This page showcases a selection of Poche Adelaide activities and news items as included in regular reports and media releases.


2018 Activities and News

Key Thinkers Forum

The Flinders University Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide and Northern Territory, hosted a collaborative Poche Indigenous Health Network (PIHN) Key Thinkers Forum at Flinders Victoria Square on Friday 24 August 2018. The topic of this forum was ‘Outing’ Unconscious Bias, with discussion revolving around strategies to reconfigure harmful response modes in Indigenous health care. 

This Poche Key Thinkers Forum featured a panel of three, noted, Pan-Indigenous scholars working in this area: Dr Barry Lavallee (University of Manitoba, Canada), Dr Ricci Harris (University of Otago and University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand), and Dr Chelsea Bond (University of Queensland). Professor Tom Calma, Chancellor of the University of Canberra and Patron of the Poche Indigenous Health Network, moderated the forum.

The Key Thinkers Forum was attended ‘face to face’ by 89 people with an additional 52 live-viewing connections via the Slice of LIME professional development seminars link. Attendees were from 5 countries and represented 32 organisations including AMRIC, CATSINaM, Catholic Education WA, Eru Pomare Maori Health Research Centre, Laynhapuy, RACP, Queensland Health, SAHMRI, Royal NZ College of GPs, San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety and various universities (Flinders, La Trobe, Monash, Australian Catholic, Southern Cross, Auckland, Manitoba, UniSA, Melbourne, UQ, UNSW, Sydney, Western Sydney). Many additional people have since viewed the recording now available on the LIME You Tube channel and this has already been incorporated as a teaching resource at several tertiary institutions.


PIHN Annual Network Meeting

The Flinders University Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide and Northern Territory, led by Professor Dennis McDermott, hosted the annual Poche Indigenous Health Network (PIHN) meeting at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort on Thursday 23 August 2018. This meeting brought forty representatives from the Australian network of Poche Centres together for group presentations, executive meetings and social activity culminating in a special dinner sponsored by Poche benefactor, Mrs Kay Van Norton Poche, and hosted by Mr Reg Richardson AM.

The PIHN Annual Network Meeting is a highlight of the Poche group’s annual calendar and provides important community interactions and fully supports the objectives of the PIHN to:

  • provide information and advice about the research successes of each Poche Centre;
  • translate research and evidence so it is readily accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities;
  • identify and support projects of national significance;
  • profile the work of Poche Centres and their collective impact;
  • influence government and public policy.



PRIDoC 2018

In July 2018 the team from Poche Adelaide were invited to attend the 9th Biannual Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) in Hilo, Hawaii. Presentations and workshops given by the Poche Adelaide team complemented and strengthened international Poche collaborations with positive ramifications and ongoing dialogues with First Nations representatives from around the world.

The well received PRIDoC 2018 presentations and workshops by Dennis McDermott, David Sjoberg, Jess Dawson and Allan Sumner included:

  • Preconference workshop: Indigenous Faculty Forum - plenary panel discussing Racism, Unconscious Bias and Microaggression in Academia. (Dennis McDermott)
  • Workshop: Having the Hard Conversations - Employing deep listening, deconstruction and ‘holding’ to work through student dissonance and resistance in cultural safety education. (David Sjoberg and Dennis McDermott)
  • Oral presentation: Effective cultural safety training - What does it look like, and how do we measure it? A qualitative systematic review of the literature. (Jess Dawson and Dennis McDermott)
  • Oral presentation: Karntun, Yunun, Ringbalun: Culture, Humour and the Arts in Medical Education. (Allan Sumner)


SPA Keynote Address

On 28 May 2018, Dennis McDermott gave the opening keynote address at the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) National Conference, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

One particular lesson learned for Poche Adelaide was not to underestimate the power of social media as an education/dissemination tool. Although there was a sizeable audience physically present (around seven hundred), the impact of the talk for speech pathologists working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was magnified by the large numbers of attendees ‘tweeting’, some in real time and some days after. The Twitter feed kept rolling for almost a week … and attendees listened and relayed what they’d heard.

The SPA conference also produced two short videos for further dissemination of the work to their national membership, and the public, via YouTube.



Teaching While Black Symposia

On 3 March 2018, Dave Sjoberg and Dennis McDermott presented at the first of two symposia on Teaching While Black, at The University of Technology, Sydney. The presentations, by a range of academics from the University of Queensland, Flinders University and the University of Melbourne, addressed the ‘emotional labour’ of teaching challenging material on Indigenous health, racism and cultural safety – along with the difficulty of being accepted and respected as an academic who is Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or African.

This first symposium was the culmination of the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) National Fellowship held by Poche University of Queensland (UQ) colleague, Dr Chelsea Bond. The event was sold out and also had a wide online presence with strong dissemination via Twitter and social media.

It is notable that Dr Chelsea Bond’s (Poche UQ) OLT Fellowship closely paralleled the OLT National Senior Teaching Fellowship held by Poche Adelaide’s Professor Dennis McDermott, with Dave Sjoberg as a major collaborator. There were joint publications, symposium presentations, and video resource collaborations from the twin Poche Indigenous Health Network Fellowships.

The second sold out Teaching While Black symposium was held on 27 April 2018 at the University of Melbourne. This included another presentation, Deconstructing Racism: Strategies for individual transformation and organisational change, by Dennis McDermott and Dave Sjoberg which was once again very well received. It was clear that word of mouth from the first Sydney session had been good. The event was live-streamed as a LIME Network webinar and is now available as a video resource via the Slice of LIME seminars webpage (Seminar 8).




IFNTF World Summit 2018

Early in May 2018, Dennis McDermott gave a presentation at the World Summit of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF), in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The presentation was well received and opened up some ongoing connections with First Nations academic centres from the Maritimes and British educationalists.