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MONDAY, May 24, 2010

Pre-Conference Workshops, Presentations, and Opening Ceremonies

Chico Room-Clearwater

         Indigenous/US HIV/AIDS Research Training Breakfast with Conference Fellows, Scientific Leadership and National Community Advisory Committees

Chico Room

         Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Advisory Meeting
Facilitators: Karina Walters, PhD, Bonnie Duran, DrPH

Invited Speaker: David Stoff, PhD (NIMH)

9:00 am – 12:30pm

Kitsap Room-Clearwater


NIH Grant Development Workshop
Facilitators: Kathy Etz, PhD (NIDA) and Sheila Caldwell, PhD (NCCAM)


Hawk’s Nest Room-
Clearwater Casino


Canadian Indigenous Health Research Workshop
Facilitator: Laura Commanda (CIHR)  

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Registration at Kiana Lodge





Garden Atrium

Pre-Conference Plenary
2009 H1N1 Pandemic:
Case studies on disease impact, data problems, and other issues for Indigenous populations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA
Moderator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH
Discussant: Malcolm King

Joe Finkbonner (HI/US)

Eugene Rewi (NZ)

Lisa Jackson-Pulver, PhD (AUS)

Catherine Cook, PhD (CAN)


3:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Kiana Beach


Opening Ceremonies and Welcome to Country/Land:
Keynotes and Selected Country Designees Brought in by Tribal Canoes
Call and Song from Shore by Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman and Suquamish Canoe Family Drummers and Singers

Kiana Beach Clambake and Oyster Feast (Sponsored by Suquamish Nation)
Official Country Introductions

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010  

Indigenous Health Knowledges Day

TUESDAY, May 25, 2010               


6:00 am – 7:45 am

Continental Breakfast at Hotels

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 Registration at Kiana Lodge

8:00am- 8:40am



Garden Atrium


Conference Welcome and Blessing
Chairman Leonard Forsman of the Suquamish Nation
Chairs: Karina Walters, PhD, Bonnie Duran, DrPH, and Gayle Dine’Chacon, PhD
Introduction of Conference Committee Members and International Steering Committee
Conference Emcee: Elaine Miles

10:00am – 5:00pm

Vendors Open

8:45 am - 10:45 am



Garden Atrium


Indigenous Knowledges Morning Plenary Panel
Chair: Tassy Parker, PhD
Discussant: Tom Ball, PhD


Linda Tuhiwai-Smith, PhD (AOT/NZ)


Paulette Tremblay, PhD (CAN)


Lisa Jackson Pulver, PhD (AUS)


Spero Manson, PhD (US)

10:00am - 5:00pm Vendors Open

10:45 am – 11:05 am

West End


Morning Tea and Poster Session

11:05 am – 1:00 pm



Symposia A: Community Partnerships and Health Services
Moderator: Nancy "Lynn" Palmanteer-Holder, Phc
Discussant: Paulette Tremblay, PhD
Wing A


Using the Cherokee Self-Reliance Model for the prevention of HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse to Integrate the Roles of Teaching and Research within a Nursing Curriculum (Lowe- US)

Transformational Leadership and the Impact of the Health Native Communities Fellowship (Jones-US)

Consolidating Our Strengths: Tribal Research Center and a Tribal Health Service Collaborate (Boulton- AOT/NZ)



Symposia B: Historical Trauma and Healing
Moderator: Karina Walters, PhD
Discussant: Alison Ball, PhD
Center Lodge


Historical Trauma and Contemporary Indigenous Health: A Panel Presentation of the Collective Re-Imagining of Healthy Communities (Parker & White-US)


Construction of Grand Coulee Dam and the Historical Trauma Impact on the Colville Confederated Tribes (Breiler & Noyes-US)


Historical trauma and HIV risk among Native Mothers
(Evans-Campbell- US)



Symposia C: Research Protections and Ethics
Moderator: Rachel Brown
Discussant: Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD
Wing B


Māori Model: Interconnectedness of Identity, Wellness, and Ethics (Russell- AOT/NZ)


Guidelines for Ethical Aboriginal Research in First Nation Communities on Manitoulin Island, Ontario (McGregor-CAN)


Asserting Sovereignty Over Research
(Harry- US)

Symposia D: Research Methods and Measurement Issues
Moderator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH
Discussant: Jeff Reading, PhD
Dining Room


Respondent Driven Sampling: Successful Recruitment for an Urban Aboriginal Health Assessment (Smylie-CAN)


Using Lineage and History to Build a Metis Population Cohort from Metis Membership and Health System Databases (Bartlett-CAN)

Process Methodology for Assessing Available and Culturally Sensitive Prevention and Treatment Services for Urban AIANs (Momper-US)


Workshop A: Herbal Medicine Hands-On Workshop
Terry Maresca, MD
Quiet Cottage

1:00pm- 1:30pm

IHART Conference Fellows and Mentor Lunch Meeting
Facilitator: Bonnie Duran, PhD

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Garden Atrium



1:30 pm – 3:30 pm




Garden Atrium


Indigenous Knowledges Luncheon Plenary Panel
Chair: Rachel Brown
Discussant: Malcolm King, PhD


Melanie Cheung, (AOT/NZ)


Marlene Brant- Castellano, PhD (CAN)


Mick Adams (AUS)


Donald Warne, MD (US)

3:30 pm-4:00 pm

West End


Afternoon Tea and Poster Session







Symposia E: Health Promotion and Revitalization
Moderator: Alexandra Darnay
Discussant: Clarita Begay Phc
Wing A


Kahungunu Hikoi Whenua Population Health Intervention: An example of how the re-vitalisation of indigenous communities can contribute to, and lead, population health strategy and service delivery (Logan-Riley- AOT/NZ)


