News & notices

17
Dec
2012

Most read research: Indigenous 2012

A report about Indigenous education in Australia that was submitted to Australian Policy Online (APO) by NCIS Research Associate, Dr Bill Fogarty, has been rated in the APO's top five most viewed Indigenous research articles for 2012. The report, 'Recognising a wicked problem,' discusses the challenges facing remote Indigenous education.

23
Nov
2012

Visiting Fellow, Mr Len Kanowski, joins NCIS

Mr Len Kanowski, Senior Advisor in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, has joined NCIS as a Visiting Fellow for 12 months, starting November 2012.

22
Nov
2012

Congratulations to NCIS adjunct scholar, Associate Professor Tom Calma AO

NCIS sends its warm congratulations to our adjunct scholar, Associate Professor Tom Calma AO for his receipt last night of the ACT Australian of the Year award.

Professor Calma is now a finalist for the National Australian of the Year award which will be announced in January in Canberra. NCIS wishes Tom all the best in the selection process.

22
Nov
2012

Expert evidence to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

NCIS academics Professor Mick Dodson and Dr Bill Fogarty have provided expert evidence to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to their inquiry into the Contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.

Dr Bill Fogarty was subsequently interviewed by the National Indigenous Radio Service and discussed the inquiry submission.

» read the official Committee Hansard extract (PDF 624.13KB)

8
Nov
2012

Farewell to NCIS Executive Officer, Anna Damiano

The opening night of the Likan'mirri II art exhibition also marked the end of an era in NCIS history, with Anna Damiano celebrating the end of nine-and-a-half years as the NCIS Executive Officer. NCIS offers a profound "thank you" to Anna for her outstanding contribution to the Centre and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.

5
Nov
2012

Reducing Indigenous incarceration using Justice Reinvestment: an exploratory case study

NCIS Research Fellow, Dr Jill Guthrie, and colleagues have been awarded three years of research funding through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Indigenous scheme.

The three-year project, which will commence in 2013, is a case study using Justice Reinvestment methodology to explore the conditions, governance and cultural appropriateness of reinvesting resources otherwise spent on incarceration, into services to enhance juvenile offenders' ability to remain in their community.

Justice Reinvestment is a key field of research at NCIS, and comes under the ‘Social determinants of a healthy life’ NCIS research field. Another NCIS activity focusing on Justice Resinvestment was the Justice Reinvestment Forum hosted by NCIS in conjunction with the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG) and the Crawford School of Public Policy in August 2012.

» read more about NCIS research using Justice Reinvestment methodology

24
Oct
2012

2012 Indigenous Governance Awards


Image: Eunice Yunurupa Porter – ‘Governance Training’

Professor Mick Dodson chaired the judging panel for the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards held in October. The awards were created by Reconciliation Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton to identify, celebrate and promote effective Indigenous governance. The national awards highlight success in Indigenous Australia – strong leadership, good management, effective partnerships and brave, creative thinking.

» view Professor Dodson's Awards speech

24
Oct
2012

New NCIS Centre Administrator

Ms Barbara Wallner has joined NCIS as the Centre Administrator, and is responsible for the Centre's administrative and outreach functions. Barbara takes over this role from the NCIS Executive Officer, Ms Anna Damiano, who leaves the Centre on 8 November 2012 after nine-and-a-half years of exceptional service.

A warm welcome to Barbara.

17
Oct
2012

NCIS HDR candidate named Indigenous Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia

Intellectual property lawyer and NCIS PhD candidate Ms Terri Janke has been named Indigenous Lawyer of the Year, an award that highlights valuable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers to the legal profession. Terri is the first female recipient of the prestigious award. As a lawyer, she has been involved in several landmark cases on indigenous copyright and traditional knowledge rights and prepared authoritative reports for the Australian Government and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on the protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and intellectual property rights.

» read the Lawyers Weekly report

14
Sep
2012

Vice-Chancellor's award for reconciliation

Entries are now being called for two new awards from the Vice-Chancellor: the ‘Vice-Chancellor Award for Reconciliation: Students’ is an exciting new initiative that will be held annually. The two awards (1 x undergraduate, 1 x postgraduate) are valued at $4,000 cash each, and are awarded for creative works by ANU students demonstrating a commitment to Reconciliation.

Eligibility criteria are available on the Reconciliation homepage. The closing date for the submission of award entries is 4pm Friday 12 October, 2012, and the winners will be announced at the Last Lecture celebrations (early November 2012).

12
Jul
2012

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence awarded to NCIS academic

NCIS would like to congratulate Senior Research Fellow and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program Manager, Dr Asmi Wood, who was doubly honoured at the mid-year graduation ceremony on 12 July with the award of his PhD and a Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (received in 2010).

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate the University's most outstanding teachers in their fields. The awards give recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in ANU.

Well done Asmi!

11
Jul
2012

Professor Mick Dodson on constitution change


Photo by Belinda Pratten.

Professor Mick Dodson spoke on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a public lecture at the University of Canberra on 11 July 2012. The lecture covered the Federal Government's promise to hold a national referendum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders before the next election.

Media coverage

University of Canberra Media Centre, 10 July 2012: 'Mick Dodson discusses Indigenous constitutional recognition'.

The Canberra Times, 12 July 2012: 'Dodson backs constitution change'.

Professor Dodson was a member of an expert panel who discussed the next steps towards Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians, at the Constitution Day 2012 Forum on 9 July 2012.

3
Jul
2012

Serving our country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia

Stella Bowen, 'Private, Gowrie House', oil on hardboard, 11 June 1945 AWM, ART26277.

A major new research project entitled Serving our country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia has been awarded more than $1 million as part of the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects funding. The project will be led by Professor Ann McGrath from the Australian Centre for Indigenous History in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor Mick Dodson from NCIS. Partnership organisations are the Department of Defence, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, the National Archives of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The project will trace the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia, and provides authoritative accounts of their contributions to the nation. It follows on from a 12-month pilot project entitled the Defence Service History Project which concluded in February 2012.

» read the ANU media release of the funding award

20
May
2012

NCIS HDR Candidate Kerrie Doyle receives Oxford entrance and Roberta Sykes Scholarship

In March 2012, Kerrie Doyle was accepted by Oxford University to undertake the MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, and in May 2012 was awarded a prestigious Roberta Sykes Postgraduate Scholarship to enable her to undertake this significant academic opportunity. The Masters program is unavailable in Australia, and Kerrie will use the training for research and practice in Indigenous health issues upon her return to Australia. The research and teaching opportunities provided at Oxford University will prove invaluable for the completion of her doctoral research.

The MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention teaches how interventions may be assessed and evaluated, and how critical appraisal can test the claims of "evidence-based practice". The course tackles the difficult issues involved in transforming research findings into useable interventions for practice, and in facilitating practitioner access to the information about evidence which practitioners need to make their decisions.

May
2012

New staff and HDR candidates at NCIS

In May 2012, Jill Guthrie joined the Centre as Research Fellow, and Bill Fogarty as Research Associate. They bring health and education research expertise to NCIS. The Centre also has two new doctoral candidates and welcomes Diana Anderssen and Pearl Chaloupka to the HDR Program.

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