We are proud to be hosting our 2023 conference on the lands of the Gimuy-walubarra Yidinji peoples in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Lowitja Institute’s International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference is a biennial event attracting a global audience committed to sharing knowledge for the health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples and communities.

It is a space for sharing innovative ideas and transformational research grounded in our ways of knowing, being and doing. We are excited to offer attendees a rich cultural and social program that celebrates the strengths of our peoples.

The conference runs for over three days and features:

  • keynote presentations from local and international speakers
  • daily concurrent sessions
  • exhibitors and poster presentations
  • a rich cultural and social program
  • opportunities to network and connect with your peers

Bringing together people working for the health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders
  • international indigenous leaders
  • researchers
  • health professionals and practitioners
  • community representatives
  • policy makers
  • government and others working in indigenous health and wellbeing organisations, institutions and services

We look forward to welcoming our Australian and international indigenous and non-indigenous delegates with expertise and interests in upholding the rights of indigenous peoples in health.

Start planning now for what is sure to be an inspiring and rewarding experience!

1 November 2022
Call for Abstracts open

27 January 2023
Abstract Submissions close

1 March 2023
Early Bird Registration opens

14 April 2023
Early Bird Registration closes Standard Registration only

Our Call for Abstracts is now open. We welcome submissions from individuals, communities and organisations working locally and globally with, by and for indigenous peoples in the health and wellbeing sector.

Our conference themes Truth, Rights, Response will provide a stream for each day of the conference. Along with these streams, there are five critical abstract themes. You should align your presentation with at least one of these:


  • Sovereignty and self-determination
  • Living a good life
  • Data and technology
  • Environment, Country, Belonging
  • Workforce and leadership

Sovereignty and self-determination

As indigenous peoples, how do we celebrate and reclaim sovereignty for greater health and wellbeing? We have a right to cultural expression and continuity of our ways of knowing, being and doing. Here we can explore concepts such as agency, truth-telling and control, access to services, indigenous leadership and nation building.

Living a good life

How do indigenous peoples define, build knowledge, advocate and undertake actions that contribute to living a good life through identity, cultural practices, art and music? What is the intergenerational investment that is integral to a thriving family, kinship and community?

Data and technology

How do indigenous peoples lead communication, data governance and technological innovation that maximises data and technology in research and service delivery? How can this enable effective and timely knowledge translation that benefits Indigenous peoples’ health and wellbeing?

Environment, Country, Belonging

How do indigenous peoples’ connection and belonging to environment and Country contribute to a stronger cultural and spiritual health and wellbeing? How is this belonging reflected and strengthened through knowledge translation, traditional practices and continuity of culture?

Workforce and leadership

Having a highly skilled and professionally led health workforce is crucial to closing the gap in health and life outcomes and ensuring a safe, efficient and responsive health sector for indigenous peoples.