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About Melbourne

Melbourne is the ideal place to discover more about Australia’s Indigenous history, which reaches back more than 60,000 years as the original settlement of the Wurundjeri People. Visit art galleries, cultural centres, national parks and wildlife reserves across Melbourne and Victoria to learn more about the unique traditions and spiritual beliefs of Victoria’s first people.

Getting Here

33 International airlines fly direct to Melbourne. Delegates travelling from the USA will transition through Los Angeles, San Francisco or Vancouver for a direct flight to Melbourne or an alternate international hub with direct flights to Australia. Melbourne also welcomes a direct flight from Santiago three-times weekly. Delegates travelling from Europe will transition through an international hub such as Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

Beyond Melbourne

Stay a little longer and explore some of the beautiful regional areas outside Melbourne. Take a day trip to Geelong’s waterfront precinct, explore tranquil seaside villages and meet local makers and growers along the Bellarine Taste Trail. Head to inland, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley.

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An exciting selection of keynote speakers and moderated panels from a range of discipline and service areas


Speaker and program information coming soon

Questions being asked about iccp2020

Here are just a few frequently asked questions about the conference

Will indigenous work and voices be a part of the conference?

Most definitely! One of our main partners in the conference is Moondani Balluk the indigenous academic unit at Victoria University. Moondani Balluk means ‘embrace people’ in the language of the Wurundjeri people who first lived in the western region of Melbourne. Moondani Balluk works across Aboriginal, non-governmental organisation and community spaces. Find out more about their work here

Is the conference only for academics?

No, definitely not. We are working hard to put together a program of themes, speakers, workshops and spaces that are both inclusive and transdisciplinary. We hope students, practitioners, educators, researchers, psychologists, academics and the general public will be involved.

Will it be expensive?

We acknowledge that international travel is very expensive and so are doing everything we can to keep conference costs to a minimum whilst still providing a meaningful and engaging experience. Our main goal is to enure you can afford to attend so we are being creative and careful in our planning. We are hoping to establish some travel and scholarship funds for students. Although we are still working of the details of registration fees, it will be tiered to account for people in developing countries, and of course for students and other non-waged people. We will also keep you updated of any discounts available for travel through our conference partner Melbourne Convention Bureau.

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 Victoria University (VU) achieved university status in
1991, but the preceding institutions date back to 1916. The university is one of Australia’s few dual-sector universities. Today, they have over 40,000 enrolled higher education, and vocational education and training students studying on the campuses.

VU proudly represents and champions the cultural diversity of its geographical location in the west of Melbourne. Over several generations, the west has been the first place of settlement for a significant number of new residents who have established new lives in Australia. Residents represent cultures from over 130 different nations.


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The Western suburbs of Melbourne have distinctive cultural, economic, and socio-political histories, weaved from successive waves of migration. These histories are continually transformed through various processes related to globalisation, migration, and dynamics of community and place making. Often celebrated for its cultural diversity, the location is also marked by high levels of inequality that are exacerbated by processes of de-industrialisation, urban renewal and gentrification. We are attendance to consequences for the health and wellbeing of differently positioned and its attendant consequences for the health and wellbeing for differently positioned communities of people. Within this context, with such complex and diverse social and cultural history, there can be found extraordinary examples of creativity, communality, survival and solidarity.

Footscray is known for its diverse and vibrant history this multicultural hub reflects and has been home to successive waves of migrants from Greeks, Italians, and former Yugoslavians, to Vietnamese and East Africans. Head down Barkly St for some of the best Pho and Bahn Mi in Melbourne, and finish it off with coffee and canoli, otherwise head down Nicholson St Mall to sample Ethiopian Injera bread or succulent kebab. Nestled on the Maribyrnong river is the Footscray Community Arts Centre, a community-engaged contemporary arts space that hosts theatre, galleries and workshops and contributes to Footscray reputation for a thriving local arts scene.

Visit one of Footscray’s many bars for a wine or a cocktail, see some live music at the Reverence Hotel or head to Hop Nation for a locally brewed beer. No visit is complete without a trip to the Footscray Market, where you can explore the fresh produce whilst sipping on Café Sua Da (Vietnamese Iced Coffee).




When thousands and even millions of people experience essentially identical problems, defining these problems as ‘individual’ oversimplifies to the point of absurdity

Prilleltensky & Fox, 1997



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