FVAS Indigenous Engagement meeting & Shaun Ewen presentation on Indigenous Research Charter

Arts West, North Wing Room 553, Royal Parade , Parkville

The Indigenous Engagement Group within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences meets regularly to help promote and support teaching, research and engagement collaborations with Indigenous peoples.

The Faculty is committed to increasing research collaborations with Indigenous communities that are also of service to those communities. Our aim is also to enrich community understanding of Indigenous agricultural and food practices and, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, apply those learnings in the context of present-day farming and environmental challenges.

The Faculty has already begun to embed an understanding of Indigenous practices in the curriculum with the aim of building a deeper understanding. To date, this has largely focused on Indigenous agricultural practice.

Professor Shaun Ewen, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous), has been invited to our Faculty to provide a special presentation and discussion on the Indigenous Knowledge Institute Research Charter. The Institute has established the Charter to work in equal partnership with Indigenous communities and recognise the rights of Indigenous knowledge-holders.

You are welcome to attend this meeting to hear Professor Ewen’s presentation. This event is part of Research Week: showcasing, celebrating and progressing research at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

Professor Shaun Ewen

Professor Ewen is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) and Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In his role as PVC, Professor Ewen has responsibility for institutional policy, strategy and advice in relation to all aspects of Indigenous higher education.

As Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre, he provides academic leadership to the Centre and maintains a strong sense of Indigenous leadership in the health and higher education sectors.

Professor Ewen held the position of Associate Dean (Indigenous Development) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and health Sciences at the University of Melbourne from the role's inception in 2010 until 2016. He also provides academic and Indigenous leadership for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) project, a bi-national project of Medical Deans from Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Ewen has a clinical background in physiotherapy and holds postgraduate qualifications in international relations and education. His area of research expertise relates to Indigenous health and health professional education.