Indigenous Health Services Research Special Interest Group

Building on the highly successful indigenous research panel session at our 2009 conference, the Association invited two health services researchers as co-opted Executive Committee members to advise and assist the Association to better engage with Indigenous health organisations and researchers. The Association aims to promote value and respect for the work of indigenous health organisations and researchers’ knowledge and skills.


The work of the Indigenous representatives has focused on setting up a special interest group, contributing regular articles to our Newsletter, and ensuring a strong indigenous presence at our biennial conferences.


Strong indigenous presence at Health Services and Policy Research Conferences


Welcome to country

There is a strong focus on indigenous health services research at HSRAANZ conferences which attracts researchers working in this field from across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, Canada and USA. The Health Services and Policy Research conferences now begin with a ‘welcome to country’ ceremony from indigenous leaders of the land where conferences are held. The conference programme features keynote speakers who are leaders in Indigenous health services research from Australia and New Zealand, as well as dedicated concurrent sessions that focus on Indigenous  health services research.


Workshop delegates enjoying lunch at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Central Adelaide

The conference in Wellington in December 2013 had a strong focus on Indigenous health, with four keynote speakers addressing Indigenous  health research and Indigenous health sessions across all of the concurrent sessions in the conference programme, including one specifically focusing on Pacific health.  Building on the success of the pre-conference workshop in Adelaide 2011, another pre-conference workshop was held to provide Indigenous delegates with an opportunity to meet and make connections prior to the start of the main conference.


Supporting Indigenous health services researchers at the Gold Coast conference in November 2016

The 2016 Gold Coast conference continued our tradition of supporting Indigenous health services researchers by prioritising Indigenous health issues and opportunities for networking within the conference programme in the following ways:

  • A pre-conference workshop was held for Indigenous  delegates to network in an informal setting before the start of the main conference
  • There was a dedicated concurrent sessions on Indigenous health services research and research that focuses on addressing health inequities that Indigenous people experience





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