AND DINNER Richmond Football Club,
Swinburne Centre
Thursday 2nd May 2019
Start Finish Topic Facilitator / Location
7:00 am 8:30 am BREAKFAST
8:30 am 8:45 am Welcome and recap from day 1 Dana Shen, DS Consultancy
Richmond Football Club,
Swinburne Centre
8:45 am 9:30 am Clinical Yarning Workshop Prof. Dawn Bessarab, University of
Western Australia
9:30 am 10:00 am Empower and Unite at Tamworth Hospital Reakeeta Smallwood Lighthouse
Project Officer, Tamworth Hospital and
Katie Brett, Aboriginal Project Officer,
Population Health
10:00 am 10:30 am MORNING TEA
10:30 am 11:15 am Speed dating -
Key learning and achievements (Part 2)
Dana Shen, DS Consultancy
11:15 am 12:00 pm Site Poster Presentations Joe Bryant, Lighthouse Hospital Project
Officer, Coffs Harbour Health Campus;
Ted Dowling, Lighthouse Hospital Project
Officer, Royal Perth Hospital and
Justine Williams, Lighthouse Hospital
Project, Royal Darwin Hospital
12:00 pm 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm 1:45 pm World Cafe - Embedding Change Workshop Dana Shen, DS Consultancy
1:45 pm 2:00 pm Project Updates Reitai Minogue,
Lighthouse Hospital Project Manager,
Heart Foundation
2:00 pm 2:45 pm Keynote Address Justin Mohamed,
Commissioner for Aboriginal
Children and Young People of Victoria
2:45 pm 3:00 pm Forum summary and close Dana Shen, DS Consultancy