Using Sport as a Vehicle for Health Promotion and Policy Building for Māori (Ngawati –AOT/NZ)


The Evolution of Indian Health Policy into Partnership Relationships (Peel- CAN)



Symposia F: Trauma and Healing
Moderator: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
Discussant: Tassy Parker, PhD
Wing B


What Māori Say About Healing After Trauma (C. Smith-AOT/NZ)


What Māori Say About Healing After Trauma (Reynolds-AOT/NZ)


What Māori Say About Healing After Trauma (Hiroti-AOT/NZ)


Apache and Historical Trauma
(Vicenti- US)


Symposia G: Indigenous Health Workforce Development
Moderator: Eugene Rewi
Discussant: Gayle Dine’Chacon, PhD
Dining Room


Health Workforce Development


Operationalising E Ara Tauwhaiti Whakare-The National Māori Public Health Workforce Development Plan (Tunks-AOT/NZ)


“Work-Life Experiences” of First Nations and Metis Health Workers (Sanguins- CAN)


Impact of the Master of Applied Epidemiology Program on  Indigenous Australian Epidemiologists and Researchers (Guthrie-AUS)


Symposia H: Culture and Wellness
Moderator: Catherine Waetford
Discussant: Valerie Blue Bird Jernigan, PhD
Center Room

The Sami Community in a Modern World
(Johnskareng- Sami Delegation)

Native Women and HIV/AIDS Prevention(Vernon-US)

Te Māoritanga-Wellbeing and Identity (Whata- AOT/NZ)

Misipawistik Ininewak Nitawihiwewin: The Minoayawin (Good Health) Initiative (Cook- CAN)


Workshop B: Good Vibrations-Healing Power of Drums and Song
Sharon Day
Quiet Cottage

6:00pm- 7:00 pm


Free Time

7:15 pm-Late

sgwәdzadad qәł ?altxw
(House of Awakened
Culture), Suquamish Nation


Dinner Banquet and Traditional Entertainment by Host Country and Delegates

Delegates are invited to wear traditional regalia and participate in culture sharing through song, dance, music, stories, etc.


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Wedensday, May 26, 2010

Indigenous Medicines Day

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WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2010


6:00 am – 7:30 am

          Continental Breakfast at Hotels

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

         Registration at Kiana Lodge

7:45am- 8:00am

 Garden Atrium


Morning Blessing
Summary from Previous Day and Housekeeping: Elaine Miles

10:00am – 5:00pm

Vendors Open

8:00 am - 10:00 am



Garden Atrium


Indigenous Medicines Morning Plenary Panel
Chair: Mick Adams
Discussant: Moe Milne, PhD


Eugene Rewi (AOT/NZ)


Leena Evic (CAN)

Ted Wilkes (AUS)


Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD (US)

10:00 am – 10:15 am

West End


Morning Tea and Poster Session

10:15 am – 12:10 pm



Symposia A: Tobacco: Traditional and Non-Traditional Use
Moderator: MaeGilene Begay
Discussant: Alison Boyd-Ball
Wing A


The Value of Authentic Partnerships: Lessons learned from the American Indian Community Tobacco Project (Baker-US)


Exploring First Nations Traditional Use of Tobacco (Isaac-Mann-CAN)


Embodiment of Trauma Distress in Smoking and HIV Risk Behaviors (Walters-US)


Symposia B: Native Plants and Medicines
Moderator: Polly Olsen
Discussant: Ngaire Whata
Wing B


GROW NATIVE: A community-Based Gardening and Wellness Project for Urban American Indian Youth (Kahn-Thornbugh- US)


Healing Gardens: One Tribe’s Response to Establishing its Vision for Health Services (Maresca- US)


Traditional Foods and Medicines in Treatment and Recovery (Segrest- US)

Symposia C: HIV and STI Risk And Resiliency
Moderator: Fransing Daisy, PhD
Dining Room                                          Discussant: Tiny Devlin

Decolonizing Methodologies Across Cultures: Building Indigenous and Allied Researcher Capacity (Masching-CAN)

Resilient Indigenous Communities in the Face of Rising Blood Borne Viruses and STI: Lessons from a Case Study Focused on Maori Health and Well-Being (Aspin – AOT/NZ)

Blood Borne Viruses and STI Infections in Māori Communities: What Contribution Can Health Policies and Strategies Make to Reducing the Impact? (Green-AOT/NZ)

Tribally Driven HIV/AIDS Health Services Partnerships: Evidence Based meets Culture Centered Interventions

Symposia D: Community Based Participatory Research 
Moderator: Alison Ball, PhD
Discussant: June Strickland, PhD
Center Room

Obtaining Our Data: Breaking through the Barriers (Olney/Pearson- US)

Community Empowerment: Building a Community Coalition (Whitefoot- US)

Connecting Healthcare to the Community: Building Access to Community Care for Indigenous Australians (Cuillane-AUS)

Culturally Appropriate Measures; Capturing the Spiritual and Mental Health and Wellbeing of Maori Mothers (Wilson-AOT/NZ)

Workshop A: Traditional Storytelling as a Healing Practice*
Roger Fernandez

Quiet Cottage

12:10 pm –1:20 pm

Garden Atrium


Traditional Foods Luncheon & Elders Panel
Moderator: Chairman Andy Joseph



1:30 pm – 3:25 pm


Garden Atrium


Indigenous Medicines Afternoon Plenary Panel
Chair: Ray Daw
Discussant: Ngaire Whata


Moe Milne (AOT/NZ)


Dawn Martin- Hill, PhD (CAN)


