CQUni's healthy contribution for major Indigenous research conference in Canberra

Published:11 April 2017

1. CQUni's Professor Bronwyn Fredericks (centre) with Professor Peter Radoll (Uni of Canberra) and Professor Marcia Langton (Uni of Melbourne). 2. Professor Gracelyn Smallwood, Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Associate Professor Roxanne Bainbridge, Kirsty Leo, Ngare Wilkinson and Clare Bond. 3. Clare Bond, Ngare Wilkinson and Kirsty Leo. 4. Professor Roxanne Bainbridge. 5. Ngare Wilkinson. 6. Audience members at the conference.

CQUniversity has made a leading contribution to national debates across the Indigenous research sector, with a particular focus on closing the gap on health outcomes.

A six-strong contingent took part in the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) National Indigenous Research Conference 2017, held in Canberra recently.

Cairns-based Associate Professor Roxanne Bainbridge, from the new Centre of Indigenous Health Equity Research (CIHER), spoke about how 'no one's discussing the elephant in the room' when contemplating questions of research impact and benefit in health research.

Rockhampton-based Professor Bronwyn Fredericks - the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement - chaired a session on 'Using data for better health outcomes'.

Meanwhile, Rockhampton-based higher degree candidate Ngare Wilkinson spoke about her experience as an Indigenous PhD student.

Professor Fredericks says that Townsville-based Professor Gracelyn Smallwood contributed to the dialogue in numerous sessions.

"Gracelyn was termed as a 'living legend' by a PhD candidate from the Australian National University and she was asked for advice and her photo by numerous young, emerging and senior scholars," Professor Fredericks says.

"She is respected for her years of activism and leadership and this was obvious from the attention she received at the Conference."

All CQUniversity participants, including Clare Bond, Ngare Wilkinson and Kirsty Leo, contributed by responding to inquiries at the CQUniversity stall throughout the Conference.

Professor Fredericks says CQUniversity was well represented and made an impact through engagement in the agenda and physical presence throughout the Conference.

"We had numerous enquiries with regards to enrolment, specific courses, and engagement activities. In addition, several senior scholars indicated that they would welcome invitations to CQUniversity.

"One of the highlights was the presentation by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in regards to the ‘Impact Factor’ measurement that will be applied to research. Indigenous researchers from CQUniversity believed that this would enable a greater representation of the research taking place at CQUniversity with Indigenous communities."