Indigenous Seminar Series

With the support of the DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services, and with organisation by A/Prof Jaime Gongora (Sub-Dean Indigenous Strategy), the Sydney School of Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney has hosted a series of seminars on Indigenous knowledge and practices, research, cultural competence and programs in relation to land management, animal welfare, and animal health in Indigenous communities:

  • How are dingoes and dugongs being managed, and what does 'conservation' mean in terms of Indigenous knowledge and in Indigenous settings?
  • At the time of contact (in 1788), why didn't Aboriginal people need fences, and what approaches were used to ensure that plants and animals were thriving?
  • What is being done today to support animal health programs in rural and remote Indigenous communities?
  • What is the importance of achieving a One Health vision in the Indigenous context? What are the programs of the Indigenous Land Corporation?
  • How is Indigenous knowledge, including of animals and plants, built and passed on in Indigenous settings?
  • What dog health and education programs are running in remote Indigenous communities?
    What is the potential impact of rabies entering northern Australia and how is the Sydney School of Veterinary Science investigating this?
  • What initiatives Reconciliation Australia is undertaking to build an inclusive culture in our workplaces, universities and communities?
  • What aspects of cultural competence should be considered while conducting scientific research in an Aboriginal Australian community?
  • The Seven Sisters are rising; the dingoes now have pups! – A link between animal breeding cycles and Aboriginal Astronomy?
  • What kind of work Aboriginal rangers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service do to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, landscape and environment?

If you are interested in any of these questions, please feel free to access the videos available at This material has been developed by Simone Howland with the support of Hugh White, Director of the Centre for Veterinary Education (CVE).