International Keynote Speakers
There are marked similarities and differences between Indigenous nations of the world and in order to build and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, it is important to examine lessons learned from an international perspective.
IAHA is very pleased to announce the following international keynote speakers at itâ€™s national conference in November 2013:
Joe Gallagher â€“
Chief Executive Officer for the First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia.
Joe Gallagher is of Sliammon First Nation ancestry and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia.
Involved since the beginning, Joe provides senior-level coordination and leadership to the implementation of tripartite and bilateral health plans and agreements including the establishment of a new province-wide governance structure for health services for BC First Nations peoples. His role includes the negotiation and implementation of the transfer of regional operations of First Nations & Inuit Health Branch â€“ BC Region to the First Nations Health Authority. This includes the planning and organizational development of the First Nations Health Authority; the first of its kind in Canada.
Jessica Black â€“
Alaska Native PhD student in social work
Jessica Black is Gwichâ€™in Athabascan from the village of Fort Yukon, Alaska. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and also works as a consultant for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments in Fort Yukon, Alaska. Jessicaâ€™s dissertation, the basis of her keynote presentation, focuses on the intersection between tribal membersâ€™ participation in governance and its relationship to well-being, both at the individual and community level.
In addition to these international speakers, the conference will also feature Dr Tom Calma â€“
National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking; Mick Gooda â€“ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner; Ms Kirstie Parker â€“ Co-Chair, National Congress of Australiaâ€™s First Nations; Prof. Pat Dudgeon â€“ National Mental Health Commissioner; Dr Ngaire Brown â€“ NACCHO Public Health Medical officer; Mr David Butt â€“ Chief Allied Health Officer
Click here to check out the draft Conference Program.