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NBPU TIS: Update 11

31 May 2016

National Workshop

The first TIS national workshop was held in Adelaide 11-12 May 2016 at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. 

The workshop was opened by Kuarna Elder, Stephen Goldsmith then followed on by long term advocate for the TIS programme, Professor Tom Calma AO.  This really set the scene for such a wonderful range of speakers who provided participants with resources, information and ideas.  But it was also a great opportunity for networking and peer support amongst the groups.

The following points summarise the key take home messages for the NBPU TIS from the two days: 

  • Sessions about performance indicators and the national evaluation were of particular interest to participating organisations
  • Organisations are at different stages in the TIS journey, so NBPU TIS’ tailored approach to supporting them is appreciated
  • Ongoing recognition of the importance of Professor Tom Calma’s input as National Coordinator TIS
  • Organisations are looking for opportunities for developing their workforce, for example to improve referral pathways and clinical staff’s  knowledge and practice
  • NBPU TIS will take a more formal approach to providing information to CEOs rather than relying on newsletters
  • At future workshops, there should be more interactive sessions and greater attention paid to venue qualities such as seating, lighting and projection




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