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Dear all interested in Aboriginal health research

Welcome to Flinders Aboriginal Health Research News (13 July edition). Please feel free to forward this on to others who might be interested, and let us know about other relevant items. Previous issues are available from by following the links from our website .

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Coming Events.....

NewNAIDOC week activities in SA

This year's theme for NAIDOC (National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee) week is “50 Years: Looking Forward, Looking Blak”. Today, NAIDOC celebrations continue to give Australia’s Indigenous people the opportunity to display the richness of their culture and heritage to the rest of the Australian community. Come and help celebrate NAIDOC week at the South Australian Museum by joining in the wonderful cultural activities.To view flyer click here, or visit the website.

NewABCD Project Update Adelaide July 18th -19th.

"Lessons for implementation and update". You are invited to attend the annual ABCD project update and planning meeting: When 18th-19th of July 2007 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Where: Stamford Grand Adelaide. To view the flyer click here.

NewCONFERENCE DisAbility And Rehabilitation Professionals' Association (dArpa)
Health and Disabilities: Issues and Strategies for Change. 16-18 July

A range of papers has been offered for the dArpa conference including two very interesting keynote speakers. The offerings (edited titles) include: Policy issues around the delivery of integrated health services to people with disabilities and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - What we know and What we need to let others
know. To view flyer click here.

NewINVITATION: 2nd Public Forum by Australian Institute for Healing Loss & Grief P/L

Come along to the 2nd public forum to ‘see, feel and hear’ Rosemary Wanganeen and her special guests.  Rosemary is the Founder and Director of the Australian Institute for Healing Loss and Grief P/L trading as The Sacred Site Within Healing Centre (1993) and for the last 13 years she has revolutionized and devised a loss and grief counseling ‘system’.  But on the night Rosemary will bring 20 years of combined personal and professional experiences when introducing her Seven Phases to Healing Using Loss and Grief Framework © to view flyer please click here.

Conference: The Way Forward: Chronic Disease Self-Management in Australia

The Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, University of Melbourne is hosting a national conference and workshops to exchange information and initiatives relating to chronic disease self-management programs across the healthcare sector. The conference will be held on 26th-27th of July 2007 in Melbourne.  For more information visit click here.

Capacity Building in Indigenous Communities training seminars

The Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc. present Capacity Building in Indigenous Communities 2007 training seminars. The seminars are recommended for those working in any area of Indigenous policy development, program implementation or in direct service delivery with Indigenous people, who feel they would benefit from an improved understanding to make their work more effective. The Adelaide seminar will be held on 31st of July -1st of August, 2007. Registration deadline is by 24th of July 2007. Group discounts apply to groups of 10 or more. Enquires can be made to Alice or Justine on (08) 8987 3910 or visit the website.

Garma Festival and Forum on Indigenous health

The 9th Garma Festival will be held from 3rd-7th of August 2007 at Gulkula, North East Arnhem Land, NT. The Theme of the festival will be Indigenous health: real solutions for a chronic problem. For more information visit the website.

Action Learning and Action Research and process Management Conference

This conference will bring together a range of community peoples (workers, professionals, researchers, managers, policy makers and others). The conference is called 'Moving Forward Together' and will be held at Tauondi College in 8th of August 2007. Themes include education, health and environment, and will support Aboriginal-preferred ways of knowing and doing. More information at the website. To view workshop details click here,to view conference flyer click here , to view registration paper click here. to view draft program click here.

NewAssessing Complex Interventions in Cochrane Systematic Reviews.

A one day workshop on Assessing Complex Interventions in Cochrane Systematic Reviews. It is to be held in Melbourne on August 24. Cost is free for those undertaking a Cochrane review and $250 for others. If you are interested in this workshop please complete the attached form below and send it to Emma Tavender by Friday 27th of July 2007. To view draft click here, to register click here.

13th International Holistic Health Conference

The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations at this conference, to be held in the Blue Mountains on 24th -26th of August 2007. More information at the conference website. Abstracts are on 1 June 2007. There is also a scholarship for medical students where the first prize covers transport, accomodation and registration.

NewIndigenous Palliative Care Workshop

You may wish to participate in ‘Going Home to Country’,a national Indigenous Palliative Care Workshop: Tuesday, 28th of August 2007 Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre. This Workshop precedes the 9th Australian Palliative Care Conference,for more information visit the website.

