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2021 Indigenous Research Symposium

This symposium showcased research undertaken by UC Researchers on matters important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For those of you who attended our event, Thank you for listening!

Video recording of the presentation for those who were unable to attend or want to hear a presentation again.


9:05am Introduction by Event Host Wendy Somerville,  Sessional and PhD Student, Faculty of Arts and Design
9:10am Welcome to Country Aunty Roslyn Brown, Ngunnawal Elder/  UC Elder in Residence
9:15am Welcome by the Chancellor Prof Tom Calma AO, Chancellor, University of Canberra
9:20am Welcome by the DVC Research and Enterprise Prof Mick Cardew-Hall, DVC R&E, University of Canberra

‘'Ngura’ – belonging. The decolonising power of Restorative Practice to connect and heal

Dr Holly Northam, Snr Lecturer, Faculty of Health

Dr  Wayne Applebee, Lecturer,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialisation,  Faculty of Health

10:00am Being Aboriginal  OnlineDr Wayne Applebee,  Lecturer,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialisation,  Faculty of Health
10:30am Story GroundsDr Paul Collis, Project Co-Lead, Faculty of Arts and Design
Andi Stapp-Gaunt,  Project Col-Lead, Faculty of Arts and Design
12:00pm Indigenous Water ScienceBradley Moggridge, Associate Professor, Indigenous Water Science, Faculty of Science and Technology
12:30pm Exploring staff capability to embed Indigenous perspectives and pedagogies into the health curriculaDr Rachel Bacon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health

An Informed Rejection (aka Stepping Lightly: one Indigenous researcher/ creator, her community, and the academy)

Lisa Fuller, Sessional & PhD Student, Faculty of Arts and Design

Indigenous and Western peoples engaging in two-way learning  about natural and social disasters: Rebirthing our internal power

Dr Petra Buergelt. Associate Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Adj/Prof Läwurrpa Maypilama, Yalu Aboriginal Corporation
Yuŋgirriŋa Dorothy Bukulatjpi, Yalu Aboriginal Corporation
Rosemary Gundjarranbuy, Yalu Aboriginal Corporation
Stephen Dhamarrandji, Yalu Aboriginal Corporation
Prof Douglas Paton, Charles Darwin University
Prof James Smith, Menzies School of  Health Research
Tahir Ali, Charles Darwin University

2:30pm Increasing participation rates of Indigenous University Students: The Indigenous TaskforceProf Raechel Johns, Head of School, Canberra Business School, Faculty of Business, Government and Law
3:00pm Teaching for Country: Exploring transformative opportunities in
initial teacher education through enacting Indigenous ways of knowing being and doing
Benny Wilson, Assistant Professor, Education, Faculty of Education
3:30pmEvent EndWendy Somerville,  Sessional and PhD Student, Faculty of Arts and Design