Join Faculty of Medicine’s Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement), Associate Professor Maree Toombs for a raw account of the impact of policy implementation on Australia’s First Nations Peoples.

The History 101 lesson you may have never undertaken - be transported on a journey of over 65 000 years from past to present day as stories are shared about what life was really like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ‘Under the Act’. Challenge your knowledge and be prepared to unlearn in order to re-learn our shared history.

About Associate Professor Maree Toombs 

Maree ToombsAssociate Dean (Indigenous Engagement), Faculty of Medicine, UQ

Along with her role at the Faculty of Medicine, Maree has 20 years’ experience in teaching Indigenous students. It was from this that she observed a pattern in young Indigenous Australians disengaging from education and has worked since to understand and help bridge this gap. Maree is the lead on a number of NHMRC projects and is a member of Australian Medical Council, as well as an advisory board member for the Darling Downs Health Service Board and current chair of the Carbal Medical Service (Toowoomba and Warwick). Maree’s current projects include: The Mob Van, a mobile caravan which aims to provide primary health care to Aboriginal communities around Toowoomba; and I-ASIST, a culturally-tailored training established to address the increasing rates of suicide among Indigenous people living in rural and remote areas.