LIME Connection IV: Medical Education for Indigenous Health: Building the Evidence Base

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

Keynote speakers (listed in the program) included experts in Indigenous health and medical education from Australia, New Zealand and Hawai’i.

  • Linda Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor Ma-ori, Te Pua Wananga ki te Ao, University of Waikato
  • Dee-Ann Carpenter, Associate Chair Clinical Teaching and Patient Care Services, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i at Ma-noa
  • Shaun Ewen, Project Lead, LIME Network, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Director, Melbourne Poche Centre, The University of Melbourne
The LIMElight awards

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.

The awards were presented to the following recipients:


Award Winner
Leading innovation in curriculum implementation Dr Rhys Jones, The University of Auckland
Leading innovation in Indigenous student recruitment, support and graduation   Shalom Gamarada Ngiyani Yana Scholarship Program, The University of New South Wales
Excellence in Indigenous Student Recruitment, Support and Graduation MAPAS – the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme, The University of Auckland
Leading innovation in community engagement Indigenous Health Attachment Year 5, University of Western Sydney
‘LIMElight Leadership Award’ for outstanding leadership by an individual Dr David Paul, The University of Western Australia
Student Award Alicia Veasey, The University of Queensland/ AIDA
Student Award Ibrahim Solomon, The University of Auckland

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.


Auspice Organisations


Host Universities

Major Connection Sponsors

Connection Sponsors

Pen and Notepad Sponsors