NATSIEHC23 Keynote Announcement & updates

In this week’s NATSIEHC23 Conference update, we are excited to make a keynote speaker announcement! Also in today's update: Welcome reception details, a reminder about the Conference Awards, and bursary applications which are closing soon.

Conference tickets are limited, and we suggest booking early! Booking details and links are also available below.

Keynote Speaker

NATSIEHC23 organisers are excited to announce our second keynote speaker confirmed for this year’s Conference: Donna Murray

Donna is a proud Wiradyuri and Wonnarua nation citizen of the Murrumbidgee River and Hunter Valley, NSW. Donna is the Chief Executive Officer at Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), holds an Adjunct Associate Professor role at the University of Technology Sydney and has formal qualifications in Community Development, Management, and Indigenous Governance. She is a 2021 Impact 25 Award winner with Pro Bono Australia, the Chair of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, Chair of Thirrili Ltd and Board Director of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia.

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She is a committed Indigenous Community Development Practitioner working to support and assert the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by recognising and reigniting cultural governance and leadership that embed Indigenous nation-building principles to shape a future of our own design now and for generations to come.

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will take place on Wednesday 24 May from 12-1pm in Prince Alfred Square (see map). The reception will include a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and dance performance by Jannawi Dance Clan.

After the Welcome you will make your way back to the Novotel to enjoy lunch, before the afternoon First Nations and non First Nations workshops commence at 2pm.

Jannawi Dance Clan

From the rich story telling traditions of Aboriginal NSW Jannawi dance clan shines a light on strength, resilience and artistry of Aboriginal women, men, youth and dance culture today.

Jannawi dance clan is an Indigenous dance company encompassing modern urban and traditional Aboriginal dance styles with traditional music by song man Matthew Doyle singing in the Sydney languages.

The name Jannawi means ‘with me, with you’ in the Darug language of NSW Jannawi has a passion and are dedicated to continue and revitalize Sydney’s language culture and stories.

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The Dance clan members come from diverse Aboriginal and/or Torre Strait Islander communities from around the county and consists of world class professionally trained multi skilled performing artists, whilst engaging with and mentoring community performers to be a part of and perform with Jannawi.

Jannawi is committed to nurturing a strong cultural and contemporary identity, following the traces of our ancestor’s footprints. This is achieved by remaining strongly connected to the roots of its tradition, and creating a cultural pathway of dance, song and stories, from both past and present.

Bursary applications closing soon

Applications for bursaries are available to support First Nations delegates to attend the 2023 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference (NATSIEHC23).

Bursaries are intended to support First Nations People to be able to attend and participate in this exciting annual sector gathering. Applications are not limited to those currently working in and around eye care, and we encourage students and other interested community members to consider applying for this unique opportunity. Visit our website for further information on selection criteria and how to apply.

Bursary applications close Friday 31 March.

Bursary Information & Application

The 2023 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Awards

Award nominations are now open. The 2023 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Awards recognise achievements and contributions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. These sector awards, formerly known as the Leaky Pipe Awards, have been handed out to champions and unsung heroes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care annually as part of the sector’s national conferences since 2018.
For more information and for nominations, please see the Conference website below.

Nominations Close 21 April, 2023

Award Nomination Form

Travel and Accommodation Information

The Conference website has now been updated with information about travel to the Conference and some local accommodation options.
Please see the Travel and Accommodation section of the Conference website for more information below.

For questions, additional information, or support with your nomination, please contact us at

Visit Conference Website

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