The Lowitja Institute places a strong emphasis on building the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and research workforce. Capacity development activity focuses on building the capability of stakeholders to take up and use research as well as on developing researchers’ skills.
The Lowitja Institute aims to develop the capacity of the research workforce in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by:
- Supporting research skills development in research higher degree students and graduates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
- Contributing to building pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and students into research careers.
- Working with stakeholders to build their capacity to identify and implement relevant research findings in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.
- Developing knowledge, tools and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce reform.
Capacity development activities include:
- Developing Researching Indigenous Health: A Practical Guide for Researchers. This resource focuses on the specific skills and knowledge for carrying out research in the field of Indigenous health. It was launched in July 2011 and is a companion volume to Supporting Indigenous Researchers: A Practical Guide for Supervisors (2009).
- Scholarships to align research higher degree students and graduates to our research and facilitate opportunities for participation in these programs.
- A Master of Public Health collaboration in Indigenous Health. The Lowitija Institute will be supporting the implementation of a national Indigenous health specialisation in the Master of Public Health (MPH). The MPH will deliver postgraduate units in Indigenous health research and knowledge management on an award and non-award basis to our end-user workforce in health services, policy settings and research institutions (see article in Wangka Pulka, August 2012).
- Support for Aboriginal Health Council SA (AHCSA) Certificate IV course in Indigenous research capacity.
- Awarded 10 professional development grants from our partner organisations in 2012. The grants will enable the researchers to attend and present at conferences within Australia and overseas, attend seminars and undertake short courses relevant to their research areas in 2012. The successful applicants were Alana Gall, Gail Garvey, Graham Gee, Leona Holloway, Jaqui Hughes, Veronica Matthews, Kim O’Donnell, Simone Reynolds, Hayley Williams and Lisa Whop.
- Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research higher degree students to attend the University of Melbourne's annual Summer School for Indigenous Postgraduate Students.
We use the term capacity development to refer to the process of building skills, knowledge and capability. Capacity development includes formal and informal education and training, and other hands-on opportunities for development. Some people prefer the term capacity exchange, feeling this reflects the two-way process of learning that occurs, particularly in cross-cultural contexts.
Search our case stories for examples of capacity development.
The Lowitja Institute will build on the Education and Training achievements of the CRC for Aboriginal Health. To read more about the CRCAH’s program and student outcomes, please go to CRCAH Education and Training profiles.
For further enquiries about our capacity development approach, please contact David Morgan.