The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. We are the only research organisation in Australia with a sole focus on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people informs all our activities, whether we’re conducting community-based research or setting our strategic direction.
By bringing together world-leading researchers, policy makers and experts in cutting edge service delivery, we enable the kind of high-quality, collaborative health research that will make a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We ensure that research outcomes are disseminated widely through knowledge exchange and that promising interventions identified by research are implemented and evaluated.
We’re also developing a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers. Our collaborative approach has been developed over seventeen years with Cooperative Research Centres. It has earned us a reputation as national leaders in the translation of research knowledge into evidence based practice and policy.
Partnerships are our strength. At every stage of our research, Aboriginal organisations, health services, academic institutions and government agencies work together with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to decide priorities, conduct the research and put the findings into practice.
Named in honour of our Patron, Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG, we work under the direction of a Board made up of a majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and led by an independent Aboriginal Chairperson.
The Institute will host the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH) until June 2014. In May 2013, the Institute secured funding of $25 million over five years from the new CRC Public Good Fund that will support the Institute until June 2019.
The Lowitja Institute’s stakeholders comprise CRCATSIH members, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical service providers, government departments and statutory bodies, research institutions and private sector entities. A key event for stakeholders is our biennial Congress Lowitja.
The National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Limited (NIATSIHR Ltd) is a limited liability company trading as the Lowitja Institute. The NIATSIHR is registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and is structured as a public benevolent institution. The Lowitja Institute is independent of government and other centres of health and policy administration.
The Lowitja Institute traces its roots back more than two decades. The section gives an overview of:
- Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH)
- Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health (CRCATH)
- Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH)