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NI Celebrates Dr Wendy Page NT Australian of the Year

NI Celebrates Dr Wendy Page

12 March 2021

NT Australian of the Year, Dr Wendy Page and Professor Ruth Wallace had a chance for more discussion and a cuppa after our first International Women’s Day webinar this week.

We don’t think you could find another person in Australia (or the world!) more passionate about Strongyloidiasis disease than Wendy. Wendy asked us to share the details of the Tropical Health Orientation Manual she referred to in the webinar. This book is published by the Centre for Remote Health and you can order a hard copy or PDF version online here >

Wendy is such an inspirational person to be around and we really enjoyed having her here at NI.We look forward to seeing how she continues her Strongyloidiasis disease advocacy work in her role as our NT Australian of the Year 2021.

Next week our special guest will be Young Australian of the Year, Isobel Marshall, you can find details and REGISTER HERE

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

05 March 2021

Our 2021 Annual International Women’s Day event has gone virtual and we've got 2 SUPER WOMEN as our webinar special guests. 

A CONVERSATION WITH DR WENDY PAGE NT Australian of the Year 2021 - 10 March 2021
The inspiring and compelling Dr Wendy Page will be sitting down with Professor Ruth Wallace to chat about becoming the 2021 NT recipient of the Australian of the Year Award. Wendy will also talk about her work with Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, raising awareness of Stronglyliodiasis and sharing her thoughts on the #ChoosetoChallenge theme for this years International Women’s Day. Webinar includes Q&A session.

ENDING PERIOD POVERTY WITH ISOBEL MARSHALL Young Australian of the Year 2021 - 17 March 2021
Young Australian of the Year 2021, Isobe

Isobel Marshall will present on her work to have period poverty on the national agenda to ensure periods are not a barrier to education or cause shame, and that menstrual products be accessible and affordable. Also what it took to Crowdfund and launch the TABOO brand of menstrual health products that uses 100% of its profits to fund sanitary care and education programs. Isobel will also address the International Women’s Day 2021 theme #ChoosetoChallenge. Webinar includes Q&A session.

Virtual via ZOOM - Registration is compulsory, REGISTER HERE

Angela Sheedy Webinar

The NT COVID Emergency Response Workforce: Working to Keep the NT Safe

04 March 2021

The NT is one of the last Australian jurisdictions to have avoided community transmission & it also boasts the nation's lowest caseload & no deaths. Today 10.30am Angela Sheedy presents on the NT's COVID-19 response. Register to attend the webinar

Professor Ridwanul Hoque

An IASH Work-in-Progress Seminar given by Professor Ridwanul Hoque

03 March 2021

Event date: Wednesday 3 March
Time: 7:30 pm (ACST)
Link to Join:

Citizenship, mass-denationalization, and statelessness in mighty States: The cases of the Rohingya and India’s NRC. More details and Abstract

Ridwanul Hoque is Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently a University Professorial Fellow at Northern Institute, The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University, Australia. Learn more about Dr. Ridwanul Hoque

Dr Linda Mirrwana & Wurrkama TheoryMirrwana & Wurrkama Theory: an Indigenist Research Methodology

02 March 2021

Northern Institute researcher Associate Professor Linda Ford, on the invitation of Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost Indigenous Initiatives at Lakehead University is presenting for their 'Global Indigenous Speakers Series' this Thursday 4 March 9.30am (ACST).

To join >

#CDUresearch #IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousResearch #IndigenousLeaders

Prof Scott Bowman


23 February 2021

The Council of Charles Darwin University (CDU) has formally endorsed the appointment of Professor Scott Bowman AO as Vice-Chancellor and President.

About Professor Scott Bowman AO
Professor Bowman grew up in Northamptonshire, England. He began his professional life with a two-year diploma course to become a radiographer. This led to him working as a senior radiographer in several London hospitals before starting his teaching and lecturing career in the UK.

In 1998, he left the UK for Australia to take up the position of Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Charles Sturt University. He holds a Master of Politics and Government, a PhD in Clinical Decision Making and a Master of Business Administration. He has served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Central Queensland University, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar at James Cook University. He is currently Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Western Sydney University. In recognition of his service to higher education in Australia, Professor Bowman was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
CLICK ON LINK to view a video message from Professor Bowman.

Senior Australian of the Year, educator, activist and artist Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Bauman

13th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

17 February 2021

Senior Australian of the Year, educator, activist and artist Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann was the special guest speaker at an event marking the 13th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. The breakfast is hosted annually by the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach (PVCILRO) lead by Professor Reuben Bolt.

