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Aboriginal Health College
35 Harvey Street
Little Bay, NSW 2036
Day 1: Tuesday 23 March
08.00 Registration of Delegates
09.00 Warada Dancers
09.15 Opening and Welcome – Aunty Norma Sims, La Perouse Land Council
09.30 Welcome Address from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
09.45 First Plenary – Ms Pat Anderson
• Welcome to the Congress Lowitja 2010
• History of the CRCATH and CRCAH
• Our achievements
• Consolidation by CRCATSIH
• Future of The Lowitja Institute
10.15 Address – Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, AC CBE DSG
10.30 Formal Opening of Congress Lowitja 2010
10.45 Morning Tea
11.15 Second Plenary: Looking forward, looking back: What we take forward from the CRC for Aboriginal Health – Professor Ian Anderson
This session highlighted the key learnings and achievements of the CRCAH and its partners, and the impact that research has had on the sector.
13.00 New Understandings in Indigenous Health Development
Break-out sessions: There were 3 concurrent sessions following the lunch break, and 3 following afternoon tea. Delegates could choose to attend 2 of the 6 sessions (1 in each). A facilitated discussion on the implications for policy and practice concluded each session.
1. Structural Barriers to Improving Health
Structural barriers to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are systemic. This session examined a range of barriers and discussed strategies at both a policy and practice level that could be explored to address them.
• Overburden Project – Professor Judith Dwyer
• ABCD Project – Professor Ross Bailie / Ms Jenny Brands
• Improving Identiﬁ cation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in General Practice
– Associate Professor Margaret Kelaher
2. Social Barriers to Aboriginal Health
To address the social barriers that impede improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is necessary to redress issues of control while building resilience within communities. This session looked at strategies that may address this endemic issue.
• Men’s Sheds – Mr Jack Bulman
• Racism – Dr Yin Paradies
• Empowerment Program – Dr Roxanne Bainbridge
• Let’s Start Project – Associate Professor Gary Robinson
3. Building Capacity – Whose capacity are we building?
Capacity building is a term used (and sometimes over-used) within the sector – but whose capacity are we building and what are the core elements of an effective strategy? This panel discussion drew upon a range of approaches including:
• Supervisors’ Guide – Ms Alison Laycock
• Partnerships between Community and Researchers – Ms Jackie Ahkit
• CRCAH Students – Ms Megan Williams
• QIMR Institutional Perspective – Associate Professor Gail Garvey
• Community Capacity – Mr Paul Stewart
14.45–15.15 Afternoon Tea
4. Working in Effective Partnerships – Engagement across the sectors
What makes an effective and sustainable partnership approach to addressing the health and social inequities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This session asked stakeholders to examine the learnings from a range of projects.
• Facilitated Development Approach, Aboriginal Prisoner Health Research – Mr Scott Davis
• AHCSA / CRCAH Partnership – Mr Alwin Chong
• Tobacco Project – Associate Professor David Thomas
• Holding Men – Dr Brian McCoy
5. Improving Services to Aboriginal Peoples
Key to addressing health inequities is the need to improve and enhance services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This session showcased a diverse range of strategies employed to achieve this objective.
• CQI/ABCD – Professor Ross Bailie
• Learning from Action – Professor Cindy Shannon
• Support Systems for Indigenous PHC Services – Mr Alister Thorpe
6. Knowledge Exchange – Ensuring that community beneﬁ ts from research
Essential to ensuring that research has an impact is the need to ensure that it can be translated into policy and practice for all stakeholders. Example projects for discussion:
• AimHi – Ms Carolyn Grifﬁn
• Healthy Skin – Associate Professor Ross Andrews
• Improving Patient Pathways – Ms Monica Lawrence
• Improving the Culture of Hospitals – Mr John Willis
17.00 Closing remarks – Ian Anderson
17.30 Welcome Function:
St Michael’s Golf Course Club (next door to AHC)
Guest performer Glen Doyle (music)
Day 2: Wednesday 24 March
09.00 The Lowitja Institute Research Agenda Presentation by Professor Ian Anderson
This session outlined the new research agenda and framework for the Lowitja Institute’s three programs and explained how the agenda has evolved to meet the future needs of the sector.
09.45 Break-out sessions around the new program areas: These break-out sessions were an opportunity to engage with the new programs, and provide advice and input into reﬁning issues and gaps that could be considered by the Program Leaders as part of the planning process.
- Healthy Start, Healthy Life: Research focused on reducing the chronic illness risk across the life-course, and improving early intervention and chronic illness management. Program Leaders: Professor Ross Bailie and Mr Tom Brideson
- Healthy Communities and Settings: Research focused on the capacity of local communities and organisations to develop interventions that address the determinants of health across a range of local sectors and settings. Program Leaders: Dr Leisa McCarthy and Dr Kevin Rowley
- Enabling Policy and Systems: Research enabling the reform of policy and programs, workforce development, and whole-of-government approaches to Indigenous health. Program Leaders: Mr Alwin Chong and Professor Judith Dwyer
The Program Leaders facilitated a discussion on:
• The scope of each program and opportunities to engage with the research agenda.
• Identifying the gaps, boundaries and issues that can assist in reﬁ ning and enhancing the program areas.
• How the program is going to engage with stakeholders.
• How capacity is going to be built in each of the programs.
Informal morning tea 11.00–11.30
13.30 Wrap up: Critical reporting back by Program Leaders
14.15 Congress: What are the functions and purpose of the Congress Lowitja?
Presenter: Ms Pat Anderson – Interim Chair, Lowitja Institute
This session outlined both the function and purpose of Congress Lowitja, and how organisations can become involved and partner with the Lowitja Institute to advance the research agenda.
15.00 Afternoon Tea
15.30 Congress Forum: Facilitated discussion with Ms Kerrin Anderson
This session provided an opportunity for delegates to participate in a discussion about the future function of the Congress. The facilitated discussion with the whole group focused on the issues arising, e.g. mechanism via which members can shape the research agenda.
17.00 – Closing remarks: Professor Ian Anderson
18.30 Formal Congress Dinner at Stamford Plaza Hotel:
Guest performers Jimmy Little and Microwave Jenny