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Best Start To Life: a national gathering

Utilising the RISE Framework to implement Birthing Services for First Nations Families

Mparntwe (Alice Springs) | October 10-12th 2022


The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress are proud to host the second national conference from the 10-12 October 2022 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

The Best Start To Life: a national gathering is an initiative of the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. It follows on from the first Birthing on Country meeting, held in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) 10 years ago, where the Australian Maternity Services Inter-jurisdictional Committee, in collaboration with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, held the first national workshop to progress Australian Government commitment to Birthing on Country.

You are cordially invited to join First Nations community representatives, researchers, health service providers and clinicians for The Best Start to Life: a national gathering. The conference provides an opportunity for delegates from across Australia to showcase new research and ideas, and to network and invest in a shared vision to address inequities in birthing services for First Nations mothers and babies.

The theme of the conference will incorporate inspiring presentations underpinned by the RISE Framework:

  • Redesign birthing services to meet the needs of First Nations women and their families

  • Invest in the First Nations workforce and prepare non-Indigenous colleagues to work in this space

  • Strengthen First Nations families

  • Embed community control


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