James Parfitt-Fejo opened with a Welcome to Country acknowledging his Nanna, Lorna "Nanna Nungala" Fejo (born 14 June 1930) a Warumungu woman named by the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, in his historic Apology to the Stolen Generations, on 13 February 2008. At four years of age, she was forcibly removed from her family and community at Tennant Creek. She never again saw her mother, who died before she was able to leave institutional care at age sixteen. James spoke of his family’s history, the importance of reconciling in the heart and mind, and healing at a multi-generational level. Read more...

Smoothing destination

NEW PUBLICATION in 'The Annals of Regional Science' (Vol 66 Issue 1 Feb 21) by our Demography experts

17 February 2021

'Smoothing destination-specific migration flows'

> Sigurd Dyrting
> Andrew Taylor

Read the paper here

Intercultural Mediation (5 day) Intensive Workshop IAS539/IAS402Intercultural Mediation (5 day) Intensive Workshop IAS539/IAS402

10 February 2021

This 5 day intensive workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills to become a mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Standards (NMAS). The workshop is designed as an introductory mediation course through the lens of working cross culturally, in particular in Indigenous communities. It will provide you with a theoretical framework for contemporary mediation, skills and tools, and practice.

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS: Mawul Rom Peacemaking Indigenous Corporation in partnership with the College of Indigenous Futures, Education, Arts & Society (Charles Darwin University)

WHEN: 22-26 February 2021 (8.30am - 5.00pm)
WHERE: Blue 2 Precinct, CDU Casuarina Campus

Visit the workshop webpage to find out more and register

Dr Andrew TaylorMIX 104.9 Radio Katie Woolf spoke with CDU Demographer Northern Institute Society Associate Professor Andrew Taylor

08 February 2021

Mix 104.9's Katie Woolf spoke with Northern Institute's Andrew Taylor this morning about the NT's population and who are the people 'bunkering down' and staying in the Territory. Listen to the interview here

Research tracks COVID-19 impacts on the NT’s population

Research tracks COVID-19 impacts on the NT’s population

08 February 2021

Researchers have provided a first glimpse into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on population dynamics, finding that sentiments towards remaining in the Northern Territory had grown since before the pandemic, especially for young people.

The team of demographers at Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute have released research today showing the global pandemic has changed sentiments towards coming to, staying in or leaving the Northern Territory.

Dr Andrew Taylor said the team responded to the need to track increased dynamism for migration created by the pandemic and national and international border restrictions. Read the full Story and The full report is available here

 Internal Sustainable Development Commitment of Public Agencie

New Journal Article

08 February 2021

Congratulations to NI Principal Researcher Prof Rolf Gerritsen and NI Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Kuntal Goswami on publishing the article “Internal Sustainable Development Commitment of Public Agencies in Three Australian States: Evidence through Sustainability Reporting Practices” in the journal ‘The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice’.

This research article aims to examine the extent of holistic sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) disclosure practices of public agencies in Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia under the influence of over-arching state-based public policies. The article also investigates other factors that have influenced these disclosure practices. DOI:

Realist Research and Evaluation Online Program 2021

Realist Research and Evaluation Online Program 2021

05 February 2021

This 6-week online program is available to researchers and evaluators in organisations and government departments; to commissioners of research and evaluation; Master of Public Policy and other post-graduate University students; and those who want to develop new research and evaluation skills.

This course is facilitated by our realist evaluation leaders:
> Professor Gill Westhorp leads realist research and evaluation projects, provides professional development in evaluation and realist methods around the world.
> Kim Grey has almost 30 years’ experience as an internal evaluation manager and advisor for the Australian Government, designing complex evaluations including impact, participatory and realist approaches.


Masters Opportunity: Towards Zero Waste Construction

EOI DEADLINE EXTENDED! Masters Opportunity: Towards Zero Waste Construction

03 February 2021

We are funding a Masters by Research position to work on a project researching ways towards designing and constructing zero-waste buildings. This project will explore methodologies and processes to design and construct with the aim of reducing construction waste stream to landfill. In 2018-19, construction waste stream was one of the largest generators of waste in Australia with an increase of 22% since 2016-17. This is an opportunity to work on identifying ways of managing this waste and achieving circular economy in the design and construction sector.

This scholarship offers a living allowance of $28,597 (2021 rate) per annum and a tuition fee waiver for up to two years. Applicants should hold minimum qualifications equivalent to Second Class Honours A.