Cindy Shannon (AUS)


Theresa Maresca, MD (US)


3:25  pm- 3:35 pm


Afternoon Tea and Poster Session




Symposia E: Traditional and Customary Practices in Research and Practice
Moderator: Tom Ball, PhD
Discussant: Melanie Cheung
Wing A


Mataraku: Stories of Traditional Healing (Pihama- AOT/NZ)


The Contribution of Traditional Medicine to the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease (Hudson – AOT/NZ)

Protection, Preservation and Use of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Traditional Knowledge at the National Aboriginal Health Organization in Canada (Kinnon-CAN)


Symposia F: Women’s Sexual and Familial Health
Moderator: Alexandra Darnay
Discussant: Paulette Tremblay, PhD
Wing B


He Kakano: Māori Views and Experiences of Fertility, Reproduction, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Hiroti-AOT/NZ)


Women as Sinew of Communities: Research in Support of Aboriginal Women and Community Health (Weber-Pillwax-CAN)



(No) More Needles: Maori Women, Moko, and Hepatitis C (Penehira-AOT/NZ)


Symposia G: Plants, Storytelling, and Singing for Healing
Moderator: Polly Olsen
Dining Room


Purakau Haurora: Stories of Healing


Purakau Haurora: Stories of Healing


Purakau Hauora: Stories of Healing
(P. Smith-AOT/NZ)

Symposia H: Contemporary Indigenous Health Policy Issues
Moderator: Sonia Isaac-Mann
Discussant: Ray Daw
Center Room

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Health of Indigenous Women (McKay- CAN)

NHMRC Road Map: A Strategic Framework for Improving the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (Shannon- AUS)

Maintaining Indigenous Space: Health Research Council and Maori Advancement (Brown- AOT/NZ)


* Workshop B: Homai, Hoatu Traditional Health and Healing Practices by Iwi, Hapu, and Whanau-Based Practitioners- Part I
Hinetera Jones and Colleagues- AOT/NZ
Quiet Cottage

5:30 pm


Open Evening

Traditional activities, including sweat lodges open to all conference attendees (men’s, women’s, and mixed).


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Indigenous Best Practices Day


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THURSDAY, May 27, 2010


6:00 am – 7:45 am

     Continental Breakfast at Hotels

7:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Registration at Kiana Lodge

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Garden Atrium


Morning Blessing
Summary from Previous Day and Housekeeping: Elaine Miles

10:00am – 5:00pm

Vendors Open




Garden Atrium


Best Practices Morning Plenary Panel
Chair: Jeff Reading, PhD
Discussant: Alexandra Darnay


Ms. Jennifer Tamehana (AOT/NZ)


Malcolm King, PhD (CAN)


Steve Larkin, PhD (AUS)


J. Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, PhD (HI)

10:30 am – 10:50 am

West End


Morning Tea and Poster Sessions

10:50 am – 12:50 pm


Symposia A: Substance Use and Prevention
Moderator: Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD
Discussant: Laura Commanda
Wing A


Basing Collaborative Underage Drinking Prevention on Southern California Indigenous Community Data (Roberts- US)


Indigenous Australia Drug and Alcohol Research: Collaborating For More Than Just the Research (Stearne- AUS)


Indigenous Australian Alcohol and Drug Research: The Principles of the Program (Wilkes- AUS)


Symposia B: Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
Moderator: Steven Verney, PhD
Discussant: Jared Jobe, PhD
Wing B

The Impact of Type 2 Diabetes on Whanau and the Need for a Kaupapa Maori Diabetes Intervention Framework (Camp- AOT/NZ)

Bark Made Rope, Roots Made Baskets: An Integration of Space and Place, Historical Trauma and Embodiment as Impacting Cardiovascular Health of Indigenous Peoples (Beltran- US)

Quality of health care received by Aboriginal adults in South Australia admitted to hospital for Acute Coronary Syndromes and factors that impact on care (Roe-AUS)

Aboriginal Foot Health Globally: Genetic Involvement in Poor Foot Health (Charles- AUS)

Symposia C: Violence Prevention and Pathways to Healing
Moderator: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
Discussant: Charlotte Reading, PhD
Center Room

Using Native Hawaiian Cultural Values and Practices to Address Intimate Partner Violence (Kanuha-HI)

Amar Sin Golpar: Indigenous Women and Gender Violence in Lima Peru: Creating Community Pathways to Health and Healing (Espinoza- US)

SAFESTAR: Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Support Training, Access to Resources for Indigenous Peoples- (O’Brien-US)

Solid Kids, Solid Schools-Tools to Support Yamaji Communities in Relationship Issues (Coffin-AUS)


Symposia D: Men’s Health
Moderator: Ray Daw
Discussant: Tom Ball, PhD
Dining Room

Sexual Dysfunction and Associated Health Problems of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Males (Adams-AUS)

Tane Te Wananga-Traditional Maori Rites of Passage (Young Men) (Gush-AOT/NZ)

He Mamae Nga Tane: Maori Men, Trauma, and Healing (Reynolds-AOT/NZ)

WORKSHOP A: Historical Trauma and Post-Colonial Stress: Neurodevelopmental and Developmental Psychopathology
Joe Stone, PhD
Quiet Cottage

12:50pm – 1:20 pm

Garden Atrium


IHART Conference Fellows Meet and Greet International Indigenous HIV/AIDS Researchers
Facilitator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH

12:50 pm – 1:20 pm

Garden Atrium


Lunch Begins
Elaine Miles

1:20 pm-3:20pm


Garden Atrium

Best Practices Luncheon Plenary Panel
Chair: Laura Commanda
Discussant: Patrick LeGeyt, PhD

