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Hybrid Event: DIABETES across the LIFECOURSE: Northern Australia Partnership 2023 Annual Educational Symposium, 3 Nov 23

Hybrid Event: DIABETES across the LIFECOURSE: Northern Australia Partnership 2023 Annual Educational Symposium, 3 Nov 23

 Join Menzies School of Health Research, online or face to face, for  the 2023 Annual Educational Symposium: Mental Health and Wellbeing: “Strong Minds, Healthy Futures”

This symposium will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers sharing their lived experiences stories of diabetes and the impacts of social and emotional wellbeing.


Tina Brodie is an an Aboriginal Post-Doctoral Researcher living and working on Kaurna Country at South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute’s Wardiparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Scheme. Tina’s focus areas are social & emotional well-being, & the social determinants of health.

Allison Dart is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba, and a paediatric nephrologist and clinician researcher at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Allison’s research focuses on improving outcomes in children living with type 2 diabetes & Indigenous populations.

Neil Wilkshire is a Warrumungu, Warlmanpa, Luritja & Arrente man with family connections in Tennant Creek, Finke, Mparntwe (Alice Springs), & across Central Australia. Neil was diagnosed with diabetes at 18 months, later experienced renal failure, & was the first person in the NT to receive both a kidney & pancreas transplant.

Ben Mack is an Arrente and Arabana man. Ben used to be morbidly obese.  He had diabetes, high blood pressure thyroid disease, & chronic obstructive sleep apnea.  Doctors warned Ben that he would not live to be 40 if he did not lose weight. Since he was given that warning Ben has lost weight, reversed all of his health complications & now is running ultra-marathons, living his best life.

Norlisha Bartlett is a Bardi & Jabirr-Jabirr woman from the Kimberley.  Norlisha has worked in remote communities in WA and the NT for over 9 years. Norlisha will share her lived experience with family suicide, mental health, & challenges navigating the mental health system.

Access to the Symposium

The Symposium is a hybrid event. You can attend:

  • In person in Darwin at Menzies JMB Auditorium.
  • Online via Zoon
  • In person – Alice Springs satellite site
  • In person – Cairns satellite site.


Please contact Anthony Gunter at Menzies School of Health Research.


Tel: 0889468673


03 Nov 2023


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Menzies School of Health Research, JMB Auditorium
Building 58, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Corner of Nightingale and Paracelsus Road, Tiwi NT 0810

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