Last week, leaders in Indigenous health came together for the Commitment to Indigenous Health: Local and National Contributions to Meeting the Challenges conference. The conference was an initiative of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment’s Indigenous Health Interest Group (IHIG).
This year was the second IHIG conference and featured the work of CMBE staff and students, researchers from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies(AIATSIS), and invited experts and collaborators.
Attendees were from a range of organisations including Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, the Department of Health and Ageing, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Aboriginal Health Services and the University of Canberra.
Katie Thurber, PhD Student at National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU and chair of the conference organising committee was pleased with the broad range of topics covered.
“The conference tackled a range of issues important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health including reducing smoking, Indigenism and kinship, and representations of sexuality in contemporary Indigenous art,” says Thurber.
“The event facilitated an engaged discussion between the presenters and members of the audience, and provided an opportunity to network and share experience across sectors in the ACT and beyond.”
Thurber urges staff and students interested in Indigenous health to join IHIG.
“The Indigenous Health Interest Group not only organises interested ANU staff and students on campus, we aim to provide a link from the ANU to the broader community on research and policy issues central to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health,” Thurber concludes.
This year’s event was co-sponsored by the College of Medicine, Biology & Environment and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The event was organised by Anna Olsen, Gaye Doolan, Karen Gardner, Katie Thurber, and Chris Roper.
a PDF of Tom Calma’s keynote is available here. Additionally, please find the conference proceedings here, including the slides presented by Julie Tongs, Nerelle Poroch, Tanisha Jowsey, Christine King, Katie Thurber, Melanie Dorrington, Kieran Barr, Mick Adams (as well as his recently published MJA article), and Anna Olsen.