With the support of the Lowitja Institute, the CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health has developed three research programs to take the organisation through to June 2014. The programs are as follows:
- Healthy Start, Healthy Life – research focused on reducing the chronic illness risk across the life-course, and improving early intervention and chronic illness management.
- Healthy Communities and Settings – research focused on the capacity of local communities and organisations to develop interventions that address the determinants of health across a range of local sectors and settings.
- Enabling Policy and Systems – research enabling the reform of policy and programs, and workforce development in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Each of the CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health’s three research program areas is overseen by Program Leaders, at least one of whom is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Program Leaders are appointed by the Board to advise on good research practice and how best to ensure the research is used. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the CRCATSIH research programs and are strong advocates for community-driven research. They include researchers and representatives from community and government organisations.
Program Leaders work closely with Program Managers, who are responsible for monitoring the progress of individual projects. They are supported in this by Professor Ross Bailie in his role as Senior Academic Adviser.
Each CRCATSIH program houses many individual research projects that build upon the work of the CRC for Aboriginal Health carried out between 2003 and 2009. To find out more, go to a list of the CRCAH research projects.