TIME and TROHPIQ Indigenous Health Seminar

Held on the 7th July, 2012, as part of our NAIDOC events series, the seminar aimed to cover some diverse areas of Indigenous health, in presenting stories on rural communities, urban community health centres, community engagement programs and community culture. We had a traditional welcome to country and acknowledgment of traditional owners. Dr Justin Coleman came with anecdotes about his travels and work in NT and also conveyed how a health ideal could be successful attained with his discussion about his current workplace, the Inala Community Health Centre. The Deadly Ears team spoke about their community based work in promoting healthy learning and play amongst kids despite high rates of otitis media. Forth year medical student Marguerite Tyson described her clinical placements throughout the NT and the lessons and memories gained by working and living in such areas. Wrapping up, Christine Henderson spoke of her time as a cultural worker in Balgo, remote WA, stressing the importance of generational sharing, particularly of empowering the younger women and how health and wellbeing will flow from these changes. We finished the evening with some delicious aussie bush tucker nibblies.