First meeting for the Decolonising Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care project

L to R: Prof. Fran Baum, Dr. Toby Freeman, Paula Lynch, Annette McCarthy, Prof. Juanita Sherwood, Walbira Murray, Teresa Barter, Des Wilson, Dr. Tamara Mackean, Cleone Wellington, A/Prof. Deborah Askew, Faye Worner, A/Prof. Anna Ziersch, Sonya Egert.
Not in photo: Prof. Judith Dwyer, Prof. Michael Kidd, Dr. Kim O’Donnell, Prof. Annette Browne

On Thursday 26th and 27th July, the research team, including service partners, for the 5 year “Decolonising practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care” NHMRC project held their first meeting in Adelaide.

The project is the result of a successful NHMRC application that sees the Southgate Institute partnering with the University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto, and five Aboriginal primary health care services from around Australia.

The two day workshop allowed the academics and service partners to get to know each other, the services to present on what their service does, and for the approaches, processes, and methods to be used in the research to be discussed. Many powerful stories were told of the achievements of the services to address ongoing colonisation and support the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

The next steps in the project will be to seek the necessary ethics and governance approvals, and capture the perspectives of service staff and community members.


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