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LIME Network Newsletter 32 - March 2020

Welcome to the 32nd edition of the LIME Network Newsletter. In this edition we update you on the LIME Connection VIII report, Highlights videoSlice of LIME Seminars as well as the Best Practice Approaches to Supporting Indigenous Health Academics in Medical Schools developed by the LIME Network Reference Group 

Our profile for this edition features LIME Reference Group Member Tanya Schramm from the University of Tasmania.

We welcome Tina Takagaki to the LIME team, who joins us as the Project Manager, as well as welcoming new reference group members Dr Jade Tamatea, University of Auckland and Jeannine Stairmand, University of Otago. Thank you and farewell to A.Prof. Elana Curtis, University of Auckland, Tania Huria, University of Otago, Dr Andrea McKivett, University of Adelaide and Dr. Paula Edgill, University of Western Australia who have recently stepped down from their roles as LIME reference group members. We thank you all for your valuable contribution to the group.

The LIME Team is sad to say goodbye to our LIME Senior Program Manager, Odette Mazel. Odette has been part of the LIME Network since it was funded in 2008 and has played a huge part in its growth and development over the years. We will miss her energy and passion for improving Indigenous health education across Australian and New Zealand medical schools. We wish Odette all the best in her PhD studies and her work in other areas of research within the University of Melbourne.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is challenging all aspects of our lives, including LIME activities. We will maintain our activities as much as we can, whilst keeping the need for compliance with federal and state government directives in mind.

Please be mindful that the Commonwealth Minister for Health has taken action under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015 to restrict travel into remote Indigenous communities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  You can check government websites for up to date information:
Northern Territory:

LIME Network staff hope that all our members and your families are safe and healthy and doing OK. Please take care of yourselves. Look after each other, and seek help and advice during this difficult time.

You can find all newsletters archived on our website. We welcome any feedback via Please join the LIME Network on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visit the LIME Network website to keep up to date with the latest information.

LIME Connection VIII Report available

LIME Connection VIII Report can be found here.

LIME Connection VIII highlights video

LIME Connection VIII highlights video can be found here.

Best Practice Approaches to Supporting Indigenous Health Academics in Medical Schools

The LIME Network Reference Group have developed best practice approaches to support Indigenous Health Academics in medical schools. This document draws primarily on the Australian Medical Council Standards for Accreditation and principles from CDMAS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework. It aims to provide guidance around best practice for Indigenous academics and their supervisors and could be utilised in annual performance reviews or other discussions about roles and responsibilities. Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc. Executive Committee endorsed this document in January 2020.

Download the Best Practice Approaches to Supporting Indigenous Health Academics in Medical Schools

Welcome Tina Takagaki to the LIME Team

We would like to welcome Tina Takagaki to LIME Network as Project Manger.

Tina is an Aboriginal woman with family connections to the Quandamooka peoples from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). She is the Project Manager for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network. Tina has a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Arts and has worked across the public, not-for-profit and university sectors.

Welcome to our new Reference Group Members

Dr Jade Tamatea - The University of Auckland

Jade (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu) works both clinically as an Endocrinologist at the Waikato District Health Board and as a Senior Lecturer with Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. Read more.

Jeannine Stairmand - University of Otago

Jeannine (Ngati Porou) is a Lecturer based in Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare/Māori Health Research Centre and the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Read more.

Slice of LIME Seminars: LIME Connection VIII

LIME Connection is aimed at sharing knowledge and strengthening capacity of health educators to assess the Indigenous health content of their programs within medical and health science at university and specialist college level.

Keynote and panel presentations were recorded at last years LIME Connection. These presentations will be made available periodically as Slice of LIMEs on our YouTube channel.

View published LIME Connection slice of limes:

Slice of LIME 12.1: LIME Connection VIII - Resources and Skills for Embedding Health Curriculum


Slice of LIME Seminar 12.2: LIME Connection VIII - Why Cultural Safety Rather than Cultural Competency is Required to Achieve Health Equity

Slice of LIME Seminar 12.3: LIME Connection VIII - Luke Pearson Keynote Address

Register now: The Cultural Determinants of Health Webcast Series - Centre for Healthcare, Knowledge & Innovation

The Cultural Determinants of Health (CDoH) Webcast Series will explore a holistic definition of Aboriginal health as encompassing the wellbeing of the whole community. The key to this holistic conception is social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB): a positive state of mental health and happiness associated with a strong and sustaining cultural identity, community, and family life that provides a source of strength against adversity, poverty, neglect, and other challenges of life.

