In 2017 we celebrated 20 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led and focused health research – recognising the journey of the Lowitja Institute and the four associated Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).
To mark this anniversary we launched at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 9 August 2017 a publication titled
Changing the Narrative in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research: Four Cooperative Research Centres and the Lowitja Institute: The story so far
Changing the Narrative outlines the journey and the successes of the Institute and the CRCs, and showcases how their cumulative efforts have pioneered a new way of conducting health research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It maps the evolution of a new, collaborative and culturally appropriate way of carrying out health research. It’s an approach driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities – an approach developed by the CRCs, and embodied in the Institute.
Each of the CRCs and the Institute has progressed the work to develop health research expertise and processes to achieve lasting reform. Efforts are based on key principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander control of the research agenda, a broader understanding of health that incorporates wellbeing, and the need for research to have a clear and positive impact.
The Lowitja Institute commissioned the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) to write a brief history of our organisation – including audiovisual recordings that highlight the vision of influential individuals. In addition, the writing, editorial and production work of the Lowitja Institute team has created the hard copy Changing the Narrative publication, and a companion e-book which will be available soon.
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Left to right, top to bottom: 1. Ms Pat Anderson AO; 2. Senator Patrick Dodson, Senator Rachel Siewert, Ms Anderson, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG, Mr Romlie Mokak; 3. Dr O'Donoghue at the podium. 4. Professor Greg Anderson (QIMR Berghoffer Medical Research Institute; former Board member), Mr Mokak, Professor Anne Kelso AO (NHMRC); 5. Minister Wyatt launching the book; 6. Mr Craig Ritchie and Dr Blake Singley (AIATSIS). 7. The event audience with Ms Jackie Huggins from the National Congress for Australia's First People in the forefront; 8. Mr Lachlan Russell (ANU) with Dr O'Donoghue; 9. His Excellency Mr Paul Maddison High Commissioner for Canada and Mr Snowdon.