The Lowitja Institute's approach to research places a high value on knowledge exchange and stakeholder involvement at every stage of the research, including priority setting, conducting research and implementing the findings. As a result, the research is developed in conjunction with stakeholders, thus increasing the likelihood that its products will be both feasible and acceptable in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care settings. We aim to address gaps in knowledge that could enable stakeholders to work together to implement policy goals and programs in a more timely way with a greater focus on delivery.
The overarching strategy for the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH: 2010–2014) research agenda is to produce the knowledge, tools and resources by which those who use the research, such as primary heath care providers, can enhance positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We have a particular focus on implementation research to ensure interventions with demonstrated efficacy are embedded and scaled up within health systems. However, we will also invest in developing new knowledge and evaluating interventions in response to emerging priorities.
Our approach builds on what was developed in our predecessor organisations:
The Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH: 2003–2009) developed the Facilitated Development Approach (FDA) to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had input into the research processes at every stage of the project from developing priorities, in doing the research and in making sure the research was used at the end.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health (CRCATH: 1997–2003) developed the Indigenous Research Reform Agenda (IRRA) to articulate the broad agenda of reform to ensure that research was controlled by and provided benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.