Indigenous nursing researcher to present health outcomes of Aboriginal populations

The Florida State University College of Nursing’s Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity will hold a seminar presentation to discuss cultural determinants for the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

Ray Lovett, a fellow at Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council, will present at the seminar. Lovett, the program leader for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Epidemiology for Policy and Practice at the Australian National University, will discuss the Mayi Kuwayu Study, the National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Well-being, and its overarching aim of producing large-scale data on cultural experiences, health behaviors, sociodemographic and other factors, and their interrelationships.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Innovation Park Building A, Room 120, 2000 Levy Ave.

Lovett also holds an adjunct fellowship at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in the Indigenous Social and Cultural Well-being group. He is an Aboriginal (Wongaibon) epidemiologist with extensive experience in health services research and large-scale data analysis for public health policy development.

The seminar is part of an effort by the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE) at the College of Nursing to encourage collaboration and to develop cultural competency in researchers and health professionals working with indigenous communities in the state of Florida, across the nation and worldwide. Seminars will feature internationally renowned speakers on topics relating to developing partnerships with indigenous peoples and communities across the globe.

A networking reception will take place immediately following the seminar.