It is preferable that the successful candidate resides in Alice Springs while completing the project. They will be selected on the basis of their strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise and industry skill. This EOI deadline has been extended to 1 March 2021 5:00pm (ACST).

Find out more>

NTG Aftershock Event

'Silver linings - beyond the silos' Presentaions are now available to view online

01 February 2021

The recorded presentations from our 'Silver linings - beyond the silos' event facilitated with NTG's Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment (17 Nov 2020) are now available to view online. LINK TO VIDEOS 

You can also access a summary report about the event and learn about the NT specific insights, mindsets, structures and new ways of working that we heard about from our speakers.

Dr Matt Brearley

The cost of extreme weather and the impact of heat stress on workers

27 January 2021

Dr Matt Brearley, NI Honorary University Fellow & Thermal Physiologist at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (Darwin, NT), spoke to ABC Radio Darwin's Rick Hind about the cost of extreme weather and the impact of heat stress on workers (especially in Darwin) who are high-risk. Matt says it's a BIG DEAL and that people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, and heart conditions are at high risk of heat stress. All that PLUS how to to avoid 'brain freeze'
Scroll to >1:12:23


Dikul Baker

Indigenous language materials support online learning

Charles Darwin University has enhanced its reputation as a pioneer in Indigenous education by making online learning more accessible through the development of Indigenous language materials. Researchers at CDU’s Northern Institute have produced video resources in Yolŋu Matha to support speakers of those languages to access online learning materials.

CDU student Dikul Baker, from Galiwinku, has worked with CDU staff to make the university’s online learning tool, Learnline, more accessible to Indigenous students. In the videos, she demonstrates how to use the platform and the various support services available for remote learners in English and in her own Djambarrpuyŋu language, which is understood by most Yolŋu. Full sotry and link to the materials

Jodi Cowdery has won the SAGE Indigenous Researcher Scholarship for 2020

NI’s Jodi Cowdery has won the SAGE Indigenous Researcher Scholarship for 2020

16 December 2020

Jodi Cowdery has won the SAGE Indigenous Researcher Scholarship for 2020. Jodi recently joined the NI family and is working with our Demography team undertaking a PhD exploring the relationships between mining & Indigenous livelihoods. At the award presentation Jodi said she will use her $3K prize money to travel & engage with remote Indigenous communities for her research. CONGRATS JODI!

Jodi is pictured with Anthony Hornby (CDU Director Library Services) who presented the award.

MPP Student Award

Best Master of Public Policy (MPP) Student Award 2020

15 December 2020

WELL DONE to Rochelle Dennis who took out the Best Master of Public Policy (MPP) Student Award at the CIFAS Student Awards 2020.

Rochelle earned the award by having the highest GPA for a student enrolled in the MPP. GREAT WORK!

Are you thinking of studying Public Policy in 2021? Find out more about studying with Northern Institute here:

PhD oppertunity

Expression of Interest PhD Opportunity

15 December 2020

We're seeking an enthusiastic current (or future) PhD student who is passionate about exploring the best way to create effective pathways for Tiwi residents to play active and diversified roles in local tropical forestry plantations, and integrate those in a broader Tiwi workforce strategy.

The successful applicant will be required to reside in Darwin and will receive an annual stipend (circa $28,000AUD per annum) + paid sick leave, maternity leave and a relocation allowance of up to $2,000.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an Expression of Interest by February 1, 2021.

More details about the opportunity can be found at:

NI Staff AwardsNI cleaned up at College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society (CIFAS) 2020 Research and Professional Staff Awards!

13 December 2020

Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff of CIFAS in 2020
Aravinda Senarath, for excellent performance in providing outstanding and timely financial service and advice.

Exceptional Performance in Research in CIFAS in 2020
Early Career Researcher Award: Michaela Spencer, for excellence in culturally safe research collaboration with Indigenous communities and the creation and implementation of Indigenous Community Based Research micro-credentials.

Exceptional Research Award: Fiona Shalley, Sigurd Dyrting, George Tan, Dávid Karácsonyi, Andrew Taylor, and Jan Salmon, for outstanding 2020 publication output of 10 published Q1 journal articles, five published Q2 journal articles, 1 book, 7 book chapters and 3 technical reports by end of October 2020.

Indigenous Language SymposiumSAVE THE DATE

10 December 2020

Indigenous Languages & Health Communication Sysposium Workshop 2021

12 -14 May 2021

Expression of interest to present will open early 2021