11th Annual Chronic Diseases Network Conference 2007

"Learning for Living ” Chronic Disease Education for clients, communities and health professionals. 30th –31st of August 2007, Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin. The 2007 annual CDN conference focuses on education as a key approach for empowering clients, health professionals and communities to respond to the chronic disease epidemic. Both locally and internationally, there are calls for a re-think about the skills and knowledge required to manage chronic disease. A significant challenge is to re-orient our education systems towards a coordinated focus on prevention, primary care, team-based, community and self-management approaches. Keynote speakers and presenters from local, regional and national areas will share their expertise through presentations and workshops. Click here for a registration form. Early bird registration closes on 30th July. The Department of Health and Ageing is offereing scholarships to Indigenous people to attend - complete and send in the application form by 20th July.

Australasian Evaluation Society Conference

Whether it is framed in terms of organisational learning, accountability, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, orresults-based management, evaluation is now a core organisational activity for government departments, community agencies and non-government organisations. After more than 20 years of evaluation conferences in Australia and New Zealand, the 2007 conference of the Australasian Evaluation Society will draw together what we have learned about how to do evaluation well - and ways to do it better, to register online click here. The AES international conference will be held in Melbourne on 3rd-7th of September 2007.

NewOceania Tobacco Control Conference

Auckland, New Zealand 4th–7th ofSeptember 2007. There are some scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to attend.  Check the conference website.

3rd Annual National Disease Management Conference

Australian Disease Managment Association: Disease Management: Is It Worth It?

6th and 7th of September 2007 ath the Park Hyatt Melbourne Victoria.

Australian Research Management Society Annual Conference

The ARMS annual conference "Fusion 2007: Collaboration with impact" will be held in Adelaide 19th-21st of September 2007. There will be a focus on research involving Aboriginal people. Pre-conference workshops on Indigenous research ethics and intellectual property are planned. More information at the website.

Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) conference

LIME Connection II will be held in Sydney on Sunday 23rd–25th of September 2007.  The theme will be “Cultures across the Indigenous health spectrum: achieving better outcomes”.  Abstracts are now invited to be submitted (in areas such as medical school experience, curriculum and recruitment, retention and graduation) by Thursday 28th of June.  For registration click here or for more information click here.

New38th Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference and sponsorship for Indigenous workers to attend

This conference will be held from 23rd-26th of September 2007, Alice Springs Convention Centre, Mparntwe, Alice Springs, NT. The theme is 'INEQUITIES & HEALTH, Tackling the Differentials'. Further information is located on the conference website.

The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) has again generously made some funds available to the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) to bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers to the PHAA Annual Conference. All applications must be sent to the Executive Director of the PHAA (email, or post to PO Box 319 CURTIN ACT 2605, or fax to (02) 62825438). All applications must be received by COB 22nd of July 2007.


NewANAPHI Teaching and Learning Forum on 26-27 September

ANAPHI (Australian Network of Australian Public Health Institutions) is holding a teaching and learning forum in Alice Springs on 26-27 September.  One of the streams will be devoted to Indigenous Public Health Teaching and Learning.  It aims to provide the opportunity for Indigenous public health academics, Indigenous public health teaching programs, Indigenous community organisations and industry partners to showcase innovative public health teaching and learning strategies.  The closing date for abstracts has been extended until Friday 13 July 2007. For more information go to:

NewAustralian Indigenous Doctors’ Association Symposium – 2007

Date: Sat, 29th of September 2007 Venue: The Shores, West Beach, Adelaide We suggest you mark your calendar now.
Detailed information will appear in the next edition of AIDA’s Blackchat. Please refer any questions to
Susan Granger by emailing or phoning 1800 190 498

NewClosing the Gap:

National Workshop on ATSI Health, Sydney Wednesday 3rd of October 2007. The above national workshop will again enable GPs and others working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in urban, rural and remote Australia to get together and share ideas and expertise and support and inspire each other. We are really keen to ascertain your interest in this workshop and obtain your ideas regarding the content and format of the program, to ensure the workshop meets your needs. To lodge your interest and have your say, please visit the website as soon as you can. If you would prefer a faxed copy of this form, please contact Rachel Pow on Tel: 03 8699 0524 or Email:

NewThe 2007 Mental Health & Alcohol + Other Drugs 'Hope and Recovery' EXPO 5th of October 2007

Port Adelaide Campus of TAFE SA, 1 Mundy Street Port Adelaide.

