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Congress Lowitja 2012 program

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09:00–10:20Master of Ceremonies Ms Belinda Duarte: Introduction and Welcome
Welcome to Country
Official opening
Keynote speaker – Professor Ian Anderson: ‘Setting the scene’: Knowledge exchange and policy relevant research over the next decade
10:20Morning tea

Keynote speaker – Dr Malcolm King: The Aboriginal Canadian experience on knowledge exchange and translation into practice
Keynote speaker – Professor Alex Brown: Knowledge exchange and translation into practice – Experiences from the ground
Questions from the floor


1A Project origins: How research projects come to be

Chaired by Ms Vanessa Harris (General Manager of Research at the Lowitja Institute), this session will look at how Knowledge Exchange processes influence a research project from conception through design and development. Presenters will discuss how two-way sharing between researchers and research users, including policy makers, influenced the design and development of projects. They will outline the initial thinking around the project; negotiations with research users and other processes of engagement; and how these beginnings influenced the journey of the project.

1B Processes of quality assurance

Research quality has traditionally been managed through peer review processes. The Lowitja Institute continues the work of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) which expanded the concept of quality assurance to include collaborative review by relevant scientific, community and government end-users. Presenters in this session will discuss the continuing evolution of this approach, discuss their experiences of the process, and describe quality assurance processes with a similar emphasis on stakeholder involvement from other settings.

1C Possible futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research

This interactive workshop will be chaired by Ms Jenny Brands. It will explore influences on the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, using futures thinking methods. Futures thinking draws on the past and on emerging trends to consider a range of possible, plausible futures. By considering the possible futures, the Lowitja Institute hopes health research can become more responsive and better able to meet the changing needs of the sector. See related project.

15:10Afternoon tea
15:45–16:45PANEL– Funding and commissioning research: Finding ways to support knowledge exchange

Funding guidelines have begun to include references to Knowledge Exchange in recent years. Yet Knowledge Exchange remains a loosely defined concept, which can add to researchers’ confusion about what may or may not be funded as Knowledge Exchange. Chaired by Dr Therese Riley, from The Centre for Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science, this panel will include representatives from organisations who fund and commission research. This dynamic panel session will provide researchers and health end-users an understanding of knowledge exchange from a funding and implementation perspective. The panel will share how and why they fund particular research questions, and discuss how this process supports knowledge exchange.

Session comprises:
15:45 Introduction
15:55 Panel member responses
16:30 Questions from the floor

16:45Close of day 1
EveningDinner (including awards ceremony for Congress Lowitja Awards)
Time Session

Master of Ceremonies Ms Belinda Duarte: Introduction and Welcome

Official opening of second day by distinguished guest

Mr Ken Wyatt AM, MP (Federal Member for Hasluck)
Keynote speaker – Associate Professor Jane Freemantle: Knowledge translation and data: Getting it right through making the invisible visible
Keynote speaker – Ms Jenny Brands: Implementing innovations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care: How do we enhance the non-commercial pathway to large scale impact?
Questions from the floor
10:30Morning tea

2A Innovative ways to communicate

The concept of Knowledge Exchange as a dynamic and ongoing process challenges traditional methods of communicating research findings through peer reviewed journals, reports and conference presentations. Presenters in this session, which will be chaired by University of Melbourne scholar, Mr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, will discuss effective methods for communicating about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health research, and how these have contributed to the translation of evidence into practice. Presenters will also discuss any unexpected impacts, what they would do differently, and propose new methods for the future.

2B Projects that change policy and practice through knowledge exchange

One of the main aims of research is to create change. The Lowitja Institute and its partners aim to do research that positively impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. Presenters in this session will identify how and why their projects have changed policy and practice and the Knowledge Exchange strategies that helped bring about that change. Presenters will outline their utilisation of non-traditional methods.

2C Challenges and enablers: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers tell their story

In this session Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers will tell the story of their journey in research. Chaired by Aboriginal researcher Ms Kim O’Donnell, from Flinders University, presenters will include an early career researcher, mid-career researcher, established researcher and the Lowitja Institute Emerging Researcher award winner. In telling their story presenters will reflect on what has challenged and enabled their research, and also describe the impact of knowledge exchange on their research journey. 

12:25Satellite lunchtime meeting – A national agenda for policy-relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research: A government perspective

Ms Carmen Partner
Chair of NASTIHSC and Director of Aboriginal Health, NSW Ministry of Health

Government policy leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health are keen to promote research that is policy-relevant, and can be translated into service delivery practices in order to contribute to the Closing the Gap agenda.

Their work at a national level is driven through a sub-committee of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) called the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee (NATSIHSC). NATSIHSC members are holding a satellite session during the Lowitja Congress at lunchtime on the second day of the event (15 November, 12:25–13:25) to:
- engage with Congress Lowitja participants in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- inform Congress Lowitja participants of the work of NATSIHSC, and
- seek advice on how to practically translate research into Government policy, programs and service delivery practices.

Similarly, the session will assist the identification of strategies for closer engagement between policymakers and researchers to progress more strategic, policy-relevant research and translation. Congress Lowitja 2012 is one opportunity where NATSIHSC will consult stakeholders.

13:25–14:55PANEL– Courageous Questions

It takes courage to do great research. Chaired by Professor Judith Dwyer from Flinders University and the Lowitja Institute, this panel will consist of individuals who have been courageous in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. They will draw on their own experiences to offer thoughts on how to be courageous in research and will explore complex issues including: research questions people are afraid to ask, adopting challenging and non-conventional methods of research, and engaging in non-traditional settings. Panelists will also explore the courageous questions and work that needs to be undertaken in the future.

Session comprises:
13:25 Introduction
13:35 Panel member responses
14:10 Questions from the floor

14:55Afternoon tea
15.10Performance – Natjul Indigenous Performing Arts: Anthony Newcastle and Roxanne McDonald

Closing remarks and event summary by Ms Debra Reid, The University of Sydney

Official close by distinguished guest

Mr Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Social Justice Commissioner

Close of event

Created: 09 August 2012 - Updated: 28 February 2013