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 (listed in the program) included experts in Indigenous health and medical education from Australia, Aotearoa/ New Zealand, Hawai’i and Hong Kong.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Dennis McDermott, Director of The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Flinders University
  • Dr Elana Curtis, Senior Lecturer Medical, Director Vision 20:20, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
  • Professor Chan Li Chong (LC), Co- director of the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, LKS Faculty of Medicine; Co-director, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, The University of 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

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

The awards were presented to the following recipients:

Award Winner

LIMElight Student Award

Danielle Medek, Australian National University

Leading innovation in Indigenous health curriculum implementation

Māori Indigenous Health Institute, University of Otago

Leading innovation in Indigenous student recruitment, support and graduation

Whakapike Ake Project (WAP), Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland

Leading innovation in community engagement

Kaumātua o Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland

LIMElight Leadership Award

Associate Professor Peter O’Mara, University of Newcastle

LIMElight Leadership Award

Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid, The University of Auckland



Since 2009, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical students and community members have been supported to participate in LIME Connection conferences via funded bursaries.

Bursary places were offered to 27 Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical students to cover the costs of airfares, accommodation, meals, conference registration and networking events.

Bursary were awarded to those who are:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or Māori descent
  • a current student enrolled in medical studies at an Australian or Aotearoa/New Zealand University (Students only);
  • a student member or agree to register as a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) or Te ORA (Students only)
  • actively involved in working with a Medical School (community members only).

Bursaries were be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee and were based on specific selection criteria.

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.


The LIME Network extends many thanks to those organisations which supported LIME Connection V:

Auspice Organisations

Host Universities


Pen and Notepad Sponsors