Join us for an evening of insight into health research with special salience for remote and Indigenous communities. The practice of medicine in remote areas and in vulnerable communities is challenging, but what research is being done to inform best practice? How does science benefit these communities, and how is it translated into everyday practice? How can research contributions make a difference?

For those who are motivated to participate in Indigenous health research but are unsure where to start, our speakers will be discussing their pathways to research and the journeys their chosen careers have taken them on. After an introduction to their work and pofessional experiences, we’ll direct a question and answer session aimed to satisfy all those who have ever considered working in this area.

PIZZA will be available at 5.15, for a 5.30pm start!

Our speakers:

Benjamin Cowie is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Epidemiologist based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. He is the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis based at the Doherty Institute. His focus on Indigenous health has led him to explore the impact of Viral Hepatitis in remote Aboriginal communities. From investigating the prevalence of HBV in northern Australia, to characterising endemic viral genotypes, to initiating discussions about the challenges of immunisation and access to healthcare in remote Aboriginal communities, Ben has studied the interaction between chronic infectious disease and Indigenous health in great depth.

Sandra Eades is a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, Western Australia. Professor Eades became the first Indigenous woman to be awarded a PhD, in 2003. She is currently the head of Indigenous Maternal and Child Health and Associate Head of Preventative Health Research at the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute. Her research focuses on the complex causative pathways of ill health amongst Indigenous Australians, particularly expectant mothers and children. She is a leader in her field and will be contributing a video interview to the session.

Daniel McGurty is a 4th year medical student. For his scholarly selective earlier this year he investigated the long-term outcomes of patients who have received mitral valve repair for rheumatic heart disease at the Royal Children’s Hospital between 1997 and 2015. AS a part of this project, he travelled to the Top End of Australia to experience health care delivery in one of the most remote locations in the country. He will outline the findings of his research, and how participating in this project has impacted his development as a young health professional.