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Staff attend national nursing conference

ATSICHS Brisbane nursing staff recently joined their national colleagues to attend the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) conference in Cairns.

​​​​​​​Northgate nurse Elissa and clinic nurse reliever Brooke attended the two-day event which highlighted nursing in community, birthing on country and current issues affecting the service delivery of Indigenous health.

Speaking about the conference Elissa said she was inspired to hear from her peers and attended sessions on birthing on country and culturally safe spaces for women to birth and how to better plan for this in the future.

“It was interesting to hear about the changes happening and the changes that need to happen in health care around institutional racism and rural and remote nursing,” she said.

“It was a great experience to learn and be inspired by other Indigenous nurses and hear about new things happening in the community and statewide in terms of nursing and midwifery. It was valuable to learn so much and apply to my job at ATSICHS.”

Brooke agreed and shared the sentiment. She said the conference was an incredible chance to hear from many empowering Indigenous nurses and midwives who shared their stories.

“It was a great to attend CATSINaM which promotes equality, justice and recognition for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ through the healthcare system.

“I am definitely more determined and inspired to help work towards a better system. At ATSICHS I am determined to continue to create a space where our mob feel safe, feel listened, feel respected and feel a part of a community where they belong and are welcomed arms wide open,” Brooke said.

At the conference several awards were announced and Kady, one of our many hardworking and caring midwives at our Jajumbora Midwifery Hub received the Student of the Year award. We are so proud of her!

​​​​​​​And lastly, one of the highlights of the event was the special mention of Aunty Pamela Mam, who received the inaugural “On Who’s Shoulders We Stand” award in honour of her legacy and achievements. ATSICHS Brisbane’s CEO Jody Currie accepted the award on behalf of Aunty Pam’s family.

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