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The theme of this event is Many mobs. One vision: creating a healthy future.
The congress will:
- ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community views and opinions are promoted
- bring together our three stakeholders groups (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, researchers and policy makers)
- provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, particularly emerging researchers, to participate and present at a national level conference
- ensure knowledge exchange/translation of pre-eminent evidence and expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
The 2014 Lowitja Congress was a two day event held at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria. The theme of the conference was Many Mobs. One Vision: Creating a Healthy Future. The aim was to bring a range of stakeholders—community, researchers, policymakers, the health and health research sectors—together who are working to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
The conference featured a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions and concurrent sessions including workshops.
Topics of particular interest included:
- working together – a different way of doing business
- getting an early start for a great future
- culture, identity and health
- constitutional recognition panel
- development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce – an initial discussion
- cultural competency of health services
- measuring the impact from translating research into practice: an economic approach using a cost-benefit analysis
- National review of core Indigenous public health competencies integration into Master of Public Health (MPH) curricula.
The HealthInfoNet also conducted an internet café on both days of the conference. The café, run by Director, Neil Drew and Business Manager, Pauline Shanley, was well attended by the delegates who showed great interest in learning more about the HealthInfoNet website.
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