HOT NORTH Newsletter – December 2019

From the Director

Welcome to the December edition of the HOT NORTH newsletter, the last newsletter of 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to reflect and celebrate this year’s awards and activities.

This year’s awards were highly competitive, with more applications coming in as the word spreads about the ‘boundless’ possibilities available in the north through the HOT NORTH program.

This year we awarded:

  • 6 fellowships;
  • 2 scholarships;
  • 6 Indigenous development and training awards;
  • 7 pilot projects;
  • 7 translation grants; and
  • 3 joint PRISM/HOT NORTH grants.

We also facilitated a number of events, including:

  • 3 regional workshops in Katherine, Mount Isa, and South Hedland;
  • a Youth Health Summit;
  • a Skin Health Symposium; and
  • an Annual Scientific Symposium and Professional Development Workshop.

Although we are moving into our last official year, we are continually adapting the program, based on feedback from stakeholders and participants. For example, we will be focusing on translation of research in 2020 and were very pleased to be able to fund seven excellent activities from the latest project call.

We believe the HOT NORTH program provides a much-needed conduit to connect researchers and practitioners, grow the next generation of researchers and share learnings right across the tropical north. As such, we are carefully positioning ourselves in an effort to ensure we carry on, in some arrangement, the next iteration of HOT NORTH.

As always, we encourage you to share our newsletter with those in your professional community and anyone else you think may be interested.

If you or someone you know is keen in joining the HOT NORTH initiative or attending one of our workshops, please feel free to get in touch with us at

Professor Bart Currie
Director, HOT NORTH