Aboriginal Health Research Symposium

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health facilitated a symposium to showcase initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health from across the Sydney Medical School, Sydney Nursing School, the Faculties of Dentistry, Health Sciences and Pharmacy. It took place on Thursday 28 November 2013 and was a very successful day.
There was a Dean's prize of $2000 for the most promising research and it was awarded to the Alcohol Awareness Team, led by Professor Kate Conigrave, for their amazing efforts in the area of drug and alcohol treatment.
Prior to the day, there was a call for abstracts, which resulted in a varied and inspiring collection of works from the University and beyond. You can see that collection here.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

On the day, we had 24 researchers presenting their work. Following is a list of Presenters with access to their work if it has been permitted:



Andy Blinkhorn
The Impact of Dental Disease on a sample of Aboriginal Adults living in the Central Coast Region of NSW Australia

Grace Munns and Hogai Popalzay
Otitis Media and Oral Health in Aboriginal Children in Queanbeyan

Steve Naoum
Review of availability of oral health training for non-dental personnel

Graham Toulmin
8 days that changed my life

Paul Ishiguchi
Achieving Diabetes Action and Collaborative Change(ADACC) Study

Maree Hackett
The validation of a culturally-specific measure to identify depression in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with or without chronic disease

Jennifer Daylight and Siah Kim
The ARDAC study – early markers of chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal Children

Liz Elliott
Marulu: The Lililwan Project: A community initiative to address alcohol use in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Fitzroy Valley

Megan Passey
“Stop Smoking in its Tracks”: Supporting Pregnant Aboriginal Women to Quit Smoking

Catherine Hawke
The ARCHER study: baseline characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants from a rural adolescent cohort

Philippa Dossetor
Burden of Illness in Aboriginal Children in the Remote Fitzroy Valley: The Lililwan Project

Rachel Mayes
Supporting children’s development in Aboriginal communities in western NSW: Therapy support workers

Tanya Martin
Sorry business and perinatal loss

Catherine Hawke
The development of a Population program at Orange Medical Service (OAMS): strategic approaches, lessons, and preliminary outcomes

Michelle Lincoln
Missing in Action: Allied Health Services in Far West NSW

Katrina Gott
A partnership of The Aboriginal Medical Service – Western Sydney (AMS-WS) and The University of Sydney: Providing speech pathology services and student learning

Rebecca Ivers
Injury- a neglected epidemic? Development of a research program in injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jake Byrne
Road Safety and Driver Licensing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Patricia Cullen
Driving Change: improving access to driver licensing for young Aboriginal People in NSW


Nial Wheate
Evaluation and provision of pharmacy services to Indigenous Australians

Barbara Lucas
Gross motor proficiency is impaired in children exposed to alcohol in utero or with a diagnosis of FASD / The Bruininks-Osteretsky Test of Motor Proficiency is reliable in children living in remote Australia Aboriginal communities

Jonathan Brett
The A-Clinic: developing and evaluating a model for alcohol ‘home-detox’ in and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service

Kate Conigrave
Supporting Communities and the Aboriginal Workforce to Tackle alcohol and drug issues

Smita Shah
Triple A & Smoking Cessation Brief Intervention in High Schools