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The Symposium was held in Brisbane on 14–15 November 2017. Under the theme "The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change", the Symposium focussed on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice.
The partnership between the NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute delivered a Symposium that was led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, brought together national and international expertise, and put forward Indigenous perspectives that inform successful policies and programs. The event also provided an opportunity for researchers, policy makers, community organisations and funding institutions to learn from each other about research translation that has had positive impacts in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.