Indigenous cultures are the oldest continuous cultures on Earth, yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today endure a range of health and social inequities due to the continuing legacy of colonisation and dispossession. Racism, discrimination and the disruption of traditional cultural practices are powerful determinants of health and socioemotional wellbeing for Indigenous peoples worldwide.
We’re a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers committed to community-led, culturally safe, and impactful research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to address these inequities.
We work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and champion their priorities for health research as well as evaluate community-led interventions. We use a range of methodologies in our research, including a focus on Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing. Our aim is to address social and cultural determinants of health and reduce health inequities to increase health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; making real differences to peoples’ lives across the lifespan.
Our research strengths include:
Our work is contributing to significant improvements in healing, health and social and emotional wellbeing grounded in a rights-based framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia. Capacity building is central to what we do and we are proud that we are helping to grow the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, clinicians, and population health practitioners within an environment of cultural safety and strengths building. Through our extensive network of collaborators, our high-quality research that privileges the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is directly informing policy and practice by community organisations and governments.
We pride ourselves on the nexus of our teaching and research. We do this in partnership with communities, centres and institutes, health services and people with lived experience and expertise.
Our research and impact promotes equity, strengthens health systems and improves access to high quality care for all people in Australia and worldwide.
Our Health 25 Strategy aims to improve the quality of life for all by tackling the complex and important health challenges of our times.