LIME Connection X

Decolonising education – through critique to transformative learning and teaching
Ngambri & Ngunnawal Country, Canberra, Australia
22 – 25 October 2023

About LIME Connection X

The tenth biennial Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network LIME Connection conference was hosted by Australian National University on Ngambri & Ngunnawal Country, Canberra, Australia from 22 – 25 October 2023.

LIME Connection X theme:
Decolonising education – through critique to transformative learning and teaching.

Decolonisation requires an interrogation of the processes, culture and assumptions of power. It is to seek transformation through education; to critique the replication of existing structures and ways of thinking. It is a disruption seeking to broaden thinking beyond accepted knowledge, practice, theory and research.

LIME Connection provides an opportunity for:

  • Collaboration, information sharing and networking across nations;
  • Professional development and capacity-building;
  • Linking with community, colleges and those from all health disciplines;
  • Discussion and critique of current practices; and
  • Exploration of emerging tools and techniques to drive improvement in Indigenous health education.

LIME Connection is a leading international event in Indigenous health  professional education for academics, students, community members, practitioners and policy makers. Speakers will include Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada.

LIME Connection provides the space for robust discussion on leadership, curriculum innovation and collaboration in Indigenous health professional education. It provides an opportunity to celebrate successes and share new and evidenced-based approaches in the field.

The LIMElight Awards, honouring excellence in student recruitment, support and graduation, health curriculum implementation, community engagement, research and leadership, will also be presented.

Connection X is provided by the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network Program.

Speakers and Presenters

LIME Connection X keynote speakers:
Professor Ian Anderson AO
Dr Andrea McKivett
Professor Eve Tuck
Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins

LIME Connection X plenary panel presentations:
Decolonising Education in the Tertiary Sector 
– With Dr Eddie Cubillo, Dr Kelly Menzel, Dr Vicki Kerrigan & Renata Watene, chaired by Professor Shaun Ewen.
Career Pathways for Specialist Medical Trainees – with Dr Olivia O’Donoghue, Dr Rebecca Alvarez, Mahatia Minniecon & Dr Alicia Veasey, chaired by Dr. Glenn Harrison.

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LIMELight Awards

The LIMElight Awards recognise the significant and outstanding work that staff, students and medical schools undertake in the learning and teaching of Indigenous health, and the recruitment, support and graduation of Indigenous medical students.

The LIMElight Awards were presented during the LIMGlight dinner at the National Museum Australia on Tuesday 24 October 2023.

This year’s award winners are:

  • The Dennis McDermott Memorial Award for Excellence in Cultural Safety Award
    Kym Thomas, Flinders University
  • Excellence in Community Engagement
    Wurri-Ki Culture and Deakin School of Medicine Indigenous Health Team
  • Excellence in Indigenous Health Curriculum Development and Implementation
    Associate Professor Brett Biles, University of New South Wales
  • Excellence in Indigenous Student Recruitment, Support and Graduation
    Mr James Andrew, University of British Columbia
  • Excellence in Indigenous Health Education Student Work
    Kyle Ryan, University of Queensland

The inaugural LIME Life awards recognise the significant and outstanding work of LIME Network Reference Group Members, past Reference Group Members and other major contributors have made to The LIME Network over the past 18 years. LIME Life Award recipients contributed their time and cultural knowledge to The LIME Network and helped to form an international community of practice between Indigenous medical educators and non-Indigenous medical educators teaching Indigenous content.  The LIME Life Awards were kept as a surprise for each award recipient and were nominated by the LIME Secretariat.

The 2023 LIME life award recipients are:

  • A/Prof Lilon Bandler, Principal Research Fellow, The LIME Network, The University of Melbourne
  • A/Prof Elana Curtis, Public Health Physician & Associate Professor Medical, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland
  • Prof Shaun Ewen, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), Griffith University
  • Dr Peter O’Mara, Director, Thurru Indigenous Health Unit, University of Newcastle
  • Prof David Paul, Managing Director, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle
  • Prof Suzanne Pitama, Dean, University Of Otago, Christchurch Campus
  • Prof Papaarangi Reid, Tumuaki, Te Kupenga Hauora Maori, The University of Auckland


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