Keynote speakers announced for inaugural Bangamalanha Conference

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TAFE Western is pleased to host the inaugural Bangamalanha Conference in Dubbo, 15 to 17 September 2014.  Bangamalanha is a Wiradjuri word meaning ‘to share with each other’ and the conference will provide Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators the opportunity to share with others working in post-school Aboriginal Education and Training.

Keynote speakers for the Bangamalanha Conference include: Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tania Major, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Councillor, Gina Milgate a Research Fellow in Indigenous Education at the Australian Council for Education Research, Dr Peter Radoll an Anaiwan man and Assistant Professor in Information Systems at the University of Canberra, as well as Belinda Murdock, Human Resources Partner for Aboriginal Employment Grain Corp.

Conference participants will gain an overview of current initiatives related to post-school Aboriginal education and training.  They will also be able to share expertise, experience and knowledge that cultivate links between employers, training providers, support services and Aboriginal communities. 

Conference delegates will be able to: participate in discussions regarding strategies to improve post-school outcomes, contribute to a growing knowledge base regarding the variety of approaches which deliver positive outcomes for Aboriginal people once they leave school, build networks for genuine collaboration across sectors to support effective outcomes for Aboringinal people, and increase their knowledge of Aboriginal cultural components necessary to ensure cultural safety and appropriateness of initiatives.

Former Rugby League International and a proud Wiradjuri man, David Peachey will be the MC for the Bangamalanha Conference. Peachey was born and bred in Dubbo and has established the David Peachey Foundation to support Aboriginal kids through the development of Youth Indigenous Leadership and healthy outcomes through education.

David Peachey said, “A big priority for me is the need to give back. I enjoy helping underprivileged and Indigenous people in rural and remote Australia.  I am honoured to be the MC for the Bangamalanha Conference. I believe this is the first post school Aboriginal Education and Training Conference held in a regional area. Holding this conference in Dubbo is crucial as it is a major regional city with great education and training opportunities.

“Dubbo has a large Aboriginal population and catchment area. Holding the Bangamalanha Conference in Dubbo will allow educators from across Australia to see first-hand the issues facing Aboriginal people.

“Statistics tell us that Aboriginal people are facing challenges in taking, with both hands, the opportunities currently available to them in education and training. The opportunities were taken from our Elders but are now available to our youth and this conference will play a key role in identifying and sharing strategies to engage Aboriginal people in education, training and employment,” said Peachey. “The Bangamalanha Conference will be unique and will also raise awareness of the importance of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”

Registrations are open and anyone interested in attending the Bangamalanha Conference in Dubbo from 15-17 September 2014 should go to www.wit.tafensw.edu.au/bangamalanha. This conference will help change lives and ‘Bridge the Gap’ on the disadvantage Aboriginal people experience in relation to education and employment.