Indigenous health - Eliminating the Gap

July 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us on Thursday July 9 from 6pm for another great HMRI virtual event where we gain an insight into the importance of eliminating the gap in Indigenous health and the work that’s being done here in the Hunter to benefit communities nationwide.MCd by Wiradjuri woman and HMRI researcher Dr Michelle Bovill, this event will explore the link between health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Hear from Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Worimi Man and HMRI researcher Associate Professor Kelvin Kong about the important work he’s doing into ear health in Indigenous kids. Otitis Media is a middle ear infection that disproportionately impacts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, with many affected by the age of 12 months. In some remote Indigenous communities, 86% of children under the age of three had some form of otitis media.

This chronic condition can cause hearing loss and communication difficulties which ultimately leads to poorer health and lifestyle outcomes. Kelvin’s research is addressing ways to diagnose, intervene and treat this condition earlier – to ensure that more Indigenous kids get the good start they deserve.

Mr Nathan Towney is a Wiradjuri man and education leader who recently completed an inspiring four year tenure as Principal at Newcastle High School. A UON Alumnus of Teaching along with Health and Physical Education, Nathan is now Pro Vice-Chancellor for Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at the University of Newcastle. Nathan has a passion for innovation and change and is dedicated to engaging with the community.

Nathan will speak about the important role that education plays in eliminating the gap and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The evening will conclude with a q+a session.

Please send through any questions to or simply ask them on Facebook at the night. Please note: we will attempt to answer as many questions as possible.

Featuring Welcome to Country by Ray Kelly Jr

Also featuring a musical performance by Jacob Ridgeway.
“In a short amount of time, Jacob has been welcomed in more than one genre, and it is his most valuable asset while still being grounded by his Worimi and Gamilaroi roots. He credits the diversity of music around him growing up and music he has studied as they have provided an inspired sound and storytelling unique to him. Jacob's versatility has opened opportunities to perform, open or collaborate with artists such as; Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), James Morrison, Jessica Mauboy, Troy Cassar-Daley and Emily Wurramara. In addition to this, Jacob is an ambassador with R U OK? and currently completing his Master of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle. Jacob’s first single 'Bullyman'  took out the Grand Prize at the 2019 'National Indigenous Story Awards' and latest single 'I'm Not Coming Home' was released in February 2020 with both charting on iTunes and triple J unearthed. While both vastly different, both singles provide further insight to what we can expect from him in the future and that is; Anything could be possible!”

When: Thursday 9 July 2020
Time: 6pm - 7pm AEST
Where: Live streamed on Hunter Medical Research Institute Facebook page.
(A facebook account is not required to view the event, a link will be sent to registered participants prior to the event)