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 held on Ngunnawal Country, Canberra, Australia from 22 – 25 October 2023. The event is being hosted by the Australian National University.

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.

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.


Registrations will open April 2023.

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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 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. Their LIME Reference Group member supports their attendance
  2. They have no course assessment commitments during the conference period


  1. They contribute to the learning and teaching provided through the health education provider, bringing lived experience to the classroom
  2. Their LIME Reference Group member supports their attendance

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 will open April 2023 and will close 1 May 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

  • 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 awards will open April 2023 and close 31 July 2023.

Speakers and presenters

Keynote presenters will be announced over the coming months via our newsletter and social media.

The full conference program will be available in from October 2023.

However, you can join our Network to receive email updates or follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram as we announce keynote presenters, panellists and key events in the program.

Abstract Submissions

The LIME Connection abstract submissions will open 31 March 2023. and close 16 June 2023.

Please see the LIME Call for Abstracts and Submission Guidelines . The Abstract submission portal will open soon.

Abstracts will go through the following process:

  • Abstracts are due by 16 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 below
  • 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


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

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

January 2023 – Issue 43

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Becoming a member of the LIME Network will mean that you can keep in touch with what we are doing and have access to our latest resources and publications. We will let you know about upcoming LIME Connection Conferences and you will also receive our Newsletters four times per year.