Indigenous Health: Eliminating the Gap Virtual Seminar Recap

Jul 24 2020

On Thursday 12 July, HMRI hosted Indigenous Health: Eliminating the Gap virtual community seminar.
MCd by HMRI researcher Dr Michelle Bovill, the event also featured presentations by Nathan Towney - University of Newcastle Pro Vice-Chancellor for Indigenous Strategy and Development, and Associate Professor Kelvin Kong - Newcastle-based ENT surgeon and HMRI affiliated researcher.

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.

Associate Professor Kelvin Kong speaks 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.

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

Watch the full event below (captions available) or on our YouTube channel here