An overview of the program can be found below and will be updated as more information is confirmed.

Program Day 1

9.00 - 10.30
Boulevard Auditorium
Symposium openingChair: Prof Sandra Eades
Welcome to Country
Welcome by CEOsProf Anne Kelso AO and Mr Romlie Mokak

Minister's welcomeHon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health
Keynote speaker Dr Mark Wenitong
Keynote speakers Ms Donna Ah Chee & Mr John Paterson
10.30 - 1100 Morning Tea (Poster Session)
11.00 - 12.30
Boulevard Auditorium
Courageous Conversations At some point we all face situations that make us feel uncomfortable or unsafe. In this session we will look through the lens of race, culture and identity at some of the issues that are important to health and medical research conducted by, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes, but is not limited to, access to and use of technology, genomics, intellectual property and ethics. This session will tackle the topics that are most in need of courageous conversations in a thoughtful, positive and constructive way.

Facilitator: Prof Juli Coffin
Panelists: Dr Jaquelyne Hughes
Dr Ray Lovett
Prof Alex Brown
Dr Chelsea Bond
Dr Cass Hunter
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch (Poster Session)
13.00 - 14.00
Boulevard Room 3
Optional workshop 1: Growing the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island knowledges and expertise Kerry Arabena
Boulevard Room 2
Optional workshop 2: Making an impact: a knowledge translation workshop for graduate students and early career researchers Anita Kothari, Chris McCutcheon, Ian Graham
Parallel sessions
14.00 - 15.30
Boulevard Auditorium
Parallel session 1:
Health system transformation
Innovative ways to improve health care and health delivery through novel approaches
Chair: Mr Ali Drummond
14.00 - 14.15 Working at the interface to integrate Indigenous knowledge in research on public policy Matt Fisher
14.15 - 14.30 The numbers and the narrative: a community-based model of research and policy co-production to understand the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability Scott Avery
14.30 - 14.45 Missing Voices: Stories informing services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury Elizabeth Armstrong
14.45 - 15.00 Moving beyond One21Seventy audits: keeping traditions, embracing the new Anita Seinen
15.00 - 15.15 A systems approach to improving food security among urban Aboriginal communities Sumithra Muthayya
15.15 - 15.30 The GOANNA Survey: the first Australian survey of knowledge, risk behaviours and health service access for sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Salenna Elliott
14.00 - 15.30
Boulevard Room 1
Parallel session 2:
Using research to improve health systems
Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health organisations and services through better research translation, collaborations and policy making.
Chair: Dr Odette Gibson
14.00 - 14.15 The Alice Springs Hospital Readmission Prevention Project (ASHRAPP): A Randomised Control Trial Gabrielle Diplock
14.15 - 14.30 The Indigenous Australian Malnutrition Project: Determining the burden and impact of malnutrition in regional hospitals Natasha Morris
14.30 - 14.45 Quality improvement is everybody's business: lessons from the best in community driving health improvement Sarah Larkins
14.45 - 15.00 Lighthouse Hospital Project - Shining light on improvement science to facilitate better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with heart disease Claire Bekema
15.00 - 15.15 Stakeholder perspectives on system-level action required to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary care Veronica Matthews
15.15 - 15.30 Driving system-wide primary healthcare improvement: stakeholder perspectives and actions following a CQI data sharing and analysis project Alison Laycock
14.00 - 15.30
Boulevard Room 2
Parallel session 3:
Strengthening capacity: Indigenous leadership
Building the skills and knowledge of researchers, clinicians, and community members through training, mentorship and knowledge sharing
Chair: Mr Michael Wright
14.00 - 14.15 From Knowledge to Practice and Back Again – Evaluating Knowledge Exchange Strategies in an Indigenous Student Mentoring Programme Alexandra Van Beek
14.15 - 14.30 Innovative approaches to knowledge translation – collaborating to support the Aboriginal health workforce David Aanundsen
14.30 - 14.45 Working together, Learning together, Knowing together: The Picture Talk Project. Exploring the consent process for research with Remote Aboriginal Communities Emily Fitzpatrick
14.45 - 15.00 Leading for Impact: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Research Lynda Ah Mat
15.00 - 15.15 Indigeneity in knowledge translation Michelle Bovill
15.15 - 15.30 “That’s why you employ us Blackfellas!”: the importance of Aboriginal Research Officers in clinical trials Deborah Askew
14.00 - 15.30
Boulevard Room 3
Workshop A:
A programmatic approach to embedding research translation and community engagement throughout the research process
Gail Garvey
15.30 - 16.00 Afternoon Tea (Poster Session)
16.00 - 17.30
Boulevard Auditorium
Dimensions of leadership What does effective leadership look like to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when it comes to their health and wellbeing? What are the characteristics of a good leader and what are the secrets to their success? How can we best nurture the leaders of tomorrow and help them to achieve their potential? How do we build leadership in the community? In this session participants will be inspired by the leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Relationships between mentors and mentees will be explored. These health and medical research stars will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas; their failures and successes; their dreams and aspirations.

