Newsletter April 2023

Newsletter April 2023


CATSINaM has set up offices in Canberra and Brisbane.

The Office of the CEO is in Canberra at:

  • Keep Group PTY LTD
    Building 3.3
    1 Dairy Road
    Fyshwick, ACT, 2609
    • Phone
    • Main number: 1300 CATSINAM
    • EO: 61251173012
  • The main administration office is in Brisbane at:
    • Office 3, Building 1, 747 Lytton Road, Murarrie, QLD
    • Phone
    • Main number: 1300 CATSINAM

Events and Activities

Board Meeting and Strategic Planning Workshop

The CATSINaM Board was welcomed to meet on Bundjalung Country (Kingscliff, NSW) by the Banaam and Gudjinburra Dance Group. The President, Marni Tuala, introduced Board members and staff to her traditional country and community. The Board meeting was held on Tuesday 17th April

On Wednesday, the 18th April, the team from i2i Development Global facilitated the CATSINaM Strategic Planning workshop. 


CATSINaM Regional Conference

CATSINaM’s 2023 Regional Conference is set for Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th of October. CATSINaM will return to Bundjalung Country for this event. The venue will be Peppers Salt Resort Kingscliff. So, lock it in and join us for a solid time of sharing and learning and also downtime to sit by the sea, turn off your phone, take time to relax, and watch the sunrise (and set).


CATSINaM will celebrate the International Day of the Midwife and the International Nurses Day by hosting two webinars. Please bring a cuppa and join us for this relaxed virtual CATSINaM afternoon tea webinar.  

International Day of the Midwife (IDM) 2023

Theme: IDM 2023 Theme: Together again: from evidence to reality

Speaker: Gathering the Seeds research project to be presented by Professor Cath Chamberlain. 

Date:           Friday 5th of May 2023
Time:           3:00pm – 3:30pm AEST
Venue:       Link to Afternoon Tea Webinar  (Microsoft Teams Meeting)
Meeting ID: 428 174 797 740
Passcode: ct7yhK

Download Teams | Join on the web

Register (free) here for IDM 2023 [Free]  



Acknowledgement of Country & CATSINaM A/CEO IDM Message
Dr Ali Drummond


Gathering the Seeds research project

Presented by Professor Cath Chamberlain, University of Melbourne


Questions and Yarn



International Nurses Day (IND) 2023

Theme: IND 2023 Theme: Our Nurses. Our Future.

Speaker:Achieving true representation of Indigenous people in nursing and midwifery to be presented by Professor Karen Adams.

Date:          Friday 12th of May 2023
Time:           3:00pm – 3:30pm AEST
Venue:     Link to Afternoon Tea Webinar (Microsoft Teams Meeting)

Meeting ID: 430 558 889 780
Passcode: BserfY

Download Teams | Join on the web

Register (free) here for IND 2023 [Free]


Acknowledgement of Country & CATSINaM A/CEO IND Message
Dr Ali Drummond


“Achieving true representation of Indigenous people in nursing and midwifery”

Presented by Professor Karen Adams, Monash University


Questions and Yarn



CATSINaM Student Plenary: ‘Our Ways – First Nations Nurse, Midwife and Student Workshop’

The Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) is pleased to announce the inaugural – Our Ways: First Nations nurses, midwives and students workshop – bringing together First Nations nurses, midwives, and students from across Queensland for strategic conversations about First Nations nursing and midwifery workforce, education and leadership.

Our Ways will include presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and networking to be held at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Kelvin Grove Campus on Monday 15th May, 9am-4pm.

The workshop will be preceded by a CATSINaM Student Plenary dinner for existing and/or prospective CATSINaM Student Members on Sunday the 14th of May from 5:30-8:30pm, to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery student networks and build awareness of CATSINaM’s role as the peak body that represents, advocates, and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives at a national level.

All existing and/or prospective CATSINaM Student Members based in Queensland can submit a late Expressions of Interest (EOI) by no later than Friday 3rd May that addresses the following eligibility criteria and confirmation that they are:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent,
  • actively enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of undergraduate nursing and/or midwifery studies – please provide proof of enrolment,
  • living and studying in Queensland, and
  • available to attend the pre-workshop dinner and all workshops/sessions.

Please feel free to direct any additional documentation/comments/queries to:


CATSINaM Submission on the Australian Universities Accord Discussion Paper: February 2023

On 11 April, CATSINaM lodged a submission to the Australian Universities Accord Panel on the Australian Universities Accord Discussion Paper: February 2023. The CATSINaM submission provided a myriad of strategies to address challenges and opportunities facing the Australian higher education sector. It highlighted reform options considered most relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students, academic workforce, curricula, and research. CATSINaM’s overarching message was that Australian universities must invest in being better relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which involves being informed by and accountable to us regarding investment in our self-determination and nation-building. Our success in this space is bound to Australian universities ability to truly serve our communities.

The submission was informed directly by CATSINaM nursing and midwifery education experts and researchers. Following a call for expressions of interest, a dedicated Leaders in Indigenous Nursing and Midwifery (LINMEN) and Muliyan member co-working group was convened to review the Discussion Paper and to inform the CATSINaM submission. The working group included the following CATSINaM members, we are grateful for their contributions:

  • Associate Professor Linda Deravin
  • Dr Lynne Stuart
  • Dr Pauline Murray-Parahi
  • Stacey Butcher
  • Mary-Claire Balnavas
  • Letitia Del Fabbro
  • Dr Ali Drummond.

For more information about the Higher Education Review and the Australian Universities Accord and its consultation process visit

Advice on Health and Well-being

Studying, working, and juggling the pressures of everyday life may take a toll on your health and well-being. Being a nursing or midwifery student or new graduate can expose you to new situations that you may find confronting and difficult to manage. The Nurse & Midwife support in health and wellbeing provides some advice on support during these times. 

Posts from CATSINaM Members and Partners


Indigenous Nurses Who served in the war.

From Royal Australian College to General Practitioners (RACGP)

From Director – Immunisation Strategies

From Department of Veteran’s Services

 From National Heart Foundation

 From Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Events - Conferences


From:  HCF Research Foundation – Health Services Research Grants 2023 now open.

Our 13th annual call for research projects will deliver funding to the research community from 1 January 2024.  This year’s Grant Round will involve an Expression of Interest (EOI) stage prior to full Application. Full details are available in the Application Guidelines.

We invite you to submit an expression of interest if your health services research project addresses one of the following areas:

  • Innovations in primary care models that support or promote preventative health and populations health management.
  • The use of AI and big data for augmenting decision making in healthcare.
  • Use of non-drug innovations to manage pain.

More information can be found here –

Expressions of interest close 5pm on Friday 19 May 2023 (AEST).

If you have any questions in relation to the application process, please read through the application guidelines. If you require further clarification, please contact by email:

We look forward to your feedback and queries. Please email us at: or follow our social media platforms.

Thank you 
CATSINaM Secretariat

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