Alayna Watane (AOT/NZ)

Marcia Anderson, PhD (CAN)

Bronwyn Fredricks (AUS)

Debra Harry (US)

3:20pm-3: 45pm

West End


Afternoon Tea and Poster Session




Symposia E: Maternal and Child Health
Moderator: Bess Seschillie
Discussant: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
Wing A

Pohai Ke Aloha: A Culturally Relevant Social Support Intervention with Native Hawaiian Mothers (Oneha-HI)

Project HOPE: Healing Parental Depression in a Native American Early Head Start Center (Wagner-US)

He Mokopuna He Tupuna: The Health and Well-Being of Grandparents Raising Mokupuna (C. Smith-AOT/NZ)


Symposia F: Mental Health
Moderator: Joe Stone, PhD
Discussant: Alison Ball, PhD
Wing B

Oranga Hinengaro o Te Matau a Maui: Kaupapa Maori clinical and cultural mental health services (LeGeyt-AOT/NZ)

“Listen and I’ll tell you”: Hearing Indigenous Mental Health Understandings (Pere-AOT/NZ)

Integrating Traditional Healing Services for Natives with Mental Health Disorders (Dickerson-US)

Consolidating our Strengths: How a Tribal Research Centre and a Tribal Health Service Collaborate to Contribute to Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge (Tamehana- AOT/NZ)


Symposia G: Resiliency and Healing
Moderator: June LaMarr, PhD
Discussant: Fransing Daisy, PhD
Dining Room

Bringing the Past Forward to Honor the Future (Kuesrchner-US)


Protecting Indigenous Knowledge within Canada: The Solution of the CIHR Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines (Torrie- CAN)


Symposia H: Health Services
Moderator: Alexandra Darnay
Discussant: Moe Milne
Center Room

Tribal Community Management of Health Care: What are the Lessons? (Rainie-US)

Maori Occupational Therapy in Non-Traditional Settings (Carpenter-AOT/NZ)

Advancing Metis-Specific Holistic Strategic Health Planning Through Research (Bartlett - CAN)

 Workshop B: Workshop A: Homai, Hoatu Traditional Health and Healing Practices by Iwi, Hapu, and Whanau-Based Practitioners Part II
Hinetera Jones and Colleagues- AOT/NZ
Quiet Cottage






Kiana Lodge


Signature Salmon Dinner
DJ and Dancing to Follow



Friday, May 28, 2010

Knowing Our Roots- Closing Ceremonies

FRIDAY, May 28, 2010

Closing Ceremonies


6:00 am – 7:45 am

     Continental Breakfast at hotels

8:00 am – 8:30 am


Morning Blessing: Chair Leonard Forsman
Summary from Previous Day, and Housekeeping: Elaine Miles



Breakout Meetings for Summary Report and Country Feedback


Aotearoa/New Zealand
Center Room

Wing A

Wing B

United States and Hawaii
Dining Room

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Garden Atrium


Morning Tea

10:15 am – 1:00 pm



Garden Atrium


Country Reports



Closing Ceremonies and Country Give Away
Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Canada, US & Hawaii

Suquamish Nation Closing Prayer

Clearwater Casino


International Steering Committee Meeting

*conference agenda subject to changes.


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Confirmed Invited Speakers*

Mick Adams

Australia and Torres Strait Islands

Dr Adams, a descendent of the Yadhiagana people of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, has been working in the health industry for more than 30 years. During the past 13 years he has been actively involved in addressing issues associated with the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. He has strived to ensure that men’s health issues are promoted and placed on the national and international agenda through advocacy, research, publication and health management.

Marcia Anderson


Dr. Marcia Anderson MD, MPH, FRCPC Dr. Marcia Anderson has joined the University of Manitoba, Department of Community Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor. Marcia graduated from the University of  Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 2002, and completed two years of internal medicine residency here before transferring to the University of Saskatchewan. From Saskatchewan she moved to Baltimore and completed a Masters of Public Health at the Johns

Hospital Bloomberg School of Public Health, concentrating predominantly on health disparities and health policy. She will divide her time between working as a Medical Officer of Health in Northern Manitoba, general internal medicine clinics at the Grace Hospital, and research in Indigenous health. Research interests include improving the health measurement of Indigenous peoples in a way that respects the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples, and using health policy and healthy public policy as a tool in the prevention of chronic disease. Marcia is the current president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.

Rachel Brown

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Rachel Brown is of Te Ati Awa and Ngai Tahu descent and is currently the Secretary for the ANIHKD Committee. Formally a Research Officer at Taupua Waiora, Centre for Māori Health Research, AUT University. Rachel is now the Project Manager for Māori Health and Health Sector Relationships at the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). In her spare time she is completing the write up of her masters thesis. Her research interests include; access to services, Māori health workforce development, Māori identity and te reo Māori ,and health promotion. Rachel is also an active member on two kohanga reo committees and is also involved in kura kaupapa Māori where her two young sons attend.

Marlene Brant Castellano


Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano
Marlene Brant Castellano is a Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte Band and Professor Emerita of Trent University where she provided leadership in the development the emerging discipline of Indigenous Studies (1973-96). She served as Co-Director of Research with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) with particular responsibility for social-cultural, historical and community-based research, editing and writing major portions of the final report under the direction of Commissioners. She chaired the Aboriginal subcommittee which drafted RCAP's Ethical Guidelines for Research now widely used as a reference for ethical research in Aboriginal contexts. She is concluding her term on the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) leading the work on developing a chapter devoted to Aboriginal research in the new updated version of ethics policy for the federal research agencies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

Professor Castellano's formal education is in social work (MSW 1959) and adult education (OISE/UofT 1980-81). Her teaching, research and publications are deliberately bicultural, promoting knowledge exchange between the worlds of Aboriginal knowledge and experience and the language and protocols of academics and policy makers. In recent years her writing has focused on respectful treatment of Aboriginal knowledge in research.

