Activities & Events for the conferences 

Alongside the conferences are special events and activities. 

We value the opportunity to connect people with an interest in law and health and people from a variety of sectors and backgrounds and from across the nation. 

We set out to make the conferences a memorable experience, and to surround the talent and program content with inspirational and engaging activities and events.   


For those who can arrive early, the National Indigenous Music Awards will be held on 10 August 2019.   

We encourage all attendees to make the most of the welcoming hospitality of our Darwin mob and attend all (or any) of the optional activities and events.



12 August 3 pm - 7

For attendees arriving the day before the joint conferences, the optional Cultural Tour of Darwin facilitated by Richard Fejo and James Parfitt (Fejo) is especially designed for our guests.

28/7 update - this activity is sold out.



13 August 5 pm - 7

The fourth annual Cudgarees (female) and Canapes is an established sun-downer event on the Darwin legal calendar.  


An event slow in the making, this year we will also host our first Mulligahs (male) and Muckun (food) event. 

Info will be available soon. 

Bus coaches will be available for delegates to attend. 


14 August 6.30 pm - late

We are proud to present the Gala Ball and Dinner at the renowned Pee Wee's on the Point.  



Monday 12 August 2019


  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a tour especially designed for these conferences and facilitated by Larrakia Traditional Owners (TOs) Richard Fejo and James Parfitt (Fejo). 

Drawing on their knowledge and experiences as Larrakia TOs, and as educators for health professionals (Richard) and in legal education (James), this tour will be a rare opportunity to experience and hear about the sites and places across Darwin.  

Recommended preparation is to listen to the short talks of Richard and James as part of the award winning Spun podcast series (Richard's is available here and James' is available here or the Spun series on any podcast app).  



Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at registration.  Please be at the Darwin Convention Centre by 2.15 for a 2.30 departure by coach. 


The tour will visit various locations across Darwin and will conclude with a sun-downer before returning to the Convention Centre.

Richard Fejo is the Senior Cultural Educator at Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) who is a Larrakia Traditional Owner on his father’s side (Darwin region) and Warumungu on his mother’s side (Tennant Creek region).  Richard commenced in the role of Aboriginal Cultural Educator with NTGPE in June 2009 and became the Senior Cultural Educator in 2012 (current). He was the Co-Chair of the National Cultural Educators and Cultural Mentors (CE/CM) Network for five years from 2013 to 2018 when he stepped down to become the Chairman of the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) in Darwin (current) from 2018.

James Parfitt (Fejo) is a Larrakia and Wurrumungu man from the Northern Territory.  James is currently studying law and works as a Community Legal Educator with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), and is a representative for Indigenous students on the CDU Law Students’ Society.  James is the co-founder of Bilata Legal Pathways Program leading to an increase in the access and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in law school. Previously, Mr Parfitt worked as Community Engagement Officer with the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.  James has extensive networks across the Top End and more broadly in the Territory and demonstrates best practice community engagement in supporting and building the capacity of our mob.  


Tuesday 13 August 2019

Cudgarees & Canapes 

In its fourth year, the Cudgarees (female) & Canapes event brings together inspirational leaders and speakers to share their stories and journey in law.  

Previous guest speakers at this event include:

  • US Consul General Frankie Reed

  • International Barrister Felicity Gerry QC

  • Director and Lawyer Leanne Liddle

  • Justice Jenny Blokland

  • Senior Lawyer Stephanie Monck

  • Native Hawaiian Lawyer Jocelyn Doane

  • Lawyer Natasha O'Connell

By role-modelling and strengthening connections we create pathways of inspiration and opportunities for people to network, motivate and support each other.  

Tickets will be provided to conference attendees at registration.  

Mulligahs & Muckun

True to form, the male equivalent of Cudgarees & Canapes has been talked about a lot over the years and slow in the making.  This year, we make it a reality. 


Following lengthy discussions about the title (settling on Muckun, but also considering Meat Pies, Meat Balls or Martinis), this event will bring together key speakers in law and health to talk about the unique challenges and also the achievements of our men.    

From this year, we build an event and a speaker list.

Due to the location of this event it will be by invite only.    

Tickets will be provided to conference attendees at registration.  

Info for each event available soon.


Held at the iconic Pee Wee's on the Point, this event will bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

excellence and will feature entertainment, speeches, comedy and awards.   

This event is sold out.  No further tickets are available.  

Coaches will be available from the Darwin Convention Centre departing at 6 pm.