The Lowitija Institute is supporting the implementation of a national Indigenous health specialisation in the Master of Public Health (MPH). The MPH will deliver postgraduate units in Indigenous health research and knowledge management to those working in health services, policy settings and research institutions. Students studying for a Master of Public Health (MPH) qualification at the University of Melbourne (UM) and the University of Queensland (UQ) are now able to specialise in Indigenous health. It is anticipated that this ‘specialist stream’ will soon be available to students studying at other Australian universities.
A project team led by Leanne Coombe from the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, part of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Health and Society, has been working with the University of Queensland to combine their separate Indigenous units into a specialist stream. A trial of the new specialist stream began in the first semester of 2012 and both universities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding giving effect to the new cross-institutional enrolment model.
- Specialist MPH course in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Wangka Pulka, issue 7, August 2012.
- Other Lowitja Institute capacity development activities