The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network was an outcome of the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools (now Medical Deans) Indigenous Health Project through which the CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework was developed. A discussion paper on the role and value of the Network was presented in 2005 at the inaugural LIME Connection conference and the LIME Network was subsequently formalised and a Statement of Outcomes and Intent ratified. Medical Deans auspice the Network, and it has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Heath and Ageing since 2008.The Program is hosted by the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at The University of Melbourne.
The program has grown into a dynamic network with the aim of supporting the development and implementation of quality Indigenous health teaching and learning in medical education, and good practice in the recruitment and retention through to graduation of Indigenous medical students. The LIME Network seeks to be culturally safe and promotes Indigenous ownership and leadership in its activities.
There are seven objectives of the LIME Network including – Quality review; Professional development; Capacity building and support; Research and evaluation; Professionalisation of the discipline; Multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral networking; Advocacy and reform; and the biennial LIME Connection conference.
These objectives are realised through a variety of activities, including:
- Reference Group meetings: These meetings run twice per year, to provide the opportunity for those working in Indigenous health within medical schools to collaborate, share information, provide feedback and peer Network.
- Publications: The Good Practice Case Studies Booklets and the Special Edition of the Focus on Health Professional Education Journal build the evidence base of the efficacy of Indigenous health curriculum development and implementation as well as Indigenous student recruitment and retention initiatives.
- Review tools: Internal review tools developed by the LIME Network support medical schools to reflect and evaluate their performance.
- Newsletter: Publication of the tri-annual LIME Network Newsletter promotes best practice and shares successes in the field.
- Website: The LIME Network Website houses information on LIME Network projects and connects Network members with relevant initiatives, news and events.
- Pathways: The online Indigenous Pathways into Medicine Resource supports Indigenous students to understand the pathways to studying medicine.
- Building linkages: Networking and information sharing builds linkages across health disciplines and with medical colleges.
- Regional Meetings: These meetings support collaboration between medical schools and their local Indigenous Community Controlled Health Organisations.
- LIME Connection Conference and LIMElight Awards: The Conference is run every two years, to provide a forum for knowledge exchange and celebration of achievements.
For more information about the LIME Network program please see the LIME Network website.