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Associate Professor Josée Lavoie visits Australia

Associate Professor Josée Lavoie presenting in Alice SpringsAssociate Professor Josée Lavoie visited Australia recently and made a number of presentations during her visit to Government, NGOs and academic audiences.  You can access her presentation slides on the website.  An overview of her presentations are also outlined below:

Treaties don’t always work – Canadian policies for First Nations Health and the “Idle no more” movement. 

Seminar to The South Australia Health and Medical Research Council, Adelaide, March 5th, 2013 and a joint seminar to Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care (Dr. John Wakerman) and the Centre of Excellence for Indigenous primary care intervention research in chronic disease (Dr. Alex Brown), March 22nd, 2013. 

Abstract: ‘Treaties don’t always work – Canadian policies for First Nations Health and the ‘Idle No More’ Movement’ which was presented by Associate Professor, Josee Lavoie from the University of Northern British Columbia. Associate Professor Lavoie has had a long association with Australia, starting with her PhD study – a comparison of the health care funding situation for Indigenous health in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She was one of the chief investigators in the Overburden Project, which examined the complex and fragmented funding pattern in Australia; and is currently part of the Centre for Research Excellence led by Professor Alex Brown of SAHMRI. In this seminar, Josée gave an overview of the situation for Indigenous Health Services in Canada, the role of treaties, and some emerging issues. She also spoke about the Idle No More Movement, which she describes as ‘very cool’.

Telling the story, Or the art of engaging in strategic research

Seminar at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Association, Canberra, March 12th, 2013 and Seminar at the Aboriginal Medical Services Association of the Northern Territory, Darwin (Alice Springs staff phone), March 20th, 2013.

Abstract: In Canada, the First Nation’s community controlled sector emerged partially as a result of First Nations’ aspiration towards self-government and the 1982 amendment of the Canadian Constitution that guarantees Aboriginal peoples’ right to self-government. The federal government was and remains committed to an overall transfer of its federally funded and delivered services to First Nations control. Still, securing appropriate levels of funding remains a concern for First Nations. In this presentation, Dr. Lavoie discussed two key studies. The Where to Invest study was undertaken in partnership with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and demonstrated the effectiveness of the on-reserve community controlled sector in reducing avoidable hospitalizations. The Financial Analysis of the Current and Prospective Health Care Expenditures for First Nations in Manitoba showed that costs associated with First Nations health expenditures, 11% of the population, will rise by 2029 to account for over 30% of health expenditures in Manitoba. These studies, combined, have attracted the attention of the provincial health authorities, raised the profile of the community controlled sector in being able to produce outcomes and resulted in a new from the provincial health authorities in ensuring the financial sustainability of the sector. Dr. Lavoie challenged the audience in thinking strategically about research, and in “telling the story” in a way that meets the information needs of decision-makers.

First Nation-managed healthcare organizations: Opportunities, Challenges and Trends

Seminar at the Department of Health and Ageing for ‘Conversations’ with the Department, Canberra, March 13th, 2013 and Public Seminar, Australian National University, Canberra, March 13th, 2013.

Abstract: In Canada, 89 percent of First Nations manage their own community-based primary healthcare services. In this presentation, Dr. Lavoie explained the context in which these organizations emerged, the models in place, the strengths and the challenges associated with these models. Dr. Lavoie concluded by discussions lessons from the Canadian experience that Australia should consider in rolling its regionalization policy.


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