Tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 May) is the fourth Indigenous health Twitter festival – #IHMayDay17 – and Croakey readers are encouraged to participate (see tip sheets at the bottom of this post for suggestions on how to do this).
#IHMayDay – standing for Indigenous Health MayDay – is an annual Twitter event, which provides a full-day of programming, as outlined below, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people tweeting about health issues. Non-Indigenous people are encouraged to participate by retweeting and listening.
#IHMayDay17 is co-hosted on Ngunnawal country by the University of Canberra, in conjunction with Croakey, with the theme: Representation: politics, policy and education.
It follows the recent launch of the University of Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2017-2012 which focuses on student completion rates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and research capacity building, and cultural competency of graduates and staff.
At the University of Canberra, #IHMayDay17 is supported by: Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy; the University of Canberra Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative (UC CIRI); the Faculty of Arts and Design; and the Faculty of Health.
#IHMayDay 17 discussions will be moderated by Dr Geia, Professor Radoll and Croakey contributor Ms Summer May Finlay.
Professor Peter Radoll – Introductions
Ms Banok Rind – student nurse
10am-1030am (concurrent session)
Mr Romlie Mokak – CEO, The Lowitja Institute
Ngunnawal Centre students
11am-12noon (concurrent session)
Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA)
The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)
Dr Bronwyn Carlson – Macquarie University
1.30-2pm (concurrent session)
Ms Linda Burney – Shadow Minister for Human Services
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Dr Megan Williams – UTS and #JustJustice
Temeka Merritt will be awarded the IHMayDay Design Prize for her artwork, “My family story”. Temeka is a 16-year-old Wiradjuri student at Narabundah College in Canberra, who would like to become a nurse.
The prize, sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Design, will be presented by Professor Lyndon Anderson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design. Presentation in the UC Refectory.
Ms Marlene Longbottom – PhD candidate, University of Wollongong
Research with Indigneous communities, research and evaluation capacity building with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, violence and Aboriginal women.
Wrapping up the day’s discussions with Dr Lynore Geia, Summer May Finlay, and Professor Peter Radoll.
(Disclaimer: the program is subject to amendments).
Croakey readers are also encouraged this week to follow @wepublichealth where Gerry Moore, a Yuin man from the south coast of New South Wales and CEO of SNAICC, the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, is tweeting about the Family Matters Campaign. The ‘Week of Action’ from 14-20 May aims to eliminate the over-representation of Indigenous children removed by child protection authorities.
Download tip sheets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants: IHMayDay17_TipSheetsTweeps
Download tip sheets for non-Indigenous participants:
Below you can download tip sheets for universities, workplaces and health services, as well as calls to action.
Warm thanks to those supporting #IHMayDay17 at the University of Canberra, including Dr Holly Northam, Associate Professor Kerry McCallum, Professor Diane Gibson, Professor Lyndon Anderson, Ms Tamara Posch, Ms Felicity Corbin, and Dr Glen Fuller.
Track Croakey’s coverage here.