Working collaboratively to share information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health

Mrs Michelle Elwell1, Mr Darren Deves1

1Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Australia

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (HealthInfoNet) aims to contribute to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians by making knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health readily available to the workforce.

The work of HealthInfoNet, is underpinned by two concepts, the first is evidence-based or evidence-informed decision-making, whereby practitioners and policy-makers have access to the best available research and other information. The second is knowledge exchange research, which involves making research and other information available in a form that has immediate, practical utility. Implementation of these two concepts involves synthesis, exchange and ethical application of knowledge through ongoing interaction with key stakeholders.

Over the past 23 years, the HealthInfoNet has collaborated on projects with external organisations to ensure the health workforce are well informed and up to date with the most current information and resources.

This presentation will give an overview of the work of the HealthInfoNet with a focus on allied health. It will include a demonstration of the HealthInfoNet website on how to find information about publications, resources and programs and will showcase collaborative projects undertaken with external stakeholders and give an overview of the work taking place.

Projects include the establishment of the:

  • WellMob portal, with eMHPrac (e-Mental Health in Practice) consortium
  • Healing Portal with The Healing Foundation
  • Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Portal with Palliative Care Australia.

Through collaborating on projects as these highlighted, the HealthInfoNet demonstrates the building of culturally responsive connections, partnerships and relationships.


Darren Deves is a Research Officer at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. The HealthInfoNet is a free to access web resource that contributes to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians by developing and maintaining the evidence base to inform practice and policy. Darren has research responsibility for several health areas including diabetes, palliative care, and social and emotional wellbeing.

Darren joined the team in early 2020 and has a Bachelor of Arts (English and History) from Edith Cowan University.

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