Topic: Indigenous community control or controlling Indigenous communities?

Presenter: Professor Cindy Shannon - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education)

This session will examine the evolution of governance arrangements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that have been implemented over recent decades with a view to achieving the policy goals of self-determination and self-management for Indigenous peoples. A series of case studies in health will be discussed to give examples of how various political, social, legal and cultural influences interact to result in differing levels of community control and genuine capacity for self-determination. The structures that underpin and influence governance processes in Indigenous health will also be considered. The impact of recent government reforms in Indigenous health with the commitment to "Close the Gap" will be discussed, along with the complex implications for governance and management processes in community health and welfare organisations as a result of such reforms.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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