5th annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra Conference

Norm Stewart Community / Language Group: Yorta Yorta Kidneys of the Dungala, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
Norm Stewart
Community / Language Group: Yorta Yorta
Kidneys of the Dungala, 2014
Acrylic on canvas

The 5th annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra (listen and act in Yorta Yorta) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference was hosted by the University’s Department of Rural Health in Shepparton on Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Indigenous researchers, community members and health workers will come together to promote better health for Aboriginal Australians.

Conference presenters
Conference presenters

Beginning with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, the day includes talks by key Aboriginal health sector professionals, researchers, community workers and policy makers from six universities and many Aboriginal organisations across Australia.

Smoking ceremony
Smoking Ceremony – Michael Bourke

The significance of providing culturally safe services during clinical interactions, digital mental health, strengthening Aboriginal health records and using storytelling to balance Indigenous and Western healing are some of the diverse topics that will be covered during the conference.

Keynote presentations by the Lowitja Institute Chair Patricia Anderson and University of New South Wales Scientia Fellow Dr Kalinda Griffiths were highlights of the conference.

We were fortunately enough to be entertained by Mr Archie Roach.

Archie Roach performs
Archie Roach

The main sponsors of the conference are the Murray Primary Health Network and the Greater Shepparton City Council. This event is part of the University of Melbourne’s continued commitment to the Goulburn Valley community.

(L to R) Angela McLeod, Manager - DRH; Gwenda Freeman; Pat Anderson AO; Dr Kalinda Griffiths; Leah Lindrea-Morrison and Prof Lisa Bourke, Director
(L to R) Angela McLeod, Manager - DRH; Gwenda Freeman; Pat Anderson AO; Dr Kalinda Griffiths; Leah Lindrea-Morrison and Professor Lisa Bourke, Director