Facilitator: A/Prof Greg Phillips
Panellists: A/Prof Gail Garvey
Dr Lisa Whop
Mr John Jacky
Dr Sean Taylor
Dr Brett Shannon

Program Day 2

7.00 - 8.45
Success as an early career researcher - Breakfast (special registration required) Knowledge sharers: Prof Anne Kelso AO, Prof Juli Coffin, Mr Mark Mayo, Prof Cindy Shannon, Prof Joan Cunningham, Ms Kalinda Griffiths, Dr Michael Wright
Boulevard Auditorium
Day 2 opening Welcome Chair: Prof Sandra Eades
9.05 - 9.45
Boulevard Auditorium
Plenary speaker Dr Carrie Bourassa Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health Research as Noojimo Mikana:
Creating Pathways to Culturally Safe Care for Indigenous People
Dr. Bourassa will examine ethical research principles and practices, discuss unethical research, the historical legacy of colonization, the intersection of neo-colonial practices and the continued effects on the health of Indigenous people. She will focus specifically on systemic racism and impacts on health and discuss why she believes finding pathways to culturally safe care are one of the key health priorities for Indigenous people around the world. As the new Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research she will also share some of their strategic priorities including international initiatives.
9.50 - 10.30
Boulevard Auditorium
Plenary speaker Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Harold Durie Massey University, New Zealand
10.30 - 11.00 Morning Tea (Poster Session)
Parallel sessions
11.00 - 12.30
Boulevard Auditorium
Parallel session 4:
Transforming chronic disease management
Prevention pathways, evidence-based treatments and disease management to reduce the burden of chronic disease
Chair: Dr Lisa Whop
11.00 - 11.15 He Kimihia te Hauoro Hinengaro: Pathways to Māori Mental Health Haze White
11.15 - 11.30 Reducing the burden of cardiovascular diseases among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through better health care Angela Todd
11.30 - 11.45 Improving the management of infants with bronchiolitis in acute care settings: understanding factors that influence variations in practice to design tailored knowledge translation interventions Libby Haskell
11.45 - 12.00 Greater levels of comorbidity do not explain the excess cervical cancer mortality for Indigenous women compared with non-Indigenous women in Australia Abbey Diaz
12.00 - 12.15 Embedding research translation and community engagement in research to improve cancer outcomes for Indigenous people Bronwyn Morris
12.15 - 12.30 Engaging our mob in clinical guideline development for chronic kidney disease (CKD) Donisha Duff
11.00 - 12.30
Boulevard Room 1
Parallel session 5:
Evidence-based approaches to drugs and alcohol
Using research evidence to inform prevention, management and harm-reduction
Chair: Prof Yvonne Cadet-James
11.00 - 11.15 Preventing alcohol and drug related harms among Indigenous youth: What works, and how can we do better? Lexine Stapinski
11.15 - 11.30 Prison-based treatment for alcohol and other drugs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men Michael Doyle
11.30 - 11.45 Communities using evidence to drive action on methamphetamine use: The Novel Interventions to Address Methamphetamine Use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (NIMAC) Project Rachel Reilly
11.45 - 12.00 Maldahnalanga / 3are1 project: outcomes of a community-driven approach to reducing alcohol-related harm Anthony Shakeshaft
12.00 - 12.15 Partnering with Aboriginal drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation services in NSW to co-design a standardised data collection process and model of care Anthony Shakeshaft
12.15 - 12.30 Research and the rollout of Low Aromatic Fuel to prevent petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities Peter d’Abbs
11.00 - 12.30
Boulevard Room 2
Parallel session 6:
Strong mothers, strong families
Partnerships, peer-support, and community systems that help mothers and families improve their wellbeing
Chair: Ms Leila Smith
11.00 - 11.15 The Diabetes in Pregnancy Story: What do women understand Sian Graham
11.15 - 11.30 The Aboriginal Family Health Research Partnership (AFHRP): increasing capacity, translation and impact Philippa Middleton
11.30 - 11.45 Addressing the Social Determinants of Living: identifying social complexity and redesigning maternity social support services for Indigenous women in an urban setting Sophie Hickey
11.45 - 12.00 Birthing in Our Community: Implementing and evaluating a partnership based Birthing on Country Service Model in urban Australia Sophie Hickey
12.00 - 12.15 Recruiting and consulting for a national evidence-based trial on smoking cessation care for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: the SISTAQUIT(TM) experience Judy Jobling
