Inspired by the hugely successful staging of last year’s Indigenous Conferences in Cairns, the event organizers are now calling for papers for the five exciting events being launched this month with the closing date of submitting paper on February 28, 2015.
The 2015 Indigenous Men’s and Indigenous Women’s Conferences will be held in Darwin on the 12th – 14th of September. Similarly, papers are also being called for the Indigenous Board of Directors Conference scheduled for the 19th – 21st of October and the 2015 National Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference to be held on 28th – 30th of October respectively. Both October events will be held at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort. Furthermore, the 2015 National Indigenous Health Conference will be held in Cairns and scheduled for the 1st – 3rd December, 2015.
Guidelines in Submitting Paper:
￼ Papers should not contain offensive language and take into account cultural sensitivities of host Aboriginal country.
￼ Papers may treat the themes in a manner that contributes to further discussion of conference aims.
￼ Conference papers must be presented in the finish format not less than 60 days prior to the event.
￼ First round of papers closing date will be on February 28, 2015. Papers that are not chosen in the first round may be resubmitted in the second round.
￼ Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
￼ Authors of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified of their acceptance.
￼ Registration fee of $650 will apply to all persons submitting papers payable upon acceptance of papers.
￼ Papers should explore ways in which the themes show up in the philosophy of the conference.
￼ All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE ADVOCATES CALL FOR INVESTMENT AND STRONG LEADERSHIP
In a first-time collaborative partnership, the NSW Women’s Alliance and the NSW Men’s Behaviour Change Network are calling on the NSW political parties to commit to an investment in best practice, evidence-based approaches to addressing sexual assault and domestic and family violence services and prevention in the lead up to the 2015 state election.
A Safer State: a blueprint to end sexual assault and domestic and family violence in NSW brings together a range of experts representing the specialist sexual assault and domestic and family violence sectors in NSW. The partnership makes 27 recommendations on what is required to shift community attitudes and stop the murders of women, children and men. According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 30 women died in NSW between October 2013 and September 2014 at the hands of their current or ex partner or someone known to them.
The campaign makes three sets of recommendations. There is a need for high-level leadership by politicians and community leaders, coordinated, community based prevention and early intervention approaches and well-resourced specialised trauma support services must be expanded to meet the growing demand.
The recommendations include an investment into accessible, specialist, targeted, culturally safe, client-centric services that meet the health, housing, justice and legal needs of all women and children, in particular those in high risk communities. The campaign also calls for public and community support to help stop sexual assault and domestic and family violence.
Since the DVNSW reforms were launched in September 2014, a total of 453 women have been identified as “at serious threat” from 1899 referrals received by the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) in Orange and Waverley.
Moo Baulch, CEO of Domestic Violence NSW said today; “Prevention strategies have proved essential in making a real impact on vulnerable women and children. Domestic, family and sexual violence is a state emergency that requires urgent government action. It crosses all cultures, communities, relationships, socio-demographics and happens everywhere. Domestic and family violence costs the NSW economy $4.5 billion annually and is one of the leading causes of death, physical and mental health issues, disability, child abuse and homelessness for women.”
“Public and media attention is at an unprecedented level and we have a unique opportunity to make a difference on these issues. With the right investment now we could stop the murders and shift community attitudes to violence. We have to learn to talk to our children about ethical relationships. Well-resourced, evidenced, coordinated community-driven approaches could stop the violence within a generation. It is time to draw a line in the sand. We have an obligation to act now, us, our politicians, our community together we can make this happen”, says Baulch.
To download the report and recommendations or find out more about supporting the campaign, visit www.asaferstate.org.au