Our History

The CATSINaM timeline helps us understand the chronology of historical events since our Founding Members met in 1997 until today. 

Our Timeline

Date Events
1997Founders Meeting held on Gadigal Country, Sydney
1998CATSIN Incorporated and established on Gubbi Gubbi Country, Bribie Island
1998Inaugural National CATSIN Meeting 
2002‘gettin em n keepin em’ Report
2003Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Explanatory Note Inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health and Cultural Issues in Courses leading to Registration or Enrolment
2004CATSINaM Strategic Plan 2004-2009 – Tracks to Our Dreaming
2005“In Our Own Right: Black Australia Nurses’ Stories”
1998 – 2012Retirement of Founding Executive Director Dr Sally Goold OAM
TBCCATSIN established in Canberra
2010National Registration Accreditation Scheme commenced
2012Student Members were given the right to vote
2013 – 2019Janine Mohamed (nee Milera) Appointed as CATSIN’s First Chief Executive Officer
2019CATSINaM’s 20th Year Celebration, Gauna Country, Adelaide
2013Name change from CATSIN to CATSINaM to include Midwives
2013Cultural Safety Program commenced
2014Review of CATSINaM Constitution
2016CATSINaM International Indigenous Health Workforce Forum
2016First year for the CATSINaM Hall of Fame Member Awards commenced
TBCFirst Year Sally Goold Award
2017Leaders in Indigenous Nursing and Midwifery Education Network (LINMEN) commenced
2017The Nursing and Midwifery Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework (Version 1.0)
2018NMBA Code of Conduct introduced Principle 3
2018CATSINaM Strategic Plan 2018-2023
2019Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Standard developed
2019 – 2020Melanie Robinson Appointed as new Chief Executive Officer
2020International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – Recognise Black Nurses and Midwives Campaign
2020 – currentProfessor Roianne West Appointed as new Chief Executive Officer
2020Refreshed Logo
2021Nursing Now Campaign, BLM Movement and First Nations Nurses and Midwives Responses to COVID-19

Please Note: Our Timeline is a work in progress

Acknowledgement of Country

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Nation.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to Countries, Creator, Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.

CATSINaM is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, videos, voices and names of people who have since passed away.