Uluru 27 - 30 October 2014
Palya! (Hello! in Pitjantjatjara - the language of the Aboriginal people of the Central Australian Desert).
The Global Community Engaged Medical Education Muster took place from 27-30 October 2014 at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort - located in ‘The Red Centre' and situated adjacent to Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), one of Australia's most recognisable natural landmarks.
The 2014 Muster was the fourth conference to be hosted by Flinders University and Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Partners in presenting the 2014 Muster were James Cook University, Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME), Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet) and Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (CLIC).
Photo Courtesy of Voyages Hotels & Resorts
'Muster' is a term primarily used in Australia to refer to the roundup of livestock. However, it can also refer to the calling forth of people to a gathering. ‘The Muster' brought together internationally recognised leaders in community engaged medical education and stimulated important discussions about key concepts and practices at the forefront of medical education: Longitudinal Learning, Community Engagement, Social Accountability and Aboriginal Health.
Along with a vital scientific program which has become the tradition of these conferences, a key feature of the 2014 Muster was time set aside for community of practice discussion and reflection. Key features included 'white space' in the program and conference dinners to start and conclude the conference. The 3 day conference was been designed to fit in with the logistics of travel and the Central Australian climate to maximise the opportunities of both a formal and informal program.
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Welcome to Uluru
Uluru, a world heritage listed site, is a rock monolith made of arkosic sandstone which rises 348 metres above the desert floor in the heart of Australia.
Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas), located about 30 kilometres west of Uluru, is a group of more than 36 rounded red domes.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta are both located on Aboriginal Land and are part of the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. The Park is jointly managed by its Anangu traditional owners and Parks Australia.
The Park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for both its natural and cultural values. The surrounding region is abounding with stunning rock formations and a rich Indigenous culture.