This EXPO is aimed at service providers and program coordinators (though consumers may also find it of value) and is aimed at increasing worker's awareness of other services and programs related to Mental Health and/or Alcohol and Other Drugs. The EXPO will feature a 'trade display' format of services and programs and a concurrent program of speakers and workshops (more on that soon) and will offer excellent networking opportunities. To view flyer click here.

New7th National Men's Health Conference & 5th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Convention

This conference will be held on 2nd-5th of October 2007, Adelaide, South Australia. For further information contact: Greg Millan, Conference Development Officer, Australasian Men's Health Forum, Ph: 04 1777 2390, Email:  

2007 National Research Ethics Conference

The biennial NHMRC National Research Ethics Conference will be held from Tuesday 16th-18th of October 2007, in Melbourne. Venue will be advised shortly, and further information will be available over the coming weeks. For more information can be found on the website.

NewSA Population Health Conference - Population Health Impact of Health Services Research

This conference will be held on Saturday, 20th of October 2007, 9.30am - 4.30pm at Enterprise House, 136 Greenhill Road, Unley (free car park is available under building). It will provide an opportunity for public health and health promotion students and practitioners to present their work to a wide public health audience. A Call for Abstracts will occur in June. This is a Public Health Association of Australia, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Australian Health Promotion Association, and Australasian Epidemiological Association initiative for public health and health promotion students and practitioners, in cooperation with the Departments of Public Health at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, and Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia click here to view flyer.

Australian Sociological Association (TASA) conference, 4th-7th of December 2007.

The Joint TASA & SAANZ Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on 4th-7th of December 2007.  The theme is 'Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons', and the streams include one on Indigenous issues.  Abstracts are due by 13 August 2007. More information on the conference website.

NewCritical Race and Whiteness Association Conference

The Critical Race and Whiteness Association Conference will be held on 10-12 December 2007 in Adelaide.  The theme for this year’s conference is Transforming Bodies, Nations & Knowledges.Areas of concern include Indigenous sovereignties, and professional knowledges and practices in education, health and welfare.  Abstracts are due by 31 July.  For more information go to

Funding Opportunities.....

Remember, Flinders Aboriginal Health Research Unit offers assistance to help develop your research ideas and plans, and link you with potential partners. Please contact Inge (82015898 or
Funding applications should be submitted through Flinders University, Office of Research. Note that closing dates at Flinders Office of Research are at least one week earlier than external closing dates, and the Flinders University Certification Form needs to be completed for every application.
Australian Rotary Health Research Fund

The ARHRF is calling for applications for Mental Health Research Grants. Closing date for project grants under this scheme is 20th of July 2007 in the Flinders Office of Research.


NewGlaxoSmithKline Post Graduate Support Grants


In 2005 GlaxoSmithKline launched a post graduate support grant programme offering grants of up to $15,000 per annum for two years to PhD or Post Doctoral applicants in the field of human health. These awards were designed to provide further financial support to those already in receipt of a research grant from a non commercial body. Applications for the 2007 round are now available. Are you eligible to apply? Please read the Terms of Reference and Fields for Application before completing an application form. Research must be carried out in Australia.
Completing the Application Form Please note, there are electronic and hard copy submission requirements.To view website click here. Closing date: Friday 20th of July 2007

NewCommunity Grants Website

Grants available from Commonwealth Government agencies can be found through GrantsLINK. GrantsLINK is a comprehensive website managed by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services offering direct links to existing information on Commonwealth Government grants programmes. GrantsLINK makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for community projects from the many Commonwealth grants that are available. The site can be browsed by subject, agency or grants name or searched by key word. GrantsLINK also offers advice on finding the best source of funding and on writing application forms.

NewApex Foundation for Research into Intellectual Disability Limited - Research Grants

The Foundation invites applications from individuals or research teams for grants in support of new or existing research projects in 2008. Grants may only be awarded for research to be carried out within the Commonwealth of Australia. It is expected that the total sum available for distribution will be in the vicinity of $80,000. To view flyer click here. Closing date: Tuesday 24th of July 2007.


