The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) biennial conference, LIME Connection IV was held in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand from 29 November – 1 December 2011.

This year’s Connection focused on Medical Education for Indigenous Health: Building the Evidence Base. Specifically, the Connection addressed leading approaches to the inclusion of Indigenous health into medical education and showcased the growing body of evidence that illustrates the relationship between medical education and Indigenous health.

LIME Connection provided an opportunity for;

  • discussion and critique of current practices in Indigenous health and medical education
  • exploring emerging tools and techniques to drive improvement in outcomes for Indigenous health
  • quality review of curriculum design and delivery
  • information sharing
  • professional development
  • networking
  • capacity-building
  • collaboration within and between medical schools
  • building multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral linkages relating to Indigenous health

Keynote speakers included experts in Indigenous health and medical education from Australia, New Zealand and Hawai’i.

The LIMElight Awards, which acknowledge and celebrate the many successes in the field, were presented at LIME Connecrion IV and a number of student and community bursaries for Indigenous delegates were offered to support broad participation.

Included in the registration fee was the opportunity to take part in our social program, which included food from local Indigenous caterers as well as Māori entertainment.

Participants at the LIME Connection included:

  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous medical educators
  • Indigenous health specialists
  • medical specialists
  • policy makers
  • students and
  • community members from Australia, New Zealand, and further afield

LIME Connection IV
 was hosted by the University of Auckland and the University of Otago and was held under the auspices of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA) Māori Medical Practitioners Association of Aotearoa.

The Connection is an outcome of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, a Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Project hosted by the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit within the Melbourne School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.