Kirby Institute NAIDOC Seminar – Strengthening Partnerships for Indigenous Health Research

Event type: 
Event date: 
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney

Contact for bookings: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or
Booking deadline: 
Friday, 30 June 2017 - 5:00pm

The Kirby Institute invites you to our Kirby Institute NAIDOC Seminar

Aboriginal people and communities are a key priority population for research conducted at the Kirby Institute. The Kirby Institute manages a range of Aboriginal research projects including HIV, viral hepatitis and STI clinical interventions in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, prisoner health surveys, behavioural surveys, national STI and BBV surveillance, trachoma surveillance, training, education and policy development.

This event brings together researchers and community to reflect on the importance of partnerships in Indigenous health research. Presentations will focus on successful collaborations for health research, how researchers and communities can strengthen relationships, and what resources are available to facilitate more inclusive Indigenous health research.


Speakers include:


Talk: Relationships, reciprocity and flat tyres!

Ms Walbira Murray
Central Australian Aboriginal Congress


Walbira Murray is a Gamillaroi Western Queensland, her earliest memories are of playing in the shack her father built on the banks of the Ballone River in the fringe dwellers camp. Walbira is currently employed as a researcher by the Central Australia Aboriginal Congress, one of Australia’s largest community controlled health organisations.

Walbira has had a diverse career that includes events management, artist and dancer, community development, alcohol and drug counsellor and trainer and fire eaters assistant! Walbira draws on her diverse background and culture to motivate her in her in her research role. She is committed to research for and with her people when it is driven by community needs and wants and highlights the assets of the community.


Talk: Community Reference Panel - Community engagement of Aboriginal people in areas of Social Health and Research

Ms Melinda Walker
Community Reference Panel Coordinator, Centre for Social Research in Health


Melinda Walker is a Gumbaynggirr woman currently studying Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), UNSW. Melinda is the coordinator of the University of New South Wales Community Reference Panel, managed by the Centre for Social Research in Health.


Talk: Comprehensive primary health care for Indigenous offenders from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations

Mr Simon Pettit
UNSW Medical Student; ILP placement, Justice Health Research Program, Kirby Institute


Simon is a fourth year medical student at the University of NSW. He is currently undertaking his ILP year at The Kirby Institute, in the Justice Health Research Program. From Cowra in rural NSW, Simon is passionate about  improving health outcomes for Indigenous communities.


Talk: Launch of the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group Community Report

Speaker to be confirmed


A catered lunch will be provided at 12:00pm, followed by an afternoon tea after the seminar. Please RSVP to by COB Friday 30th June.