Lived Experience And Self-Determination

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On the 20th-21st of November, Te Rau Matatini attended the second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference. The conference took place in Perth, Australia; and preceded the 2nd World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference.  Taking place on the lands of Whadjuk Noongar, this conference encouraged attendees and presenters, to bring their knowledge and experiences in a focused forum on indigenous wellbeing as well as fostering Indigenous Peoples’ rights to self-determination in health.  Session streams included; Community Based Solutions, Healing and Recovery, The Role of Cultural Practices, The importance of Community Partnerships, Lived Experience, Data Sovereignty, LGBTIQ + SB, and Youth.

The second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference provided Te Rau Matatini with the opportunity to connect with Indigenous people and organisations across Australia and the Torres Strait islands who are working in a variety of ways to decrease suicide in their communities.  Te Rau Matatini were invited to attend the conference because of our work in Māori suicide prevention and our work with the University of Western Australia: Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention around their Indigenous Best Practice Suicide Prevention clearing house.

You can find the names of our presentations and those of fellow attendees in the conference program below (pages 1-8).

Official Conference Website http://ispc2018.com/world_indigenous_suicide_prevention