Professor Castellano has served on the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health and the College of Reviewers for Canada Research Chairs. She has been honored with LLDs from Queen's University, St. Thomas University and Carleton University, induction into the Order of Ontario and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. In 2005 Dr. Castellano was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Melanie Cheung

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Melanie Cheung,
Department of Pharmacology/Department of Anatomy with Radiology,
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Melanie Cheung (Ngati Rangitihi, Te Arawa) is a doctoral candidate in neuroscience with Professors Richard Faull and Mike Dragunow at the University of Auckland. She is a member of the Maori Advisory Group for the Centre of Brain Research at the University of Auckland. In 2005, Melanie was awarded the MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Biotechnology and Judges Highly Commended Awards for her masters research into diabetic heart disease.  Her doctoral work has been featured internationally in Science magazine.

Melanie is committed to exploring both Native and Western scientific paradigms. Her doctoral research integrates experimental neurobiology, bioethics, Maori health, Tikanga Maori (ceremony/customary practice) and Maori knowledge to help people with brain disease. She has developed multiple cell culture systems from human brain tissue for studying cell death and neurodegeneration in Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s diseases and Epilepsy. Working in this area as an Indigenous person has lead to cultural, ethical and spiritual dilemmas that continue to be addressed through: partnership with her tribe Ngati Rangitihi, partnership with Maori families with brain disease and integration of Maori values and customary practice into her scientific practice. It is Melanie’s hope that more scientists will work alongside Indigenous people to ensure that scientific practices are culturally safe, respectful and relevant to them. 

Leena Evic


Leena Evic is the founder and vision keeper for Pirurvik Centre and its Executive Director. Pirurvik offers a range of specialized services, programs and productions grounded in the Inuktitut language and the Inuit way of life.   She works in all areas of Pirurvik’s operations; however, she is most actively involved in shaping and developing the centre’s programs and productions.
Born and raised on the land near Cumberland Sound, Nunavut, Leena has pursued life interests emphasizing education, culture, language and healing. She has led a varied career in education as a teacher, college instructor, principal and curriculum developer. Leena has also served as the Director of Social, Cultural and Educational Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated as well as the Director of Policy for the Nunavut Department of Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s in Education from McGill University where she also did her Master's work on educational leadership and culture-based education.
Leena has served on various boards at the national, territorial and community levels, including the Municipal Advisory Committee, the Baffin Business Development Centre, the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee, the Territorial Prenatal Committee, the National Aboriginal Headstart Committee, the Law Commission of Canada, and the Nunavut Nursing Program Steering Committee. She is a current member of the Aboriginal Consultative Committee for Parks Canada and the Nunavut Planning Commission.
Leena regularly uses her cross-cultural skills to facilitate workshops and meetings locally, throughout Nunavut and at the national level.  Those related to health and well-being have included community wellness strategic planning, Inuit home care strategic planning, prenatal/nutrition, regional workshops on social issues, and suicide prevention training.

Bronwyn Fredricks

Australia and Torres Strait Islands

Dr Bronwyn Fredericks is a Murri woman from South-East Queensland, Australia. She is a National Heath and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Indigenous Health) with the International Public Health Unit in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Dr Fredericks is additionally a Visiting Fellow with the Indigenous Studies Research Network, Queensland University of Technology and a Research Fellow with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). VACCHO is the peak body organisation for some 24 Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (non-government sector) in the Australian State of Victoria. Bronwyn’s current research interests focus on the socio-psychological aspects of chronic disease, Indigenous women’s issues and research that privileges Indigenous knowledges, methodologies and worldviews. She has published across several disciplines and within academic and community sources. Bronwyn has worked in the health care and human service arena at Federal, State and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation and Sector levels. She has undertaken roles as an educator, manager, chief executive officer, project officer, activist and change agent and has been actively engaged with Indigenous controlled, community based non-government organisations for over 25 years.

Debra Harry

United States of America

Debra Harry is Kooyooee Dukaddo (Northern Paiute) from Pyramid Lake Nevada. She serves as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism (IPCB), a USA-based non-profit organization created to assist Indigenous Peoples in the protection of their genetic resources, Indigenous Knowledge, and cultural and human rights from the negative effects of biotechnology. Internationally, Debra has advocated for the rights of indigenous peoples at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). She has authored and co-authored papers that critique the application of intellectual property rights over Indigenous Peoples’ traditional knowledge and genetic material.

J. Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula


Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Research and Evaluation, Department of Native Hawaiian Health
Deputy Director, Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities
Associate Researcher of Native Hawaiian Health, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Dr. Kaholokula’s research interests include 1) examining the effects of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors (and their interplay) on the etiology and management of chronic illnesses among Asian and Pacific Islander populations, 2) examining the role of acculturative stress and racism on Native Hawaiian health, and 3) designing and testing culturally-informed and community-based health interventions for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders using CBPR. His clinical interests include 1) behavioral assessment and functional analysis and 2) implementation of culturally-informed and evidenced-based behavioral interventions addressing the behavioral health concerns of Native Hawaiian and rural communities in Hawai‘i.  He is the Principal Investigator for the NCMHD funded PILI ‘Ohana CBPR Project aimed at eliminating obesity and obesity-related disparities in the Pacific. He has published extensively on Asian and Pacific Islander health.  He is also a clinical psychologist and on faculty with I Ola Lahui: Rural Hawai‘i Behavioral Health Training Program. 