A diverse panel of experts will explore:

Webcast 1: A Framework for Cultural Determinants of Health 

Webcast 2: Connection to Land and Country

Webcast 3: Connection to Spirituality and Ancestors

Webcast 4: Connection to Family, Kinship and Community

Webcast 5: Connection to Mind and Body

See more information here.

Pathways scholarship programme opportunities at University of Otago

R.E.A.C.H (Realising Educational Aspirations and Careers in Health) Scholarship
The REACH Otago Scholarship provides the opportunity for Year 13 Māori students interest in a career in health. Students get to spend three nights and days on the University of Otago's Dunedin campus. Students from across New Zealand experience university life first-hand: living in, and visiting, residential colleges; attending lectures; meeting current Otago students; and learning about the various degree and study options Otago offers, particularly in health.

Applications Open: May 1
Applications Close June 15

The Māori Health Workforce Development Unit delivers the REACH Otago Scholarship once or twice each year. For more information on applications contact Sam Feeney
Tel +64 3 470 3593
Tū Kahika: A Health Sciences Scholarship for Māori
Tū Kahika is a scholarship programme for Māori students that prepares students academically for their first year of tertiary study and a future career in Māori health through the University of Otago Foundation Year Health Sciences Course.
Tū Kahika students receive:
  • Guaranteed accommodation in a University of Otago Residential College (either Studholme College or Arana College)
  • $10,000 towards Residential College costs
  • Additional tutorials and academic assistance
  • A dedicated Kaiārahi (support person) to assist with orientation through university
  • A strong support network of Māori staff and students
  • Professional and cultural development (knowledge of health career pathways & options)
  • University study skills, exam preparation and time management techniques
  • Academic preparedness for further tertiary study in Health Sciences, in particular Health Science First Year (HSFY)
Applications Open July 1
Applications Close August 15
For information please contact Sam Feeney

Scholarships and Grants


Australian Scholarships and Grants More scholarships are listed in the Indigenous Scholarships Portal on the Aurora Education Foundation website. 

Aotearoa Scholarships and Grants

NHMRC Research Excellence Awards to include new award - Sandra Eades Investigator Grant Award

This award is named to honour Professor Sandra Eades FAHMS, who was the first Indigenous medical practitioner to be awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy (2003). Professor Eades is a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, Western Australia. Her research career has focussed on the epidemiology of Indigenous child health in Australia. Over the past 20 years, Professor Eades has made substantial contributions to Aboriginal health and has provided leadership at a national level in Aboriginal health research. This award is given to the top-ranked application by an Indigenous researcher in the Emerging Leadership category of Investigator Grants. 

Learn more about the NHMRC Research Excellence awards here.

Tanya Schramm, Senior Lecturer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Education, University of Tasmania

My name is Dr Tanya Schramm I am a Palawa woman, mother of two amazing Adult daughters, General Practioner and Senior Lecturer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the University of Tasmania. I completed my Medical degree at the University of Newcastle where my daughter is now studying her medical degree. I returned to Hobart to complete my General Practice training as a single mother of two and have continued to work clinically as a GP mainly on Hobarts sunny Eastern Shore, where I am currently building a house with my husband of nearly 4 years. Read more.

Call for expressions of interest for appointment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia - Ahpra & National Boards

5 vacancies available in NSW, SA, VIC, WA & ACT/NT/TAS.

The National Scheme has a commitment to increasing Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ leadership and voices.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about eligibility requirements, the roles of National Board Chairs and members and the application process.

Applications close: 30 Mar 2020
For enquiries, please contact

Call for expressions of interest - RACMA Indigenous Health Working Group

Be a key player in RACMA’s Indigenous Health Working Group

Join a number of Australasia’s key medical leaders and decision makers to close the gap in Indigenous health. The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) has established an Indigenous Health Working Group (IHWG) to ensure the College properly advocates for better health, safety and education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and Māori people in New Zealand, in partnership with those communities.

The duties and responsibilities of the IHWG include:
  • Provide strategic advice and expertise to the College for all Indigenous Health matters across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Implement the RACMA Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
  • Develop a Māori Health Action Plan.
The College is seeking expressions of interest from Indigenous identified Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) registered medical practitioners/clinicians to join the group.
The position requires your Indigenous background as a registered medical practitioner/clinician to assist the IHWG to:
  • Raise awareness of cultural sensitivities around Indigenous Health issues for the speciality of medical Administration.
  • Make recommendations to the Board on key Indigenous Health initiatives and RACMA policies and position statements on Indigenous Health.
  • Identify appropriate projects to support and advocate for better health outcomes for Indigenous communities.
  • Seek appropriate sources of funding to support RACMA to meet its objectives in Indigenous Health.
Being part of the RACMA Indigenous Health Working Group requires a two-year commitment through bi-monthly teleconference meetings, with occasional celebration and event participation.

