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LIME Connection V: Re-imagining Indigenous Health Education: Harnessing energy, implementing evidence, creating change

The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) fifth biennial conference, LIME Connection V was held in Darwin, Australia, 26-28 August 2013. 

The Connection provided an opportunity to discuss and critique current practices and explore emerging tools and techniques to drive improvement in outcomes for Indigenous health, and aimed to encourage information sharing, professional development, capacity-building and networking amongst peers.

LIME Connection supported collaboration between medical schools and built linkages with community, colleges and those from other health disciplines.

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

The target audience included

  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous medical educators
  • Indigenous health specialists
  • Medical specialists
  • Policy makers
  • Students and
  • Community members.

The LIMElight Awards, which acknowledge and celebrate the many successes in the field, were also presented at LIME Connection V.

Winners of the LIMElight Awards for 2013 are:

  • Danielle Medek, Australian National University – Student Award
  • Māori Indigenous Health Institute, University of Otago – Leading innovation in Indigenous health curriculum implementation
  • Whakapike Ake Project (WAP), Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland – Leading innovation in Indigenous student recruitment, support and graduation
  • Kaumātua o Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland – Leading innovation in community engagement
  • Associate Professor Peter O’Mara, University of Newcastle – LIMElight Leadership Award
  • Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid, University of Auckland – LIMElight Leadership Award

LIME Connection V was co-hosted by Charles Darwin University and Flinders University and was held under the auspices of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) 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. The LIME Network is a program of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The LIME Network is hosted by the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.