Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 September 2018 Adelaide Convention Centre

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Thank you for attending


On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to join us in Adelaide for the RANZCOG 2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Meeting (RANZCOG 2018 ATSIWHM). For the first time, this meeting will precede the RANZCOG 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting at the new Adelaide Convention Centre from 15-16 September 2018.

This year’s theme, Turning Tides, confronts how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's health continues to ebb and flow, with advances and setbacks encountered on a daily basis. The meeting provides a unique opportunity to share the latest knowledge and fathom the depths of best practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health.

The diverse program will include workshops and presentations designed to provoke discussion and upskill in evidence-based obstetric and gynaecological issues specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. We are honoured to have Professor Kerry Arabena deliver the Alison Bush Memorial Oration on her work with “The First 1000 Days Australia”.

The meeting brings together Aboriginal health workers, midwives, general practitioners and obstetricians & gynaecologists working within the Indigenous community, with the aim to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Register now to join us in riding a wave of optimism and change in Adelaide.

Dr Marilyn Clarke
Chair, Organising Committee


Alison Bush Memorial Oration (Keynote Speaker)

Professor Kerry Arabena

Professor Kerry Arabena is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and current Chair for Indigenous Health and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at The University of Melbourne. She is Executive Director and Lead Investigator on the First 1000 Days Australia, an interventions-based, pre-birth, multigenerational cohort study designed with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. The model aims to provide a comprehensive strategy to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to help address their children’s needs from pre‐conception to two years of age. In these crucial first 1000 days, the best foundations are laid down for the future health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

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