To read the full IHWG Terms of Reference please visit here.
Submit your EOI HERE - include your background, experiences and expertise in the subject matter. Applications close Friday, 10 April 2020.
If you have any questions please email the PAC secretariat, Paul Cavicchia -

Yanikan-werritj Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference - Call for Abstracts - Now Open

The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health invites abstract and poster submissions for the 6th Annual Yanikan-werritj Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference. All abstracts and poster submissions are required to address the conference theme ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing’.

The conference will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, 613 Main Road Ballarat on Tuesday, 13th October 2020.   
  • Abstract presentations - presenters have a maximum presentation time of 15 minutes (15 minutes presentation, plus 5 minutes for introduction, Q & A total - 20 minutes)
  • Posters presentations – poster presentations will take place during registration, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea breaks. Posters are to provide brief information about the service, project, activity or story in text and visually: photo's, diagrams, images and artwork. It is preferred that authors stand by their poster to take questions during breaks. *Must be portrait AO size 841mm x 1189 mm.
Presenting and/or poster registration can be found here.
Closing date for abstract submission is Friday 1st May 2020.

Aboriginal Health Conference - Call for Abstracts

Rural Health West welcomes abstract submissions with a focus on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. This year’s conference has five streams:
  • Chronic disease with an emphasis on end-of-life care needs,
  • Technology,
  • Environmental health,
  • Early intervention – ear, eye, chest and child health,
  • Mental Health (including drug and alcohol use).
Abstract submissions are encouraged from:
  • Health practitioners
  • Researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Public health professionals
  • Educational institutes (universities, schools, care providers)
  • Community groups and organisations.
For more information see here.
Abstracts must be submitted online using the Abstract Portal.
Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged within one week of them being received and successful applicants will be notified by 15 May 2020
Closing date for abstract submission is Friday 3 April 2019.

Conferences and Events 

Congratulations to Professor Sandra Eades

Congratulations to leading public health academic and respected Noongar woman, Professor Sandra Eades on her appointment as the first Indigenous person to be appointed to Dean of a medical school in Australia. Prof. Eades will commence her appointment at Curtin University March 2020. 

The LIME Network looks forward to working with Professor Eades in her new role.

Congratulations to Tania Huria

Congratulations to Tanya Huria on her appointment as Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Tanya has been a researcher with Christchurch’s Maori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) and Hauroa Māori Convenor for the Northern campus as well as contributed to the development of the Indigenous Health Framework that is used within the Advanced Learning in Medicine at the University of Otago.


Takara Milathina Lutrawita Nika Paywuta - Walked this Country Forever

A visual timeline installation acknowledging the history of Tasmanian Aboriginals’ health and wellbeing, from the impact of colonisation to their continuing survival, strength and culture was launched late last year. The timeline - takara milaythina lutruwita nika paywuta = walked this country forever – explores the story of the Palawa people in Lutruwita (Tasmania). The 2.5 metres high, 22-metres long installation is situated in the University of Tasmania’s Medical Science Precinct in the state’s capital, Hobart. The precinct is home to the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine with the installation located in the main walkway which is utilised daily by students, staff and visitors.

“The Medical Science Precinct includes the colonial history of the site through information and artefacts, however it did not showcase or explore the history of the First Peoples on the site,” Professor Denise Fassett, Executive Dean – College of Health and Medicine, said. “Our aim was to highlight and embed the story of the palawa people in lutruwita through the installation, and help provide a more culturally safe environment for students, staff and visitors. “The timeline also acknowledges the difficult history around the medical profession and interaction with Tasmanian Aboriginal people, and aims to build a new understanding and mutual respect of equality, safety and collaboration.”

The timeline includes historical records, images, personal stories and insights and traces how Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestors lived on Country, while also exploring the impacts of change to their health and traditions.

Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter, former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Research and Leadership), said the timeline reflects the University’s approach in providing a vibrant, intellectual and highly visible Indigenous, especially Tasmanian Aboriginal, presence. “The timeline not only provides a historical context for non-Indigenous people, but a source of recognition, pride and visibility for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, students and visitors to the site,” Professor Walter said. “It is an extraordinarily powerful visual display of an intellectual, valued, vibrant Indigenous presence in not only the College of Health and Medicine, but across the University community.”

