LIME Connection VI conference

October 15 / 168

Indigenous Medical Student and Community Member Bursary Recipients. Picture Roslyn Budd, Budd Photography.
Indigenous Medical Student and Community Member Bursary Recipients. Picture Roslyn Budd, Budd Photography.


The sixth biennial Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection conference was held in Townsville in August.  


Bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous medical educators, students, policy makers and community members to talk about innovation in Indigenous Health teaching and learning at universities, the LIME Connection conferences are organised by the LIME Network, which has been situated at the University of Melbourne since 2008. 


The network includes all medical schools in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, as well as colleagues in all health sciences, and from Canada and the USA.


This year’s conference focused on knowledge systems, social justice and racism in health professional education. It built on evidence-based presentations from previous LIME Connection conferences and captured new initiatives, shared successful methods and workshopped visions for the future.


Strengths-based presentations relating to Indigenous health teaching and learning, curriculum development and research in health professional education were encouraged by the theme this year, as well as models for community engagement, and the recruitment and graduation of Indigenous students. 


Keynote speakers included experts in Indigenous health education

from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Hawai’i. Delegates included

Indigenous and non-Indigenous health professional educators, students, policy makers, health practitioners and community members from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, the USA and Canada.


University of Melbourne staff who presented included Shaun Ewen, Warwick Padgham, Clare Delany, Lachlan Doughney and Shawana Andrews.


University of Melbourne Student Nick Wilson, presented “ACCHOs: identifying the factors involved in successful placements for staff & students”, and fellow student Ngaree Blow was on the Student Panel.


The conference also hosted the LIMElight Awards that acknowledge and celebrate the many successes in the field.


To support participation of students and community members this year, 42 bursary places were awarded to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical students and community members with a strong interest in Indigenous health. 


“It is such an amazing experience being surrounded by Indigenous medical students from different universities with similar struggles and similar values, it is such a safe space and you instantly feel like...part of a family,” said one LIME Connection VI Bursary recipient.


Delegates overwhelmingly reported that the most important topic evident across the program was managing racism in health professional education. Many delegates noted the importance of being able to discuss racism in a safe space.


Outcomes and findings reported included learning new teaching methods,  (including assessment), developing networks, and feeling a sense of strength and inspiration for the work, through connection with colleagues.


LIME Connection VI was hosted by James Cook University and held under the auspices of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) and Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA) - Maori Medical Practitioners Association. 


The LIME Network is a dynamic network dedicated to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and graduation of Indigenous medical students.  It is a program of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government Department of Health and hosted by the University of Melbourne.


For more information on LIME, please visit the website

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