About Us

The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. We are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, named in honour of our Patron, Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG. We are governed by a Board led by an independent Chairperson, Ms Pat Anderson AO.

The Institute was established in 2010, emerging from a 14-year history of Cooperative Research Centres funded by the Australian Government CRC Program.

Since 1997, the Lowitja Institute and its predecessor CRC organisations, have led a substantial reform agenda in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research by working with communities, researchers and policymakers, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people setting the agenda and driving the outcomes. At present, we work in partnership with twenty-one participants around Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations; State and Australian government departments; and academic research institutions. Together, we aim to achieve demonstrable impact in better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through research, capacity building, workforce development, knowledge exchange and research translation.

The Institute hosted the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH) until June 2014. After securing $25million funding over five years, it will host the Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC) until June 2019.
The Lowitja Institute’s stakeholders comprise Lowitja Institute CRC 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.

Brochures

New brochures are being prepared for Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC), earlier brochures about the Lowitja Institute 2012 PDF [224 KB] and about Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue 2010 PDF [496 KB] are also being updated.

Corporate

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.

Our History

The Lowitja Institute traces its roots back more than two decades. The section gives an overview of:

Created: 03 May 2012 - Updated: 24 March 2015