Indigenous Health Justice Conference 2019

A national conference led by Indigenous people focusing on health justice in the Indigenous context. 

13 & 14 August 2019,

Darwin Convention Centre 

Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Laywers

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) is proud to be partnering with Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation in holding the first conference in Australia focusing on Health Justice in the Indigenous context. 


We thank our sponsors for making this conference possible, and we invite people from the Northern Territory or nationally with an interest in Indigenous health or justice to attend this important event. 

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Main plenaries, breakouts, combined speakers, panels, workshops - attendees will access both the Indigenous Health Justice Conference & the National Indigenous Legal Conference
Select main plenaries will be arranged for both conferences.  

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) is proud to be partnering with Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation in holding the first conference in Australia focusing on Health Justice in the Indigenous context. AMSANT is the peak body for the community controlled health sector in the NT, providing culturally safe, comprehensive primary health care controlled by Aboriginal people under the principles of self-determination.


We recognise that collaborations between the health and justice sectors are gaining momentum nationally and internationally because evidence shows these lead to improved outcomes. This conference seeks to recognise the intersection between health and justice issues and how collaborations and partnerships improve outcomes for our people.   


How can we develop Health Justice Partnerships tailored to the circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? What are Aboriginal health expert perspectives of the Royal Commission Into the Detention and Protection of Children in the NT, then and now?  How can the justice system learn from trauma-informed practice?  What does cultural safety and cultural competency look like in a health or legal service?  How can we move to therapeutic justice models? What can be learnt from recent youth justice approaches to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)? These are some of the many questions we will explore.  


This conference is for any person in the health or legal sector who has an interest or role interacting with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander issues or people. 

She is a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.  Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership (HJP). This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Donnella coordinates LawRight’s and Wuchopperen’s Health Justice Partnership across two campuses under Project Funding from the QLD Department of Justice and Attorney-General. This HJP is a grass roots response to unmet legal need which has enabled LawRight to develop Law Yarn, a culturally safe tool for health workers to diagnose and refer the core legal needs of their clients. Through this partnership LawRight and Wuchopperen have built the capacity of each other’s staff and community to identify health harming legal needs and positively impacted over 300 clients.

John Paterson was appointed Chief Executive Officer for AMSANT (Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT) in 2006, and has held senior management positions within government and Aboriginal community organisations for more than twenty-five years, During his time at ATSIC John was a representative at the United Nations Working Group of Indigenous Populations in Geneva, and at Indigenous economic conferences in Canada. His family is affiliated with the Ngalakan tribe from the Roper River region.

John graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Social Science in Human Service. He is also a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.


John’s goal is to strengthen and enhance our community controlled health services in the NT so we can improve both the quality and duration of life for Aboriginal people. He has a particular interest in improving the mental health of the people in our region, with a holistic approach to primary health care.