Issue 5
Monday, 01 July 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Menzies researchers Dr Jo Wapling and Taylah Church presented at the conference on Enabling a Traditional Australian Medicinal Plants Agribusiness
Menzies researchers Dr Jo Wapling and Taylah Church presented at the conference on Enabling a Traditional Australian Medicinal Plants Agribusiness

International year theme inspires conference

Menzies School of Health Research and CDU were well represented at the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing conference held recently at the Darwin Convention Centre.

The International Year of Indigenous languages provided the inspiration for the conference theme of Thinking. Speaking. Being.

Menzies and CDU support for the conference continues a long association of collaboration with the Lowitja Institute.

The history stretches back to the 1990s when Menzies inaugural director John Mathews, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders from across the NT and nationally, obtained funding to establish the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Tropical Health in Darwin.

Founding core partners were Danila Dilba Health Services, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Menzies, Territory Health Services, NTU (now CDU) and Flinders University of South Australia. The Inaugural Board Chair was Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, who became Patron of the Lowitja Institute in 2010.   

Many Menzies and CDU researchers presented and participated in the conference, which focused on issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in research, a broader understanding of health that incorporates wellbeing, and the need for research to have a clear and positive impact.

Plenary talks from the Conference can be viewed at: https://lowitja2019.paperlessevents.com.au/sessions/.