Malcolm King


Dr Malcolm King PhD, FCCP
Dr. Malcolm King is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (IAPH), a health researcher at the University of Alberta and the founding Principal Investigator of the Alberta NEAHR Network, a training program for Aboriginal health research funded by the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health since 2001. A member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (Ontario), Dr. King obtained his doctorate in polymer chemistry from McGill University in 1973. After an initial faculty appointment at McGill University, he moved to the University of Alberta in 1985, and was promoted to Professor in the Department of Medicine in 1990. In 2007, he was appointed Adjunct Professor in Public Health, where he co-leads the development of an indigenous public health research training program.

In his career in pulmonary research, Malcolm King has developed new approaches to treat mucus clearance dysfunction in cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive lung disease, and is now working on addressing the issues in disease transmission by bioaerosols. He has served as Chair of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Aboriginal Healthcare Careers Committee since 1993; this training program has graduated more than 70 health professionals. Dr. King served as President of the Canadian Thoracic Society in 1999-2000, and from 2000-2004 was a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is former Chair of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health Advisory Board whose term ended in September 2008. He has been recognized for his achievements by the Alberta Lung Association (1999), the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (1999), and the University of Alberta Board of Governors (2003).

Steve Larkin

Australia and Torres Strait Islands

Steve is a Kungarakany man from Darwin in the Northern Territory. Prior to 1995, Steve worked in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal communities in health and community development programs whilst working with the NT Government. In 1995 Steve was appointed by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) as their National Aboriginal Health Adviser. In 1997 Steve became the inaugural Chief Executive Officer for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO. In 1999, Steve joined the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care as an Assistant Secretary in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) where he managed the Social Health (including implementing and managing the Bringing The Home program), Substance Misuse, Men’s and Prison’s health, Executive Policy as well as the Research and Data programs. In 2002 Steve managed the National Indigenous Employment program for a brief period before transferring to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies as Deputy Principal. In 2004, Steve was appointed as Principal (CEO) of the Institute. In 2009 Steve took up his current position of Pro Vice-Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership with Charles Darwin University.

Spero M. Manson

United States of America

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., (Pembina Chippewa), a medical anthropologist and Distinguished Professor, directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center. His programs include 8 national centers, totaling $65 million in sponsored activities which entail research, program development, and training among 110 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings. Dr. Manson has published 160 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, as well as mental health problems in this special population. A member of the Institute of Medicine, he has received numerous awards including 3 Distinguished Service Awards from the IHS (1985; 1996; 2004), the prestigious Rema Lapouse Mental Health Epidemiology Award from the APHA (1998), being named among the 10 Best Telemedicine Programs in the USA (1999) by TeleHealth Magazine, 2 Distinguished Mentor Awards from the Gerontological Society of America (2006; 2007), the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (2006), the George Foster Award for Excellence from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2006), and the Health Disparities Excellence Award from the National Institutes of Health (2008). Dr. Manson is widely recognized as the foremost authority in the nation on American Indian and Alaska Native health, with special emphasis on alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health.

Terry Maresca

United States of America

Dr. Maresca (Mohawk Tribe) is the daughter of an ironworker, and a board-certified family physician who has worked in tribal, urban, and reservation settings for 26 years. Her training and clinical practice has blended both indigenous plant medicine work with Western approaches to health. She is a clinical associate professor at University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, and the former director of their Native American Center of Excellence. She teaches electives in Indian health issues for their Indian Health Pathway program. Dr. Maresca has been faculty at Seattle Indian Health Board’s family medicine residency program since 1997, with its unique focus on training physicians to serve Native communities. There, she served as their program director on grants integrating traditional and Western medicine. She currently maintains a medicinal herb garden at a local tribal clinic with the permission of their elders, and has presented numerous practical hands-on herbal medicine workshops to Native health providers and community members around the country for the past 12 years.

Terry is a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians and a former president of this organization. When off-duty, she is home tending her own garden, growing traditional tobacco, Iroquois food plants and wildcrafting medicinal herbs

Dawn Martin-Hill


Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill
Academic Director
Indigenous Studies Program, McMaster University
Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill ( Mohawk, Wolf Clan) holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and is one of the original founders of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University, where she is currently the Academic Director.  Dawn’s research includes: Indigenous knowledge & environmental conservation, Indigenous women, spirituality, colonialism’s impact on Indigenous people & medicine, and the contemporary practice of Indigenous traditionalism.

She is a Co-investigator on a CIHR-IAPH-funded Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research, the Indigenous Health Research Development Program, with an office located at Six Nations Polytechnic. She has contributed chapters to several books including ‘Lubicon Women: a bundle of voices in the book “In the Way of Development” and “She No speaks” in the book "Strong Women Stories", and “Aboriginal Women’s Spirituality” In Women and Religious Traditions., 2nd edition, Pamela Dickey Young, ed. Oxford Press.   

Her own book titled, The Lubicon Lake Nation Indigenous knowledge and Power, U of T Press, was published in 2008. The book is about the human and environmental impact rapid development is having on the environment and the small hunting tribe that is fighting the eco-terrorism in northern Canada. She has published a number of articles on community wellness and Indigenous cultural survival. She works on a national and international level promoting the protection and preservation of Elders’ knowledge and has been helping them for over twenty years pursue their visions to preserve the land, language and culture.

She is the Chair of the Indigenous Elders and Youth Council that works on a national and international level promoting the protection and preservation of Indigenous Knowledge systems and is in partnership with the Amazon Conservation Team and the National Aboriginal Health Organization. She was the visionary and manager of the International Indigenous Elders Summit 2004 and has produced three documentaries from the six day Summit attended by over 600 elders from across the Americas. 

