NACCHO Aboriginal health Monday snapshot: 19 August 2013


1. Save the date: Commitment to Indigenous Health: Local and National Contributions to meeting the Challenges – Canberra – 2 October 2013

The Indigenous Health Interest Group is holding our second research showcase in October 2013, Commitment to Indigenous Health: Local and National Contributions to Meeting the Challenges. The event is co-sponsored by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.


2. Save the date: ‘Heart of the Centre’ – Alice Springs – 3 – 4 October 2013

This educational symposium is designed for health professionals who are working with the impact of chronic diseases in Indigenous communities, in particular cardiovascular disease and its complications.

Local and national experts will discuss the latest evidence and relevance to the NT experience.  The Symposium is aimed at all health professionals, including GPs, clinical specialists, hospital staff, remote health and allied health staff.  Aboriginal Health Practitioners and AHWs are encouraged to attend this educational event.

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3. Save the date: World Diabetes Congress – Melbourne – 2 – 6 December 2013

The World Diabetes Congress is one of the world’s largest health-related events. It brings together healthcare professionals, diabetes associations, policy-makers and companies to share the latest findings in diabetes research and best practice.

NACCHO Researching Right Way workshops: Shaping good Aboriginal health research practices

Lowitja InstituteAIATSIS

On behalf of the NHMRC, the Lowitja Institute and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) are conducting an evaluation of two documents that relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research ethics:

·         ‘Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research’; and

·         ‘Keeping Research on Track: A Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples about Health Research’.

We are interested in hearing your views about how these guidelines have been used and if they have assisted in the research process.   We particularly want to hear from:

·         Aboriginal community controlled and government health services

·         Researchers in the Aboriginal health arena

·         Research organisations such as universities and research institutes

·         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants in research

·         Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) members

·         HREC administrators

These two documents currently shape the way that health research is conducted in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities all over Australia. Your input will help ensure that the guidelines effectively meet the needs of you,  your community or your organisation.

Workshops – Locations and Dates   –  All workshops will run from  9.30am – 1.30pm

Broome Monday 5 August, Jimmy Chi Hall, Broome Civic Centre, 27 Weld Street, Broome
Thursday Island Monday 5 August, Port Kennedy Hall, 64-66 Douglas Street, Thursday Island
Brisbane Wednesday 7 August, Conference room, ATSICHS Head office, 55 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
Perth Thursday 7 August, Conference room, Derbarl Yerrigan, 156 Wittenoom Street, East Perth
Adelaide Monday 12 August, Functions Hall, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, 182–190 Wakefield Street, Adelaide
Darwin Monday 12 August, Room 6.1.03, Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina
Cairns Wednesday 14 August, Conference room, Wuchopperen Health Services, 13 Moignard Street, Manoora, Cairns
Alice Springs Thursday 15 August, Corkwood Room, Desert Knowledge Australia, Desert Knowledge Precinct, South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR A WORKSHOP. Your registration ensures we can cater for you on the day.

Your input is important to us. There are a variety of ways you can submit your feedback about these two documents.

·         Complete a short survey or upload a written submission

·         The consultation team will also be available for phone interviews by request.

·         For more details about this project, please contact Ray Lovett at AIATSIS or Mary Guthrie at the Lowitja Institute.

If you are not able to attend the consultations, please pass this on to others whom you think may be able to attend and contribute to this important discussion about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research ethics.