On behalf of the Poche Indigenous Health Network, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Sydney hosted the 9th Annual showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research initiatives from across the University sector and broader community.
The event was held via Zoom over two days and was chaired by Professor Tom Calma AO, to bring together an array of researchers, scholars and community collaborators to share their experiences and findings from the great initiatives happening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health research.
Flinders University, Poche SA+NT Lecturer in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Kath Martin delivered an online presentation about “Developing an Angangkere Model of Care”, a project working with the Akeyulerre Aboriginal Incorporation located in Alice Springs. The presentation centred on consultations and a work shop with the local Customary healers on an important need to educate health professionals on the value of having Angangkere on Arrernte country. These consultations demonstrated the importance of Reciprocity, Respect and building relationship with an Aboriginal Community controlled organisation.
Flinders University, Poche SA+NT Education Support Officer Jess Dawson presented on “Gaining greater understanding through Art”. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in Health: Object Based Learning (OBL) Project has been developed by the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at Flinders University in partnership with Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA). It builds on FUMA’s experience in OBL and is informed by theory and practice-led research that demonstrates the positive transformational impact of structured teaching/learning through art on student outcomes. FUMA brings an invaluable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art resource to the Project which is harnessed in ways that engage students with Indigenous Australian histories, cultures and contemporary experiences, and associated issues of Indigenous health and well-being.