The 2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Symposium will include international and national experts to explore Indigenous perspectives of data sovereignty, and translation from statistical analysis to practical resources for communities, by communities.
Students from the College of Health and Medicine will present their research projects alongside our international and national experts.
Keynote International and National Speakers:
Professor Malcolm King is a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (Ontario, Canada) and a health researcher at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan, Canada), having joined the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology in October 2017. There, he serves as the Scientific Director of SCPOR, the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, and he continues to teach and do research in Indigenous health and wellness, with a particular focus on engagement.
Dr King served as the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health from 2009 to 2016, where he spearheaded the development of a national health research agenda aimed at improving wellness and achieving health equity for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people in Canada.
Dr King's international Indigenous health and wellness interests include improving Indigenous health through workforce development and provision of culturally appropriate care, and developing Indigenous health indicators to monitor progress in programs aimed at achieving wellness and health equity. He has been part of the International Group on Indigenous Health Measurement (IGIHM) since its inception in 2005.
Dr King was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999, and in 2016, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr Alexandra King MD, FRCPC, is an Internal Medicine Specialist with a focus on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV/HCV co-infections. Alexandra is a citizen of Nipissing First Nation (Ontario, Canada).
Alexandra is the inaugural Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan, Canada). She works with Indigenous communities and relevant stakeholders to understand the health and wellness needs of First Nations and Métis peoples in Saskatchewan and the structural changes required for improved Indigenous health outcomes. She holds several Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grants to undertake Indigenous interventional wellness research in different contexts. She is the Co-Chair of International Group on Indigenous Health Measurement (IGIHM)'s working group on Indigenous wellness.
Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen, FRNZCGP, MBChB, BHB, BA, Dip Tchg, Grad Cert Clinical Teaching
Ngāti Raukawa @RawiriMJ
Formerly a resource teacher of Māori language, I completed my medical training at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland in 2000. That was actually my second attempt at Medical School having interrupted my studies to be an activist and protestor (Maori land, Maori language, Nuclear Free Independent Pacific and 1981 Springbok Tour). I provided clinical teaching, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori programmes for Māori health professionals throughout the country for several years. I have been Chairman of Te Ataarangi Trust (a national Maori language organisation), and Chairperson of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Maori Medical Practitioners Association). I self-published a Māori medical phrase book in 2006. My main focus now is providing clinical leadership towards Maori health equity as a General Practitioner and Clinical Director for a Primary Healthcare Organisation.
Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter is Palawa, descending from the Pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and a member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Briggs family. She holds the dual roles of Professor of Sociology and is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania. Professor Walter is passionate about improving the position of Aboriginal people in Australian society and changing the dynamics around race relations. Professor Walter is widely published in her fields of research. She is the editor and co-author of the best-selling Social Research Methods and co-author of Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Directions and Indigenous Statistics: a quantitative methodology.