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Utilising the RISE Framework to implement Birthing Services for First Nations Families

2024 Conference Dates TBC

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress are proud to hosted the most recent second national conference10-12 October 2022 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).



The Best Start To Life: a national gathering is an initiative of the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. It follows on from the first Birthing on Country meeting, held in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) 10 years ago, where the Australian Maternity Services Inter-jurisdictional Committee, in collaboration with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, held the first national workshop to progress Australian Government commitment to Birthing on Country.

You are cordially invited to join First Nations community representatives, researchers, health service providers and clinicians for The Best Start to Life: a national gathering.


The conference provides an opportunity for delegates from across Australia to showcase new research and ideas, and to network and invest in a shared vision to address inequities in birthing services for First Nations mothers and babies.

The theme of the conference will incorporate inspiring presentations underpinned by the RISE Framework:




For further information or for any questions you may have, please contact the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre.

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Male attendance at this conference

With respect, male participation in this conference will be limited to selected sections, workshops and activities. 


This decision has been made in the interests of maintaining Arrernte Aboriginal traditional cultural law, while also acknowledging the important role of men in strengthening family as well as in the health care sector, along with the need for inclusivity where not risking cultural safety.


Additionally, woman at the event will be empowered to safely signal if/when male attendance is preventing full and comfortable participation in discussion.


Aunty Sabella Kngwarraye Turner and Aunty Kumalie Kngwarraye Riley

Central Arrernte Female Elders

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