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Indigenous Higher Education Conference

'Sharing best practice across the sector is vital to deliver the best outcomes for [Indigenous Australians]. This requires identification and verification of best practice activity not just by universities, but also local communities and student groups.' (Indigenous Strategy 2017–2020, Universities Australia)

IHEC 2021

The third biennial Indigenous Higher Education Conference (IHEC) was scheduled to take place on 17-18 November 2021.

IHEC was established in collaboration with the University of Melbourne as a forum for educators, researchers, policymakers, students and the community to share information and knowledge about how best to support and improve education outcomes for Indigenous higher education students. This is an issue that Trinity holds so dear.

More than anything we wanted to run this conference in person at Trinity College. Unfortunately, potential COVID restrictions and travel bans have made planning extremely difficult.

As a result, we have decided to postpone until November 2022 when we can hold the conference in person.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved with, and supported, the 2021 conference planning. This includes:

The Conference Advisory Committee including:

  • Conference Chair Inala Cooper, Director Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne
  • Conference Ambassador Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO, Trinity College Fellow and Associate Provost & Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Shaun Ewen, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous), Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Ken Hinchcliff, Warden & CEO Trinity College, University of Melbourne
  • Melitta Hogarth, Assistant Dean (Indigenous), Senior Research Fellow Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Elizabeth McKinley, ONZM, Indigenous Education Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne
  • Dr Nikki Moodie, Senior Lecturer Indigenous Studies Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Sana Nakata, Associate Professor in Political Science, Co-Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration School of Social and Political Science Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne

Key note speakers:

  • Professor Papaarangi Reid, Head of Department of Maori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ms Denise Bowden, Chief Executive Officer of the Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF)
  • Mr Jerome Cubillo, Chief Executive Officer at Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network
  • Ms Shawana Andrews, Associate Director, Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Melbourne.

A new date will be published once confirmed.


If you have any questions or require further information please contact us.

Michele Gunn

Mobile +61 (0)3 9348 7106
Address Trinity College
University of Melbourne
Royal Parade, Parkville
Victoria 3052

Click here to view the conference brochures from 2016 and 2018.

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