Welcome to the Dreaming up the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health Annual Research Symposium

The fifth Annual Symposium on "Dreaming up the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health" is being held on Friday, 11th October 2013 at the John Niland Scientia Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW.

The conference will showcase the most exciting elements in Indigenous research from UNSW Medicine, including the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, The Kirby Institute and The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. UNSW Medicine has a strong commitment to Closing the Gap, and is doing so by being a leading educator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and post-graduate public health students, as well as conducting a range of important research in Indigenous health and wellbeing.


Keynote speakers


Associate Professor Michelle Chino

Professor Michelle Chino

Professor Michelle Chino, from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. Professor Chino is an American Indian researcher and educator with expertise in the social determinants of disease and injury, and the impact of health disparities among diverse populations. She is internationally recognized for her work on health measurement among indigenous populations. Dr. Chino founded and directed two UNLV research centres: the Centre for Health Disparities Research and the American Indian Research and Education Centre. Dr Chino co-founded a nationally recognised, peer-reviewed journal entitled The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, and brings a unique perspective and many years of experience to the School of Community Health Sciences, to her students, and to the community programs with which she works.

Pat AndersonMs Pat Anderson

Ms Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for disadvantaged people, with a particular focus on the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Aboriginal health, including community development, advocacy, policy formation and research ethics.

Ms Anderson has spoken before the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous People, and currently serves as the Chairperson of The Lowitja Institute: Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research. She has also been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and was the Chair of the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. She was a co-author with Rex Wild QC of Little Children Are Sacred, a report on the abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory. In 2007 she was awarded the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax Public Health Medal in recognition of her achievements and she was recently awarded the Human Rights Community Individual Award (Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award) for 2012. 


Prof Lisa Jackson-PulverProfessor Lisa Jackson-Pulver

Professor Lisa  Jackson Pulver holds the Inaugural Chair of Indigenous Health and is a Professor of Public Health at UNSW. She is also Director of Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, is an Adjunct Professor at UC, Group Captain in the RAAF Specialist Reserve (Public Health Epidemiologist), and in 2011 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). She was honoured ‘for service to medical education, particularly through the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales, and as a support of educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’ Professor Jackson Pulver is the co-founder of the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program and has been responsible for enabling over 50 students to receive a residential scholarship on campus for the duration of their (mostly medical) degrees at UNSW.


The program includes a focus on Indigenous Health research including presentations (poster and talks) by academics and postgraduate research students from the School and affiliated Centres.

The day will end with a lively panel discussion on Indigenous Health.