#IHMayDay – standing for Indigenous Health MayDay – is an annual Twitter event, which provides a full-day of programming with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people tweeting about Indigenous health issues. Non-Indigenous people are encouraged to participate by retweeting and listening.
The event is the brainchild of James Cook University Nursing, Midwifery and Research academic Dr Lynore Geia – @LynoreGeia – a Bwgcolman woman from Palm Island.
It was held for the first time in 2014, when it was moderated by Dr Lynore Geia and hosted by Croakey.
In 2015, Summer May Finlay – @OnTopicAus – a Yorta Yorta woman, a public health practitioner and PhD candidate, who was then based in Canberra, also helped to moderate the event, which was also co-hosted IRL by Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University in Townsville.
In 2016, the event was again led by Dr Geia and co-hosted by Associate Professor Bronwyn Carlson and Dr Tanja Dreher at the University of Wollongong. It was moderated by Dr Geia, Dr Carlson and Summer May Finlay. On this occasion, it was held in conjunction with a day-long program of workshops at the University of Wollongong, on Indigenous health and social media advocacy.
In 2017, #IHMayDay17 is co-hosted by the University of Canberra, in conjunction with Croakey. At the University of Canberra, #IHMayDay17 is supported by: Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy; the University of Canberra Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative (UC CIRI); the Faculty of Arts and Design; and the Faculty of Health. It is also supported by Dr Holly Northam, Associate Professor Kerry McCallum, Ms Tamara Posch, Ms Felicity Corben, and Dr Glen Fuller.
#IHMayDay is co-hosted by Croakey, with Croakey editor Melissa Sweet assisting in the organisation, and Croakey editor/journalist Marie McInerney providing editorial coverage of the day’s discussions. It is held in association with @IndigenousX and @WePublicHealth.
Read the Croakey coverage:
• From 2014
• From 2015
• From 2016
• From 2017
#IHMayDay is primarily an example of cross-disciplinary practice and was not developed as a research project. However, as part of reflexive practice, it has resulted in some conference presentations and publications.
In 2015, Dr Lynore Geia presented to the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin about #IHMayDay14, examining its processes and outcomes through a decolonising lens.
Read the paper here: #IHMayDay: Showcasing Indigenous knowledge and innovation.
In 2015, Dr Lynore Geia and Melissa Sweet presented to the Creating Futures conference in Cairns: Creative cyber-connections and counter-narratives.
A paper arising out of the presentation has been published:
Sweet M, Geia L, Dudgeon P, McCallum K., 2015. #IHMayDay: tweeting for empowerment and social and emotional wellbeing. Australasian Psychiatry.
Another paper is in press with the journal, Australian Psychologist.
Watch this clip about #IHMayDay in 2014
Watch this Periscope interview about #IHMayDay15:
Watch these Periscope interviews from #IHMayDay16