News & notices
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.
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.
Congratulations to NCIS adjunct scholar, Associate Professor Tom Calma AO
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Indigenous Governance Awards
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Professor Mick Dodson on constitution change
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.
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.
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.
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.