Indigenous Health Services Research Interest Group

Building on the highly successful indigenous 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 the work of indigenous health organisations and researchers’ knowledge and skills. This approach continues and our current Representatives are:


Kirsten Smiler , Post Doctoral Scholar, School of Government, University of Victoria, Wellington



Natalie Bryant: Indigenous Group Organiser Natalie Bryant, Workstream Manager, Mental Health  and Non-admitted Patient Care, ABF Taskforce, NSW Health 

Natalie Bryant is the Workstream Manager – Mental Health and Non-admitted Patient care within the ABF Taskforce at NSW Health. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of major strategic reform in relation to mental health and non-admitted patient care, including the implementation of the new Australian Mental Health Care Classification.



If you are interested in Indigenous Health Services Research or would like to be involved, please contact either Natalie or Esther.

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.

We are seeking a new Australian representative for the Indigenous Health Services Research Interest Group.  If you are interested in volunteering speak to Esther or contact Sarah Green .


Strong indigenous presence at Health Services 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 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 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 issues and made indigenous health services research a central theme of the conference, with four keynote speakers addressing indigenous health research, 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 Melbourne conference in December 2015

This year’s conference in Melbourne will continue to support 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 will be held for indigenous delegates to network in an informal setting before the start of the main conference
  • There will be dedicated concurrent sessions on indigenous health services research and research that focuses on addressing health inequities that indigenous people experience


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