We were privileged to be able to attend the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, co-hosted by the Lowitja Institute and NHMRC in Brisbane in November. Under the theme “The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change”, the Symposium presented an outstanding opportunity to focus on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice. It also enabled a forum to share knowledge of what successful research looks like at a community level and what the key elements of success are.
A major outcome was the call to the Federal Government to accept the Uluru Statement from the Heart “in its entirety” as a crucial step in efforts to address health inequities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Another declaration was the call on the Commonwealth government to provide long term, sustainable funding for the Lowitja Institute through a guaranteed appropriation in the 2018/19 budget.
Here are some of PHAIWA’s and the team’s tweets. If you are interested to read more, check out the conference blogs, listed below and written by Croakey.