Tasmanian School of Medicine Senior Lecturer/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Education Dr Tanya Schramm and the School’s Aboriginal Health Careers Promotion Officer (Rural Clinical School) Rosie Smith, presented the timeline at last year’s LIME Connection VIII conference. The timeline was a collaboration between the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine, Rural Clinical School and Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Research and Leadership). The installation was designed by Hobart-based graphic designer Sarah Owen, in consultation with a project reference group including members of the Aboriginal community and stakeholders.

New Publication: Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2019

HealthInfoNet's annual Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status is now live.

The annual Overview contains updated information across many health conditions. Despite ongoing challenges, the health & well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continues to show important positive developments such as a decrease in death rates, infant mortality rates and a decline in death rates from avoidable causes as well as a reduction in the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke. 
Download the HealthInfoNet's Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & Safety Strategy - Ahpra & National Boards

The new Aboriginal and Torres Strair Islander Health & Stafety Strategy prioritises the cultural safety in the health system. Presented by Ahpra (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and National Boards, the strategy was endorsed by 43 organisations, academics and individuals. Established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group, the strategy was led by First Nations organisations and individuals.
Download Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & Safety Strategy here

Close the Gap (2020) Report - We nurture our culture for our future, and our culture nurtures us

A report by the Lowitja Institute for the Close the Gap Steering Committee

This report — We nurture our culture for our future, and our culture nurtures us — seeks to reflect the reciprocal and cyclical relationship between culture and wellbeing, whereby nurturing culture keeps us, and our future generations, healthy and strong.

Successive governments have failed to deliver the reforms needed to close the gap on health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

At the heart of this report is the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander empowerment as vital to wellbeing. The featured case studies have been selected to highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-driven approaches to health policy and program reform across four domains of the cultural determinants:

Sign the Close the Gap pledge here.
Download Close the Gap (2020) Report here

Accreditation Standards 2020 for Pharmacy Programs in Australia & New Zealand - Australian Pharmacy Council

New pharmacy education accreditation standards strengthen the focus on addressing health disparities and inequalities

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) is ensuring that Australian Pharmacists are better equipped to contribute to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We are doing this by working closely with higher education providers and the Pharmacy Board of Australia to monitor pharmacist degree training programs and develop accreditation standards.
Throughout 2019 the APC worked with key stakeholders to review pharmacy degree program accreditation standards which are used in both Australia and New Zealand. Effective 1 January 2020, the new standards strengthen the focus on addressing health disparities and inequities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples, and highlight the importance of providing a culturally safe environment.

Education providers seeking accreditation are required to demonstrate that the ‘program design, content, delivery and assessment specifically emphasises and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, cultural safety and improved health outcomes in the Australian setting, and Māori cultures, cultural safety and improved health outcomes in the New Zealand setting’.

Pharmacist degree programs must also demonstrate how they have involved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples in the training of pharmacist students. Specifically, in providing direct input into curriculum design and content and where possible in delivery and assessment. We expect pharmacist training programs to promote an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and to enable the provision of culturally safe, inclusive and responsive person-centred care.

The accreditation of pharmacy programs also serves to ensure that graduates meet defined performance outcomes.  In January this year, we published the first Performance Outcomes Framework for pharmacist students and interns. A key professional attribute of the framework is the promotion, maintenance and advocacy of cultural safety, respect and responsiveness in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples. The goal of the professionalism and behaviours articulated in this framework is to enable pharmacists to develop positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples and hence provide high quality, culturally sensitive and appropriate pharmacy services.
Download Pharmacy Accreditation Standards and Performance Outcomes Framework here

LIME Network Resources Hub

The LIME Network Resources Hub has been developed to enhance information sharing, supporting LIME Network members to deliver initiatives in Indigenous medical and health education, and encourage the development of Indigenous health as a discipline in its own right. If you would like to add a resource to the Hub, please contact us via 

About The Newsletter

The LIME Network Newsletter is published in March, July and November. It includes information about Indigenous health and health professional education and is designed as a resource for Indigenous and non-Indigenous health educators, students, practitioners, policy makers, community members and all those interested in improving Indigenous health outcomes.

The Newsletter is a collaborative publication that encourages information sharing between LIME Network members and celebrates the many successes occurring in the field of Indigenous health. If you have an article, story, picture or information about a project or an event, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us.
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