Data Sovereignty Translation and Health Tools Assessment

29 October 2019

The 2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Symposium will include international and national experts to explore Indigenous perspectives of data sovereignty, and translation from statistical analysis to practical resources for communities, by communities.

Date: Tuesday 29 October, 9am-4:30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building, 130 Garran Road, ANU

International and National Speakers:

Professor Malcolm King, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Professor Malcolm King, is a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (Ontario, Canada) and a health researcher at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan, Canada), having joined the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology in October 2017. There, he serves as the Scientific Director of SCPOR, the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, and he continues to teach and do research in Indigenous health and wellness, with a particular focus on engagement. Dr. King served as the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health from 2009 to 2016, where he spearheaded the development of a national health research agenda aimed at improving wellness and achieving health equity for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people in Canada. Dr. King’s international Indigenous health and wellness interests include improving Indigenous health through workforce development and provision of culturally appropriate care, and developing Indigenous health indicators to monitor progress in programs aimed at achieving wellness and health equity. He has been part of the International Group on Indigenous Health Measurement (IGIHM) since its inception in 2005.

Dr. King was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999, and in 2016, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr Alexandra King, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

MD, FRCPC, is an Internal Medicine Specialist with a focus on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV/HCV co-infections. Alexandra is a citizen of Nipissing First Nation (Ontario, Canada).

Dr Alexandra King is the inaugural Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan, Canada). She works with Indigenous communities and relevant stakeholders to understand the health and wellness needs of First Nations and Métis peoples in Saskatchewan and the structural changes required for improved Indigenous health outcomes.  She holds several Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grants to undertake Indigenous interventional wellness research in different contexts. She is the Co-Chair of International Group on Indigenous Health Measurement (IGIHM)’s working group on Indigenous wellness.

Dr Rawiri  McKree Jansen, Clinical Director, National Hauora Coalition, New Zealand

FRNZCGP, MBChB, BHB, BA, Dip Tchg, Grad Cert Clinical Teaching

Ngāti Raukawa

Formerly a resource teacher of Māori language, I completed my medical training at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland in 2000. That was actually my second attempt at Medical School having interrupted my studies to be an activist and protestor (Māori land, Māori language, Nuclear Free Independent Pacific and 1981 Springbok Tour). I provided clinical teaching, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori programmes for Māori health professionals throughout the country for several years. I have been Chairman of Te Ataarangi Trust (a national Māori language organisation), and Chairperson of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Māori Medical Practitioners Association). I self-published a Māori medical phrase book in 2006.

My main focus now is providing clinical leadership towards Maori health equity as a General Practitioner and Clinical Director for a Primary Healthcare Organisation.

Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter,  Pro Vice Chancellor Aboriginal Research & Leadership, University of Tasmania

Professor Maggie Walter is Palawa, descending from the Pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and a member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Briggs family. She holds the dual roles of Professor of Sociology and is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania and teaches and publishes in the fields of race relations, inequality and research methods and methodologies. Professor Walter is passionate about improving the position of Aboriginal people in Australian society and changing the dynamics around race relations. Professor Walter is widely published in her fields of research. She is the editor and co-author of the best-selling Social Research Methods and co-author of Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Directions and Indigenous Statistics: a quantitative methodology.


For further information about the symposium contact:

Convenor: Dr Stewart Sutherland

Administration: Mrs Kerrie Hogan



Time Session
08:30 - 09:00
Registration - Tea and Coffee
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome to Country
Uncle Wally Bell, Ngunawal Elder
09:15 - 09:30
Opening Address
Professor Russell Gruen, Dean, ANU College of Health and Medicine, The Australian National University
09:30 - 10:30
Whakamaoritia te mana raraunga. Normalising IDSov Translation. Because Maori is normal
Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen, National Haurora Coalition, New Zealand
10:30 - 11:00
Morning Tea
11:00 - 11:30
The good, the bad and the bureaucracy. Ensuring digital and Indigenous data sovereignty work together
Ms Katie Chapman, The Australian National University
11:30 - 12:30
Indigenous Data Sovereignty in the Age of Big Data and Open
Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter, University of Tasmania
12:30 - 13:00
Solving the Gap Between Indigenous data and data sovereignty: The Importance of Reliable Data‘If it was a different person each year, I probably wouldn’t do it’: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Administration Officers and Operationalising Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Mr Jacob Prehn, Dr Michael Guerzoni, University of Tasmania, and Ms Bobby Maher, Australian National University
13:00 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:45
Indigenous knowledge systems and wellness assessment: bringing in our connections with the land and waters
Dr Alexandra King and Professor Malcolm King, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
14:45 - 15:15
Solving the Gap Between Indigenous data and data sovereignty: The Importance of Reliable Data
Ms Yunqi Gao, The Australian National University
15:15 - 15:30
Afternoon Tea
15:30 - 16:30
Panel session: Data Sovereignty Translation and Health Tools Assessment – the next decade
All Speakers
Final Comments and Close
17:00 - 18:00
Networking Session: Fellows Bar University House

Please register your attendance on eventbrite.

For further information and enquiries contact Mrs Kerrie Hogan 

Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building, 130 Garran Road, ANU


Mrs Kerrie Hogan
+61 2 6125 0865