Hearing Our Voices:
The Importance of Community Engagement and Innovation in Indigenous Health Research
When: Monday 26 November 2018, 8:30am-2:30pm
Where: Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building/Melbourne Brain Centre (University of Melbourne campus)
It is a pleasure to invite you to the one-day conference: “Hearing Our Voices: The Importance of Community Engagement and Innovation in Indigenous Health Research”. The conference is organised by Prof Sandra Eades and A/Prof Elif Ekinci of the University of Melbourne, with funding from the Australian Health Research Alliance in conjunction with the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, and will take place on 26 November 2018 at The Melbourne Brain Centre’s Ian Potter Auditorium (Kenneth Myer Building), on the main campus of the University of Melbourne.
Statement of Purpose: To bring together Indigenous health researchers across the Melbourne Academic Health Centre Network and provide a forum for voices to be heard, achievements to be celebrated and collaborations to form.
Specific outcomes for the Indigenous health research day will be to continue our mapping of Indigenous health research across the MACH network. We also plan to create a videography and pilot mapping project of the people, voices and experiences of those contributing to Indigenous health research, including researchers and students, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with a shared commitment for improving Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. Our activities will culminate in a map of Indigenous health researchers with embedded videos serving as a unique and powerful resource for the MACH network and the University of Melbourne.
Prof Sandra Eades, the University of Melbourne, Associate Dean Indigenous
A/Prof Elif Ekinci, the University of Melbourne and Austin Health
A/Prof Luke Burchill, the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital
Prof Stephanie Brown, the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Ms Heather Whipps, MACH Project Officer
We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations in both our Deadly Yarn and Senior Research categories. (Update: NOW CLOSED)
Deadly Yarn: Five-minute talks by students, health workers and other relevant representatives from the Indigenous health research and service delivery world. ***Please note that we are accepting and encouraging submissions from students (UG, Master’s, MPH, PhD, etc), early career researchers, research assistants, program/project officers, clinicians including Aboriginal health workers / hospital liaison officers, other *** The Deadly Yarn may be presented in an academic research or narrative format.
Senior Research: Traditional academic talks of approximately 15 minutes in length.
Both Deadly Yarn and Senior Research applicants are invited to submit abstracts on the theme ‘the importance of community engagement and innovation in Indigenous health research’. For this inaugural meeting we are seeking abstracts from across the spectrum of MACH’s Indigenous health research community; from the bench to the bedside to population level research. Indigenous community engagement does not need to be the sole or primary focus of the abstract. Participants should however be able to discuss how engaging with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and communities has influenced their research. Talks from all health and allied health disciplines are welcome.
Deadly Yarn researchers whose abstracts are accepted and who are based outside of Melbourne may receive a travel bursary of up to $500 in order to attend
Additionally, Deadly Yarn researchers invited to present will be eligible for awards of $500 each for the following categories: “Deadliest Yarn - Overall”, “Top Student Researcher”, “Top Clinician, Project Officer, or Other Health Worker”
How to Submit Your Abstract:
(Update: NOW CLOSED)
Please download our form by clicking on the word icon, fill in the table on page 2 and save the document as a pdf, then send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Voices Submission [your last name]
Abstracts must be submitted to MACH by 26 October at 5pm.
Please note that we are accepting and encouraging submissions from students (UG, Master’s, MPH, PhD, etc), early career researchers, research assistants, program/project officers, clinicians including Aboriginal health workers / hospital liaison officers, and other (please explain).
For more information on the MACH Indigenous Health Network or this event, please contact Project Officer Heather Whipps at (03) 8344 9973 or
Check back with us regularly for further developments.