NewThe Ruth Gibson Memorial Award 2007

The Ruth Gibson Memorial Award 2007 perpetuates the memory of Gladys Ruth Gibson (1901-1972), an outstanding educator and community worker, whose vigour and vision promoted the interest of women generally, and raised their status in the world. Twenty-one women have received awards since its inauguration in 1979. The 2007 Award will be up to A$4,000. This will provide financial assistance for a woman to further her studies and/or research, or to travel to a meeting, seminar, symposium or conference, either in Australia or overseas, for purposes approved by the Management Committee of the Ruth Gibson Memorial Fund. Application forms can be obtained from the National Council of Women of SA Office ( T: 08 8231 9154, F: 08 8212 0392, E: Closing date: Wednesday 25th of July 2007. PLEASE NOTE: An application fee of $10.00 must be submitted with the application. Cheques payable to National Council of Women of South Australia Inc.

NewNHMRC Training Scholarships For Indigenous Health Research

The NHMRC is calling for applications for PhD scholarships to provide funding for research in areas of particular relevance relating to the health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Applications close on 3rd of August 2007.  For more information visit the website.


NewHeart Foundation Indigenous Health Scholarships – due 3 August

The Heart Foundation is offering Indigenous Health Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2008.  Applications are invited from Indigenous researchers conducting research into cardiovascular disease and related disorders OR researchers investigating cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Applications close on 3 August 2007.  For more information on criteria and how to apply, go to:

NewFulbright scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is currently taking applications for scholarships which provide opportunities for Australians to build long term research collaboration and linkages with US universities.  Some postgraduate and postdoctorate scholarships are identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Applications for 2008 are due by 31st of August 2007.  For more information visit the website.

New AIATSIS conference support grants – closing date 31st of August 2007.

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has a small competitive grants sub-program that provides limited financial support for successful applicants to attend major international conferences held outside Australia.  Applicants should be presenting a paper at the conference.  Applications close on 31st of August 2007.  For more information visit the website and scroll down to Conference Support Grants.


Other News.....

Please click on the link cited below.
New10th edition of ALRM's quarterly newsletter "Your Legal Rights" - June 2007.

Some highlights of this issue are:

  • ALRM's new Board

  • NAIDOC celebrates 50th Anniversary - Calendar of event

  • History of Aboriginal Flag

Please click here to view the newsletter website

NewNational Excellence Awards in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Nominations are now open for this award which recognises excellence in health care for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people . To view information please click here. Nominations close 3 August.

NewJune 2007 edition of the The Chronicle

This edition provides a focus on the Diabetes and Renal themes, plus many stories from around the NT. To view the website click here. To view The Chronicle click here.

NewAnd the Clock Struck Thirteen

"The life and thoughts of Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien" as told to Mary-Anne Gale.



This is the story of Kaurna man Uncle Lewis O’Brien and his family, beginning with his great, great grandmother Kudnarto – the first Aboriginal woman to marry a white man in South Australia. An esteemed Aboriginal elder, Lewis O’Brien worked as a fitter and machinist for 30 years, before joining the SA education department as an Aboriginal education liaison officer in 1977, where his presence made a real impact on the numbers of Indigenous children completing high school.

PB 265 PP 210 x 135 ILLUS 9781862547308 $27.95

Aboriginal Studies / Biography Wakefield Press


Click picture to read a review by Bruce Elder.

NewInaugural Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration transcript online

The inaugural Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration held on Tuesday 29 May 2007 at the University of Adelaide.  CRCAH patron, Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue’s oration was titled, "Black and White together, we shall overcome, someday".  It is now available to listen to or read or visit the website.

NewLeaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) – new website

The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network was developed by the Medical Deans Australia New Zealand (formerly CDAMS) through the Medical Deans Indigenous Health Curriculum Project.  It is hosted at Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.  More information can be found at the new LIME website.

NewCooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health is looking for a program leader

The Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health is looking for expressions of interest from Aboriginal People active in the Primary Health Care sector who would like to be considered as a program leader in the Comprehensive Primary Health Care, Health Systems and Workforce Program, to register your interest click here. Click here to view the website.

