Newsletter September 2023

Newsletter September 2023

CATSINaM Secretariat Updates for Members

CEO Message or Video?? 


Focus on more accountability to improve Indigenous health outcomes. 

Advocating for better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is the aim of Dr Ali Drummond (CEO CATSINaM), who graduated with PhD on 30th August 2023 from School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology. 

Top picture: from left, Carumba Institute executive director Professor Chelsea Watego, Dr Ali Drummond and QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil.

Melina Connors (a CATSINaM Member)- Australian College of Midwives “Midwife of the Year”. 

Congratulations to Melina Connors on being awarded the Australian College of Midwives ‘Midwife of the Year’. Melina is a proud Gurindji woman from the Northern Territory who works as a clinical midwifery consultant in the Queensland Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. 
Melina and her team up in Queensland have delivered the Growing Deadly Families Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternity Services Strategy, which sets out a vision for all First Nations babies in Queensland to be born healthy and into strong, resilient families. This aligns with the national, overarching Woman-centred Care: Strategic Directions for Australian Maternity Services. Congratulations Melina! 

Sponsor the CATSINaM Regional Conference 2023

The Regional Congress showcases a mix of panel discussions, professional development training and workshops from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives. Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Your logo placed on the CATSINaM Congress webpage, PowerPoint slides, newsletter, and communications.
  • Complimentary ticket – one ticket for sponsorship up to $10,000. Two tickets for sponsorships up to $20,000.
  • Opportunity to promote your organisation.

We greatly appreciate your support and sponsorship – 2023 Regional Congress – Sponsor – CATSINaM

Modernising the Constitution

Are you seeking information on the Modernisation of the CATSINaM Constitution? 

Join our information session on Monday the 30th of October from 6 pm (ACT time). 

Our presenters, President Marni Tuala, CEO Dr Ali Drummond, and Company Secretary Justin Hogg will provide you with information about the modernisation of the CATSINaM Constitution and the upcoming CATSINaM AGM. They will also answer any questions you may have about these topics. 

 This webinar is for CATSINaM voting members only. Webinar details will be sent to those who register. 

If you would like to register for this event, please contact: 

Here are few links to more information about the 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Murra Mullangari: Introduction to Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility

Cultural Safety is an outcome of nursing and midwifery education that enables safe service to be defined by those that receive the service. It is a way of providing care that is holistic, free of bias and racism, challenges belief based upon assumption and is done in a respectful manner. 

Murra Mullangari, the Cultural Safety program has been developed to recognise the historical conditions of Australia’s colonial context, specifically from the social positions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health outcomes, culture of power dynamics within nursing and midwifery workforce and the implications for clients health care and professional practice.

The next offering of Murra Mullangari program will commence on Monday 2nd October 2023.  Early Bird 20% Discount Registration will run from Monday 28th August until 24th September 2023.

Full price registration will commence on 25th September 2023.

Late enrolments open until 29th October 2023.

Please note that any bulk purchases can happen anytime. 

See details at this weblink.


CATSINaM Student Members, are you looking for Clinical Placement Support? 

Northern Territory Primary Health Networks (NT PHN) are offering remote NT clinical placement grants through CRANAplus.  Allied health, nursing and midwifery, and medical students living in the Northern Territory or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health students across Australia are eligible to apply. 

Round 2, 2023 – Open 1July – 31 December 2023More info and how to apply can be found here: 

CLOSING SOON – Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) – Open 30 Aug — close 10 Oct

An additional round of PHMSS First Nations health scholarships is open. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Australian College of Nursing scholarships team by emailing or calling 1800 688 628.

Advice on Health and Well-being

Tackling burnout in nursing and midwifery.

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 challenging to manage. The Nurse & Midwife support in health and wellbeing provides some advice on support during these times. Check this resource out and let us know how useful it was for you by emailing (subject: N&M support).

Posts from CATSINaM Members and Partners

Job Opportunities


For General  Interest

Events - Conferences

  • November: Homebirth Australia Conference  17-19 November 2023.  Homebirth Australia Conference offers $150 discount tickets to CATSINaM Members. 
    • To claim the discount, please forward this CATSINaM newsletter to and mention that you would like to take advantage of the discount. A member of our committee with respond with a discount code you can use at the checkout. 

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Thank you 
CATSINaM Secretariat

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