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Professor Calma shared his thoughts on the critical importance of co-design with Indigenous communities, healthcare institutions and providers. He spoke of his role in influencing policy and practice, including responding to current findings of Royal Commissions on Aging and Disability as they impact Indigenous communities.
Professor Calma also highlighted some of the complexities for First Nations people in home care for First Nations people with disabilities and seniors, affected as they are by inadequate, poorly maintained and overcrowded housing. As the leading proponent of Voice in Parliament, Professor Calma is committed to helping address some of these issues.
In its transition to a University of Sydney flagship research centre, the Poche Center for Indigenous Health will be fully focused on delivering world-class research to address similar long-term and important health challenges. This recent enhancement of the Centre’s status by the University recognizes that the Poche Centre, in true partnership with self-governing First Nations communities, is best placed to conduct research to effect transformational change in practice and policy in matter of health care.
The showcase of ongoing research at the recent workshop demonstrated the value of partnership with First Nations communities in building research capacity between the university and communities.
It has also shown that attracting and developing the best and brightest scholars to work on the most critical health issues and long-term challenges facing First Nations people will enable the Center to aspire to become the centerpiece of First Nations research at the University of Sydney.
The workshop also heard that there was a record number of First Nations students enrolled in WFH courses last year. In addition, nearly 260 WFH scholars are engaged in First Nations research.
Learn about some current First Nations research at the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health here.