CATSINaM National Conference Series (CNCS)

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) National Conferences are the biggest member-focussed events in our calendar. The conferences incorporate celebrations of culture, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander knowledges as well as our members’ invaluable contribution to the health system. Delegates who attend CATSINaM’s conferences have described our events as a ‘family reunion’ and ‘cultural top up’ that they need to get them through the year.

The 2021 National Conference Series will commence on Yirrganydji and Yidinji Country with the QLD state event at the Pullman Cairns International, Cairns QLD from the 12th – 13th April 2021. This years’ ‘National Conference Series’ is themed ‘Back to the Fire’.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives play a pivotal and respected role in achieving health equality across Australia’s health system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and communities. CATSINaM’s conferences provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives including students to come together to network and share experiences. CATSINaM is using this platform to highlight the importance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives bring to the Australian health system and that our people have been healing and birthing babies on Country for thousands of years.

Non-Indigenous Nurses and Midwives that are not members of CATSINaM are of course welcome to attend the 2021 CATSINaM conference series provided they are advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

All delegates are welcome to register to attend any of the events across Australia, there is no requirement to attend the event in your home state or territory.

For more information please download the link to CATSINaM National Conference Series (CNCS) here

LINMEN Refresh Series 2021

In 2021, the Leaders in Indigenous Nursing and Midwifery Education Network (LINMEN) will be holding a series of half-day forums across Australia off the back of the 2021 CATSINaM “Back to the Fire” Roadshow series.

LINMEN is a collaborative network for Nursing and Midwifery educators to improve the teaching of cultural safety and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health, history and culture throughout Australian Nursing and Midwifery education. The forum will bring together Nursing and Midwifery educators from 39 universities across Australia to share information and work towards an integrated approach to embedding cultural safety throughout Australian Nursing and Midwifery education.

The Forum series will include key note presentations, moderated panel sessions and workshops focused on integrating Indigenous pedagogy and knowledges into curricula for Nursing and Midwifery and graduating more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives. All CATSINaM or LINMEN members and non-members are welcome to attend the LINMEN forums. Delegates can register to attend any of the events across Australia, there is no requirement to attend the event in your home state or territory.

CATSINaM 2019

CATSINaM’s 21st national conference themed ‘Connecting Care through Culture’ was held on Eora Nation at the Sheraton Grand Sydney, Hyde Park from the 24th of September to the 26th of September 2019. Over 300 delegates attended the conference across 3 days.

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.