The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet regularly conducts HealthInfoNet cafés at conferences, where we demonstrate how to use our website. We exist to help 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy, and support those working in the area of Indigenous health. The cafés allow us a valuable opportunity to do this nationally, to reach many people including policy-makers, workers in government and non-government organisations, health service providers, program managers, clinicians and other health professionals (including Indigenous health workers), researchers, academics and other teachers, students, and the general community.
This unique service takes place at a conference stand where a HealthInfoNet staff member demonstrates the website to individual delegates on one of several laptops. This gives delegates the opportunity to learn how the resource is structured, what is available and how to access the topics most relevant to their particular work, research or interest. The online yarning places, which aim to develop communities of practice around particular health issues are also promoted, and this usually results in delegates signing up for membership.
The cafés add tremendous value to a conference as a service to support delegates in their work by making them aware of this comprehensive free online resource. We also provide promotional materials that have been designed specifically for people working studying or interested in Indigenous health and include our website address. They are handed out to remind delegates of the website and for them to give to other people who may be interested.
As we are based in Perth, conference attendance often requires travel and accommodation costs plus the freight costs of promotional items. Most conference organisers and committees recognise the value of our work as important for their members and delegates so we are fortunate that in most cases the conference fees are waived or offered at a considerable reduction. We choose events strategically to maximise exposure and to ensure that we reach workers in specific health areas, for example, substance use, nutrition and ear health, and particularly areas where we receive extra funding for promotional activities. The response to the vast resources on the website has always been very positive and our goal is always to raise awareness, and increase knowledge and usage of this unique resource.
To have a look at information about the latest HealthInfoNet cafes, View information: HealthInfoNet cafes
If you would like us to run a HealthInfoNet café at your conference please contact us