All roads lead to Alice for healthy futures

3rd November 2014

Aboriginal health and leadership are the focus in Alice Springs this week as 300 health workers, administrators and community leaders gather to discuss strategies to further improve outcomes in the community controlled health sector.

A two-day leadership workshop at Desert Park will be followed by a two-day conference at the Alice Springs Convention Centre ~ AMSANT’s Our Health: Our Way Conference ~ bringing remote, regional and urban health services together to share achievements and to plan ‘the way forward’ at a time of budget and program uncertainty.

The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) and 40 years of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the NT, with the establishment of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.

AMSANT’s leadership officer ~ and Australia’s fastest ever sprinter! ~ Patrick Johnson says the week’s activities will expose emerging leaders to the practical challenges of supporting health services, and also allow them to develop their leadership skills for the benefit of individuals, families and communities.

“Emerging leaders will also get the chance to meet with CEOs, clinicians, bureaucrats and politicians to ask the hard questions about Aboriginal health and to network with senior people in the health sector,” Patrick says.

“Our up-and-coming leaders are the future of Aboriginal health and AMSANT has a priority to identify and nurture them, and give them solid support in their professional development and in their personal journeys.”

AMSANT CEO John Paterson says that AMSANT is proud to be holding these landmark events showcasing the strong achievements of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector.

“We are also delighted and proud to have CAAMA Radio, CAAMA Productions and CAAMA Music as our media partners for the week”, Mr Paterson said.

Australia’s deadliest actor and “Playschool” TV host, Luke Carroll, is facilitating the leadership workshop and is available for interview; so too is AMSANT CEO John Paterson.

The federal Assistant Health Minister, Senator Fiona Nash, will address the leadership workshop on Tuesday and give an opening address to the Our Health: Our Way conference on Wednesday. The conference will be opened by NT Health Minister, Robyn Lambley.

Download a PDF copy of the 141103-AMSANT Media release – Alice events

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