NewNHMRC Tracker

NHMRC Tracker is a fortnightly email bulletin that keeps you up-to-date with the National Health and Medical Research Council's major activities and announcements please click here to view bulletin. To view lastest issue of Tracker click here. YNHMRC has developed a new and improved (and free!) online subscription service. You will need to subscribe, even if you are already receiving information from them. To subscribe click here .

NewNT Government Report released on Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse

CRCAH Chair, Pat Anderson, was the co-chair (with Rex Wild QC) of the Northern Territory Government’s inquiry which aimed to find better ways to protect Aboriginal children from sexual abuse.  A report on the inquiry was released on 15 June 2007. 

To read the summary, the media release or the full report, go to the website.

To view a selection of responses click here.



NewHoward's 'emergency' responses: An invitation from SBS for Aboriginal people to take part in a forum.


SBS is looking for Aboriginal people from all over Australia to attend the forum. The forum will be recorded at the SBS studios in Sydney on Monday 23rd of July. The hour long program will go to air the following night at 7.30pm. SBS will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for all interstate guests. SBS might be swamped as there are so many people who would like their voices heard. Let's take her up on the offer and really swamp them with people wanting to attend. If you would like to participate in our discussion please contact Associate Producer, Christine El-Khoury on or please phone (02) 9430 3988

Cadetships in Health

There are 33 Cadetships available now in Health to be filled by Aboriginal or Torres Strait slander people. Click here to view details. A Cadetship combines formal vocational training with practical work experience. Cadets are employed by State and Local Government and complete a nationally recognised qualification at the Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma level. They vary in length but usually will be from 18 months to 2 years in length. The Cadet enters into an employment and training contract to cover both paid work placement and training components of the Cadetship. In most cases Cadets will be paid for the time spent on-the-job. Time spent in formal training is unpaid. However, this can vary depending on vocation, parameters of support and other conditions of employment.

Close the Gap campaign

You are invited to add your name to the on-line petition to close the gap to achieve life expectancy equality for all Australians.

NewLIME call for nominations for 2007 LIMELight awards

The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network is calling for nominations for the LIMELight awards.  These awards will recognise innovative programs and initiatives, and will be presented during the LIME Connection II in Sydney which will be held on 23rd-25th of September 2007.  For more information go to the website.

Call for Papers on Ethical Considerations in Community-Based Participatory Research

Papers are due by 1st of November 2007 for a special issue of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. Papers are invited which will explore ethical issues around  Community-based participatory research (CBPR) which might be different to those encountered in traditional human research.  For example it might include community-based mechanisms for research ethics review or approaches for increasing understanding of CBPR among research ethics committees.  International perspectives are encouraged.  For more information go to the website.


NewNew edition of 'CCRE Wake Up Call'

The 26th edition of this newsletter is out, and as contains lots of news and topical information for people working in the Aboriginal health sector, community members, researchers and others. The CCRE Wake Up Call is put out by the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health (a partnership of Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of SA). To view the new edition of 'CCRE Wake Up Call' click here.

NewDeep listening: working with Indigenous mental distress

Deep listening: working with Indigenous mental distress Mental health and other professionals inexperienced at working with Indigenous clients struggle with the limits of their cultural awareness, with language barriers and with the historical legacies of mistrust and misunderstanding View the website. Cultural competency is more than sharing a joke. So what is it? And how can psychologists, doctors and others acquire it? The program can be downloaded or to listened to on line view the website. There is also a link on the site to the inaugural Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Effective Teaching and Practice conference here in Adelaide 12th -13th July. Click here to view website.


NewDarwin Launch of CEITC Tobacco Control Resource Kit, Talkin’ Up Good Air

The Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control (CEITC) invites you to celebrate its new Tobacco Control Resource Kit, Talkin’ Up Good Air, at a launch supported by Danila Dilba Health Service.  This is a practical manual aimed at supporting professionals, especially Aboriginal Health Workers, in Indigenous communities. The launch will be held at 12.30-3.30 at Malak Park.  For more information on the kit and to download chapters, go to  To download a copy of the invitation, go to:


NewNew Canadian ethics guidelines for research with Aboriginal people

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has recently released CIHR guidelines for health research involving Aboriginal people.  Although these have been developed for Canadian Aboriginal people, Australians might find them a useful resource.  They include ethical principles, procedural information and a sample agreement.  These guidelines can be downloaded as a pdf or html from

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