The first film is ‘Jidwá:doh - Let’s Become Again’, a documentary focusing on the Elders’ understanding of historical trauma and directions to begin to heal collectively using Indigenous knowledge and traditional practices.  This documentary was picked up by ARTE France and viewed in 6 countries.

The second one is ‘Onkwànistenhsera - Mothers of our Nation’, a documentary examining the need for Indigenous women to reclaim, restore and revitalize their traditional knowledge that has been lost through centuries of colonialism and the most recent “Dish With One Spoon”, a film about the Haudenosaunne reclaiming traditional lands to protect the environment from encroachment, development and destruction.

She is the recipient of a US-Canada Fulbright award, Outstanding Teaching Award from the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium, Outstanding Community Leadership Award from a Hamilton Aboriginal Organizations Association and she has received grants from the Trillium foundation, CIHR, Canadian Heritage, and the Ontario Arts Council. 

Currently Dawn is interested in developing a curriculum with recognition of Indigenous languages and the development of an Indigenous Knowledge Centre. Central to her interests is the development of Indigenous Knowledge Degree in the language.

Most importantly, Dawn is a single mother of four children ages 11 to 27 and a grandmother of two. She resides at Six Nations of the Grand River.

Moe Milne

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Kia Ora
My name is Moe Milne. I am of  Ngati Hine and Ngapuhi tribes, which reside in the far north of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. I live on my home land close to my marae, with my husband George, my daughter, her husband and their three children.
I believe children should grow up in their language, culture and land. To that end, we left the city, our jobs and moved home. All our children, 6, and grandchildren, 9, speak Te Reo Māori and we live within our Whanau (extended family) environment.

I began my professional career as a psychopaedic nurse, moved into general nursing and then psychiatric nursing. Most of my health work has been in Mental health and addictions. In 1988 I qualified as a teacher and taught in Māori language schools.

I later moved back into health and worked in management until 1995 when I worked with the Health and Disacbility Commissioner protecting and promoting consumer rights in particular for Māori and other ethnic groups. From 2000 onwards, I decided to stop being employed by the government and become a resource person for my people. I am now an independent consultant.

I have spent some years on the Health research council (and other committees) where I chaired the Māori Research Committee. One of the achievements I feel proud of, is the contracting of tribal groups to determine their own research agenda.
I was also involved in setting up the IICHRP.

Eugene Rewi

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Māori Participation & Directorate Support Manager
Māori Health Directorate
Ministry of Health
Eugene Rewi

Eugene Rewi is New Zealand Māori and is of Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāti Ranginui descent. He is a qualified Accountant and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has extensive experience working in accounting roles within the public, local government, tertiary and private sectors. He also has experience in quality systems, contracts management, production management and health. He currently works for the Ministry of Health, managing the Māori Participation and Directorate Support team in the Māori Health Directorate.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori and Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She is a member of New Zealand’s Health research Council and Chair of the Māori Health Research Committee and is President of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education.She has worked in the field of Māori education and health for many years as an educator and researcher and is well known for her work in Kaupapa Māori research. Professor Smith has published widely in journals and books. Her book “Decolonising Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples” has been an international best seller in the indigenous world since its publication in 1998. Professor Smith was a founding Joint Director of New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence from 2002-2007 and a Professor of Education at the University of Auckland. She is well known internationally as a public speaker. Professor Smith is from two tribes or iwi in New Zealand, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou.

Cindy Shannon

Australia and Torres Strait Islands

Professor Cindy Shannon BA, Dip Ed, MBA, Dr SocSc
Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island. She has over 28 years work experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and she has recently been appointed Director of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. Cindy also heads the Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland.Cindy is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on BBV and Sexual Health and chairs the Queensland ministerial advisory committee in this regard. She is also a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and chairs its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Advisory Committee. Cindy is also a member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministerial Advisory Council, the National Health and Hospital Fund Advisory Board and the Queensland Smart State Council.

Jennifer Tamehana

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Ms Jennifer Tamehana (Te Atihaunui ā Papārangi, Ngati Ruanui) is the Chief Executive Officer of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority Primary Health Organisation (TOIHA), a Māori health PHO/provider operating in Whanganui. Jen has extensive governance experience and, in addition to an active career in the health and social services, has also worked in the fields of business and education and training.  In her present position as CEO of TOIHA Jen is combining elements of all these fields together as she spearheads three Whānau Ora initiatives in the Whanganui region: a pilot programme in Whānau Ora Workforce Development; a pilot Whānau Ora service delivery model in two TOIHA services; and an iwi-validated Whānau Ora Professional Practice Framework. Jennifer is committed to advancing Māori health and wellbeing and achieving whānau ora.

Lisa Rey Thomas

United States of America

Lisa Rey Thomas, Ph.D. is Tlingit and her family is from Southeast Alaska.  Dr. Thomas is a Research Scientist at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington and has 20 years of experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities with a focus on community based and culturally grounded research that emphasizes strengths and resiliencies.  She is Co-Investigator and Project Director of The Healing of the Canoe, a Community Based Participatory Research project funded by NIH/National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD).  Dr. Thomas is Principal Investigator of an NIH/NMCHD funded conference grant, “Tribal Healing and Wellness” and is also Principal Investigator of a newly funded R01 (NIDA) “Native Pathways to Sobriety: Pacific Northwest Oral Life Histories”.  She serves as the Alaska Liaison for the Pacific Northwest Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.  Dr. Thomas serves on numerous committees and task groups, including the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (chair, 2007), APA Div 18 Psychologists in Indian Country Section (chair, 2007-2009),  Immediate Past Co-Chair for the Native Research Network, and Member-at-Large of APA’s Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.  She is a member of APA Divisions 18, 27, 45, and 56 and is also a member of the Society of Indian Psychologists.  She serves on the planning team for the 2011 and 2013 National Multicultural Conference and Summits.  Lisa has two boys, 18 and 9!  She also loves to run and to knit.

