Thursday, 04 October 2012
The ECU-based, nationally recognised Australian Indigenous HealthInfonet recently celebrated its 15th birthday in the nation’s capital.
Established in 1997 by former GP and Director Neil Thomson, the online health resource acts as a one-stop-shop, providing knowledge and information on Indigenous health. The website is freely accessible to both policy makers and health practitioners alike.
Two separate events were held to mark the occasion – the first was held in Canberra on 13September to acknowledge the ongoing funding by the Department of Health and Ageing, attended by The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Honourable Warren Snowdon MP.
An event at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus rounded off the celebrations. Attended by Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox and staff integral to the success of the resource, the event celebrated the great work of HealthInfoNet to date.
Professor Cox acknowledged the HealthInfoNet as a leader in translational research, getting research findings to health practitioners to improve health outcomes.
Professor Thomson said he is looking forward to a strong future for the online resource.
“In the future I hope that HealthInfoNet becomes an Australia-wide working partnership of universities, Aboriginal-controlled organisations, government and other agencies,” he said.
“Joining together is the only way that the HealthInfoNet’s crucial work in informing policy and practice in Indigenous health could optimally address the knowledge needs for all health topic areas for all people working in the area, and ensure the accessibility of appropriate jurisdiction-specific information.”
For more information visit the HealthInfoNet website.