Community driven health research

May 13, 2019

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC will wrap up in 2019 and has achieved demonstrable health benefits over its 5 year lifetime.

Lowitja CRC

Lowitja Institute CRC Board and CEO, L-R: Mr Romlie Mokak (CEO), Professor Peter Buckskin, Ms June Oscar AO, Ms Pat Anderson AO (Chair), Mr Selwyn Button and Mr Ali Drummond.

Since 2014, with our 22 Participants, we have achieved demonstrable benefit for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We have become a point of collaboration and have developed strong national and international networks.

We have provided leadership in the promotion of a definition of value that incorporates what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold to be true and intrinsically of value. The translation of those values into the research agenda enables a questioning of the status quo, privileges Indigenous knowledges, and ensures a new, sustainable and more empowering perspective for looking at issues that impact on the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples.

We are particularly proud that 68 per cent of our projects are led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers and that our projects build in dynamic knowledge translation activities.

We have supported innovative research projects in areas including early childhood development, young men’s health and wellbeing, the cultural determinants of health, the impact of negative discourse and strength-based alternatives. We  convened for the first time in Australia an expert roundtable on disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through which we identified critical areas of research.

We are proud of our achievements since we began under the CRC Programme. The Lowitja Institute will continue to fulfil the vision of Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG to be a courageous organisation committed to social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This article was published in KnowHow Issue 9.

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