12.15 - 12.30 Jandu Yani U (For All Families): Towards Positive Change in the Fitzroy Valley Cari Mcilduff
11.00 - 12.30
Boulevard Room 3
Workshop B: Working for Wellness Leona Star
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch (Poster Session)
Parallel sessions
13.30 - 15.00
Boulevard Auditorium
Parallel session 7:
Strength and resilience
Empowering people to make lasting changes that strengthen health and wellbeing
Chair: Ms Samantha Faulkner
13.30 - 13.45 Kia Pu Te Wai O Pareira – Catalysts of Health and Wellbeing for urban Māori Haze White
13.45 - 14.00 Translating social, cultural and emotional determinants of health research into practice: the case of a 17-year program of Family Wellbeing (FWB) research Catherine Brown
14.00 - 14.15 ‘Staying stronger for longer’: Working together to ‘listen and learn’ from individuals with Machado Joseph Disease living on Groote Eylandt Jennifer Carr
14.15 - 14.30 Healthy Mates: Collaborations to enhance Indigenous health autonomy Dana Bradford
14.30 - 14.45 Next Generation: Exploring the health and well-being of Aboriginal adolescents and young people Lina Gubhaju
14.45 - 15.00 Key Learnings from the application of the Aboriginal-Informed Growth and Empowerment Measure (GEM) Melissa Haswell
13.30 - 15.00
Boulevard Room 1
Parallel session 8:
Community activation and ownership
Engaging communities and valuing their knowledge and expertise to deliver better health solutions
Chair: A/Prof Greg Phillips
13.30 - 13.45 The value of a cost-benefit analysis in empowering BackTrack staff to conduct program evaluation Kim Edmunds
13.45 - 14.00 Engaging Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities and stakeholders in evidence synthesis Natalie Strobel
14.00 - 14.15 “I’m not sure it paints an honest picture of where my health’s at.” Identifying community health and research priorities based on health assessments within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community: a qualitative study Geoffrey Spurling
14.15 - 14.30 Intercommunity conversations to explore acceptability of smoking cessation resources with Aboriginal women in Australia Michelle Bovill
14.30 - 14.45 Community-based action research to improve health knowledge Emma Haynes
14.45 - 15.00 Aboriginal Community Researchers: crucial to hearing Aboriginal people’s voices and improving a trachoma elimination program Tammy Abbott
13.30 - 15.00
Boulevard Room 2
Parallel session 9:
Children are the future
Ensuring children get the best start in life through world-class healthcare and a healthy environment for development
Chair: TBC
13.30 - 13.45 Development of a new otitis media (OM) Guideline and OM-app to improve clinical care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children Amanda Leach
13.45 - 14.00 Optimising flu vaccination among Aboriginal children in Victoria Kim Borg
14.00 - 14.15 Learnings from the process evaluation of the national targeted influenza immunisation program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 6 months to <5 years of age Katrina Clark
14.15 - 14.30 Ear health research in the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH); successful translation of research into service delivery Hilary Miller
14.30 - 14.45 Re-imagining the service landscape for Aboriginal children with a disability Anna Green
14.45 - 15.00 Management of childhood anaemia in three remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities Therese Kearns
13.30 - 15.00
Boulevard Room 3
Workshop C: Looking Forward, Moving Forward: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change Michael Wright
15.00 - 13.30 Afternoon Tea (Poster Session)
15.30 - 16.30
Boulevard Auditorium
Achieving a shared vision for the future “This session will centre Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's voices to articulate what a ‘healthy’ future could be. In doing so, they will outline strategies on how to achieve this vision by the year 2030. What can be done now and by whom? This panel will provide valuable insights and identify opportunities in the current research translation environment, future trends, and what this means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the long term. What will our legacy be?”

Facilitator: Prof Kerry Arabena
Panellists: Ms Vonda Moar-Malone
Prof Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
Mr Ali Drummond
A/Prof Kelvin Kong
Prof Yvonne Cadet-James
16.30 - 16.45
Boulevard Auditorium
Comments and insights by plenary speakers Dr Carrie Bourassa Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Harold Durie Massey University, New Zealand
16.45 - 17.00 Summary & next steps Prof Anne Kelso AO and Mr Romlie Mokak
17.00 Closing
  • Key Dates
  • Early bird Registration Deadline20 October 2017
  • Symposium14-15 November 2017
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