Lime Network wins Indigenous higher education award

June 11 / 63

Caitlin Ryan, Shaun Ewen, Erin Nicholls, Margo Collins. Credit: Michelle Van Kampen.
Caitlin Ryan, Shaun Ewen, Erin Nicholls, Margo Collins. Credit: Michelle Van Kampen.

A Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand project hosted by Onemda at the School of Population Health won the Rio Tinto Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education earlier this month.

The Leaders in Medical Education (LIME) Network Project won the award for its consultative approach to promoting high quality teaching, curriculum development and community engagement. It also encourages best practice in recruiting and retaining Indigenous medical students.

Team members Shaun Ewen, Odette Mazel, Caitlin Ryan and Erin Nicholls from the Centre for Health and Society were also recognised for the LIME Network’s ongoing work to address the social and cultural issues associated with engaging Indigenous communities on medical education and curriculum development.

Mr Ewen said the project team linked medical educators, specialists in Indigenous health, policy makers, community members, and others concerned with raising the quality of Indigenous health content in medical education.

“Working with these groups and local communities, we developed approaches, guidelines and resources that help us all deliver high quality and appropriate care to Indigenous people,” he said.

“We facilitated regional gatherings with University representatives, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and community members to discuss the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students, place them at ACCHOs, involve the community in curriculum design, and ensure reciprocity with the community sector.”

Mr Ewen said the award affirmed not only the work of the LIME team, but also that of many network members across Australia and New Zealand who worked together to strengthen medical education in Indigenous health.

“This recognition is very pleasing. Many people have been working to establish this project since it started in 2002, and this award acknowledges their hard work,” Mr Ewen said. 

“It also recognises the partnerships that make this work possible. 

“By acknowledging their importance, it encourages a partnership approach to teaching and learning across the board, an approach which has been extremely successful and rewarding for us.” 


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