National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Forum – 4-5 August, Adelaide

Australian Government

The Department of Health and Ageing together with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Home and Community Care (HACC) Reference Group invites you to submit an abstract that addresses one or more of the Forum themes.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Forum
4 – 5 August 2010, Adelaide, South Australia

Background

The National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes commenced on 1 July 2009. Under this agreement, the Australian Government and all State and Territory Governments have committed to closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.

In support of the Agreement, the Department of Health and Ageing together with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Home and Community Care (HACC) Reference Group have provided an opportunity for Indigenous aged care workers in services providing care for Indigenous people, to come together under a National Forum. The forum’s purpose is to provide an environment where collaboration, strategic thinking, communication and linkages across the Indigenous aged care sector can occur.

Purpose

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care workers operate in relative isolation from other people in their sector, with limited opportunity to share experiences, hear what is happening in the broader context of their sector, or contribute to the future direction of their workforce and sector.

The expected outcomes of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Forum include:
greater integration and linkages between aged care services providing aged care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
the sharing of models of aged care service delivery aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
and strategies to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care staff recruitment and retention.

The Forum will provide a platform to stimulate discussions on professional workforce development and building employer capacity to help support a sustainable Indigenous Aged Care sector.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Forum Steering Committee invites you to submit an abstract that addresses one or more of the Forum themes. Abstracts will be accepted until 5.00PM EST 18 June 2010.

Abstracts are to have a focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care sector and will be grouped according to the following themes:

Theme 1 – Innovation in service delivery

Theme 2 – How to improve services

Theme 3 – Building partnerships

Theme 4 – Workforce, training, recruitment and retention

Theme 5 – Models of service delivery

Theme 6 – Developing a nationally consistent aged care system

Theme 7 – Continuity of care

Presentation type: please indicate the type of presentation for which you wish your paper to be considered. These could include:
Oral presentation (written paper before the Forum plus oral presentation at the Conference, published on website after Forum);
Poster (visual display and possible networking opportunities at the Forum);
Workshop (oral/interactive presentation at the Forum plus written report after the Forum);
and Story (brief story outline submitted instead of formal abstract). This is for presenters who feel they have a message/story they would like to share with other delegates that does not fit in with the more formal abstract/paper process.

General Enquiries

If you have questions regarding the abstract(s) submission process, please contact the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Forum Secretariat by telephone (02) 6289 5230 or email Indigenous.Aged.Care.Forum@Health.gov.au

Abstract Submission Information

Abstracts should be submitted to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Forum Secretariat via post, fax or email.
Post: GPO Box 9848
MDP 600
Canberra ACT 2601
Fax: (02) 6289 5163
Email: Indigenous.Aged.Care.Forum@Health.gov.au

full details for submissions etc:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-aged-care-forum.htm