LIME Connection X

Decolonising education – through critique to transformative learning and teaching
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 will be hosted by Australian National University on 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

Keynote presenters continued to be announced over the coming months via our social media platforms. The full conference program will be available in October 2023.

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Abstract Submissions

Please see the LIME Call for Abstracts and Submission Guidelines.

Abstracts will go through the following process:

  • Abstracts are due by 30 June 2023
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the LIME Connection Scientific Committee
  • The Committee may recommend abstracts as a different form of presentation (e.g. as a poster rather than oral presentation)
  • Abstracts will be considered in relation to the submission criteria
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference program and conference website
  • Authors will be notified of their abstract results by 24 July 2023
  • Presenters must register for the conference by 1 September 2023


Registration Includes:

  • Attendance to all conference program sessions and workshops
  • Full catering as per the conference program
  • Name badge and conference promotional material
  • Access to the conference App
  • One ticket to the Cultural Day and Opening Ceremony (Sunday 22nd October)
  • One ticket to the LIMELight Awards Dinner (Evening Tuesday 24th October)

Key Dates

31 March 2023
Early Bird Registration opens

1 August 2023
Early Bird Registration closes Standard Registration only


Student Registration      $750  inc GST

Early Bird Registration $1200 inc GST

Standard Registration   $1400 inc GST

Extra Dinner Guest        $150   inc GST

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We have secured some amazing accomodation for your stay on Ngunnawal Country.

You can book these accommodation options through your online registration. Rooms are limited and we recommend getting in early to secure your preferred accommodation.

Student and Community Bursaries

Since 2009, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical students and community members have been supported to participate in LIME Connection conferences via funded bursaries. Bursaries are generously funded by the following medical schools:

  • Deakin University
  • Griffith University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Auckland
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of Otago
  • Western Sydney University
  • Wollongong University

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or Māori; and
  • Current medical student from Australia or Aotearoa/New Zealand (Student); or actively working with a medical school (Community).
  • Bursaries are determined by a committee convened by LIME secretariat.

Successful recipients of the bursary will be selected on the basis of their:

  1. Interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or Māori health and medical education
  2. An interest in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or Māori health
  3. Letter of support from your LIME Reference Group member
  4. Applicant meets the eligibility criteria, and the terms and conditions outlined in the relevant application.


  1. Active involvement in working with Medical Schools
  2. An interest and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or Māori health and medical education
  3. An interest in improving Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori health
  4. Letter of support from LIME Reference Group member

The bursary covers the costs of airfares, accommodation, meals, conference registration and attendance at networking events.

Applications will require submission of the Bursary Application form to the relevant LIME Reference Group member for consideration.

Applications are have now closed. If you ave missed the closing date, please contact us to consider any late applications via

LIME X Bursary Application – Indigenous Medical Student 2023

LIME X Bursary Application – Maori Medical Student 2023

LIME X Bursary Application – Community Member 2023

Social Events / dinner

LIME Connection social events provide important opportunities for delegates to network, share ideas and stories and to collaborate outside of the formal conference program.

LIME Connection X social events will include:

  • Welcome Reception – Monday, 23 October 2023
  • LIME Connection Dinner – Tuesday, 24 October 2023
  • Closing Event – Wednesday, 25 October 2023

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 will be  presented during dinner at the National Museum Australia on Tuesday 24 October 2023.

This year’s award categories are:

  • The Dennis McDermott Memorial Award for Excellence in Cultural Safety Award
  • Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • Excellence in Indigenous Health Curriculum Implementation
  • Excellence in Indigenous Student Recruitment, Support and Graduation
  • Excellence in Indigenous Health Education Student Leadership
  • Excellence in Indigenous Health Education Leadership

Nominations for the LIMElight are now open!

LIMElight Awards Nomination Form2023

Dennis McDermott Memorial Award Form2023

Nominations close 31 July 2023.


LIME Connection X is hosted by the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Thank you to our sponsors:

For more information on how to sponsor LIME Connection X please read our LIME Connection X Sponsorship Prospectus 2023 or contact us

Stay informed

Discover the LIME Network Newsletter

April 2023 – Issue 44

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