Welcoming Aboriginal People

The 2017 WA Mental Health Conference and Awards is honoured to be located on Wadjuk Boodjar (Country),
a part of the Nyoongar nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, and their Elders past, present and future.

The place we now know as Perth CBD has long been significant for Aboriginal peoples. For an overview of the Aboriginal heritage of the area where the conference is being held, click here.

A warm invitation to Aboriginal people

The conference extends a warm invitation to Aboriginal peoples to help lead and participate in the conference, and welcome your ideas regarding any initiatives which would make the event more inclusive and engaging for Aboriginal people.

Our plans so far include:

Guidance from Elders

We are planning the conference by drawing on WAAMH’s experience with the Looking Forward Project and our learnings from our ongoing partnership with Aboriginal Elders, Uncle Charlie Kickett and Auntie Helen Kickett.

Uncle Charlie and Aunty Helen have also been invited to be our Conference Elders and Aboriginal Ambassadors for the whole event.

We also offer Aboriginal delegates the option of connecting with our Conference Elders who will offer support and friendship, and advise organisers on cultural needs, as applicable.

Reference Group

Aboriginal people and organisations have been a part of the Conference Reference Group helping to advise and shape the conference from the ground up.

Aboriginal Mental Health Yarning Circle

Don’t miss our featured special event: Aboriginal Mental Health Yarning Circle, led by Aboriginal Elders.


Welcome to Country

Our conference will feature a series of different events which each begin with a Welcome to Country from Nyoongar Elders.

We also ask all presenters and facilitators to Acknowledge Country at the beginning of each session.


Stay tuned for more Aboriginal cultural information and engagement opportunities, as the conference draws closer.

If you have a suggestion or request for a way the conference can improve access and engagement with Aboriginal people, please contact WAAMH.

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