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The Lowitja Institute CRC

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC) commenced operations on 1 July 2014, following in the footsteps of its predecessor organisations: the CRC for Aboriginal and Tropical Health (1996–2003), the CRC for Aboriginal Health (2003–2009), and the CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2010–2014). The Australian Government is funding Lowitja Institute CRC activities to 30 June 2019 through its CRC Programme, with funds and in-kind support provided by our Participants.

Hosted by the Lowitja Institute, the Lowitja Institute CRC brings together the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, government health agencies and research institutions to ensure that research conducted into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is controlled by and benefits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Lowitja Institute is led by a Board chaired by Ms Pat Anderson AO and operates from its head offices in Melbourne. Mr Romlie Mokak is the Chief Executive Officer.

The Lowitja Institute CRC has developed three research programs that promote high-quality research through partnerships with key stakeholders in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, government agencies and research institutions. It also conducts roundtables and workshops to identify the specific areas of research for the three programs.

Through its work, the Lowitja Institute CRC aims to:

To guide this effort the Lowitja Institute has identified five key principles that underpin our approach to research. These are:

  1. Beneficence – to act for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the conduct of our research
  2. Leadership by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Engagement of research end users (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities, policymakers, other potential research users)
  3. Development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research workforce, and
  4. Measurement of impact in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health.

Current and past research projects are listed under specific research categories. Please see also our annual reports and contact us for more information.