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.
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.
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.
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:
IHSRG Terms of Reference
Newsletter Article 1 - Indigenous HSR: How we might advance as an Association
Newsletter Article 2 - The Lowitja Institute, Australia
Newsletter Article 3 - HSRAANZ Sponsors_the_Hui_Whakapiripiri_10-11_July_2012
Celebrating the Achievements of Health Services Research in Australia and New Zealand - see page 36 and 37 "Maori Health and Health Services Research, Ten Years of Growth Amohia Boulton, Senior Researcher, Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development"