Paulette Tremblay


Paulette Tremblay, PhD, MA, BA, BEd (Mohawk)

Paulette Tremblay is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Health Organization and an adjunct professor for the Institute for Traditional Knowledge at Six Nations. She has also served as the Senior Executive Officer for the Six Nations Council and National Liaison for the Chiefs of Saskatchewan. She is a former Professor of the Six Nations Polytechnic Institute, Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa and was Director of Education for the Assembly of First Nations. She also has experience working as a researcher for the University of Ottawa and as a professional consultant in the private sector. She was also a disbursing clerk in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.

Paulette Tremblay's passion about education and life-long learning is reflected in her commitment to the development and matters of importance to FN/I/M peoples. She believes that we all learn and teach in our own unique ways. She has administered scholarships and awards; has developed and delivered curriculum and educational materials; and conducted program and course evaluations. She has engaged in educational functions; lobby and advocacy activities; and in evaluation, research, training and consulting initiatives at local, provincial, national and international levels. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Dalhousie University, a BA in Sociology from Wilfred Laurier University, and both her MA in Education and a PhD in Philosophy in Education from the University of Ottawa. Paulette Tremblay was the Director of Education for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and a Selection Committee member for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. She has also served a three-year appointment to the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Donald K. Warne

United States of America

Donald Warne, MD, MPH (Oglala Lakota)

Donald Warne, MD, MPH is the Executive Director of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.  In addition, he is an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he teaches American Indian Health Policy.  Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.  He received his MD from Stanford University in 1995 and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University with a focus on health policy in 2002.  Dr. Warne is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), and he is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.  He has completed fellowships in Alternative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Health and Medicine and in Minority Health Policy from Harvard Medical School. Donald Warne’s work experience includes several years as a primary care and integrative medicine physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Sacaton, AZ, and three years as a Staff Clinician with the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix where he conducted diabetes research and developed diabetes education and prevention programs in partnership with tribes.

Alayna Watene

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Alayna Watene – Ngāti Kahungunu, Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Alayna Watene is the Chief Executive of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga (TToH), a Māori authority and an accredited provider of health, social and education services in Hastings, New Zealand that delivers a Kaupapa Māori model of whānau ora (well being) to all.

Alayna has been involved in Māori development for over 20 years, first management role being with Te Runanganui o Ngāti Kahungunu as the Mana Enterprise Manager.  She has led TToH form its inception to where it is now, the largest NGO in Hawkes Bay with more than 155 staff providing over 33 different services to the community.  She has held and currently holds many strategic leadership roles with national and regional committees and organisations.  In recent years she was the recipient of national and regional business awards. 

Ngaire Whata

Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Ngaire Whata – Ngati Kahu, Tainui me Te Arawa
Ngaire Whata is a Maori woman of Aotearoa, with tribal affiliations to Ngati Kahu (Northern Tribe), Tainui (Waikato Region) and Te Arawa Iwi, Rotorua, Central North Island New Zealand of which land she stands on today.
Ngaire Whata’s background is in nursing.  She is the current Chairperson of Nga Ngaru Hauora o Aotearoa (National Maori Health Providers Network) and a former president, current executive committee member and life member of Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori o Aotearoa (National Council of Maori Nurses of New Zealand) Ngaire was also a founding member and CEO of the first Maori Nurses Health Clinic which was set up in Rotorua, Aotearoa in 1992.  All members of this roopu were from Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori o Aotearoa (National Council of Maori Nurses.)  She has been a trustee on the ANIHKD Committee since it’s inception in Townsville, Australia in 2003 and has also been a International Steering Committee member of the INIHKD.
Ngaire’s life passion has been to find solutions and actions to help improve the health status of her people, but exclusively, therefore, she is known to challenge, negotiate, and meet face to face with the “powers that be” always endeavouring to remove barriers at local, regional, national and international levels. Her new and most exciting challenge is Aotearoa’s Whanau Ora Program of which she believes has been a long time coming.  She acknowledges and recognises the Honourable Tariana Turia for her patience and determination to bring this wonderful program to fruition.
Ngaire’s presentation is based around a National Cluster that has come together to use clustering as a vehicle for mäori, for the wellness and cultural needs (traditional, values, principles) of all people.

Ted Wilkes

Australia and Torres Strait Islands

Associate Professor Wilkes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and holds the title of Professional Fellow in Aboriginal Health at Curtin University in Perth. Associate Professor Wilkes has enjoyed a lifelong involvement in Aboriginal affairs, his early professional background being spent with the Western Australian museum. Following that he became acting inaugural Head of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University and then enjoyed sixteen years as the Director of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service in Perth. Associate Professor Wilkes serves on a wide range of state, national and international committees, which are working towards improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people. His position as Leader of the Rio Tinot Child Health Partnership, allows him to work collaboratively across organizations, governments and communities to translate beneficial research findings into sustainable health policy and practice. The aim of this Partnership is to foster improvements to maternal and child health in Aboriginal communities, whilst simultaneously developing the health workforce, Parallel with these committees he is a team investigator with the Capacity Building Grant Researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Together with working towards a PhD degree, he has recently accepted a part-time position as Special Indigenous Advisor to the Health Reform Implementation Taskforce with the Western Australian Department.

* Not a complete list of speakers.