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vol 7 issue 1 Apr 2013
10 10 108/04/2013 2013 has started with a flurry of activity for our small team in Alice Springs. Pauline Meehan, Resource Administrator Flinders NT, was a welcome support until we recruited our much valued Melane Strauss as Administration Officer. In February we initiated a get to know you morning tea with the Baker IDI staff who share the Rubuntja Building. We presented an overview of our teaching, research and community engagement work. The presentation was well received and resulted in some potential collaborations in research and requests for teaching cultural safety and intercultural communication sessions for Baker IDI personnel. We launched the Poche Seminar Series for 2013 with over 40 people attending the inaugural session. John Reid present his PhD research proposal which aims to investigate the interrelationships between Aboriginal wellbeing, cultural values, and social and demographic change in the NT remote settlements. Kate Csilag of Tangentyere presented her recently completed research report entitled Sustaining Tenancies Service Delivery Approaches to Long-Term Homelessness in Alice Springs. Other 2013 activities include: Indigenous Academic John Reid acting as a cultural support/mentor for the LIC students. Cultural educator Colleen Hayes working with Courtney Ryder to develop teaching materials for the medical curriculum as well as delivering her usual cultural orientation sessions in Alice Springs. Our first publications for 2013 have been sent for review based on presentations delivered at the Rendezvous Conference in Thunder Bay last October. Senior Researcher Kerry Taylor, in collaboration with the Centre for Remote Health and the Mental Health Association Central Australia ,completed research on Aboriginal Youth Suicide Data Collection and Referral Pathways. The final report will be available on each organisations web sites. Kerry presented to the MHACA Steering Committee and Suicide Aboriginal Advisory Group in Tennant Creek. She will also be co-presenting the research at the upcoming NRHA Conference with Associate Professor Melissa Lindeman. A peer reviewed article has also been accepted for publication with the Journal of Rural Health. Poche Centre Alice Springs was invited to join the Kidney Action Network (KAN) to advocate on behalf of dialysis patients across the tri-state area of Central Australia. Poche PhD Scholarship holder Maree Meredith conducted workshops in Fregon and Indulkana communities as part of her research into the health benefits of art centres. Kerry Taylor attended with Maree as academic support and made some valuable connections for future professional development and research opportunities for Poche Alice Springs. Professor Dean Carson visited Alice Springs and was able to provide supervision and research skills training to PhD and Masters students at Poche. Poche Alice Springs staff attended a one day teaching and planning workshop with Adelaide Poche Centre staff. Darwin Indigenous Transition Pathways and Medical Program personnel also attended this workshop. Poche Centre for Indigenous Health (Alice Springs) Kerry Taylor Above: Kate Csilag presents at the first Poche Seminar Above right: Poche PhD scholarship holder Maree Merideth at Fregon, workshopping informed consent for her research study of the health benefits of art centres. Above: Professor Dean Carson and PhD candidate John Reid 10 Poche Centre News
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